Unfinished Projects

11 Feb 2020

One of the Top Clutter Causes (it deserves caps) is Unfinished Projects. The stuff that you have laying around and stuffed in storage because it's waiting for something else to be done on it before it can be used or discarded.

It's a major cause of clutter and a big stumbling block for many people trying to simplify their lives, so this week Bec and Tara dive in and discuss the different types of "unfinished stuff" clutter there is and how you might go about tackling it.

Show Notes:

What do we mean by 'Unfinished Projects?'

Aspirational clutter

Things you aspire to do or to have done

Possibility clutter

Things you see the possibilities for but have not committed to actualising

Unfinished tasks

household chores and cycles left incomplete ​


Craft projects

House renovations or DIY projects

Mail opened but not actioned

Information - brochures/ pamphlets/ books/ guides not used but kept with the hope of using

Books/ papers/ magazines half read and then abandoned

Washing- like clothes washed but not folded

Dishes - like washed but not dried and put away

Paperwork stacked in piles but not filed

Bags of donations left in the boot of a car or piled at the front door

Why does it happen?


Lose motivation/ interest

It stops being fun/ relaxing

Fear or finishing/ risk of failure/ perfectionism

Don’t schedule time/ too busy - lack of planning

Distracted by other projects

Insufficient tools/ resources

How to avoid it:

When acquiring knowledge aim for getting the information ‘just in time’ - not too far ahead. ​

Schedule time for starting and completing tasks-

Set a limit on how many unfinished projects you can have at one time.​

Let go of the guilt of parting with an unfinished project you’ve abandoned (eg craft item)

Get yourself an accountability partner or group

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