De-cluttering, Flylady and Me

Okay, then. Whew. I am reminded why I avoid de-cluttering. Yesterday, I finally tackled an area that I’ve been needing to de-clutter. I knew that there was no way that it would only take me 15 minutes, so I planned for a longer period of time. I also knew that I wouldn’t get out more than I could put away in 15 minutes and it wouldn’t become a major issue if it took me a few hours to get the whole area de-cluttered.

So, yes, I successfully de-cluttered, but I was SO cranky in the process. It is just so incredibly annoying to have to make even small decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. I was talking to Kathleen about this last night and she said that she almost has to get to the point of being sick of a cluttered area before she becomes ruthless enough to de-clutter. I think that is true of me. I almost have to become angry enough to de-clutter. Which is probably why I don’t want to work myself up to this state of angry decision-making on a daily basis.

The good thing is that once I de-clutter an area, it stays de-cluttered. The kids’ playroom that Clara and I de-cluttered last summer is still in pretty good shape, for example. It could probably use some detailed tidying (I think some of the McDonald’s toys might be in the Barbie box), but, overall, we haven’t added any clutter to the area. So, I won’t be de-cluttering this particular area again, thankfully.

But I can’t say that I’m encouraged to start de-cluttering on a daily basis. Whew. Too much emotional energy involved.


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