Two Second Task: From “Pile of Stuff” to “Nativity Scene”

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I have no excuses. I saw this duster sitting in the wrongest of wrong places, and hadn’t moved it.

Pile of Christmas Stuff at

Therefore, what should have been my favorite Nativity display was instead just part of “stuff on the coffee table.”

Two seconds later, after moving the duster? It was back to being a sweet and meaningful display.

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Hurry. Go spend two seconds doing something ridiculously obvious and come back and tell me about it!

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What? Your nativity pieces all match? Huh. Interesting.


The Five Second Switch That Took Months to Make

The Five Second Switch that took months to make at

I’ve been hiding something. I’ve been hiding it for a very long time. Months, at least.

See this picture? I took it when I realized what I was doing. I was covering up something very embarrassing with that purple sponge.

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I was covering it up because other than this icky and awful spot, this area of my kitchen counter was making me happy. I’d finally put away the dishes that had been air-drying for months longer than they needed to.

Putting those eyesores away made this space look finished. Two little ol’ things on it? They don’t bother me one tiny bit. I automatically know why they’re there.

Dirty Dish Drying Mat at

Anyway, as I placed that sponge over the grody-to-the-max spot, a vague mental picture passed through my mind.

This handy dandy drying mat, which I do so love, came in a two pack.

I know I debated whether I needed to keep both, but I think I may have kept it, at least for a time, in that cabinet over there. At least, if I did, that’s where I’d look for it first.

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Sure enough, I did.

And in five whole seconds, I had replaced the gross one with the pretty one.

Brand New Dish Drying Mat at

I even took the gross one straight to the washing machine since the washing machine was available, not being Laundry Day.

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We find that happening a lot. It’s a downfall of the decluttering mindset. We assume we pitched it, so we don’t even look.

I say “we” because on the same weekend, Hubby bemoaned the fact that he didn’t have ANY gross tennis shoes anymore. Nothing bad enough to wear in the lake guilt-free.

Then, he found one pair. He’d just assumed I’d purged them all.

When he assumed, I was indignant. I mean, I’m just trying to keep our house free of junk! He should have looked before accusing (or not really accusing, but it felt that way) his wife!

And then this happened. Proof I make the same assumptions.



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I’ll Just Have to Do That! (One of these days)

Oh, how I love a good idea.

Maybe I love ideas more than solutions.

Sometimes I consider something an “idea” when it’s really a solution that I’m not implementing right that minute.

Which could be called procrastination.

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Like this light-thingy. I ran across it while decluttering. It’s cute and useful and someone gave it to one of us. But I almost stuck it in the Donate Box.

I was trying to answer Decluttering Question #2 before I asked myself Decluttering Question #1.

Would I know I had it? (That’s #2.) No. I wouldn’t. So I wouldn’t even look for it.

BUT, Question #1 is Where would I look for it first? (Go put it there right now.)

When I asked myself that question, my roundabout answer was: Well, it would be perfect as a reading light on my daughter’s daybed.

Oooh. A good idea. I love those.

But my inner monologue continued: So I guess I should keep it. So I can put it on her bed one of these days.

And my over-thinking brain kept rambling: But it’s just going to keep cluttering up this drawer and even though it’s a good solution, I HAVE to get the junk out of this drawer.


I’m so thankful my inner Snarky Slob caught what I was trying to do. Procrastinate when I had no reason whatsoever to procrastinate except that I seem to enjoy procrastinating. When it hit me how easy it would be to just DO it now, I did it. And two seconds later, this great little item was useful, and ultimately it was decluttered.

Solution. Implemented. NOW.

Because if I’m using it, it’s not clutter. If it sits in a drawer, still in its package, taking up space and mental energy, it’s clutter.



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