A little confession about a big box

The other day I was looking for a decluttering project that I could finish in a fairly short amount of time. I had a chunk of time, and was wanting a finished product. I still need to work on the kids’ clothes (and many other things), but I want/need a bigger chunk of time for that. So I wandered around the house looking for the right project.

Here’s where I finally stopped:

This large box of junk is in my kitchen, next to the toy organizer that should be in the basement, but can’t fit because we haven’t gotten rid of our old TV and stand.

I have a little confession about this box. It’s an unfinished decluttering project… from when Mr. ReadySetSimplify cleaned out the minivan. And I already posted the before and after pictures! Yikes! When I posted those pictures I had in my mind that the project was finished. But really there was this box sitting in my house.

This is an example of how sometimes I don’t even really see  or think about the clutter in my house! By the way, Mr. RSS did get rid of a lot of stuff from the van when he cleaned it out. But this box was left.

Now on to the finishing of the decluttering! First I took everything out and sort-of semi-grouped things together:

I got the kids involved and had them put things away and help make decisions about what should stay and what should go. About half of these things were simply put away in their proper place, a bunch of stuff went to recycling (including that big pink blow-up dolphin that has a hole in it), a little bit went to the trash, and these are the things going out the door:

Gabe wanted to give "The Thing" stick puppet that he made to one of his friends. 🙂

See how I already have them in a bag ready to go into the car? I’m trying to be a good girl, and not let them escape back into the house.

And here is the box, being repurposed as a temporary caterpillar home:

Other Updates:

  • My island is now 1/4 covered with stuff – need to fix that before it gets out of control.
  • I did my Bible reading/prayer time and unloaded the dishwasher before the kids were even awake this morning! Yay for progress!

Do you ever struggle with not really “seeing” the clutter in your house? I wonder if it’s a subconscious ignoring?

I’m linking  up with OrgJunkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing.


15 Comments on “A little confession about a big box”

  1. The Mrs says:

    I sometimes have the opposite problem – not being able to not see the clutter in my house if there’s something way more important to be doing.

    Today I took a personal day from work because of a doctor’s appointment that involved four hours of travelling, so in the three hours I have this afternoon I decided I was going to get as caught up as possible on Mr’s books for his business.

    The only thing I could see, though, was the clutter left from not tidying last night or this morning. And I had to fight with myself to ignore it and sit down at the desk to do the more important work.

    I’m obviously taking a little break 🙂

    • Interesting. I don’t usually run into that one. I’m guessing you enjoy decluttering more than you enjoy working on the books. 😉

      A different problem I sometimes run into is not being able to see the floor…only clutter. Literally.

      I’m glad you took a break to visit me. 😀

    • WilliamB says:

      This happens to me, too. Sometimes I determine that it takes less time to deal with the clutter than it does to keeping thinking about it.

  2. The Mrs says:

    I’d say they’re equally enjoyable – when they’re done.

    And by visiting you, I’ll declutter vicariously. It’s win-win.

  3. Cindy says:

    I often don’t see the clutter until someone is coming over, and then I freak out. My sister just told me she’s coming to visit in a couple weeks, and I’m both thrilled and slightly freaking out at all the STUFF I’m seeing everywhere: toys, papers, outgrown kids clothes. But I know what you mean about putting something somewhere temporarily, and suddenly you realize that pile of papers to be filed has been in its temporary place for three months…

    • I totally do that too. I was just thinking today that I wish that I could create that someone’s-coming-over-freak-out-cleaning-up-mode when it’s NOT just 1 hour before they arrive!!!

  4. My daughter cleaned my craft room today but for now it’s been turned in to a bedroom for the 3 granddaughters.

  5. Jan says:

    YES!! I do this, and I would probably call it “permanent procrastination”! Or in your case, semi-permanent. Good for you! Love your blog 🙂

  6. Messy Wife says:

    The last time we moved, I uncovered a bag of stuff from a previous decluttering effort from our family van too. I don’t remember how long the bag was sitting in my home but I believe it was more than a year and I didn’t see it until packing for our move!

    I know I am not just subconsciously ignoring the clutter in my home. I really don’t see clutter: one time we were having a sleep-over in another family’s house. The next morning, my husband asked me in private whether I noticed that my friend had cleared the countertop that was covered in paperwork. I honestly had no idea and I was talking with my friend over that countertop for at least 2 hours that night! I guess at that point, my husband knew that I was pretty much helpless 🙂

  7. WilliamB says:

    I see the clutter, my roommate doesn’t always. Same for leftovers in the fridge.

  8. LOL—I have said this MANY TIMES!! We LIVE with it-so we don’t SEE it. Sometimes it helps to walk into my house with “fresh eyes” like I am a visitor (I just keep that in mind”. Then I can really see what needs to be taken care of!

    sometimes I get to it–sometimes I don’t.

    The space above my fridge and the space next to the phone on my counter…horrid. I just stick things there. When it is actually CLEAN…I notice it! embarassing. LOL

  9. Kathleen says:

    I have problems with seeing clutter too, we even have two rooms where I stash stuff that need to go out to the garage, recycling, or trash. Can you believe it? One room is the guest room and the other is the library.

    I do have to admit, though, I am at my happiest and most peaceful when I’m puttering around in a neat and tidy room. It’s so relaxing, almost like a spa day. And like a spa day they don’t happen very often. Oy!

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