I was thinking I needed to de-clutter, so like a true procrastinator, I got out one of my "organizing" binders full of articles torn from magazines and sat down to read.
The first article I read was probably 5 years old. I should have read it 4 years ago.
The article stated the key to de-cluttering is to try to get rid of just 10 percent of your clutter each time you tackle it.
This may not sound like a miracle to you, but it was a big relief to me. I usually tackle a room thinking get rid of it all! Then I get everything out and make a big mess, get overwhelmed, and put it all back.
So, using the 10 percent rule suggested, I picked up a few things I could part with off each shelf I tackled and put them in a box, then moved on to another area.
Soon, my box was full so I went to the garage to unload some boxes (yes, 3 years after "the move" I still have unpacked boxes) and ended up clearing out the garage with Wild Bill!
We decided to donate even "the good things" we were saving to sell on craigslist. As soon as the pick-up was full with 2 room size rugs, furniture and all kinds of knick-knacks, we quickly drove it to the local charity store and donated it. Done! Gone! Yay!
OK, OK... I admit I waivered a bit when
we dropped it off.
But, once we got home and I saw our empty garage, it felt great!
In a few days, I'll tackle another area of the house, looking for another 10 percent that can go.
I'll never be a minimalist, but now I don't feel like a hoarder either.