First the good news: I made progress on organizing my home office. By clearing off my desk and donating a few items, the room has less stuff in it and looks better. I centralized my bill paying space as before it was spread out between 3 areas: New bills were piled on my desk, the filing cabinet to store the old bills was in the master bedroom and my old computer with Quicken for Windows is at work. I now have all of my bills, the filing cabinet and new financial software for the Mac all located in the same room.
Now the bad news: I am becoming overwhelmed at all that still needs to be done. At this time, I still need to go though 3 filing cabinet drawers, the closet and figure out what to do with all of my scrapbooking supplies. After that, I still have the rest of the house to tackle.
I’m overwhelmed because I don’t know what to do with most of the stuff. Here are my challenges:
- I am not supposed to dispose/sell/recycle/donate any of my mom or husband’s items. I understand their point as I wouldn’t want them getting rid of my stuff. But their clutter is my clutter too since I have to look at it and work around it.
- I don’t know what to do with my scrapbooking supplies. I have several hundred dollars worth of supplies that are taking up a lot of shelf and drawer space in my home office. I haven’t scrapbooked in years and I’m not sure if I’m interested in starting up again. However, if I donate all of my supplies and decide to scrapbook later, I will have to spend money on buying the supplies all over again.
- I am afraid to get rid of items that were given to me as a gift. I am afraid that I will lose the memories that are associated with that gift. For example, the picture of the red storage container below was given to me 20 years ago by a dear co-worker named Dorothy that has since passed away. I haven’t used that container in years and it’s currently taking up shelf space. But if I donate it, will I forget Dorothy?
Michele Connolly of the Get Organized Wizard would say to let go of the items that I don’t use. It is hard though, but I will get there. I just need to remind myself of the reason why I am decluttering:
Less stuff = more time, less stress, more happiness, less cleaning and a simpler life.
If you have any decluttering challenges, I would love to hear about them and how you were able to resolve them.
Overwhelmed Mom: © vanda – Fotolia.com
Red Organizing Box: Diana Poisson