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15M4K on Sunday

Oh, that wonderful feeling of decluttering!

Back when I was really on a roll with Project Empty, there was a feeling of power and mental cleanness that was damn near magical, and thanks to [personal profile] kis's projected visit in September, that feeling is back!

Whatever I decluttered completely during Project Empty has remained effortlessly clear and clean. Areas that I mostly decluttered have slowly regained some of their clutter. And the places I never cleared have proven to be like magnetic nodes of new-clutter accumulation.

It's as if one unused, unneeded, unreleased thing in a spot makes it the obvious place, the excuse, for another one, and another, and the moral of the story is: the only real decluttering is radical decluttering. Including--perhaps especially--in the hidden places behind doors and inside drawers.

Naturally, in my Fifteen Minutes for Kispexi project between now and September, I'm focusing on those spots first, and tonight I cleared one of them, a utility closet in my kitchen. As Project Empty died down last time, I stashed a few donation-bag items there, and a year and a half later, there they still were, along with everything I've meant to donate since, AND some paper bags. And rags.

Now it's all cleared out, and the Veterans are coming tomorrow to collect it. It really did only take about 15 minutes.

By the way, it's much easier to toss stuff now than it was the first go-round, because I've already done it, and I not only survived, but thrived, so there's not nearly as much angst and resistance.

Next up in 15M4K: The table of foodstuffs and cookbooks that I don't have room for in my kitchen cabinets. It's war, baby. Weird extracts and specialized cookbooks, prepare to be discarded.

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Mar. 29th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Yay, decluttering! I LOVE that feeling, and the sense of peace and calm that accompanies it. Congrats, congrats!
Mar. 29th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
One thing that's so interesting about this second go-round with decluttering is the confidence that what I clear this time will stay cleared, because what I cleared last time has done so.

I know that I'm making permanent changes in my living situation.

Any less radical a form of "cleaning" or "organizing" is like a diet. This feels more like a metabolic change.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I find that decluttering only works for me if it's an ongoing, cyclical process. Twice a year, on New Year's and Midsummer, I go through everything. If I don't, that clutter just breeds. It used to be enough to wait until I moved on to a new life and a new place, but that was when I did that every six months or so. I had to get a new system now that I have roots.
Mar. 29th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Roots and clutter definitely have an affinity for one another! The feeling of living in an uncluttered space is so markedly much better than that of living in a cluttered one that the cyclical re-doing is well worth the effort. I salute your twice-a-year habit. I could certainly benefit from that approach myself.
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