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Kaizen Ė Small Increments or BabySteps

There is a Japanese word, Kaizen, which means small increments of improvement. The idea is to make continuous small changes to improve your environment. These small changes of Kaizen can, in the long term, be more effective than making major changes. Kaizen is used in businesses and factories, but it can be used just as successfully in the home.

Look around your home and see what you can improve, even if itís a small change. Make a list of bad habits you want to eliminate and new habits you want to start. Then make a small change toward getting there. If, for instance, you want to exercise more, donít suddenly go jogging for an hour a day, you wonít last a week. Instead go walking two days a week, then three, then four, then start jogging some days instead of walking. By making small changes you are more likely to keep up with your new resolution.

To reduce clutter, start by moving one thing from your house each day. Keep a box in the garage and when itís full drive to a thrift shore or leave it on the curb for the next pick up by a worthy charity. Getting rid of 1 thing a day means 30 things a month. You will start to see the difference and maybe be inspired to declutter more than just one thing a day.

Do small chores immediately, and they will disappear. Donít let regular tasks like dirty dishes and laundry mount up, do little and often.

Sort your mail as it arrives, then it wonít build up to an unmanageable pile.

Keep your trash cans empty. A simple thing like this will encourage you to use them. If they are permanently overflowing you are more likely to leave trash lying around cluttering up your house.

Wipe the bathroom sink and toilet daily. Then there is no deep cleaning to be done. Once it becomes a routine, you wonít even see it as a chore.

Donít aim for perfection, but instead to improve the situation in a small way. That way you wonít clean until itís shining, but give it a quick wipe just to improve. Always aim to improve everything by a small step at a time and then after a while you will realize big changes have taken place.

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