Why cleaning 1 category a week is working – wk 3
As you already may be aware, I’m going full force on cleaning my home from top to bottom based on (affiliate link) Marie Kondo’s book, The life-changing magic of tidying up. Even if it takes an entire year!
But I will admit, it isn’t a pretty task. It doesn’t make pretty pictures, just clean ones.
It’s hard, because it takes EVERYTHING out of me not to go full-tilt on a room.
For example, I was working on my master bedroom closet, when I realized the task was going really quickly, since I go through my closet a few times a year. I eyed the room, and was SO tempted to gut everything aside from the main furniture. Clean it top to bottom, and paint where needed…
But that’s connected to the ensuite that still needs work…
Squirrel brain! NO! NO NO NO!
I quickly put my foot down and refocused… I didn’t want to end up with a pretty one-room makeover… I wanted to end up with a clean house!
So I proceeded to drop my much more exciting thoughts of painting walls and go through ALL the clothing closets, ending up with a pile to go to my son’s place, 3 garbage bags bound for the thrift, and a lot of empty hangers. And even an empty shelf!
Thanks to the looming weekend deadline, over one afternoon I got all 3 closets done, including photographing this coat I never wear, getting it photographed, listed on a Facebook bidding site, successfully selling it and getting paid, all within 24 hours!
Why I’m sharing this
And there of course is a reason I’m sharing this with you.
In the past, I use to go full speed ahead, scoff at the book, (that may still come LOL), and just end up doing my own thing.
But I quickly got overwhelmed, hating devoting so much time to just cleaning, then I’d end up deep gutting a room desperate for a makeover, leaving me with no time to continue cleaning the rest of the year.
So… here’s why I think this kind of challenge works…
Why I think cleaning 1 category a week is working
- It’s big enough to make a dent, but small enough to stay on task.
- It’ll give you time to live life aside from just endlessly cleaning.
- You won’t be overwhelmed. Once the category is done, you’re cleaning is done for the week and you can move onto other things. It’s about balance!
I know the messier work is coming soon though. Boy is it. But for now, I’m sticking to the plan! 1 category a week, then once I hit miscellaneous, I may go room to room.
But so far? This is do-able. And it’s working.
I wasn’t even going to blog about cleaning any more. And I will stop if there’s no interest.
But I did want to share this segment to encourage you to keep going! I am, regardless of whether you see it show up on the blog or not!
Below is a short documentary of my closet process… thank goodness for cat entertainment…
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This week’s challenge – Books!
In case you’ve decided to follow the challenge along with me and you are not on Facebook, the next category is books! Here’s what Marie Kondo says about it:
A reason to keep a book:
One you return to frequently.
4 categories to consider:
General (for pleasure)
Practical (cookbooks, instructional, etc.)
Visual (photographs, etc.)
Tip: You may have wanted to read the book when you bough it, but if you haven’t read (or finished) it by now, the book’s purpose was to teach you that you didn’t need it. And the likelihood of you actually reading it is low.
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