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Make a habit of keeping my dresser clutter free so a mess isn't the first thing I see when I wake up


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bameStill struggling

I’m sorry to say I still haven’t tackled this goal. Every so often I look at my dresser and see I’ve allowed it to become a cluttered mess. Usually, however, it takes far less time to get it cleared off than it did in the past, so maybe I’m not as bad as I think I am. But I thought by now I’d have a magazine-layout-worthy dresser top—although that’s probably impossible when you actually live in the room rather than just have it prepped for a photo. At least that’s what I’m telling myself! 4 years ago


Just over a week ago, I woke up, looked at my dresser and realized it was a mess again. Maybe not as bad as it used to be, but far more messy than I wanted it to be. It probably took less than 10 minutes to put the things back where they were supposed to be (e.g., I had left spools of thread sitting on the dresser after sewing buttons back on garments, had some charity solicitations I was undecided about sitting there, had barrettes and jewelry scattered around, etc.). After I cleared the dresser top, I cleared the nightstands too, which were a disaster. I can now report I’ve kept all the surfaces neat for the last week and it’s much more cheery to wake up to neatness than it is to a mess. BUT when I looked over some of my old entries, I saw I’ve been trying to tackle this for 11 months! I really want to mark this one done. 4 years ago

bameReport at 5 months

I’m still having a tendency to backslide on this one. It’s not as bad as it was at the start, but I once again am falling into the habit of just setting things down on the dresser, intended to get to them ‘later.’ This has got to stop! 5 years ago

bame3 months later

Actually, it’s been more than that, closer to 4 months. I’ve had some backsliding lately, e.g., I kept some papers on the dresser so I wouldn’t forget to take care of some important matters, and wasn’t putting away jewelry after I wore it, and I let pages from my page-a-day calendar pile up because I kept forgotting to carry them down to the recycling bin. But last night I glanced at the dresser before I turned off the lights and said, ‘yuck.’ Too much stuff there. The business issues had been taken care of yesterday, so this morning I got things back to the bare necessities again. But what this showed me was that 3-4 months was still not long enough, for me at least, to make this a habit. So I’m keeping this up as a goal and giving myself to the end of the year to ingrain this habit. 5 years ago

bameHow much time should a new habit take to be permanent?

It’s been 3 weeks since I set this goal, and I’m pretty successful at it. It is much nicer to see a clutter-free dresser each morning. But to make sure this newly forming habit sticks, I won’t consider it a success until it’s been 3 months and it’s still clear. 5 years ago


Doing this is having a ripple effect. After seeing how nice my dresser looks cleared off, I managed to clear (and keep clear so far) an old rocker that is in my room that I tend to pile clothes on. That made me straighten up (but not remove) the pile of reading materials next to my bed. And this morning when I went into the bathroom, I began to think there was too much on my vanity, though there wasn’t time to deal with it then. We’ll see where this leads…. 5 years ago

bameUpdate 6/9

So far so good. This morning I got out a necklace, put it on my dresser, then decided not to wear it. In the past it would have sat there for a long time but today I put it away right away. I’ve also taken away all but two hair products; I can swap them out when I want a change. I have kept papers off the dresser and generally kept only essentials there, which is much nicer to look at now. 5 years ago


When my children were babies the pediatrician told me that ‘twice makes a habit.’ Were that were true with adults! But I’ve read that it takes 21 days to ingrain a new habit. I cleared the clutter off my dresser on Saturday, only absolute essentials allowed, and now it is Monday and it still looks good. So 19 more days to go and maybe I’ll manage to keep it that way for good. Now if I could just get rid of the pile of reading materials at the side of my bed…. 5 years ago

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