April 04, 2020

Breaking the Shopping Habit While Isolating

Stuck at home with stores closed by a state of emergency, you might just forget to do any shopping. Or if the shopping bug keeps bugging you, now is an especially easy time to break that pattern.

During the coronavirus lockdown in effect as I write this, I know of many people who have stopped buying most of the things that they would ordinarily be shopping for. My own purchases in the last month have been limited to food, with a few exceptions in the category of entertainment. Most routine shopping, it seems, has simply been forgotten.

March 31, 2020

Gains From Clearing Clutter

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

One of the reasons clearing clutter can feel difficult, and why we may rely on March of Trash to focus our efforts, is that the emphasis is on taking things away. It can feel like a loss even though the physical thing you are losing is something you were never going to use. You get a more meaningful sense of what you accomplish when you can reframe clutter clearing in terms of what you have gained.

March 29, 2020

Family Time: The Ambiguous Clutter

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

There is a side of decluttering that is so problematic that I hardly ever mention it — but now is the time.

When you share a space with multiple other people — which usually means your family — ambiguous situations can arise around some of the stuff in the space. Whose stuff is it? You can’t always tell by looking at something who owns it or whose responsibility it is. When this happens, the easiest course of action is to leave the stuff generally where it is. Over time, this stuff can build up.

March 24, 2020

Decluttering While Self-Isolating at Home: Seek Balance

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

This post is especially for people who are home alone for a period of time and using the time to clear clutter.

March 22, 2020

Stuck at Home and Facing Clutter

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

This month, many people find themselves stuck in an unfamiliar place. They are at home, that is, and not just for a moment but for days at a time without the possibility of rushing out on a series of errands or to some other happier destination. People are almost forced to look around and see what their possessions are, and they may not be happy about what they see.

March 21, 2020

Human Impact and Clutter

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

It is a valid approach for most decisions to ask what the human impact will be, and decisions around clutter are no exception.

March 10, 2020

Consider the Energy

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

Some of the things you own just don’t feel good to have, even if you use them for something important. There is something off in their energy.

March 08, 2020

Clutter Clearing Reveals More Clutter

March of Trash asks you to take action on clutter every day for a month.

Clutter clearing is ultimately not very complicated but it can be a little tricky. One of the surprises in clutter clearing is that you can remove all the clutter from a specific place, such as a shelf or a drawer, only to return the next day or the next week and find more.