/ 16.8.11 / 5 Comments / decluttering , Organization
Using the 80-20 Pareto Principle to Declutter
I love cleaning house. I know...it's a little nerdy, for sure. Ah well.. That's why you read my daily dribbles right? So we can celebrate the mundane..and find joy in a clean drawer or cabinet? I admit that I'm completely happy because my 1-2-3 approach to decluttering is still working like a charm. Perhaps..that just means that I'm easily pleased.
Euphoric is the word for it, really.
I've never forgotten how amazing it was to see the inside of my mother-in-law's cabinets (20 yrs. ago). Picture having ONLY what you NEED in a cabinet or drawer and ABSOLUTELY nothing else! Not one extra bit of fluff...just the essentials.
Homemaking perfection is what I call it. :o) That's been my 'dream' ever since. And I found a principle that makes all the difference in the world. It's called the 80-20 Pareto Principle....
If you've never read about the 80-20 Pareto Principle..you should. It's simple and it goes kind of like this...20% of the people...do 80% of the work. Twenty percent of your tools are needed 80% of the time..for any given job. Twenty percent of the people cause 80% of the trouble in any given organization.
Pareto principleFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
- The term "Pareto principle" can also refer to Pareto efficiency.
What this boils down to..is that if you can identify the 20% of the stuff in any given cabinet or drawer that you really love and get rid of the 80% you don't need, you can simplify your home and life in a jiffy! No stress..easy decisions..quick results.
Step 1: Pull everything out.
Step 2: Identify and set aside anything you just CAN'T live with out. (Likely..this is your 20%).
Step 3: Put the 20% BACK in the cabinet.
Step 4: Throw away or donate the 80% you truly don't need.
It works like a charm. Try it today and see if I'm not right.
But be careful..this CAN get addictive. Have fun!
PS. This post was from Comin' Home's Facebook page, which you can access from the sidebar here. This is my aim for a 'short and sweet' post. Hope you like it. :o)