I've made a big mistake

I can't get this basement completely cleaned and organized in a week. It's going to take years. There are boxes of papers that never made it to a filing cabinet. Boxes of baby clothes and toys that I just can't seem to give up. Camping gear, photos, cd's, videos, clothes that no longer fit and stuff. Stuff that I don't ever remember purchasing. Oh. My. Word. How did I let this happen?

That's it. I don't stop until every inch of this house has been decluttered and cleaned. It's going to be a very long spring and summer.


Mary@notbefore7 said...

Keep at it! Day by Day...you'll be thrilled at the end of summer!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I've had to do the same thing with my attic. I've posted about that, too.

What worked for me (and I'm not done) is to do an initial sort. The only decisions I made were "keep, trash, consign". I took it in sections, and am almost through with that. I got the trash & the consigment things out as quickly as I could (seasonal items I can't take yet are all in one area, ready to go in the fall).

After I'm done with this initial sort, I'll go back and decide how to store & organize what I'm keeping. That may not happen til fall...as the attic will be too hot this summer.

Give yourself permission to take it all slow. We didn't get in these messes in one week, and it will certainly take longer than that to get out of them. That's okay...each day is a giant step.

Reading your post...I know EXACTLY how you feel. I've been there, my friend!