I have to admit, just thinking about writing this article makes me happy! Because how often do you hear that stopping something you ‘should’ be doing will help you do more of it?! See, happy times are here!!
Here’s the deal. If you take one full, complete, 24 hours every single week where you refuse to think, worry, sort, shred, donate, toss, or ponder anything clutter related, you WILL have more success decluttering the rest of the week! (If you’re in a big rush, that’s the whole post in a nutshell so I totally understand if you need to go now.)
Studies are 100% on the side of taking a day off every week. Whether it’s for professional or personal reasons, whatever we fill our minds and time with the rest of the week we need to STOP doing for one day. Every week.
Let’s take a look at decluttering. Maybe your goal is 15 minutes a day. Or one box or bag a day. Or one part of your home every week. You probably know that consistency is important, and that doing something every day is better than doing a massive amount all at once and then burning out for three weeks. The solution to all of those, even the burnout, is to have one day off every week.
This is ideally also a day off from work and stopping as many commitments as possible. It’s just for one day! Doing this will accomplish a few really wonderful things:
It will motivate you to keep trying on the other days because you know a break is coming.
It will give your bucket of willpower and determination a chance to refill. Especially when you start decluttering and letting things go, you are using a lot of willpower and energy. Taking a one day break actually gives your willpower a chance to build up again!
You will be much more inspired to do things the day after the day off. In fact, you will get more done on the day back—and with less effort—than if you had kept working with no break!
See why stopping is so amazing?!
A few more tips: Plan something enjoyable to do on your STOP day. Think about it throughout the week. And when you get to your STOP day, shut down all the clutter thoughts for the day. Give your mind a total break from decluttering. On your GO days, you are working to change your thoughts and adding new circuits in your brain. So make sure you also give your hardest working organ a STOP day without clutter thoughts.
And then, when you jump back in the next day, you can start looking forward to your next STOP day!
So…Ready, Set, STOP!! And then you’ll be ready to GO!