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Clutter Blinders

Do you have a case of “clutter blinders”? You know exactly what I mean, so don’t get all clueless on me!!! Clutter blinders is a very serious condition that I have been diagnosed with. It’s a vision problem, chronic and debilitating. . . . Let me give you an example of it’s symptoms:

We have an outside entrance to our basement. So, in the winter months we use the basement as the place to hang the barn coats, carhart’s, and let the boots drip dry on the rug. I also store our good winter stuff in the basement during the summer months. I bag it in plastic bags and store it in a special cupboard down there. Well, long story short. . . .I went down to get the clean winter coats and things today and to double check on the boots to see if we needed any different sized ones out. Low and behold my clutter blinders came off for a brief few minutes and I realized that no one ever brought up the barn coats to be washed last spring!! There they hung (and in heaps on the damp basement floor) with last winter’s chicken poo still on them. ~X( at wits' end[-( not talking I HATE THIS DISEASE!!! How many times have I been in the basement since last spring??? The Clutter Blinders closed my eyes to all that mess THE ENTIRE SUMMER?!!!!!????

So, here I go back to the laundry room to do more extra loads that I had not planned on!!

Amanda Gunthorp
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If anything else interrupts my decluttering. . .

okay. . . we have had (in the last week alone) a problem at school, 3 soccer games, a new pet spider, a cat with an injury, a temper tantrum or two . . . Need I say more??????

If anything else interupts my decluttering, I might just have to crawl in a hole and scream for awhile

But, in reality, there is no time for that.  So despite the fact that it’s now 10:30 a.m. and I am still in my pj’s. . . I’m going to start my day with a nice shower. . . . My next post will be your next decluttering mission for the day.  It is Saturday, you know. . . should have an extra hour somewhere today!!

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Get around to it!!!

This is a round tuit. Guard it with your life!
Tuits are hard to come by, especially the round ones.
It will help you become a much more efficient worker.
For years you’ve heard people say “I’ll do that when I get   a round tuit.”
So now that you have one, you can accomplish all those things            you put aside until you got a Round Tuit. ~author unknown

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Can I/We do this?

I just finished reading yet another email from my girlfriends that we are once again tired and disgusted with our inability to keep our homes clutter free.  I read their notes and started to write an encouraging reply and then it hit me. . .

WE NEED A CHALLENGE!!  WE NEED TO MAKE THIS FUN!!!!

My inner brat needs to be able to enjoy herself while she is doing the things that God really is laying upon her heart to get done.   Moping around, feeling guilty, and making ones self tired with depression and worry about the state of one’s home is not of God.  We need a challenge.  We need fun!

In 32 days, we have friends coming for an extended stay and I know they would love to come no matter the state of our home but I am going to use them as my goal.

Won’t you all join me on my journey?  Check in often!  Use what I did today for your goal/assignment for tomorrow!  Subscribe to my blog and use it to encourage you!

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A few notes about how to use my blog

I’m trying to categorize every post by the amount of time it took to accomplish the declutter.  That way, on days that I have larger chunks of time, I can do more than one project and you can pick and choose what you work on based upon the amount of time you have.

Example being that today was a fairly empty schedule day so I’m trying to do as much as I can.  Tomorrow I work for my husband and have a dr. appt to take my son to.  Then the day after that we have another dr appt that is 1 1/2 hours away and after that we leave to go camping for the weekend.  So, this weekend when you have some extra time on your hands, you can choose from the things I did before I left for the weekend!  Good Luck, I know you can do it!!

Also, as you declutter an area, you may find tons of items that don’t even belong in that area.  Do NOT take the time to put those away in their proper place.  Rather, keep a basket (laundry basket works great) where you are working and put the items that don’t belong in the basket.  When it is full, it’s time to declutter the basket!

When you declutter the basket, go from room to room and deliver the items to the place they belong.  If it takes more than just opening a drawer or closet door to put them away, simply place them in the appropriate room and when you get to that room for your decluttering process, then take the time to put it away properly.  I suggest this so that you don’t get sidetracked in the room you walked your basket to and then not successfully empty the basket or finish the project you were working on when the basket filled.

Many small steps accomplish a goal, no matter how big the task!!!

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