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    Default A New Perspective on Decluttering/Cleaning

    As some of you may have realized, I have a terrible time ceeping on top of things in my home. Well this weekend I really want to get something cleaned up - anything will do - I really want to get on top of all this and get on with my life.

    So.................... I decided to attack specific areas in my house and see how long it actually takes to clean them up. First thing I did was clean off and put away all the many treasures that I had piled on our bed = 9 MINUTES!!

    Now please know that I am not shifting things to another space, I am putting away, throwing away or giving away.

    Next of my list (again) our LR couch. Shall be back with the time soon!! Care to join in?

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    LR couch is now totally cleared off, slipcover is tucked in - looking good. Time = 7 MINUTES!!

    Not exactly sure what's next, but shall be back to report because this is totally working for me!!

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    Often, MM, I find it's not the work itself, it's just getting started. Congrats on finding a way to get things rolling!

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    Mahalo friends!!

    Okay - the space on the couch where I usually sit gets cluttererd very quickly since I like to nest and have things around me. So I next tackled the floor around my 'space' and cleared it all up and put it all where it belongs = 10 MINUTES.

    Now taking a break to do some dishes and then choose another space!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcompton View Post
    Often, MM, I find it's not the work itself, it's just getting started. Congrats on finding a way to get things rolling!
    That is my problem lots of time, and once i do get started and get the job done i think that didn't take long why did i wait so long about doing the job.

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    I'm with you! Maybe not today, but soon. And I know just where to start. I have a little table at the end of my couch that collects clutter like crazy. I'm sure it won't take me long to clear it off and then I'll have a place to set my water bottle again.

    It's funny you mentioned this because so often we'll do something here and I'll look at my husband and say, "See how little time this took? Why did it take us X years to get it done?"

    Of course, some of us are world-class procrastinators!

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    I think we all just need a nudge to get things done. Am so happy to be adding this to my repertoire!! Already have my eye on a few areas that are going to be next!! It's king od like exercising, once I get into the daily groove of doing it, it just flows much easier!!

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    I am totally digging this Marilyn!!! I've got to plan meals for next week and make the correlating grocery list - starting.........NOW!

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    LuckyBustert just mentioned something in her thread about getting rid of old magazines, etc. I have a pile that needs to be deleted from the LR and will time how long it actually takes!!

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    I couldn't let you have all this fun without me. *Grins*

    I didn't finish the job, just made a dent. I filled the outside garbage can half way with junk from the porch. I also piled about half of the boxes to be recycled to a designated area. Took about 10 minutes?

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    Done! Eighteen minutes.

    This is fun!

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    I am so glad to have my friends joining in on the fun!!

    Am takaing a lunch break now, but may just fit in something else before I get ready to leave for the other side!!

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    After a break I went out and put a 1/4 more of the boxes to be recycled in designated area. 5 minutes

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    I work like this a lot. Once I get started on something, it's amazing how little time it takes to get something done. I cleaned out the dog area in my garage the other day, took like 10 minutes and it looks great! Ok, I have a stack of papers on my desk I need to go through. I'm off to get those finished. Back in a bit!

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    I needed to take carr of some emails - and did - 2 minutes!!

    Am just to relax with basketball before I leave. Not necessarily that I deserve it - but it is the right thing to do!!

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