Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Five in Ten

I heard about this awesome tip online somewhere and decided to utilize it today. I'm finding that sometimes the project of de-cluttering all the stuff in my life can seem overwhelming. There's so much to do, where in the world do I start?

Five in Ten.

Today I am opening up my closet and picking 5 articles of clothing that I no longer wear or am okay with giving up. I'm not going to take a lot of time deciding upon which articles to pick. I don't want to put more time into this than I need to and allow myself to get emotionally caught up in what I am choosing. I'm choosing 5 things in 10 minutes and throwing them in a goodwill bag and immediately putting it in my car. No looking back. The next time I am out and about, I will drop the bag at the local goodwill center or shelter.

Seems like such a small thing.  But think about doing this once a week for a month.  I will have given away 20 articles of clothing to someone in need and made a miniscule dent in my de-cluttering process.

(I also plan on doing this in my kiddos closets as well. They have more clothing than I do! I seem to let it pile up and pile up because of the emotional attachment that I have to their "itty-bitty-baby-clothes". I've got to learn to let go. Of course, as much as I want to accomplish my little Five in Ten objective in my husband's closet as well. . .that's probably not the best idea. I would like to stay married. So I will let him in on my little project and hope to God that he follows suit.)

Happy De-Cluttering Amigos!


  1. I completely understand how you feel! Let me know how it goes, I need to try this idea myself!

  2. Alot can be accomplished by committing to doing a little bit on a consistent schedule. Time moves so fast and if we only commit to one thing a week for 6 months and only hit our target 80 percent of the time we have done the item about 21 times. Scheduling it becomes important.

  3. Love this idea! I'm all about accomplishing great tasks in small increments! Thanks for the new organizing tool!

    If I may, I'd like to trade a tool for a tool. I learned this from the Fly Lady (google it!) who does everything in 15 minutes. It's great for making a large task manageable and works great for kids (tried it on my younger SIL). Just set a timer for 15 minute (or 10 sometimes) and work away at the task at hand. When the timer dings, you're done! Over a week (not counting Sundays for resting) that's an hour and a half!! :)

    1. Thanks for the awesome idea, Kelly! I'm going to try that tomorrow! Such a great idea. I may not get everything done that I want to, but I can give anything 15 minutes a day! You rock!