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The 1% Theory: How Spending 15 Minutes a Day to Declutter Your Home Can Change Your Life

Find out how just spending 1% of your day decluttering can have a big impact on your life. By Bridget Johns

In the relentless hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s all too easy to find ourselves drowning in clutter, yearning for a tranquil and organised living space, and craving a focused and peaceful mind. As an organisational expert and the founder of Be Simply Free, I want to introduce you to the life-altering concept known as the “1% theory.” Every day has 1,440 minutes and 1% of your day is 14.4 minutes. This powerful philosophy operates on the premise that dedicating just under 15 minutes a day can significantly declutter not only your home but also your mind, ultimately breathing new life into your daily existence.

The Time Challenge: “I’m a Busy and Have No Time…” 

In the busy world, balancing a multitude of responsibilities can be an overwhelming task, leaving little room for personal self-care, let alone addressing the persistent accumulation of clutter in our lives. It’s here that the “1% theory” demonstrates its incredible prowess. This approach revolves around the consistent allocation of just 15 minutes daily to tackle the seemingly insurmountable task of decluttering, seamlessly integrating this endeavor into your daily routine.

Beyond the Physical “Stuff” 

The “1% theory” transcends the mere act of decluttering physical spaces; it is a holistic philosophy that extends to decluttering the mind. I am a firm believer that the external environment directly influences our internal state. By dedicating a mere 15 minutes each day to the process of decluttering, you open a gateway to release mental burdens and cultivate a sense of inner peace and mental clarity. You’ll be astounded by how this practice can enhance your overall well-being, allowing you to tackle life’s challenges with greater resilience.

Progress, Not Perfection

As women, we understand the difficulty of finding precious time. The “1% theory” encourages you to prioritize reclaiming your space. This begins with setting a timer, selecting a specific area or task, and committing to dedicating just 15 minutes each day to decluttering. Whether it’s the overflowing toy box, the chaotic kitchen pantry, or tackling the digital clutter within your inbox, each small step contributes to a larger transformation. The key is to recognise that, over time, these cumulative efforts translate into tangible progress, achieved one day at a time.

Letting Go: A Mindful Journey 

The “1% theory” is not just about physical benefits; it’s about fostering mindfulness and intentionality in your life. By focusing on decluttering, you’ll develop a heightened awareness of what truly brings you joy and purpose. As mothers, it’s all too common to accumulate both physical and emotional baggage that no longer serves us. By intentionally dedicating time each day to let go of what no longer aligns with our values, we create space for what truly matters. This could be quality time spent with our loved ones, or the pursuit of our passions, unburdened by the clutter that once held us back.

Taking Baby Steps to Transform Lives 

The “1% theory” has been a catalyst for profound change in the lives of countless women. Their experiences go beyond just the physical transformation of living spaces; they have discovered a newfound sense of peace and mental clarity. Living with intention, within a clutter-free environment, has enabled them to find the peace that comes from having an organized mind.

Getting Started with 1% Today 

It’s time to take back your space and restore balance to your life. Embrace the transformative power of the “1% theory” and commit to just 15 minutes a day dedicated to decluttering. Release yourself from the overwhelming burden of clutter and let your home nurture your soul. Remember, every small step counts on this journey toward being Simply Free. Share your progress and experiences with me on Instagram; I’d love to hear your stories.

Bridget Johns is an Organisation Expert, Time Optimiser and the founder of Be Simply Free. She is a master of helping people clear out the crap from their homes, calendars and lives so they can optimise their time and spend more of it collecting moments, not things. You can follow Bridget here.

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