Baby Steps

30 12 2009

Things are moving very slowly, although I am still having daily mini-meltdowns over things that are lost. I am pleased to report that my bathroom counter is STILL clean. That is a huge victory in itself, maintaining a clean surface for more than a week! And I have another small positive step to share.

Yesterday, I was going to go work out and I opened my I-don’t-even-know-what-to-call-this-piece-of-furniture. It was originally an antique Japanese kitchen thing, but we have two in our bedroom which we use for clothing, instead of a bureau. It has three sliding shelves and then two big deep drawers underneath. This thing holds all pieces of clothing that aren’t hung on hangers in the closet.

I really WISH I had taken a before pic, but this decluttering happened so fast I barely knew what was happening. It took me about 15 minutes. Started out with a minor tantrum because I couldn’t find a shirt I wanted in the smashed in piles of random clothing. Each shelf was just a mishmash of shirts of all kinds, in no order, and not really folded, just stuffed in there. I started to freak out but then just said, I’M DEALING WITH THIS. I started throwing stuff I know I’ll never wear again (or which got misfiled in my room but actually belongs to one of my daughters) onto the floor. Here is that pile.  It’s now sitting against the wall, and I swear I am taking it out of the house tomorrow!!

Then with what was remaining (a lot less!) I organized into: camisole tops, tank tops, logo Tshirts, “nice” Tshirts, and (haha) “performance” wear (ie. wicking shirts). And a little pile of tights that are too big to go into the tiny drawers for socks and underwear.

Literally, it took me 15 minutes. And the absolute relief and pleasure I now get (instead of homicidal rage) when I open these drawers, is indescribable. Ahhh.

But there is much still to be done. MUCH. I am really beginning to understand how very very long this project is going to take. But there is no turning back now.

BAD THINGS THIS WEEK: bought my 3rd pair of exercise headphones. Lost the first, then bought a truly sucky pair of replacements, got frustrated and bought a 3rd pair of nice ones. THEN found the first one in an (of course) un-unpacked suitcase. Grrr.

GOOD THINGS: At least I now have 2 pairs of nice headphones and one pair of stupid ones, just in case. AND, I was able to readily find my passport when I needed it today for a job application. That was very, very good. NOW, I just have to remind myself to TAKE IT OUT OF THE CAR and PUT IT BACK IN ITS SAFE PLACE. What is wrong with me?!!!!!? (oops, that good thing just almost turned into a bad thing. As soon as I hit “publish” I’m gonna run out to the car, promise!!!!)

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31 12 2009
Larkspur

Re the headphones: have you tried wall mounted storage? We have a charging station from Pottery Barn that hangs on the wall and I file my phone, ipod, and headphones in there (most of the time, ahem).

It’s amazing how quickly some of these decluttering projects can be done, isn’t it? And it’s also amazing how clothes go missing. My pants are always ending up in my daughter’s drawers or even my son’s. Things disappear for months. “Didn’t I have a…?”

31 12 2009
Ito

Larkspur, I’m trying to really be thoughtful about the headphones thing. Should I keep them in my purse, with my phone (so I’ll always have them)? Should I keep them hanging on a hook with our keys (we actually are pretty good about keeping all car keys on a big multihook thing near the garage). Or should I keep all workout-related things in a gym bag? (ankle brace, iPod armband holder, earphones) I’m trying to come up with something that makes some sort of intuitive sense for me… for now, I’m splitting them up and keeping one pair in my purse and one pair hanging up.

31 12 2009
Larkspur

Grin plus groan, that is so often my solution. Duplicates! Everywhere!

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