News


Why crash diet clear outs never work

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, July 20, 2017

When your house is a mess, the idea of a crash diet clear out is oh-so-tempting! There’s a satisfying ‘New Year detox purge’ feeling about it. One that fills you with a sensation of virtuousness. And it’s true that in those blissful 10 minutes after it’s done, everything looks and feels great.

 

Do crash diet clear outs work?

But when has your spontaneous crash diet clear out ever lasted longer than a week? I’m guessing it’s never. If it’s a myth that crash diets work, it’s an even bigger one that those almost hysterical clear outs you do when you just can’t stand the mess anymore, do. Hardly anyone ever challenges this idea though. In fact, it’s a myth that even some best selling de-clutter books perpetuate. That’s is a real shame because if you believe that a good clear out is all it takes to live clutter free, then you’ll continually waste a lot of energy on clearing rooms that revert to their former state (i.e. chaos…) very quickly.

 

So why don’t clear outs work?

Well, both crash diets and clear outs are designed around a basic assumption i.e. that you want a fast solution that looks good for a while, but that longevity isn’t important. That you want a ‘by any means necessary’ method. That you don’t have the patience to plan what you’re doing and work at it sensibly in increments, with a larger system in mind, so that the results last. They play on your desperation for a quick transformation and they bribe you with feeling ‘virtuous’. These are things that tempt us all, but only because often, we haven’t realised the benefits we could so easily have if we thought about tidying in a different way. Too often it’s because even clutter authors haven’t even told us there’s an alternative.

 

So how do I get over the ‘needing clear outs’ mentality?

I’m going to ask you a question so basic, that you probably haven’t ever thought about the answer. Why is it important to you be tidy?Is it all about ‘looks’ for you? Because if it is, that may be the thing that’s tripping you up. Let me explain. If I put one of those ‘time lapse’ cameras in your house, and you could see the way you use it over the course of a week, within the space of a few minutes, you’d realise a couple of importantthings. To begin with, you’d see that if you rely on ‘tidy ups’, even if you do it regularly and religiously, that your house is actually messy most of the time. That’s dispiriting isn’t it? And you’d see that the way it looks for one particular moment isn’t as important as the fact that the messiness gets in your way and stops you using the things you need to, easily.

 

You should be aiming to make your space easier to use, rather than looking tidy

So by now it should be pretty obvious that ‘looking tidy’ in itself isn’t as important as making the space easy for you to use all the time. If you’ve simply been aiming for ‘tidy’ then you’ve been short changing yourself. To do that, you need a working system which helps you to find the things you need in order to complete your tasks easily, while also remaining organised. Yes, you can have both. The reason crash diet clear outs don’t work is that they assume your house is static (like a display cabinet or as if for a photo shoot in House & Garden) when in fact, as you’ve discovered via my ‘time lapse’ thought experiment, it’s a fluid working system. If you want to maintain good order easily, you have to understand and plan around that reality.

 

The secret that ‘naturally tidy’ people know automatically

Naturally tidy people sense this. They unconsciously arrange all the items in their houses (even the smallest ones) so that they’re close to the task they’re needed for, and easy to access. That means that each of these items is less likely to ‘migrate’ to somewhere inconvenient over time, where it gets in the way. Arranging things near where they’re needed makes putting things away correctly and immediately much easier. And when you do that consistently, huge clear outs are never needed.

To find out how to avoid having clear outs ever again, download a pdf extract of my first book ‘Banish Clutter Forever’. It’ll save you hours!

 


Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image


×

Recent Posts


Tags

VIPs new year procrastination ‘creativity’ living clutter free Sheila Chandra author organise static spaces organizing for creative people platform proposal writing control social media networking myth working class artists chaotic low maintenance strategies too many commitments effortlessly tidy self promotion networking effectively 2018 goals hobbies symptoms of creativity friends grief email bankruptcy stay tidy automatically hoarding vocation exhaustion touring letting go good creative habits career strategy binge bulk buy minimalists slow and steady partners good art work workspaces mess being tripped up home organising buying youth nurturing creative work business-like creativity diary anxiety wind down introverts just in case artist goals dynamic spaces great art boredom creative identity peer-to-peer networks work efficiently fall of innocence clarity of thought magic loss loving your audience cleaning your desk how to be naturally tidy buy fewer clothes quality housework much quicker pop culture criteria for letting go of stuff goals organisation disorganization friendships absences home life normality efficient work patterns creative career coaching email overload proposals concentrated creative time under-confidence car cleaning work life feel like creatiing trope peacefulness saving time theft domestic life well organized creative organising great artists slim-line wardrobe artistic conviction cupboard of shame lifetimes artist mentors visualising social media funding appointments network pop music motivation cry brands buying stardust business clearing creative spark inspiration clearing in short bursts tidy people the void subconscious mind clear outs : clothes why organise compulsion mornings home care sacrifice being organized work priorities well curated closet email creative magic work trips nurture creativity tortoise and hare clearing clutter making decisions much better friend artist mentoring professional creative career morning routines artist workspaces writing funding campaigns long-term artistic development business interface to creative businesses productivity hotel room stardust double standard emotional support creative wellbeing creative culture business-speak creative commissions commitment buying hope artistic chaos creative confidence hostile clutter tension options imagination hijacking creativity too busy elevator pitch professional mentors celebrity endorsed products missed opportunities buying happiness wardrobe time clutter professional encouragement emotional balance spree multiple lifetimes branding inconvenience streamlining routines creative person crowdfunding clear desk diary smart artists mature artists collections clutter artists stop cluttering childhood artist brilliant creator critical acclaim buying wealth precious memories green room overwork confident in clothes clearing as you go sheila chandra coaching warm down nipping things in the bud clutter addict tidy desk tidiness in living spaces working class culture creative people how to work efficiently copyright networking good friend innocence emotional resilience getting ready for work clean desk culture to do list lazy stop hoarding stuff stay on top of email arrogance display items artistry fine art focus how to save time emotionally secure artist guilty purchases staying in control creative career low maintenance feeling creative popular culture nascent artists living mess free successful artist tidy card diagnosis creative ambitions parent resentment artist materials tips for clearing work/home life balance temperament storage creativity vulnerability tidier jealousy ‘stories’ about your possessions

Archive

    ×