The progress is obvious now!

By Yuki
@yukimori (8684)
United States
January 28, 2016 5:27pm CST
I'm really thrilled with just how much I've been able to accomplish at home this week. I hadn't expected it to be much, because I wasn't feeling well on Monday and spent a lot of time lazing about. But on Tuesday I buckled down and began tackling the clutter in the living room. The kids' toys went into a storage bin to be organized later, several boxes of assorted things went out the door to be donated, scrubbed down the kids' table and chairs, and I even broke out the carpet cleaner and tackled the worst of the spots on the carpet. (I owe huge thanks to sharon6345, because it was her advice that led me to purchase a bottle of LA's Totally Awesome All-Purpose Cleaner and that stuff did wonders for the strawberry stains the kids left on the carpet.) I didn't feel like doing much yesterday, but I cleared all of the clutter off of the coffee table. Today, I dove back in after getting home from work. The boxes of books I want to sell have gone out to the car. I filled several more boxes with things to donate, and my husband put them in his car and drove them over to the thrift shop across the street. I'm down to a stack of empty boxes in the corner of the living room and three or four plastic bins to sort through, but the majority of the junk in the room is GONE! This is such an improvement over the way it was... and I admittedly still have a ton of work to do on the apartment as a whole, but this round of cleaning is going much better than any I've done in the past because I'm so focused on decluttering as I go. It's real progress, not just shuffling things around so it kinda sorta looks a bit better. I'd keep working on it this evening, but I have to work in the morning and don't want to overdo things tonight. It's amazing how addictive this newfound feeling of freedom is!
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@JolietJake (43537)
• Olney, Illinois
29 Jan 16
Amazing how much more relaxed and stress free I am after getting the plumbing fixed and knowing I don't have to go to the gas station if I need to 'take care of business'. It's a 'load' off my mind... (Didn't help that ALL the drains were backing up so I couldn't shower or do laundry or wash dishes or anything, basically...)
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
Crazy what trouble a few roots can cause, isn't it?
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@celticeagle (114506)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 16
I keep trying to tell people if they just get going they can get so much done. Organizing can be fun.
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@celticeagle (114506)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 16
@yukimori ....But, you will be so glad when you have all those boxes gone through and organized. Being organized is a good thing. Your poor husband just needs to get a grip.
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
@celticeagle Actually, the sad thing is that a lot of the stuff in there is just paper that needs to go in the recycling bin or through the shredder. But yes, organization is wonderful.
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@celticeagle (114506)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Jan 16
@yukimori ...SHould make the job go faster.
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• United States
29 Jan 16
a win-win, eh? so glad'ja got so much accomplished, hon. i wish the hubs'd adopt some'f these measures. i fear he jest continues to haul schtuff home though - outgrowin' 'n o'ersized double garage, double carport (which he closed in), the carport'n a half (also closed in), 2 big barns, my big horse trailer, his shop, the driveway 'n part'f pasture. sigh...he does move schtuff 'round, ne'er puttin' schtuff where it belongs (aka: empty tool boxes) 'n thinnin' out the rest.
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
That sounds a lot like what my mom's husband does. He's really good at moving things around and making it look like he's making lots of changes, but nothing ever really finds its way out.
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• United States
29 Jan 16
@yukimori i fear this'un jest makes a bigger mess'f schtuff :( he's in fer a rude awakenin' soon coz i'm fixin' to get the cattle prod out'n use it. heck, i aint been able to e'en fit a bumper into a garage/carport'n 6 years?? utterly ridiculous...
@TheHorse (54775)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Jan 16
Hmmph. I just did a progress note. The magazines by my throne are piling up. Maybe I should start cleaning there.
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
31 Jan 16
I gave up on magazines... converted all of my subscriptions to digital editions, so no more physical editions to worry about. Yet another thing to love about Kindles, I suppose.
29 Jan 16
good for you! you have just motivated to get off my bottom right now and work. :-)
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
Yay! I'm just getting ready to dig back into my project now that I've been home for a bit and had lunch.
@JudyEv (104039)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jan 16
Decluttering as opposed to just shifting things around makes a huge difference - not just to a room but to my mental state as well.
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
28 Jan 16
I'm amazed at the difference it's made in my mental state. I feel a lot more relaxed and stress-free now than I did even last weekend.
@amadeo (51436)
• United States
28 Jan 16
Good for you and it will get better as you go on.Good luck
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
28 Jan 16
It definitely is getting better as I go. Thanks, Alfredo!
@bunnybon7 (34068)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Jan 16
i have to admit, my getting rid of a lot has helped me also
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@jaboUK (51523)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 16
It must be good to see the results of your hard work, and the charities will benefit as well.
@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
It definitely is! The charity that we're donating most things to right now does extensive work within the community to alleviate poverty. I spoke to them last week about the baby furniture that I had to donate, and they said that even if they couldn't resell things like a swing or high chair in the store, things in good shape would be sent to another location to be put to use by a shelter. I'm really glad, because the Goodwill here will just discard many of those items even if they're in like new condition. I couldn't stand knowing that would happen to items that could benefit someone who really needed them, you know?
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@jaboUK (51523)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 16
@yukimori Oh yes, you need to know that the things you donate will end up where they will be appreciated.
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@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
@jaboUK Not only that, but I feel more comfortable giving to a company that invests so much in its projects instead of the administrative costs of doing business. It's sad how much the executives in some of these non-profit organizations actually make per year...
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@Missmwngi (9675)
• Nairobi, Kenya
29 Jan 16
It seems you have an all clean and arranged place
@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
Not quite, but it's much closer than it was at the start of the week!
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@Missmwngi (9675)
• Nairobi, Kenya
29 Jan 16
@yukimori Keep going and i am sure the results will be fabulous
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Jan 16
That is so awesome! It is amazing how good it feels when things are in order. Congrats for getting so much done. =)
@yukimori (8684)
• United States
29 Jan 16
Thanks! How are you feeling today? Still in nesting mode, or taking it easy before the little one comes?
@Lucky15 (33756)
• Philippines
31 Jan 16
exact opposite of what i have done last week :(
@paigea (21226)
• Canada
30 Jan 16
It was very freeing when I finally decided to have less Stuff! Even though I've been in quite a slump lately I know that there is so much less stuff than there once was that I will be able to get back on track.