SOOOO...what is your favorite thing about Spring Cleaning?
Where do you start? What do you do?
Is it only physical things you clean?
It depends on each person--on glorious days like today, cleaning included outside too. We trimmed fruit trees & cut down dead trees too.
But I am getting ahead of myself--make your plan of attack so you don't get overwhelmed.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, its a LIST you can use to spring clean.
I go by room or task. For example, this morning, I wiped down all ceiling fans & hanging light fixtures.
Tonight I am going to weed out the file cabinet (yes, sadly I still have one).
BUT HONESTLY, my FAVORITE part of spring cleaning? Being able to check it off my to do list. It makes the wine somehow taste better too.
BENEFITS of SPRING CLEANING
Have a great spring cleaning season peeps.
Yeah, me too.....what is the Swedish Death Cleaning? Or is that some crazy new band name? I was in the library yesterday and stumbled onto a book entitled "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning". My gut response was immediately, well if that is NOT hygge. But then I opened the cover and skimmed the table of contents. WRONG I was--its all about hygge. Making room of enjoying life by removing clutter and over abundance....but this time not just for me, but for those you leave behind and removing clutter for them when I am not around anymore. I was intrigued, I want to learn more. Yes, I checked it out.
As I continue to read, I have questions already:
1) how has her quality of life changed by removing the clutter that many times becomes overwhelming in life?
2) how has this value shift changed her purchasing habits as well (to maintain the uncluttered life)?
3) what do her decedents think about this?
Have a great weekend peeps!
Timeboxing is allotting a fixed, maximum unit of time for an activity. That unit of time is called a time box. The goal of timeboxing is to define and limit the amount of time dedicated to an activity.
Parkinson’s law states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Although it’s not really a law (it’s more of a wry observation), most of us would concede that there is some truth to it (especially as it pertains to meetings).
I even use TIMEBOXING for email. I don't just keep my email open on my desktop, I turn off the sounds alarms for incoming mail and disable popups--all of which act as a distraction to completing the task at hand.
I check my email THREE times a day--when I first get to work, at lunch and before leaving. It minimizes the time I spend on email along with allowing me to get other tasks done more efficiently.
When I leave my inbox is EMPTY.
Inbox Zero is a rigorous approach to email management aimed at keeping the inbox empty -- or almost empty -- at all times.
Again, this is done to be more productive and it WORKS. Here is a fun article on on Zero Inbox.
So really, how much stuff do you use in a year, not counting reuse of the same thing?
Did you know that average American home has between 200,000-300,000 items in it? And we wonder why we cannot find stuff, talk about an inventory control problem!
So, again, what do I really need (NOT WANT)?
I thought about it and realized, not much, was even less before we had kids.
One couple spent a year going through ALL belongs, room by room. They dated each item. If the item had not been used in 365 days, they let it go. This was their 365 day rule. Sounds bloody marvelous.
Their only exception is heirlooms--of which they sorted through and chose their favorites. Rather than keeping all 107 childhood books, they kept 10, and so on.
Most that choose to downsize this drastically do it to more to a tiny home. My closest comparison is moving continents, but I know I left a trail of possessions in my path as well.
The more full my life gets, the more things to get done, the more a tiny home appeals to me. Does anyone else feel the same?
What is your motivation for making life more simple and streamlined?
Whatever the reason, don't give up, go for it!
"We are living our lives with more intention, clarity, & awareness -- which is empowering."
This tiny home is always spurring me to learn more about skylights. More on that next week.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!