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Decluttering paralysis is real, and it’s tough enough on a normal day. It’s especially daunting, though, when you are on a deadline. Especially the biggest deadline of all: moving!
I’m talking through this overwhelming situation in a strategy session today.
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Ann Johnson says
Oh my goddess, I am half way through your book and we are, like, literally the same personality core tucked into different bodies. I, too am a project-driven theatre nerd who is drowning in clutter and just wants the deer and rabbits to come help me do my dishes, as this seems the most simple solution. Hubs and (teenaged) kids and I are building our dream home, and don’t want to take our bad habits with us. I’m reading the part about not getting organized (as I stare into the middle distance of my brand new containers and bins that are now sitting ON TOP of the clutter…so long story short you are my new hero and I am so super ready! Thank you for being in the world and sharing your gifts! Theatre nerds forever!!
Ann Johnso says
OMG I just got to the cowboy boots. 🤣🤣🤣
Touching an object can make it more difficult to separate from it. My friend wanted to declutter her books. Touching them made it harder, so I would hold up the book and she would give herself time to think about it. I sometimes opened it up to show that the pages were yellowed or falling out and then (especially paperback) books did not look so appealing and there was REDUCED PERSONAL PHYSICAL CONNECTION. I made no comment on her decision to keep, donate or trash (when pages were falling out). It was enormously helpful. It can be done with virtually any type of items — clothing, plastic ware, etc. Even if she said “I don’t know …” I didn’t comment and she would come to her own conclusion.