It’s actually kinda taken over in a good way. Most evenings after dinner are spent gutting and bagging. I’m working up such a sweat over it, it actually feels like a real workout. There are always bags or boxes of stuff being piled up somewhere. Makes me wish I just had one empty room to pile just the bags!
Yup, it’s been that drastic.
It’s also making me question my hoarding habits… or lack of discipline. Or both.
I guess the good thing is, I know how to do this. It’s just a matter of doing it.
Thing is, this place was clean before we head to Maui in late June. How did things get so out of hand in 4 months time?
Have the conversation with yourself…
Is it the fact that I’m not paying attention to where I put things?
Is it the fact that I’m always on the run and never finish things?
That there’s always a life crunch that takes priority, having me drop things in my quake?
That my days are so full, maybe too full, that’s causing panic from life thing to life thing?
These are all questions that need addressing. So I’m working on loosening up more time for life in general.
One thing for sure is, I never use to go on a massive picking up spree each day or evening like I do now. I LOVE the look of the sparse rooms of late, so each evening, I drag the vacuum cleaner over the floors, which means they must be picked up first.
Staying on top of clean rooms:
Each evening, go through EVERY room and pick up the piles.
This small, concentrated effort has made a difference.
Anyway, one particular evening, my closet was hit.
I was hanging up clean laundry and couldn’t deal with this mess. Tangled hangers and everything squished together. I couldn’t even close the right closet door!
Out of sheer spur of the moment mounting frustration…. I gutted the entire closet, floor and bars, onto my bed.
Spontaneous purging is sometimes best!
Don’t over think this… just DO it!
If you think about it, you’ll talk yourself out of it due to lack of time.
I then started sorting stuff into piles. Thrift, keep, toss, you get the idea.
I was very hard on myself on this one. I visualized picking something out of my closet and putting it on. If it didn’t fit or I ‘would never wear that these days’, it went. Even if I still liked it or it had a new tag hanging from it. The thrift store did really well on this one.
Now I have room to shop for things I will wear!
While you clean, I suggest to really anazlize why your place gets to the point it does. Is it really lack of room, time priority, or improper storage? Or maybe a little of everything?
My belief is, you DO have room in the home you live in. You just gotta take the time and get the balance right for your particular home.
I’m going to be a little more sporadic with these cleaning posts from hereon out, because for the most part, the private Facebook group has been the place others are sharing their befores and afters in privacy.
Whatever works, I say! I’m just glad it’s working!
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And see you soon with another either major or minor cleaning revamp! There’s still lots to do…
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