039 Clutter Guilt Podcast

Podcast #39 from ASlobComesClean.com - Clutter Guilt!

This podcast is about the guilt that can make it soooo difficult to declutter! Sometimes it’s guilt laid on by others, and sometimes it’s imagined!

Posts mentioned within this podcast:

GO DECLUTTER something and enter this giveaway for a $500 Home Depot giftcard by Extra Space Storage!!!

Drowning in Clutter? (my e-book that has the script I read)

“I Didn’t Want to Hurt Your Feelings, Mom!”

Getting Rid of Someone Else’s Memories

Breaking the Clutter Guilt Cycle


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Clutter Busting Concept: Replace. Don’t Just Shove the New Ones in With the Old Ones

Clutter Busting Concept: Replace. Don't Just Shove In With the Old Stuff at ASlobComesClean.com

I recently put the One In One Out Rule into action.

A year or so ago, my mom gave us a small set of glass storage containers. I’m in love with those things.

A while back, Costco put a similar set on sale with their monthly coupons. I was excited to get it, but by the time I got to my closest store, they were all gone. The same set (an affiliate link)was more expensive on Amazon, so I waited.

This month, the deal was back!

As I put the box into our cart, I warned Hubby  that we weren’t getting new storage containers. We were replacing our old storage containers.

There’s a difference.

At least there’s a difference for me.

And for him.

Once upon a time, when we were dating, he cooked for me. He sent me home with leftovers packed in an orange “sunburst” Tupperware container. I thought I was demonstrating awesome Future Wife Material Characteristics when I returned a NEW, cooler Tupperware container of the same size. (I was a Tupperware Lady at the time. Really.)

He was thankful, but he wanted the orange one back, too.

I was irritated, which is kind of funny considering my own issues caused by a lack of understanding of the one-in-one-out concept and all the problems that would cause in our future home.

But now we’ve both learned that we can’t just get new stuff. We have to replace old stuff with new stuff.

Otherwise, we end up with too much stuff.

Replacement is how it works in non-slob homes.

When you “get” and don’t “replace” . . . storage container cabinets become avalanche cabinets.

Or, as my good friend calls them . . . crapalanches. (TM – Cliff Bowen.)

Here’s how it went:

Replacing Food Storage Containers at ASlobComesClean.com

Right. It was a disaster of randomness before.

Yes. There are things (that I know are there) shoved in the back of that after picture.

Mmm-hmmm. There are half-drunk water bottles in the before photo. (Post about that coming right up.)

You betcha. I do store containers with the lids on. Here’s why.


This “project” took all of about five minutes. Five fun minutes because I was admiring my new stuff. It was EASIER to put them away because I pulled out the old stuff first. I didn’t have to find a place to shove them.


What have you decluttered lately? Take a picture and then go enter this giveaway on my post from yesterday! (It’s for a $500 Home Depot giftcard!!! For real!!!)




How a Storage Unit Saved My Sanity (and a GREAT Giveaway from Extra Space Storage!)

Big Giveaway from Extra Space Storage

When Extra Space Storage asked if they could sponsor a post and an AWESOME giveaway here, I was excited to do it.

There was a time in my life when renting a storage space saved my sanity.

We’d moved. We had two little boys and didn’t know a soul in our new town. It was a good move for us, but I had been very happy where we were.

The stories we’d heard and hoped would happen to us (the ones where someone puts a house on the market and it sells the first day) hadn’t happened.

We tried having my husband live here with his sister until the house sold. Two weeks of attempting to keep the house perfect while also dealing with a 2yo and a 3yo on my own changed our mind. (I was a future Slob Blogger, after all.) We decided it was worth stretching our budget as far as it could possibly go (maybe a little farther) to rent a small house until our old house sold. We wanted to be together.

We moved everything we needed and left a normal-home’s worth of furniture in the house that was on the market.

(Did you catch that? We had enough stuff to fill two houses . . . )

We didn’t park in the garage of the rent house because it was filled with boxes.

It was a two-car garage.

Right after we moved, we found out I was pregnant. We were thrilled, but hormones combined with the stress of a home not selling combined with the fact that I could not seem to make a single friend sent me into a very dark place.

When our house finally sold five months later, things didn’t immediately improve like I’d assumed they would. At the exact same time our house sold, every house in our new (small) town that was a possibility . . . also sold.

AND, we now had EVERYthing we owned (which was WAY too much stuff) in that rent house.

Every wall was hidden behind boxes stacked to the ceiling.

As my daughter’s due date approached and this mama’s claustrophobia became almost unbearable, we made the decision to rent a storage unit.

I hadn’t wanted to rent one. This was a temporary situation. I kept thinking that ANY day we would find our new home and this difficult period would be finished. My excessive frugality and Make It Work!! personality had such a hard time justifying the expense when technically, we had “room” for the boxes, our beds, and our bodies.

We didn’t have room to walk around, but walking around? That’s a luxury.

Thankfully, the pregnancy hormones won. I can’t even express the relief and peace I felt after all that STUFF was in storage and we could finally LIVE in our temporary home.

I’m all for idealism. Now that I’ve been decluttering like a crazy woman for five years, I’m definitely all for purging down to what will actually fit in my house (my CONTAINer).

But I’m mostly for sanity. And for NOT tripping over things that are “temporarily” being stored in the living room because there’s no more room in the garage.

If renting a storage unit means your family can live (not just survive) in your home during a transitional period, it’s money well spent.

It definitely was for us.

The day we brought our daughter home from the hospital, the house we live in now went on the market. We put a contract on it within a week. She was two months old when we moved in, but we enjoyed those two months with her in our small, free-of-boxes-in-the-living-room rent house.

According to Extra Space Storage, most people rent storage units for these reasons:

  1. Moving/downsizing
  2. Life event (going to college, death of a loved one, divorce, etc.)
  3. Infrequently used items (holiday decorations, seasonal equipment, etc.)

About Extra Space Storage: We pride ourselves on being the best in four different areas – customer service, cleanliness, convenience and security. Our goal is to make the self storage experience as convenient and hassle-free as possible for our customers. We’re in the business of storing people’s belongings, keepsakes and memories and we take that very seriously. This is why our facilities implement the highest security technology, perimeter fencing and the majority have a manager that lives on site.

If something truly needs to be stored, and you don’t have real storage space in your home (the master bedroom doesn’t count . . . ), a temporary rented storage space is a great option.

Now for the giveaway details!!! (Y’all, I’m so excited about this!!)

The Prize: Extra Space Storage is giving away a $500 Home Depot gift card to be used to help one lucky winner become more organized in their lives.

That’s one lucky winner HERE at A Slob Comes Clean!!!

Restrictions: Winner must be a U.S. resident and be 21 years of age or older.

So how do you enter?

Share a photo of a decluttered space in your home on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean !! Then come back here and leave a comment with the url to your entry!! (I’ll explain how to do that in a moment!)

A decluttered space!! That’s great motivation! And you DON’T have to show a before picture!!!

I know that’s a bit of work, but it’s a $500 Home Depot giftcard! Just think what you could get with that!!

So what do you need to do?

  1. Declutter a space. It can be a cabinet, a drawer, a closet or an entire room.
  2. Take a picture.
  3. Post that picture on Facebook (to the A Slob Comes Clean page or the Extra Space page), to Instagram, OR to Twitter using the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean in your post.
  4. Copy the URL of your social media post (detailed photo instructions are below!) and paste it in a comment on THIS post. (Replies to the email by email subscribers won’t count. You need to click on the title of the post in the email to get to the blog to comment.)
  5. Repeat for one of the other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  6. Repeat again for the last of the three social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  7. Get an extra entry by liking Extra Space Storage on Facebook and leaving ANOTHER comment saying you did that. (You only need to post a picture to one social media site to be eligible for this additional entry.)
  8. Get even more entries by following Extra Space Storage on Twitter and Google+ and leaving comments saying you did!

Don’t forget that each entry needs to be in its own comment.

Stressed yet? Don’t be. You can enter by only making it through step 4! (But once you’ve done that, why not grab those additional entries!)

And here are instructions (with photos) for grabbing those URLs you need for your comments!


How to get the url of a specific tweet

For Instagram:

how to grab an instagram URL

For Facebook, you can post in this way to either my page or the Extra Space Storage page. Don’t post it on your personal profile or it may not show up.

How to Post and Grab a Time Stamp on Facebook

Please feel free to ask for help!

Now go declutter!!!



Legal Stuff:

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  One entry per person.  To be eligible, entrants must submit a photo of their decluttered  space. Entrants must be a legal resident of the United States and at least 21 years old.  Contest begins October 15, 2014 and ends October 24, 2014.    After the deadline, Extra Space Storage will select one winner out of all eligible entries in its sole and exclusive discretion.  The winner will be notified by October 25th via email and must respond within 48 hours or will forfeit the prize. The prize will be mailed to the winner by Extra Space Storage within thirty (30) days of being selected.  Any taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Prize is offered “as is.”  Extra Space Storage is not responsible for late, lost, or incomplete entries.  Extra Space Storage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the contest for any reason.


A few more things for my own sake: ASlobComesClean.com is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. I am being compensated for my time writing this post and hosting this giveaway, but the story about the baby and the stuff-overwhelm and the boxes everywhere is my own.





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