It seems a little crazy to me that I have spent about 30 hours in one room deciding what I am going to do with everything.
Donating, recycling, garbage, repurposing, or keeping.
To open the door to this room and if you did not know me I would have been labelled a hoarder and I felt so ashamed that I let this room become the junk room. I didn't show anyone and when I talked about the room I would laugh about it and make fun of the situation trying to deflect. It was on my list of things to do last year and I never found the time to do it instead I just kept adding to it.
Then my new years resolution this year was to declutter my house and my things to try and make my life simple. I started slow a drawer, my closet, the linen closet in the hall etc, and I just kept going from there. It wasn't a bad way to do it and when I felt like it was too much I just took a break for a couple days.
Then it happened my sister asked about coming to Halifax for my nieces March break- the room had to be tackled.
It has been a long process and a couple weeks on it now; I had moments that I felt overwhelmed and I would have to close the door and take a break because it was so big and I felt like I was drowning in 'stuff'.
We all like praise and I have to say at times it makes me feel proud and sometimes helps me to keep going. The first step for me was first to swallow my pride and take a picture so that I could show my sister what I was dealing with. 4 years of stuff being put in the room and being accumulated, it was a mountain. By this point all you could do was climb on top of stuff to get at other stuff and just enough room to open the door. She couldn't believe the amount of stuff but encouraged me and was positive.
Then my shame turned into a mission for me and something that I shared with her the whole way and took pictures of my progress and pictures of the loads that I was dropping off to the Salvation Army thrift store. So much stuff. I didn't want to try and sell it because I didn't want to hold onto it anymore I just needed it gone.
I am not ready to upload the room picture but this was my living room and dining room before and after, although it was worse than this because I had already done a clean up and donated some, I felt great about it.
The room will be done by March 9th and when I have it done I will post my successful picture.
I start off each time just telling myself I will do 10 min, then 30 min and I keep going until I really feel that I can't anymore and close the door. You can now see the floor and although there is still so much more to do in there I am making serious progress and I can almost fit a bed in there for my sister and niece to sleep here comfortably.