Day 155: What’s the Most Efficient Way to Declutter, and What’s the Name of This Flower?

We can all fill our day with things to do but are they they the right things? I’ve been working on my challenge every day this year to clear space in my house, my garden and my mind and the time taken to do this and write about it has added to my already busy schedule. As you know, I’m enjoying the process of decluttering and creating space, but often wonder if I should be doing things differently and more efficiently. Maybe if I had just taken a week or two off to focus entirely on decluttering, I would have got just as far or even further than I have now.

So, my question is…

Am I going about things the right way by doing a little bit every day?

Marla Stone, author of The Clutter Remedy, recommends planning and visualising your space and then allocating focused time to get things done where you don’t have to keep stopping and starting. She says that a single rooms can be categorised and organised in a day (or a bit longer if it’s very full) and that it’s possible to get the whole house done by doing four to six hours each day over two to three consecutive days. She doesn’t recommend a person “working an hour here and an hour there over the course of weeks or months” partícularly when that person has a busy schedule. Apparently it takes twice as long and even longer when doing it alone.

So, should I continue the way I am? As you know, I like to make improvements to the way I do things and don’t want to make the same mistakes in the second half of the year. I want to be more efficient. Any tips or observations would be very welcome.

Today’s progress

I had to declutter the conservatory again, but it was quick because it was just things that had been dumped in there from when the lounge was decorated last week. A mix of recycling, rubbish and donatable items (which went in the garage). The clearer space meant that I can once again move my desk chair back without knocking into anything.

What’s this flower?

Completely separate topic. We have this lovely plant growing in our garden with mesmerising deep pink flowers, but it’s lost it’s label. Does anyone know what it’s called?

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to Day 155: What’s the Most Efficient Way to Declutter, and What’s the Name of This Flower?

  1. It might be a Salvia? I understand not being able to declutter in a 3 day stretch. If you lived by yourself that might be doable. I do think doing a room at a time is more conducive to making a more positive impact. I did start small with just my everything drawer in the kitchen and it did give me a push, but then I chose to do the rest of the kitchen and then my office. By doing it this way I knew that anything that came into this space had a place and if it didn’t then it didn’t belong.

    • Salvia rings a bell, thank you. I had a feeling you’d know. I think you are right about starting small and then focusing on one room as the results will be more noticeable. This was easier before lockdown though. I definitely want to make some progress this weekend

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