How would you like to use this year’s Earth Day to begin longer-term better habits for a healthier Earth?
If that sounds encouraging, here’s a project you can do within a week or so that will help now as well as preparing you for actions that might require bigger effort, such as significant changes to your lifestyle or dwelling.
Here are the ‘easy’ steps:
1. Read over the recycling calendar/pamphlet your local council sends you every year – if you don’t have one, contact your council & ask for one or view the information on their website.
2. Declutter your home* with special attention to such recyclables, setting them aside in their separate categories with a dated sticky-note on for when you’ll take them to their appropriate disposal drop-off point.
*Do this to the level that is practical for your level of overall clutter. As a guide if either recycling or decluttering are not typical activities for you, limit yourself to a once-over, picking up whatever you see as you walk around your home spotting recyclable clutter. The idea is to get the hang of it and contribute something for the planet. Even a small range of individual items will get you started thinking in recycling types. The main thing is to practice what you read in the recycling calendar.
3. Place any routine recyclables in your recycling collection bin.
4. Diarise remaining disposals, staying realistic about when you can travel to each drop-off point or get someone to pick them up for you.
5. Stick to your diarised plans.
The harder steps, adapted from my Re-Vibe Checklist:
Do a little decluttering (to the best of your current organising skills) in each of these areas:
1. Material clutter
Whatever decluttering you do,
just remember to dispose of throwaways appropriately!
As a first step in migrating to fully online service (yes, that’s what I’ve been working on while being so quiet) the first course in my new CoachRoom will open on the weekend. You will love this course! It will really show you what decluttering can mean for you. At ten lessons, it will take around the same number of hours, but will cost less than a one-hour organising appointment, and way less than a one-hour coaching session, yet will give you so much more than one of each! Why will it cost less? Here’s the trick: you’ll be helping me build the course! This is how I explain it in the first lesson:
The course is presented as text-only and I would love you to tell me what supplementary content would help you experience the information in a more satisfying way.
For example, if you read something and think, "I can't picture that, what would it look like?" you can ask for an image to go there. Or if you want to see a process in action, ask for a video.
You might want the opportunity to upload a picture of your own, or to comment on a picture -- we could use presentation tools there. Quizzes or games can liven things up or interrupt the flow (which can be okay if you need a break), so note anywhere you feel droopy so I can think about how to give you a boost.
Maybe you'd like to see an interview or an infographic, a cartoon or a graph -- just let me know what would help you understand better or enjoy a particular part of the course more. I'll take all your input and augment the materials to include the best combination of learning tools I can, to give you a great learning experience.
Then you can take the course again for a nominal fee. That's right, if you buy the first offering of Nutshell Decluttering, and provide feedback, I'll offer you the augmented version for peanuts. You’ll deserve a discount on trying out a course you helped build! You can apply it to new areas of clutter so you'll get a whole new range of benefits from it! You won't be obliged to give detailed feedback for that one, just a quick note at the end about how it was better or if it still needs improvement.
The object is to make it as easy and fun as possible for you to get beautiful results from learning and practicing the Inspector Ross way of decluttering with purpose.
You can even help me name my course area – should it be a CoachRoom, Academy, Tutoring Room, College? Getting ambitious there, I know. Anyway, I like the idea of peripatetic (in an open walkway, or ambulant) study, because you’ll be pretty active doing my courses, but I couldn’t think of a simple name to reflect that. I’m open to your ideas right now!
What do you reckon about all that?
COMPANION VOLUME TO THE EVERIES BOOK [2018 update: Now for sale at a very reasonable price in the Store!]
Occasionally, I've been asked for an app, or some other method of daily reminders to make using The Everies Book easier.
So, I've created a year's set of bookmarks to help you learn The Everies system and steadily accomplish goals throughout the next financial year: these are The Everies Learning Curve Bookmarks. They can be printed then cut out and used as actual bookmarks in your regular diary or viewed electronically in daily columns. I discovered I can email the PDF to my Kindle account & view the columns day by day on my phone. I even sent The Everies Book to it, with ‘Convert’ typed in the subject line so I can refresh myself on pages of the Book whenever I want (without having to put my glasses on...). Note that this conversion method doesn’t work well for the Bookmarks because it doesn’t keep table formatting etc.; but for the Book, it’s great that I don’t have to scroll back & forth to read each line! I’m going to learn more about formatting for different e-book readers, but that’s another project.
Until at least midnight, 30 June 2017, this 160-page companion volume is completely free with your sale-priced Everies Book download. Yes! I want as many people as possible to experience the Everies way so I’ve reduced the price of The Everies Book to just A$7.99 for this same end-of-financial-year period. If you already have the Book, simply ‘purchase’ the The Everies Learning Curve Bookmarks download for free on its own.
I know some people may want to try the free book first without buying The Everies Book, and that’s okay, but I must warn you that the Bookmarks refer heavily to terms and theory in the Book, without further explanation. It would be foggy-going, but with a little imagination you might be able to get decent results. You could try searching new terms on my blog to see if they’ve been discussed there.
I’d welcome any feedback about using the raw Bookmarks so daringly! They definitely work better with the Book.
Hope this offer eases any tax-time grrrrr
and makes next financial year look more appealing.
This is my last check-in for 2016. Besides wishing you all the best for Christmas, I encourage you to take some quiet time on or before New Year’s Eve to rapidly review this year in the most positive light you can. On New Year’s Day, smartly get on with creating your 2017 plans, and immediately declutter something appropriate to clear a path for them.
Wishing you Peace, Love and Laughter for the Season.
I took some extra time to make sure I fully did my Daily Paperwork, repeating days where I missed my morning, evening or supper routines – hope you’ve been getting somewhere with your own practice of diarising and recording.
Now it’s the time of year where major wrapping up and re-planning takes place! During these last couple of weeks before the New Year rings in, squeeze out some time to review any plans you’d made for the year and see if you can finish anything off that’s been hanging fire, no matter how minor it may be. Then you’ll be more energetic for the next round – 2017!
To help you have a great next year, I’m keeping my Everies Book at half price over the Festive Season. You can now view the TOC (table of contents) here or at the end of The Everies Book page.
As a special thanks to blog readers, I am also giving away 5 free copies!
Use the contact form to send me your email address, & the first 5 forms will receive a reply with the PDF attached.
I won’t use the email to initiate anything further except to send you a feedback form; it will be up to you whether you fill it in or not – no pressure.
All forms received before the expiry date, but after the first 5, will receive a special excerpt from the book.
Offer ends Wednesday 21 December 2016,
midnight, Western Australian time.
How’d you go with checking in on your diary progress? I found it helped me work out which 1 Small Thing to declutter – the first thing that came to mind when I read the undone diary steps. If clutter puts you off doing ordinary, everyday diary entries it’s bad enough, but when it stops you carrying out your longer-term plans, it simply has to go!
This week, keep doing the same actions as in Reminder 53 but now add a preparation step: close to bedtime, tick off any extra diary entries you were able to complete in the evening, then briefly prepare for the next day. This last step in your Daily Paperwork is called the Nightly Review'n'Prep & it’s explained in Everies Reminder 17.
These 4 simple actions will help you stay on an even keel while getting more done.
1. Diarise, 2. Check-in, 3. Declutter 1 Small Thing, & 4. Review’n’Prep.
I hope you went well with beginning to diarise and declutter daily. I did 7 shelves in my kitchen cupboards, and it feels great to open the doors now!
This week, keep doing the same actions as in Reminder 52. Add in this bit of control: In the early evening, tick off any diary entries you completed for the day, and catch up on any you can still reasonably fit in. The extra step is called the Dusk Check-in & it’s explained in Everies Reminder 16.
1. Diarise, 2. Dusk Check-in, 3. Declutter 1 Small Thing.
In The Everies Book, I have a set of 21-day Learning Curves for different types of Everies. The first is a nice, easy groove-in of diarising and decluttering. Anyone can do this and it’s a great way to bring order back in whenever you’ve been busy and life has run amok.
For the first 7 days, do 2 steps without fail:
1. Diarise your plans in the morning.
No need to make a ploughman’s breakfast out of this, just make a point of it. Jot down some plans which you can realistically expect to tick off by the end of the day.
2. Declutter 1 Small Thing in the evening.
That’s not even a 'small area’ yet, merely a Thing: a purse, wallet, drawer, shelf, etc. It need take no more than 15 minutes but it should be completed, not half-done or shuffled around.
What you are aiming for with these steps is to set a daily rhythm of beginning with a sense of direction, and ending with a sense of completion.
If you don’t have the book, and need refreshing on how to declutter,
revisit the How To Declutter slide show on my DIY page.
Da-dah! My store is working at last. There is more information in the Goods tab. Please check out The Everies Book as soon as you can.
Meanwhile, I wanted to let you know the direction this blog will take now: I'm going to work through the book myself and provide extra info on tasks or theory where it seems helpful.
You won't have to have read the book to understand the posts,
but it will help!
In using this blog, please Note: