I’ve been good so far, decluttering every day for 15 minutes. But man, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. I’m moving from the front of the house to the back, so I started with an enclosed front porch that has been the catchall room for years. Some things I’ve thrown out:
- diaries from 2nd grade on
- old papers and notebooks from college and grad school
- old papers related to the kids–handouts, flyers, etc.
- reams of poetry from college/grad school; I kept a copy of a book I made and that was it
- books (donated to a used book store)
- a bag of clothes, drapes and towels that had been stored out there and forgotten
- other stuff I can’t remember
I’ve literally only cleared out about a 1 foot by 1 foot area. Okay, maybe 2 x 2, but seriously. See, there were boxes and stuff inside the boxes. Then there was a stack of books about 3-4 feet high. And then there was a table to be cleared off.
I’m getting to the hard stuff: pictures, kids’ artwork, mementos from events. I have a stack of framed photos to go through. Some I know where I want to put them. Others I have no clue. Most of these I’m setting aside in the “keep” pile, with the idea that I will go through the pile and put everything in a place, and the stuff without a place, well, it gets thrown out. I find it very difficult to throw out pictures and cards, even when I really don’t want them. It’s like I think the person associated with them will find out. Sigh.
But I’m plowing ahead anyway. I think I’m going to be in this one room for well over a month. I keep reminding myself that it didn’t happen overnight, so it’s not going to be clean overnight. At this point, I think if I worked for more than 15 minutes at a time, I would be overwhelmed and it just wouldn’t get done.