Lost in the Clutter Cluster

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I am not feeling right today. Something is "off" with me, physically. I am keeping track of it in a longer version of this post which I have kept separately in a document on my computer.

I had to cancel my PT appointment this morning because of whatever is going on with me physically. But there is also another aspect to it.

I find I am getting distracted much more easily and I don't recover as quickly. It's harder to focus. And I am forgetful. (This could be because I am a woman of a certain age, but just because I fit that category does not mean there is not something else going on other than the normal changes of life.)

If I put an item down I forget where. And then I can't find it again because of all the clutter (for one thing) and because usually I have put it down in a stupid place (probably again because of the clutter) -- something I really need to address!

Today's job, then (over and above everything else I am doing because... I dunno, Hogwarts) is to DECLUTTER my personal spaces:

1.) my desk
2.) my bathroom counter
3.) my dresser

Then I will have clear, open surfaces to put things down on, and they won't get lost in the mess.

Well, that's the theory. For now anyway.
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    Thanks for the inspiration! I find your blogs helpful because I am also a woman of a certain age and going through similar challenges. I am also finding the Hogwart's challenge helpful to work through these.

    All best wishes and best of luck,
    Emmy :))
    2488 days ago
    I hope you are better soon. Don't let clutter drag you down. Like Sten2791 I toyed with clutter for a long time. I discovered Flylady (which I know you don't like) but it did help me. But it is a constant. Stuff comes in the house and unless I keep an eye on it it tries to take root. So far I am winning. But I do struggle with "where is the phone". Can't seem to remember where it is most of the time and have had to have DH or DD call it just so I can figure out where it is.
    2494 days ago
    Clutter always confuses me and my DH is a man who likes his clutter. I have certain spaces - my bathroom, files, and my end table in the living room - that no one is allowed to touch. I can always find the stuff I keep there. The rest of it is questionable.

    I'm not sure whether it's a function of age, of preoccupation with lots of things, or just plain "can't work in clutter" mentality.

    I hope you feel more yourself soon and find that there's nothing wrong other than having an off day. Or a low front moving in ...
    2494 days ago
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    You sound a lot like me. My home had a lot of clutter. When I was younger, I became very attached to things for silly reasons. Magazines, newspaper cutouts, clothes, everything. It became so bad that it was consuming my life. So, as hard as it was to give everything up, I did.

    I got trash bags and got rid of the clutter. Clothes I didn't wear in the past 12 months? They got donated. Magazines that were over a year old? Recycled. I kept only the things I knew I would a) use or b) held a special memory or significance (like pictures, newspaper cut-outs of my high school and college sports years).

    I can honestly tell you, after I did this, I felt rejuvenated. It. was. awesome! However, I still put my phone down and then forget where it is a minute later... emoticon
    2494 days ago
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