Well Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily didn’t call it The Dreaded Challenge for nothing…this truly was a very dreaded challenge for me.
Procrastination took over! As I was behind on my Productivity Challenge, I dabbled in it when I should have been working on my latest challenge…decluttering the guest bedroom and moving bedroom furniture.
Needless to say, I am behind in both!
I believe there is a reason why I have such a build up of hidden clutter…I have a tendency to hold on to everything. I have this notion, that someday it will come in useful and I will be kicking myself later for passing it on or throwing it out!
Instead of dealing with the clutter, I keep putting it off until later. Later, in this case, turning into years of accumulated indecisions.
On top of that, I lack the right organization tools to keep things organized.
Peter Walsh (decluttering guru) where are you when I need you!
Remembering his tips for decluttering, “Do I really need this? Why am I holding on to this?” I grabbed a bin for recycling, a bin for things to donate, a bin for the items I would keep, and a bag for the garbage.
On Monday, I headed on up to the ‘dreaded guest bedroom’ with the ‘dreaded clutter filled drawers’ that I had already half emptied onto the bed, floor and tops of drawers and set to work.
I promised myself I would be ruthless! I would conquer this fear of letting go of my stuff! I would find a better way to hold on to my memories! I would GET ORGANIZED!
I know this might sound crazy but I had to keep telling myself, “You can do this! FOCUS!”
A before picture of all the guest bedroom drawers emptied out on to the bed, floor, and tops of the dressers. Yikes!
An after shot…whew! I did it!
What I wasn’t anticipating, was the huge emotional impact this decluttering challenge would pose to me. What started out as simply clearing clutter turned into a battle of decisions.
A reality check of sorts…letting go of the past and making way for the future. The past weighed heavily on my shoulders…it is such a relief to let it all go!
Carla’s Mini Challenge: To do something nice for yourself.
I love going out for a coffee…a Soy Latte to be exact! To me, going out for a coffee is a luxury…even better spent with a friend. My new friend, Luba and I, have been trying to hook up for a coffee for months now…yesterday seemed like the perfect opportunity. So on a whim, I called her up and we quickly got ourselves organized and met in just over an hour…no more excuses! (Carla…note your beautiful whimsical wallet on the far left… works perfectly as my new camera case!)
Kudos go out to Luba…she had her son to also get ready in that short amount of time.
Luba and I have a lot in common…her son also suffers from eczema and has many food sensitivities and food allergies. We always have a lot to talk about!
It was great catching up! I know my boys will be jealous of missing out visiting with her son…next time we’ll get together with all the boys!
P.S. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily, for getting me started on my ‘new journey’ of striving to live clutter free!
Carla’s February Decluttering Challenge may be over…but I will still be working on sorting, organizing and filing my recipes and will be getting the boys’ bedroom furniture sorted out in due time.
P.P.S. Thankfully, my living room will be decluttered today…I will be busy taking all my donatable items to the women’s shelter and the Salvation Army that I have been storing across the floor and on the couch.
Update: My Dreaded Challenge won! Thank you Carla. It truly was a challenge to push myself through the procrastination. Click here to see some of the other completed Dreaded Challenges.
I could do with watching my pennies…I never seem to be at a loss of places to declutter and personally, I need to expand our food repetoire! Hmmmm….
Question: How do you stay on top of your clutter? Do you have any organizational tips to keep clutter at bay?