People, Ive kept a secret from you.
From the moment I learned of the move I knew I needed to de-clutter before I could even ponder the packing (<—that’s no secret. a mere visit to our home made that fact evident).
My secret is I’ve been on my own, personal 30 day de-cluttering
challenge crusade since 11.10.12.**
My other secret—and the one which prompted me to need to do the
challenge crusade—-is I’m a hoarder.
Not so much the TLC-show brand of hoarder (I dont own that much stuff), I just cling to items with sentimental value long after they should have been passed to others who’d actually use them.
- Lovely yellow metal bars upon which I once perfected my dips yet now sit unused in Ren Man’s office
- Cowboy hats in every shape, size & color imaginable not worn frequently as of late, but all procured during special moments in my Texas life.
You get the idea.
Various items I love, rarely use, and which have, for the most part, found better homes these last thirty days.
Ive also spent the past month creating visual masterpieces:
And, because all things are possible through positive self-deception, Im choosing to believe the Bay Area Misfit will continue to live this way.
How will this happen?
Im printing and taping up my SIX TIPS TO HOME DECLUTTERING as soon as we move in.
- Pick a place to start. This sounds too simple to be true, but with hindsight I CLEARLY see how my clutter wasnt a result of not attempting to organize–I flitted from room to room and never finished. This time I chose an area & focused on staying in there until it was
asfinished as it was going to get. Then I moved on.
- Enlist help. Life is about asking for precisely what you need. Friends eagerly lent a hand when promised they could keep what I was giving away (<—-huge benefit of being a blogger who does reviews). The Tornado agreed to lend a (sticky) hand when told she had free reign over the music we cleaned by (Bieber). Extra tip: Keep a watchful eye on exuberant young helpers. The Tornado almost tossed–in glee–items I’d wanted to save.
- Designate a spot for ALL papers. Mail, letters, bills, cards from friends— everything. We no longer get a ton of this (thank you online bill pay!) yet I plop papers wherever I am when finished with them. Even if this create actual CLUTTER it did create a lot of visual clutter which increased my stress level. Bay Area me will have one of these hanging on my office door and each paper shall be filed immediately.
- Pick up 10 things & find them permanent homes. l have items I use daily and, because of this, they dont have places I put them AWAY from display. The toaster, steamer, blender, cutting boards, for example, all sit out all the time. It amazed me how much less cluttered my kitchen seemed when I put these items AWAY & didnt let em loll on the counter. From DVDs to dolls finding homes for items typically left out greatly diminishes clutter.
- Teach the rest of the household where things belong. I almost typed the word children on this tip but recalled Ren Man frequently saying: Id put this away but Ive no clue were it goes. Once partners, spouses, roommates & kids know where things belong youre well on your way to a clutter-free home without having to do
anyall the work yourself.
- Create an Im not sure yet box. Dont go crazy & giveaway things you may really wish to keep. Dont listen to the ‘if you havent worn it in a year give it away!” adage if something has sentimental value (you may now refer to me as hats mcgee. the ziplock is coming) Dont donate books if you may wanna reread them. Dont trash cards youve received/children’s drawings/whatevers if youre not 100% sure. Save these items in one place & revisit them months down the de-cluttered road. Then decide.
Kicks it old school with a QOTD after this LONGASSPOST which, for her, was also fraught with AH HAs!
QOTD: when was the last time you did a hard core de-cluttering? did you find it as uber-cathartic as I did?
**I know. Ive undertaken something & not felt compelled to share repeatedly on all my social media channels. There may be offline living hope for me yet.