The Crazy Suburban Mom: The decluttering version of nothing tastes as good as thin feels

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The decluttering version of nothing tastes as good as thin feels

I thought a lot today about posting.  Or not.

I had a lot of conversations with myself regarding the pros and cons.  I made a mental list and I decided to post even though it's embarrassing.   Really embarrassing.  It feels like the stuff that used to be hidden in a drawer, or behind a door is now on my coffee table.  If I had a coffee table.  I actually don't.

It started this morning when I went into the attic to see what I really had up there and needed to get rid of and the next thing I knew I was throwing stuff out the hole in the ceiling.  Or the floor.  Depending on where you were standing in relation to the attic.  No pictures of that but I have the wake.

It deteriorated from there because I didn't do the one thing every organizing specialist recommends - Do one thing at a time so you don't get overwhelmed, they say -  Nope didn't do that.   Now every flat surface around here looks like this...


That's my kitchen table.

Once I got going I was emptying drawers, cabinets, closets, those evil bins in a kind of free for all...


Because I don't know why. 


That was just how I was rolling today I guess.


I had people coming all day from Freecycle.


And  this stuff should have left years ago. That is an
excessive amount of Halloween decorations, I mean...
Three bins.  Well, two and a cauldron.


Ginger tried to hide the entire day.  This is the remains of my craft supplies.  The suitcases used to be stuffed to busting with craft supplies.  Now only the little one is full. I gave about a third, maybe a half of my crafting stuff away today. It stung. I'm thinking of listing the two large suitcases on etsy.  That might hurt a lot.

It's still looks like "explosion at the flea market" around here.  It gave Ginger a stomach ache; she gets them when she's upset and she gurgles.  She's been gurgling all day.


 I will never buy all this stuff again.  I spent so much money for nothing.  I enjoyed it at the time but in the end I ended up storing it in a box someplace and it added nothing to my life.

Some of this stuff was hard to give up.  Some of it cost me a lot, some of it I was emotionally attached to... 

Some of it I liked when I got it, liked all the time I had it and still like it to this day but when I hold it in my hand and think of it - Really think about it - it adds nothing to my life.  And it's taking up space which in the end is sapping me.


I can't look at pictures like this and not feel sapped, stunned and exhausted.    That's where I am now and I know I'm usually a bit more effervescent ... but man, I'm drained.  And my fibromyalgia is just banging.  And yeah,  I know I don't usually talk about that kind of stuff either but shoot, you guys just saw my house worse than anyone's ever seen my house in the history of my house which is like, worse than seeing me naked. Almost. So I guess talking about my banging fibro's not even that personal if you put it in perspective of nakedness and slobbidity.

I hope.

If rule number one was Bins bad, shelving good.

And two was with decluttering there is a darkest before the dawn stage.

Than three must be something akin to the diet quote- Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I'm sure I can come up with what that would be in relation to clutter vs. the space the thing took up but maybe tomorrow when Ginger and I aren't so fried.

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The deMented Mom 3/25/10, 5:26 PM  

How wonderful to find another person whose home looks like a bomb went off. It's called life and that's what it look like when you enjoy it.

Have a great day and don't sweat the small stuff.


Maureen 3/25/10, 5:26 PM  

Hell it can be so overwhelming! I just spent the the past two days (just sat down) doing my kitchen and at points it was looking much worse than it did before I started! Like you, I'm giving all kinds of things away - some never used. At least you were smart enough to put things IN the suitcases. I have suitcases (many) and most are empty.

Ginger looks like a fine supervisor!

Tara Beaulieu 3/25/10, 5:28 PM  

This is the way I clean too. I move from thing to thing to thing and eventually have several mounds of things everywhere and nothing completed. It's how my brain works though. I wish I was tidy and efficient. Unfortunately I'm not. In the end you will be happy with your results. Just try not to let the process drive you batty!

BTW, I cleaned my brother's fridge today and he had exactly 6 opened mustards, 4 Italian dressings, 2 mayo's, 3 horse radishes and lord knows how many other misc condiments that fall in the relish/pepper type category.

My point being- we are almost all disorganized in some areas of our lives. His clutter leads to him buying duplicates of everything- all the time. Such a money waster! I am trying to get him sorted, but it's sort of the blind leading the blind LOL.

So as I continue to ramble, I'll again attempt my point- you're not in this alone, many of us know how hard what you're doing is and are doing it ourselves (or need to!)

You will breathe such a peaceful sigh when you're finished. :)

Babes Mami 3/25/10, 6:20 PM  

Your getting somewhere! Very very brave to put it all out there! I also kind of wish I lived closer to benfit from your purge on freecycle. When your done you will feel so much better I'm sure.

I'm disorganized with my baking stuff. I am always buying more and more of stuff I don't use often because it's the one area I never seem to check before we go shopping.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/25/10, 6:45 PM  

Thanks so much girls. I didn't know if I should post, I almost didn't even till the last minute. I know its pictures that are 'in the process and all' but wow. They are just awful. I mean - wow.

bonnie 3/25/10, 6:45 PM  

I think you're being way too hard on yourself. If most of us took out all of our stuff and spread it around it would look just like yours (in fact mine would look a lot worse). If it gave you pleasure at the time you bought it, then it served its purpose. The important thing is that you've been able to let it go now that you want/need to.

Anonymous,  3/25/10, 9:30 PM  

I truly believe that one of the worst things women do to each other is clean their houses before other women come over. We all have these false impressions of each other and our houses and frankly its a relief to see someone else struggling with what to toss and what to keep. Thanks for sharing.

Vonlipi 3/25/10, 9:42 PM  

Is this declutter fest 2010? It seems you just finished the 2009 version...Is your family on vacation? You've been know to send them away to spare them the craziness...

Heck my dinning room table seems to look like that all the time...

Ginger, girl I feel for you! Now go and hide some'll do you good! ;)

Buggys 3/25/10, 9:47 PM  

Oh, i desperately need to do this and I'm afraid, very afraid. I can't even start, it's too overwhelming! You are strong!

Mimi 3/26/10, 11:47 AM  

I wish I could help you with the #3 quote, but I'm drawing a blank. I love that old dieting mantra, too. It does apply to de-cluttering, but how to put it into words? hmmm. *scratching head* You have given me something to ponder for the weekend, my dear!

Aunt Becky 3/26/10, 8:42 PM  

Am totally in the process of decluttering as well, and it's awesome. Well, it WILL be when I'm done.

Lin 3/27/10, 9:49 AM  

Oh, gees, Tracy, now I want to go run and clean out some drawers too. It is so much work going through everything, isn't it?? But just think how nice it will be when it is all said and done. I'm not sure where the clutter comes from, but we all have it--and lots of it.

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