It seems there is no end to the mess in my basement. Once again I am determined this is the weekend that the clutter is finally gone. To follow are tips that get me moving each Saturday morning.
1. Have an out-of-body experience.
If I am struggling to begin, then I attempt to channel one of my friends who is good at eliminating piles and creating organization. I pretend to love sorting like Maria. She tackles household stacks with zeal. One time she helped me clear an attic with broken toys from the 1970’s and dust dating back to the 1800’s. She was 7 months pregnant and enjoyed it. I was like, “Uh. May I offer you a mask?” My friend Deb uses “the power of 3 (or 7, 10, whatever number she chooses)”. This means she picks a number and once she says go, then she has to move, trash or complete that number of simple tasks before sitting back down. This catalyst activity leads to a productive day for her. I reflect on memories of how friend Amy had tidy shoe boxes of stuff when we were kids and how her now adult hands still seem to frequently toss garbage from any surface, especially her car. I draw from all of their energy and good habits to drag my booty away from the couch.
2. Save steps for your happy dance.
The trap of multi story homes is the tiring stairs. I don’t climb a set of stairs until I have collected multiple bags of donation items and full garbage bags. Each bag moved to the base of the stairs feels like a win. This also gives me a chance to ask the teenager of the house to help carry things when he stops to say hello. When I see multiple bags ready to ascend, then I do a happy dance and call it a square footage of clear space win.
3. Have conversations with yourself.
Without slowing down ask why did you save that? Why did you think that would be useful? And most importantly, why do you want to eliminate the clutter? Give yourself pep talks to say “keep going, keep moving”. I have read a lot of how to get organized books over the years. All of those books are now located at the Goodwill in Florence, KY. My favorite book on this topic is What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri L. Richardson. If you struggle in the battle of clutter and can read only one book, then read that one. This book helps you discover the emotional core of your clutter struggles. The author opened my eyes in new ways.
Alrighty. The sun is coming up soon. Time for me to get moving!