At the end of each day, I post a recap of what happened and what progress I made. I try to be as detailed as possible when tracking the project. Here’s what happened today…
I’m several days behind on this post. It looks like procrastination has found its way back into my routine… or lack thereof.
I recently read a tweet that described clutter as simply a delayed decision. The statement blew my mind; it’s 100% accurate and explains so many things about my life and my own habits, like how I was voted “Biggest Procrastinator” in high school.
To procrastinate on this post and to not get as much progress cleaning as I’d like, I fear that I’m backsliding. This project is supposed to be all about confronting demons head-on, but I feel like I’m slowly feeling lazier and lazier by the day. I don’t know if this is actually the case, it’s just a feeling I have.
I gotta keep it together…
Number of hours spent: 10
Supplies purchased: None
Amount spent: $0
Number of (13-gallon kitchen) bags trashed: 1
Number of giveaway boxes: 12
Number of (33-gallon) giveaway bags: 0
Wednesday and Thursday got lumped into one workday this week because the guest room is kicking my ass. I’m not talking about how difficult it is to sort through the stuff in there, although that is quite difficult. I’m talking about how this room has some combination of dust, mold (I imagine), lighting, and magical powers that make my eyes itch, my muscles and throat sore, my nose to be all congested and run like a faucet, and my head feel like it wants to explode. I’ve never sneezed so much in my life.
Late Wednesday evening, I had to stop what I was doing every five minutes to remove my gloves, find a tissue and blow my nose or sneeze. When I woke up Thursday I had a lump in my throat, the first sign that I was actually getting sick. I probably put in only one or two hours of work in the guest room that day because I was feeling extremely weak.
I’m convinced that the guest room is not happy that I’ve rearranged things in there. The house is using biological warfare to retaliate. [And it is definitely NOT the change in weather or dust and pollen in the air. It just can't be. :p] You may have won this time guest room but I’m coming after you. Just you wait.
Most of the work I did on Wednesday involved clearing out the guest room closet. As I mentioned before, one of the racks that held all of the clothes broke, so we’re either going to fix it, or completely re-do the organization system and shelving in the closet.
Here’s the comparison pictures:
And a closer look:
I completely emptied the closet. Most of it went into the storage unit for giveaway. We’re keeping a few of the stuff that was in there, like a few of the collectible Barbies.
Here is what the guest room looked like on Wednesday morning:
And here’s that same area Thursday afternoon:
Can you see now why I feel so defeated? It looks like I didn’t do anything. It’s true that I didn’t do much, but still. What the heck did I do?
Then I look at the storage unit and see that I’ve added twelve boxes in a single day (including a really huge one filled with all the porcelain dolls), and I don’t feel so bad.
Right now I’ve still got a bit of congestion and a runny nose. My throat is also a little sore. For Day 24 I’ve gotta take it easy, not feel so discouraged, and JUST DO IT.