...because I've not been brave enough to show you pictures.
I'm doing more decluttering today in the same spot I worked in yesterday. Today I stopped, took off my gloves and decided I should take a couple of pictures. So here they are.
You see this container? This is the left over bits and bobs after I pulled out the bits that I can't bring myself to throw out.
I filled this bag with stuff like what you see in that container. Stuff that I didn't throw out yesterday when I was working in the same spot. This photo is when it was about half full, I filled it until I had to admit I couldn't fit anything else in there and I took it straight out to the wheelie bin.
The stuff that didn't get thrown out went in a box. This box full of unmade decisions. The stuff I couldn't bring myself to throw out yet. Also only half full when I took the photo, but now overflowing.
At least now the stuff is contained and next time I go through it I might be able to bring myself to throw out more. Or maybe I will actually be able to find what I was looking for because it's all in one spot.
And here is a photo of the stage 2 section of the storage room (stage 2 being it's already been decluttered and cleaned once - that's right this is technically an 'After' picture - ughh). The stage 1 section I've been focusing on for the last 2 days is just to the left out of shot.
You can see there is just enough floor to get to the back - if you rearrange stuff on the way.
There is much less stuff in here now then there used to be. I know it seems impossible that any more stuff could have fitted in here but there was. Lots more.That wall of boxes at the back used to reach the ceiling for starters. Almost everything you see on the right hand wall has been put in this room since stage 1 decluttering made room for it. Yes that's mostly shoes I can't wear (but hope to be able to - I know, I'm delusional - yes I did declutter shoes recently), and suitcases that used to fill our hallway and be tripped over a lot.
STUFF, just too much stuff.