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Decluttering still... and again

December 30th, 2008 at 08:51 am

My decluttering efforts wax and wane with my energy level, but lately, I've been at it again. Thanks to the record high temp on Sunday, I spent a few hours in the garage which is organized chaos with stacks of boxes of who knows what. My main goal was to clear a path to the side entry door which we never use. We've had some trouble with the garage door lately and we want to be able to use the side door just in case we need it. I did accomplish that. I also threw out a couple of items that were taking up a lot of space and had not sold at our last 2 yard sales or on Craigslist. I hate to throw stuff away but sometimes you just have to (it wasn't stuff worth donating anywhere).

Next, I realized that my dresser had gotten out of hand again. Not nearly as bad as it used to be, but not as nice as I had made it before either. That actually cleaned up pretty quickly. It is always easier to keep stuff clean than to get it clean in the first place.

Besides that, just the usual of trying to pay attention to the clutter and clearing things when I see them anywhere in the house (or car). Stuff just piles up and will sit there for ages until one of us gets tired of looking at it. I'm trying to stay aware of those kinds of things and just pick up or put away one thing here and there when I pass it.

Best wishes for an organized and decluttered 2009.

9 Responses to “Decluttering still... and again”

  1. swimgirl Says:

    You mentioned what I have been trying to teach my kids for years: It's easier to keep things clean than it is to clean up a big mess. Unfortunately, my husband is the "absent-minded scientist" type who is sooooo disorganized. And I think the kids got his genes for that. I struggle constantly trying to teach kids to clean up after themselves and keep things neat.

  2. Ms. Pearl Says:

    Thank you! I need to get up off my butt right now and start decluttering. Once I get started it isn't so bad and the end result is always wonderful...it's that getting started part that eludes me.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    swimgirl, unfortunately all 3 of us are like that. That's why it is a never-ending battle to get and stay organized. I'm tempted to replace all of our furniture with pieces that have curved tops so that we can't pile anything on them.

  4. Caoineag Says:

    Yeah I need to start organizing all of the closets and drawers so I suspect we will be decluttering here shortly as well. Which I find amazing since I "spring clean" about twice per year because clutter results in high stress levels for me.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Adopt the ETE motto. Have an "erase the evidence" tidy up everyday...it usually only takes 10 minutes to clear the days clutter! Keep up the good work.

  6. gamecock43 Says:

    I love decluttering...I cant wait to start packing for our big move in January so I can start decluttering!

  7. zetta Says:

    Once you've got an area clean, institute a new rule: every time you buy something, you have to get rid of an old item you don't use.

  8. Aleta Says:

    When we have items that we no longer want; we put it outside on the parkway with a sign that says free. It's usually gone in a couple of hours. You would be surprized at what people consider worthy items that may just need some repair or painting. We don't like to throw away items that someone else can use.

  9. disneysteve Says:

    Aleta, that's exactly what I did. The one item (an seat from our old van) went to the curb on Sunday. It actually stayed there until sometime yesterday when someone took it. There is still a glass fish tank and a beach chair out there. I'm sure those will disappear too before the trash trucks come.

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