All in a day's decluttering
Evasive ActionInstead of facing the sewing room I cleaned. I swept the house, not just the high traffic areas (which I now do every day) but the whole house (accept for the sewing room and the storage room because there's isn't enough floor space to be able to sweep them).
Then I mopped. It was mopping day so I was pretty much going to do this anyway. I was supposed to do the dusting first. Oh well.
I cleaned the bathroom instead, which is tomorrows task, so maybe I'll dust tomorrow.
ExcusesBut (because excuses often start with 'but') the state of the sewing room isn't the only reason I feel overwhelmed. My old house needs a lot of work done to it, the floors need to be refinished and some of the walls painted.
There is just no way to budget for those things at the moment and it is driving me crazy. I hate it. It's not nice to hate your living space. After cleaning this old house it still doesn't feel clean, and that's disheartening.
ProcrastinatingI was hoping that taking action and doing my daily chores would give me the momentum and lift I needed to face the sewing room, but it hasn't. I still feel overwhelmed and helpless.
I googled 'decluttering the next steps' and got all the same old stuff on how to start decluttering. Umm, yeah I've already decluttered loads of stuff, what about after the getting started part? There's still too much stuff for this old house with no built-ins.
But I have to be honest with myself, decluttering is the answer, not reading about it.
AssessingI'm at the hard stuff stage.
I've been at the hard stuff stage for a while and I've been working on maintaining. Maintaining, is an important step, but it is also a way of putting off the hard stuff. I've got maintaining worked into my weekly routine now and I've been consistent with it enough that I actually feel annoyed when it doesn't get done.
I don't have to talk myself into doing the daily and weekly tasks anymore. Sometimes I'll swap days and go with the flow on how I feel, like today with the bathroom and dusting, but I think that's ok, so long as it all gets done by the end of the week.
RealisationI realised that one of the reasons that the sewing room is so hard to do is that some of it should be in the storage room and it doesn't fit in the storage room because I haven't finished decluttering in there yet.
I haven't finished decluttering the storage room yet because the sewing room needs attention and I think I should be doing stuff in there. Vicious circle.
I realise I need to keep paring back and letting go of stuff. I really really do. And that means I need to go back to the beginning of my decluttering process and 'throw stuff out' and 'not judge'.
Actually Doing ItSince beginning my decluttering adventure (I am not calling it a journey - that sounds arduous - adventures are fun) I had done some pretty serious decluttering in the storage room. But there were some sections that had yet to see the stage one decluttering process. So I started with that section, what could I just throw out?
Two boxes worth of rubbish actually (not that it had always been rubbish, but it was now). There was also one necklace and earring set that could be donated; one cotton reel holder that could be taken to the shed for now; and one tool box that could also go to the shed for storing bolts and things as it was no longer suitable for crafting stuff.
ProgressWell, the sewing room isn't any better then it was this morning. The house looks the same as it did this morning. There isn't yet any additional storage space in the storage room.
But the stuff is less. And less is good. Less makes me feel better. Less means I might be able to face the next bit because it's a smaller job now. Less is good. Yep - I'm just going to say that again. Less is good.
And I feel a bit better now.
Then to really make my day, my mum told me that my decluttering adventures (which she has to listen to a lot) inspired her to declutter too.
And now I feel much better. Because it's really nice to be an inspiration for someone else. Before that conversation I wasn't sure I was going to share this post, but now I know I will.