One Thing Leads to Another

I think you have enough crap, Gail.

I love that song by The Fixx.  I have the CD… somewhere. You see, sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for because I have too much stuff.  Among other problems, this creates…

CHAOS. That’s FlyLady‘s “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome.”   I’m not a hoarder, per se.  In general I don’t have trouble letting go of things.  The problem is it’s physically demanding to get rid of the junk.  I live on the top floor of a walk-up condo; we have trash pick up only 2 days a week; we’re not allowed dumpsters in front of the buildings.  All this makes trash day very taxing, what with numerous trips carrying heavy trash up and down three plus flights of stairs.  Plus, where do I store the trash while waiting for trash day?

It’s reached critical mass because…

I’m refinancing my mortgage.  And unfortunately, I need to have an appraisal.  At last fear of the inevitable has spurred me to…

Tackle my two worst rooms.  The guest room has been used as general storage for far too many years.  It’s become impassable with Christmas decorations, old Mary Kay cosmetics (I was a “personal use consultant” with with thoughts of selling that never panned out), unused area rugs (rolled up), old clothes, a very old bicycle, and plenty of other unknown stuff.  The room I use as my office is chock-a-block (but passable) with papers, photos and photo albums, sewing material, extra furniture, more. old clothes, games, and…  Do you really need me to go on?

I’d like to say I’m devoting 15 minutes a day to each room.  But the truth is, those 15 minutes generate enough trash to fill up my staging area and create at least 5 trash-day trips.  So for now it’s 15 minutes  twice a week.  But it’s progress.

[P.S. The photo is not of my home.  It’s from GoDDess GrOOve, with modifications, of course. 😉 ]

7 thoughts on “One Thing Leads to Another

  1. Saluting you for 15 minutes twice a week — progress!!! “One thing leads to another” seems to be the theme to my clean-up work … get started on one task or area, then suddenly I’m sidetracked!

    1. Aw, thanks! Getting sidetracked is… well, not the worst, but it’s a common problem. FlyLady calls us SHEs, Sidetracked Home Executives. 🙂

      Oh gosh!! I didn’t realize this was THE Teresa! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Sunday Seven. You will highly enjoy it! 😉

    1. Offices are the worst. Profession organizers say paperwork is the most difficult clutter to manage. Yesterday I sat for 20 minutes before I could figure out where to start.

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