So I’m a single gal with a two bedroom place. This is awesome, yes. I’ve previously lived in a one bedroom place (that was the most awesome) and a three bedroom place (that was ridiculous, but that town didn’t actually have apartments, and three bedrooms was the smallest place you could find). But right now I have two bedrooms, which is generally good but it has one teeny, tiny problem.
I am totally embarrassed about this nonsense, so what better motivation to get rid of it than to post it on the ol’ interwebz? I hate how having the “extra” room allows me to keep a pile of crap that needs. to. go. Like, yesterday.
How exactly did this Collyer Brothers-eque disaster come to be? Well. It’s approximately:
- 25% stuff that needs to be given away (a huge stack of clothing, some craft supplies, clothes that need to go to a friend, etc)
- 25% items that are supposed to have sentimental value (maybe 10% actually do, and 15% of it is junk my mom kept because she thinks everything has sentimental value)
- 30% craft supplies (a big tub of fabric, boxes of buttons, ribbon, and other notions, my sewing machine, and other good stuff)
- 10% papers that need to be dealt with in some way or another
- 10% boxes that I felt the need to keep (so I could pack up the 25% of stuff that needs to be given away and so on).
Embarrassing. This is why I hate owning things. People keep giving you stuff, and you keep getting your own stuff, and the next thing you know you’re digging a tunnel to get out of your front door.
Okay, it’s not that bad. Yet. But I’ve lived here for six months now (but in my defense, I’ve only had most of my belongings for four of those six months) and that heap of nonsense hasn’t really changed.
So, Challenge #5: Work on a long-term project (in my case, that would be the extra room) for at least 30 minutes a day.
My main issue is that I don’t want to deal with it at all, so I don’t even get started. If I make myself work on cleaning it up for 30 minutes a day, I don’t have to feel guilty because I haven’t completed it. I won’t be disappointed in myself because I didn’t magically get everything cleaned out in one day. I have the feeling that if I tell myself I “just” have to work on it for 30 minutes, the inertia will be enough to maybe work on it for even longer.
If not, that’s okay. As long as I can report back and show at least some improvement, I think I’ll feel better. Cross your fingers I don’t get buried under some ridiculous avalanche of scrapbooking supplies.