I’ve been talking about and thinking about decluttering methods.
I want to tell you about a decluttering method called the pomodoro -technique
This technique asks you to set a timer for 25 minutes and then get to work. The idea is that you focus on one task for that length of time. When the times goes off, you take a 5-minute break. Get something to drink, stretch, do whatever you want for 5 minutes to refresh yourself.
Then set the timer for another 25 minutes. If you haven’t completed the original task, go back to it and pick up where you left off. If you have finished it, then begin another task. You can keep doing this, working for 25 minutes and then taking a break for as long as you want to. Or, you can do only one 25 minute session and be done for the day.
I love this method of decluttering because you can generally accomplish more than you thought possible when you give your complete attention to the task at hand.
Last time I posted a blog I told you about some areas in my house which could use some attention.
I mentioned a chest of drawers in my family room as well as the desk in my kitchen. I decided to declutter the chest of drawers first using the pomodoro-technique.
As you can see, the only thing on top of the chest is a television. That is staying.
I sorted the drawers one drawer at a time and only put back the items which belonged together and which I wanted to keep.
The top three drawers are small and go across the chest. They hold scotch tape, gift tags, a few pens, scissors, tissue paper and small gift bags.
The first large drawer holds ribbon.
The next drawer holds all non-Christmas wrapping paper and large gift bags.
The bottom drawer holds Christmas wrapping paper. It took me about 20 minutes.
I used the remaining 5 minutes to recycle any odds and ends of paper that were too small or crumpled to keep. I put some gifts that had not been given onto a shelf in the closet in the family room. I’ll know to look at them when I need a gift for someone.
I was finished with the chest of drawers about one minute before the timer rang.
I didn’t have another project that I wanted to tackle so I took myself out into the garden as my reward for finishing this task.
Is there an area in your home that needs attention?
Try the pomodoro-technique. It may work for you!