I was going to take my friend over at minimalistsometimes up on a challenge of clearing out some space. I started three weeks ago with my bathroom cabinet, and that was a breeze, but then I moved on to my bedroom. And that’s where I failed the first time.
Believe me, I was going to clear out one of the built-in storage, and I did empty the whole thing, and I am even sure that if push came to shove I’d throw most of it out. Instead I put everything back in there. I really don’t even know why it was such a difficult place to clear out, most of it was old paper and things I don’t use anyway. I guess it just goes to show that it’s not all easy peasy, this decluttering thing.
Then I was going to do the living room this week, and it is in fact very empty already, and I thought I would get rid of what’s left in a heartbeat. But then. Enter family. If I were to live on my own, this would not be a problem, but I have a husband and two kids to consider when decluttering, and those peeps are entitled to an opinion too, I guess. Instead of getting rid of a lot of stuff I rearranged them, decided to hang some pictures in the hallway (where most of my pictures are, keeping the rest of the apartment “clean”), and I did manage to sort out about ten movies and five books that I gave away, but still… Not the success I was hoping for. Darn it.
I am not sure if I can do the kitchen this week, like minimalistsometimes is doing, because I’ve given away so many things that I think this time around the family will object. I can, however, clear the pantry, just to see if there’s anything with an old date or something.
Okay, so that’ll be my thing this week. And this time I’ll actually follow through.