What can you declutter during an advert break?

My inner calmness is influenced by the outer order around me. Is that the same for you?

I’m an avid ‘declutter-er’ and I’ve even helped other people do a big declutter and they get a wonderful feeling of freedom at the end but it’s not always easy or convenient to put aside a weekend or a whole day and get someone to help. So how can we declutter a little at a time without losing motivation?

One of the most helpful things my Mum taught me is that you can do something in a few minutes. Mum used to let us to watch our favourite TV programmes but when the adverts came on we had to go and do a job. Our little minds were focused by the time constraint of an advert break and made it easier to get the task done. It taught us to take advantage of those little times and even now during advert breaks I feel the desire to stand up and just get something done quickly (not that we have many advert breaks now because of the wonderful record and fast forward buttons).

The lesson she was teaching us is that you can do a lot with even a little amount of time. But without someone like a parent to motivate us to do it… how can we convince ourselves to actually do what we said we would? The answer: Tagging. One of my favourite techniques (asides from time constraints) is ‘tagging’, it’s what I use when I want to start a new habit. It works as it sounds, I tag the new habit/action onto another task I already do.

Here’s the idea: Let’s say you want to declutter your underwear drawer (socks with holes in and tights with ladders are not cool!). Either wait for the next advert break or next time you’re putting away clean laundry (that’s the tagging part), make sure you set your timer for 10mins (use a timer on your phone or on your oven) and empty your underwear drawer and get rid of whatever doesn’t fit, whatever is worn out or whatever you don’t love.

It’s my experience that most people feel better in an environment that is clear and orderly, what drawer or item are you going to tackle during your next advert break?x

4 thoughts on “What can you declutter during an advert break?

  1. Ha! You just reminded me of my sock drawer declutter last year 🙂 My socks are all black as it makes them easier to pair up after washing, and I wear them for years. Also, when one gets a whole, I can throw the single sock away and still match it up with others. Anyway, last year a friend said to me, “are the socks you’re wearing today two different shades of grey?!” I was horrified, and once I looked at them with a fresh perspective, I realised they were definitely no longer black and definitely weren’t matching. Needless to say, I decluttered all my socks, and started fresh with a new collection (again all black).

    I like to do things during the ad breaks too. My declutter task of choice then is to sit there with a pile of paperwork or reference folder to sort through.

    Thanks for another great post!

    • I love your grey sock story! You could write about it on your blog and I could set up a link? Although I will have to learn how to do that 😉

      Oh you’re so good to go through paper during an ad break, I hate paper work. It’s the one thing I could happily put off forever, but sadly I can’t. If I was going to pay anyone for their services, it would be to come sit with me and go through my paperwork once a month with me,x

      • I’d sort your paperwork for you Fiona! I just find it such a do-able decluttering project as I can do as little or as much of it as I like, which suits the ad breaks.

        Will also let you know if I do a sock drawer post, it’s a good idea 🙂


      • Ah well in that case it’s a massive shame you are the opposite side of ‘the world because it probably means I’ll have to get my butt in gear & do my paper work on my own 🙂 one day,x

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