Monday, May 9, 2011

Can't see the trees for the forest.

I spent the entire day working on clutter yesterday (NOTE:  this is very different from cleaning -- vacuuming, dusting, etc. --- this was working on clutter items only).  I also took care of a lot of loose ends that have been dangling over my head for a while (read:  stressful!).  I went to bed feeling so productive and happy (yes, I am a dork).

Then this morning I woke up and the house looked awful!  No, a bunch of gremlins didn't trash the place overnight.  It didn't look like I'd done anything at all yesterday!  I guess all of that decluttering didn't actually make the house look different....on the outside, at least.  Some cabinets were clearer, some projects no longer on kitchen counters, things like that.  And, in some cases, I think I made more of a mess by pulling things out that had been packed away in the back of a box somewhere.

I will admit it was a little discouraging -- but I know I did some good work and I'll keep going at it.

Has this ever happened to you?


  1. I so know that feeling Amy :)
    It's like my black hole cupboard, it looked fine if the door was shut but once I started clearing stuff out and decluttering it was like unleashing a messy monster.I KNOW myself that it is gradually improving but it sure makes a heck of a mess everywhere else until the clutter has GONE out of the house.
    You are doing really well though, keep up the good work :)

  2. I feel like that, too. Most of my clutter is hidden--in drawers, in my closet, in the garage and, horror of horrors, in the storage room that I'm trying to clear out entirely. So most of my decluttering has no impact on my living space. But you can still be making progress, even if it's not visible. I took a "before" picture of the storage room, and when I feel discouraged I can check it out and see that yeah, I've done a lot. I agree with dreamer, keep it up! :)