The key to DeCluttering is to create a Habit of DeCluttering. And one of the keys to adopting the Habit of DeCluttering is to understand where your cluttering or DeCluttering Habits first started so you can adjust the bad habits into new, positive DeCluttering Habits.
What is your earliest memory of a DeCluttering Habit or lack of a DeCluttering Habit? Was your earliest memory of cluttering and DeCluttering before you were a teenager? Take a minute to return to your 15 year old self, what were your DeCluttering Habits? Did you have any that you had observed and adopted or were told to do? Were they related to just your space or to your home and if you had a yard to your yard? Now think about your 25-year-old self, what did those DeCluttering Habits look like during that period of your life? Were they different from your 10-year-old, 15-year-old or 25-year-old habits? When did the Habit of DeCluttering change? What are the DeCluttering habits you would like to keep? Which habits do you want to release?
I have found a person’s DeCluttering Habits are established early and are only changed by a shift in perspective or a dramatic incident. Many times it’s a tragic, life-altering event, it can also be as simple as someone showing you that another way to present yourself to the world works better than the current way.
To start your DeCluttering journey examine when those Habits of cluttering and DeCluttering first appeared and what caused them. Then observe how they have changed, or not, over the years. Thirdly, decide which habits would best serve you going forward in your life and make those changes. Believe that you can make a small change right this minute, you can. I believe in you.