Beginning begins when you begin. Hold up, that’s pretty epic, right? Starting starts when you start. These are some profound thoughts, I know. If you haven’t been informed, you and I are on a journey. If you are unaware of this journey, quickly head over and read Creating Space To Breathe and you will understand the steps we are taking together as we BEGIN our adventure. I thought it might be appropriate to see how Mr. Webster defines the word “begin”. I mean, I totally get that it’s a word we all know and understand. However, many times we need a good reminder of how we are making something way too difficult that is a pretty simple process. Let’s read the definition, shall we?
to do the first part of an action
go into the first part of a process
to have a starting point
Sounds like all we have to do is “start”, make a step, take action. Why is this so difficult? I’m not sure about you, but for me, I can come up with a lot of reasons to delay the process of beginning, also known as procrastinating. I have that word mastered. What about you? What are some reasons or things that keep you from beginning? These really apply to anything in life we want to begin, but today we are going to focus on the topic of decluttering. I’ll give you some time to think about your answers……………….ok, I hope that was enough time. I will share a few of my justifications for procrastinating the process of decluttering below.
1. It seems so overwhelming and out of control.
2. I have no clue where to begin.
3. It feels hopeless. A task way too big for me to tackle.
4. I don’t have time to devote to this project.
5. Letting go of things is hard for me.
When I began my own personal adventure with decluttering, I knew it was going to be a process. I actually gave myself a year. I was committed to doing just a little something each and every day. I wasn’t going to exhaust myself and declutter my world in a week, or a month, but I was going to give myself enough time and space to create more time and space. I started small. Once I started, it became exhilarating. I’m not kidding. I could physically feel the load getting lighter. I’m two years into this journey, removed tons of clutter, but I still have work to do. Did you hear that? Two years and I still have things I can accomplish. Will you agree right now to give yourself grace and throw perfect out the window? See, we will start by decluttering “perfect”. That was easy, right? Somewhere in the middle of that year of decluttering, I realized this was going to become a lifestyle for me. It wasn’t a project with a projected end date, but a discipline I would carry with me for the rest of my life.
Ok, so here’s the deal, while this is going to become a lifestyle and we are going to give ourselves time and grace to walk this journey, we do need to be realistic and set some intentional tasks with deadlines. You cool with that? Here’s how this is going to go down. Each Monday I am going to create a new post giving a specific task on our decluttering adventure. You will have a full week to work on that one task. If you want to stay connected throughout the week, make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram. We will be able to share our personal thoughts and most importantly, accomplishments we are making throughout the week. Now listen, you can personalize this journey. You can declutter more than the task shared, or you can work at a slower pace. The goal is to BEGIN, just do something.
Our goal for this week is to declutter cabinets and drawers. You can declutter all the cabinets and drawers in your house, or you can declutter one. If you declutter one cabinet and one drawer a week for the rest of this year, you will have the most spectacular cabinets and drawers on your block by the time you are finished. See how this is a journey? We aren’t on a race or in a competition with those around us, we just want to be one step ahead of where we were the day before, the week before, the month before. Progress. We are aiming for progress.
Before we end, I want to make a suggestion. If you feel like you don’t have the “time” to declutter, maybe start with decluttering some things that will free up the time to declutter. For real. When I began my journey, the very first month of the process, I deleted all social media apps from my phone. I went one month with no social media and it was unbelievable the things I got accomplished. When the month was over, it was actually hard for me to get back on social media. It was freeing. I’m not saying you have to ditch this out of your life forever, but to get the ball rolling and for you to begin seeing progress, it could be beneficial. For me, I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired of the clutter, I was willing to do whatever it took to find freedom.
Alright, I think it’s time we part ways and get to work. I will check back midweek to see how you are doing and give you some encouragement. There is so many things I want share about the decluttering process; so many. We will be traveling together for a good while, so there’s plenty of time ahead to chat. Oh, be sure to take before and after pictures. Document the whole process for me, okay? If you love Facebook, you can share your progress here, and if Instagram is your jam, be sure to tag me (@moniquemclean) in your posts so I can cheer you along and highlight your progress. High five for beginning. You’ve got this!