A Great Big Decluttering Fail

Twelve Days of Christmas Decluttering didn’t happen.

I have several excuses, and one of them is even valid.

Mostly, though, “filling a box” or “filling a bag” or just randomly going through the house looking for things to declutter doesn’t ever seem to work for me.

I’ve tried it ever-so-many times, and though I generally find a few things that obviously need to go, I only seem to make real decluttering strides when I purposefully focus on a specific area.

But I really did have every intention of making one last decluttering push to get that box filled up before my December 13th deadline.

Really.

But . . . on the evening of December 12th, there was no physical way I could get that humongous box out of my front door.

There was a four-foot high pile of dirt blocking the front door.

It looked a lot like this one:

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And these:

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We had our foundation fixed last week, and there were dirt piles all around my home like these. It was disconcerting to say the least.

I have nothing profound to say.

I just needed to admit that the big ‘ol dishwasher box is still sitting in my living room, and that it’s not even full.

Maybe I’ll get it full for next month’s pick up.

Maybe.

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Comments

  1. Chris Wyrick says:

    It’s okay: thank you for sharing and letting all of us out here know that “perfection” shouldn’t even be in our vocabularies, except of course the perfection of Christ’s righteousness. Keep inspiring us!!

  2. Holy moly, just seeing those pics sends me into a whirly. Dec to me is already one of the hardest months to stay on track-I seem to just go into “maintain the best I can” mode. Once the holidays are over you’ll get right back into it. I love numeric challenges, they do work for me. I don’t have to try to stay focused(which I have a problem with). That’s why it is important for everyone to experiment and find what works best for them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to following your projects for 2013. I am trying to set some goals for the year…but I don’t know how well that will work out for me.

  3. Uh. is that pile of dirt INSIDE YOUR HOUSE?!?!?!?!
    Bless your lil ol’ heart!
    ok…decluttering on hold.
    Prioritize! You’ve got dirt! ;0

    …next month sounds good to me! Pat

    • (copy/pasted from a response to a similar comment/question!)

      It was in the playroom, which is a closed in porch, so it’s technically not part of the foundation. This meant to get under the real foundation, they had to jackhammer up the floor in there. I had NO idea what was going to be involved, and the first day I couldn’t even look out there. It was horrible! Thankfully, they put the dirt back and filled the holes.

      • safepethaven says:

        I’ve had my foundation repaired twice in the 34 yrs I lived here; and it needs it again desperately. Gotta “love” N. TX nasty clay gumbo [NOT]! But neither time was there any intrusion into any enclosed part of the house, or garage, by dumping dirt anywhere but outside around the perimeter of the house. They are supposed to dig from the outside perimeter of the house, under it, to the points of where the piers are to go. Which foundation company did you use?

  4. Hey, life happens :0P
    and I love you for your brave honesty! I can relate. This week will be full of the last-minute-mad-dash-before-everyone-arrives-this-weekend the I’m so famous for. Yes, it’ll take all week.
    I was remember the other day you used to have weekly or monthly de-cluttering check-in’s. Or did you? Anyway, I was thinking that’s the kind of accountability I need.
    In the meantime, Merry Christmas!! (love the pic of your King of the Hill)

  5. Um…why does that pile of dirt look like it is INSIDE your house? Egads!

    • It was in the playroom, which is a closed in porch, so it’s technically not part of the foundation. This meant to get under the real foundation, they had to jackhammer up the floor in there. I had NO idea what was going to be involved, and the first day I couldn’t even look out there. It was horrible! Thankfully, they put the dirt back and filled the holes.

  6. You said the mess looked a lot like the pics you posted. Are those actual photos of your home? Terrible.

    • Yes, those are pics of my playroom. I didn’t get a picture of the pile of dirt blocking the front door. Thankfully, though, by THursday evening the dirt was COMPLETELY gone. I was amazed at what a great job the workmen did putting things back together!

  7. I am so pleased I found your blog. We are like minded! The decluttering a number of things doesn’t work for me either. I end up just wandering around. Keep blogging so I can keep reading!!

  8. I want to know more about the foundation fix… I’m in need of this, but I’m just too scared to even look into it. Your pics look a little scary even if it is technically a porch. And how do they clean that up?

    • It is scary. And expensive. But we kept seeing more and more cracks and began to feel like waiting longer would cause more things to have to fix.

      THey put the dirt back into the holes, except what was displaced by the piers. The rest they spread in my flower beds. Other than that, it looks great where they poured the concrete back into the holes. We will have to re-paint that playroom floor.

  9. Oh my, I can’t believe that is dirt in your playroom! I would have cried.

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