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It would take more than one day of available time to start on any of these. Paula you should not pre shop for future gift giving and clothing wear, some is okay but if u have 4 bedroom closets and two bedrooms that have become closets you have a big problem, hire a professional to help you out and or get therapy, you are not alone and this is not uncommon but it also is not healthy.
I find your reply insulting and offensive. Perhaps there is a very logical reason to some of the items are piled up. Poor health temporarily or death in family and items are to be distributed. You practically called her a border. Ginny, this is exactly what happened at my house.
The loss of my Mother and two Sisters in a short period of time where I was the one to go through everything. So hard to let go of a lot of family heirlooms…. This list although great, wish there was a list for people in a situation like myself. Glad to know there are some out there that do understand this. If it is paper or pictures scan them for use by everyone.
Still dealing with it. One day at a time. Calling Genie a OCD made you looks exactly the same you acuse her. Her advice is good. No reason for find offensive!
Welcome to America the place everybody feels offended by whatever. The trend now is to be offended by anything you feels like. Btw sorry if i offended you. Was not my intention. Telling people what to do and then, without saying as such, calling them hoarders, is rude and hurtful. It takes a lot to diagnosis somebody as a hoarder. Besides, a hoarder would be embarrassed and would never admit to hoarding on-line — anyone can see that post. Chances are slim that their friends might see the comment, but it can still happen.
Paula might not have enough money. To go further, do you know Paula? Have you seen her home? Do you know how many people share her home? Did you ever think that perhaps she purchases Christmas gifts throughout the year so she is ahead of the game come Christmas time?
Maybe the same for birthdays. She might get great enjoyment out of purchasing gifts for others throughout the year. Additionally, there are many people who pack clothes away so the kids are wearing hand-me-downs.
Had you ever give any thought that perhaps Paula has a disorder like autism or one of the many functonal disorders like attention deficit disorder or executive function disorder? Depending on the person, some of these people have every intention of being organized, etc, but there is a disconnect in the brain between that desire and it actually taking place. Some of these folks have every intention of getting rid of things, or doing whatever it is that needs to be done, but it takes time for that person to actually put that thought into motion or they do the task but are unable to accomplish their dream goal.
People judge these people, saying they are hoarders or depressed or whatever else, when they are not. Although there are other points, my one last point is that maybe Paula is just being sarcastic when she says she has so much stuff. I m a horder! Have ADD and kids living under my roof! Lets add some therapy! After you have perfected your own faults, Go stick your head in the sand!
I too have an overwhelming array of items. I am starting to listen to The Minimalists pod casts. It is helpful to me. I read somewhere that while it is difficult to part with sentimental items a great idea is to take a picture of the item. On the back of the picture, you can write down, who you got it from, the memories you have with this piece and hang it on your wall or put it in an album.
I really love this idea and it takes much less space!!! A few years ago we started a family tradition of no new gifts. All of us have too much stuff so we delved into our own belongings and gave them away. I gifted to my daughter some of my gorgeous jewelry. They gave each other unused art supplies, favorite comics and music albums. To get rid of big stuff, I checked with my children about certain furniture.
If they wanted it, they got it. Dear Kathleen, You know that clearing out your kitchen needs doing only once, twice a year, tops. That leaves the rest of the year to tackle those closets and bedrooms.
I, too, think a professional organizer is called for, here. However, they can be a bit expensive, so if you have a friend or relative you can trust, have someone come over and be brutally honest with you and your treasure trove.
It is entirely possible many of the things you have hung on to may have gone out of style, clothes, hobbies, decor. Think poodle skirts, paint-by-number and macrame.
Where do you live i need your help! I have adked friends and family just to come and sit with me while i do it. Im very ADD and very forgetful so i start but then head off to another room and 2 hrs later i have to go to my bedroom for something and then realize i walked away from it again. I find it very interesting about the loss pf love ones that might start all this. However my dad passed away and then my mom.
I ended up with ALOT of their stuff i couldnt just toss it out so i know its my fault but now i too feel like a hoarder im trying dillangently to get through it but its been over 7 years!! But alot has improved but still i hate the clutter! But its interesting that it kinda started with a death of a love one or a death of a relationship humm?? He said it often begins with a period of anxiety or grief.
There were about thirty women in the group. Almost all of the women laughed and raised their hands when he asked how many of us were dealing with this type of situation. He said he was, also. My current therapist told me people with ADD or clutter issues often start collecting too many things and clutter when they have a difficult time deciding what to do with things. It was the decision making process itself that caused difficulty. Also, he said many ADDers, like me, would like to walk into their own homes that are neat and orderly.
I would love to be able to have a clean organized home. When I give things away I feel so much better and freer. I have often replaced what I cannot find, adding to the items I own. My brother and sister are hoarders. My mom is drowning in the clutter my brother has caused in the apartment he shares with our elderly mom so he can help her.
I have also read that sometimes fear of poverty causes people to clutter. They may feel that in the future they may need something and if they do not save what they have now they may not be able to get what they need in the future. I started cluttering when I lost a child to stillbirth. I started collecting articles about health and pregnancy so that I would never need to experience that devastating loss again. The depression I went through and the inability to make decisions or to function well increased the clutter.
I wish I had known about depression and its effects back then. I wish I never started collecting for the future. I have offered to pay for an organizer to help my brother and sister and mom.
I have tried this myself and to be honest, the first three were not helpful and cost so much. The last one was great. Once I have a pattern as with my kitchen dishes, flatware and pots I love following the pattern and those things stay in order—always.
I love this calendar. It gives me an external focus or control and order. Thanks for posting the calendar. I think we all are trying to help each other here. Personally, I like what Lisa said to try to help to Paula because I have seen the pain and chaos and low self-esteem associated with myself and the people I love when their lives are overcome with stuff rather than with fun and the ease of trying to go through the day.
It is very upsetting when one cannot find keys, phone chargers or a clean place to sleep in our own beds due to clutter. I wish you all peace and gradual success in cleaning up and in opening up and freeing space. I was so overwhelmed and tired but seemed to not be abled to muster up strength, that I hired my cousin who does house organization business. This company was birth from her being OCD.
Also teaches you how to keep it organized. I just used a Professional House Organizator. Best thing I could have done. It was worth the dollars. We worked out a great payment plan. We did two clothes and my bedroom. Later, we are going to do kitchen. My Organizator was patience and involved me in the process. It made it easier to part with items that needed to. I would recommend her to anyone.
I was hesitant in recommending someone who I thought would be extremely difficult. But she is doing great and has been able to get done what family could not get her to do!! If you have children, give them a job. Kids like helping and feeling needed. Give them lots of praise and telll them how proud you are of them. It will soon become a habit folding and picking up. Remember praise, praise, praise! What about the rest of the house this only hits on Kitchen and Bathrooms mainly. I believe it is a start.
Maybe find a blank 30 day calandar and the concepts from the first 30 and fill it in for your whole house. I love how do-able each days activity is.
Thanks for this encouraging article. I suppose the Little House promoted this. Hope everything is going well. The pictures with Kira looked good and obviously you are no the starving!
She was also fascinated with the Japanese lollies you gave her and asked us to thank you. No doubt you will both be pleased to get back to work to relax! This blog is great. I love this challenge and am starting it today. Thank you Judith Comment section for your tip on taking screen shots.
I never knew that and it worked beautifully! How about including some electronic housework? Delete old, unused stuff on computer. Create folders and file to keep relevant stuff. Wahoooo on the electronic clean up time — daily would be ideal.. I have 40k docs in my Outlook inbox, probably 20k in my Outlook outbox, probably , in dozens of folders. All since and 3 computers ago. I can review and handle about 1k emails at one sitting. This looks like maybe a 90 day job.
So much is family comments about ancestry issues and our fun times as children. Client communication and instructions. Needs to be filed and sorted. De-clutter is a real challenge around here, this day you set up will hopefully help us get everything organized. I really like these type of challenges cause they almost always actually work lol. That would be great to put on my fridge!
Soon after I discard it, I need it! Now I have to go buy a new one.. FYI, anyone looking to get rid of kids books. You can maybe call your local hospital and ask. As far as clothes, we have a couple of non profit places around here that help the homeless, or poor people or people who have had a fire in their house and have nothing but the clothes on their backs. They do not charge for anything. Good Luck with your decluttering. Because there is NO way working and not getting home till 6: I am a mother of 10 children.
We have slot of stuff! Plus I coupon and shop cheap. No cabinets in kitchen only shelves and old dresser drawers hung on the wall. Then I pick 1 room a day and deep clean it. Also with so many in the house I have to wash at least 1 load of laundry a day.
We also have a family closet. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am completely overwhelmed working two jobs and have my mother living with me. So I have never started! This gives me a goal to shoot for and breaks it down into doable pieces. I might not be able to do so much every day but at least I have a goal. I have all these Christian books like new.
Young Living Essential oils instead of my perfumes cologne that made me sneeze. Closets with old memories I choose not to visit anymore. I do different projects, depending on my mood.
Instead of following the numbers in order, I just print it out, select a project and then cross it off. It works for me, since mood in everything when decluttering. Some days you are feeling it and others you are not, so trying to do something big on a not day is hard for me. Hope that helps somebody! Select and cross out…just printed the form so I can start again! While it seems to be a never-ending battle, I am making progress. This is a spectacular schedule for someone who has no outside work, no weekend plans, extended family that they take care of, meals to plan, shop for and make, or children.
But it IS good to see a blocked and calendared list of tasks; it seems doable, even if not in a single month. Or those like my self who have mobility problems and have to rest often or would be Bed written with pain: One thing I am going to do more of is shop in my own closet.
Empty one drawer or section of a closet at a time and then put back what I really like and store away or give away what is left and that does not comfortably fit in the drawer or closet.
I want to be able to find my favorites easily. I wear my favorites almost all the time and the other things I do not use makes it harder to find the things I want to use. I know you are very young, but I wonder if you can guess which of your oft-used words reminded me of The Holocaust? If you want a printable version click to open in a new tab. It will open with just the clutter calendar and you can print from that.
This is for a desk top application. I am very excited to try the declutter my house!! Passing it along to friends to do too! I break it into smaller chunks of time so that I am on a steady road of accomplishment toward my goal. I can organize one shelf in a closet, or one drawer, or one desk file folder, in 15 minutes. They key for me is to do something toward the goal, then stop for that day.
I often set a timer for 15 minutes to remind me of my plan. Over the years, the 15 minutes to glory method gave me the time to complete writing three books and many other projects that were important to me. But where do I give my suffering when I get done? They all need doing but… I seem to find my way to the couch and watch a movie: Am getting a lil better but not enough. Am looking forward to get going with this procedure and also the book above……..