At the end of each day, I post a recap of what happened today and what progress I made. I try to be as detailed as possible when tracking the project.
Today was the first day of the project, which means it was also the very first test run of intense day long cleaning. I spent eight hours today gathering supplies and cleaning my sister’s room.
Some of today’s stats:
Supplies bought today:
- 1 box of GLAD Kitchen-sized (13 gal) trash bags – 100pk
- 2 boxes of Swiffer Dry Sweeping Refills 32pk
- 1 Scotch Packaging Tape and Dispenser
- 1 Twin-Tip Sharpie Permament Marker
- 1 box of gallon-sized Ziploc Slider Bags – 28pk
- 1 30-quart clear Rubbermaid container
- 2 packs of Hercules small latex gloves
- 1 pair of safety goggles
- 1 pack of filter masks – 12pk
Amount spent: $68.96
Number of bags trashed: 2 bags (13 gallon bag)
Number of bags and boxes packed to give away/sell/donate: 1 box
As I said, it was a slow start for the clean-up process today. I was only able to clean up a small corner of the room. I also cleared up 3 whole drawers, each taking longer than the previous.
When I first attacked the clutter, a flood of emotions came over me. I was energized but I was also frustrated and found myself feeling angry. As I took stuff in my hands I thought, “why did someone think to keep this?” I hated that I had to do this. As soon as I got over the anger, I began to feel overwhelmed. I wondered to myself why I took at least an hour to clean out a drawer. Then when I got over that feeling, I became distracted. I wanted to attach myself to my Droid to check email, Twitter, GTalk, etc. The work ahead of me is too much that it’d be so much easier for me to ignore the clutter and do “fun” stuff. It took some time, but I was able to create some momentum that made the overall process much easier. I need to be more disciplined with my time.