The positive spiral of decluttering 


How many times have we made a purchase, only to realise that there’s more we’ll have to buy to go with it?

Take the smart phone (and I use this as a mere example; I am not anti-smart phones). You buy the phone. It needs a case. And a charger. Don’t forget the speakers and headphones. I’m sure you can think of other things that need ‘extras’.

How about that new dress? Yup; it needs shoes to go with it. Nail polish? Have you remembered the remover? And cotton pads? The list goes on, but you get my drift.

So, what if the decision to declutter actually created the opposite effect? In her book, “The Joy of Less”, Francine Jay discusses the positive spiral of decluttering, describing it as a ‘cascade of castoffs’. Ditch the item and you won’t need all the other stuff that goes with it.

This is a bit like Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball; as you reduce your debts, you create a positive snowball effect as your efforts gather momentum.

So, ditch just one thing and you may begin to benefit from a positive spiral of decluttering. The momentum will build and you’ll see the benefits spilling into other areas of your life. Less stuff? More space! Fewer belongings? Easier to clean your home, freeing up more time for you.

What will that one thing be?

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