I have been managing our household in the same manner for the last fifteen years. Through difficult times and relatively easy times, I stay on top of most areas of the house because the book Sink Reflections taught me how. Like most areas of our life that we want to improve, there are a few steps to improvement.
1. Assess what areas of your house, life, activities, emotional overloads – are a problem. Focus on one area. Don’t fix areas that are running smoothly.
2. Declutter. Get rid of whatever you don’t use or love. Eliminate whatever is unnecessary. (She guides you through this process)
3. Develop a place, routine or habits for whatever is left.
Baby steps, is her mantra, baby steps.
So this is how I operate. It’s been successful in the sense that my household generally is simple to look after, I don’t feel overwhelmed by the task of housekeeping (most of the time) and I know where most of my stuff is. Mostly.
A new book comes out on the market. It’s instantly a bestseller.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I don’t feel compelled to read it, because I’m pretty content with the way things are running. Except. My adult daughter, who is making awesome recovery from depression and anxiety of several years, reads it and implements its suggestions.
With every bag, box and truckload of her stuff she took away, she became happier, more contented. Brighter. This is good, I thought. It’s an instant best seller, I think to myself, because it’s a ticket for more joy.
Then a friend read it and reiterated practically the entire book to me. So I read it myself. There was an entirely new level of non-clutter (non-clutter equals peace) to be realized.
Why would I not free up more time, more space and give myself more joy? Why would I not? The world is lacking joy, you know.
I only want what’s coming to me. I only want my fair share.
I’m going to do my part, and get me whatever joy is available.
So, I’m a good chunk of the way through that process. My next and final post on this particular topic will be a quick comparison of these two books that have made such a difference in my life.