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I completely understand feeling overwhelmed by clutter. While taking a deep breath is a great first step, I’m talking about other concrete ways to break down the project that is overwhelming you so you can get it done.
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I’ve got these same environmental qualms about seasonal stuff. I’m lucky that I have enough space that I can keep a lot of these things to reuse year after year.
If you’ve got a paper shredder, you can make paper Easter grass that you can compost or recycle.
But you can also find a lot of seasonal stuff at thrift stores when you need it, because a lot of people don’t store it all. And as I learned from Nony, the cost of buying it again is like the rental fee for having stored it all year for us.
Stacy Berrin says
Yo – guess what? They say washer sheets now – that are like dryer sheets – and no more big plastic containers to find where to recycle! Sold in a cardboard envelope and actually work!! Get on Amazon. Woohoo!
Stacy Berrin says
As an environmentally conscious human in the world, I want to thank you for tackling this issue. Personally this is often the biggest hangup for me – how do I not create more landfill?? As a psychologist, I want to commend you for talking about the mental bandwidth & how creating space can make it easier for you to make decisions….some of which will make it so that you don’t have to keep doing the same thing over and over (like buying water bottles or big plastic bottles of washing machine detergent). It is dawning on me that I think more clearly when I’m in a more clear space. Part of my brain doesn’t have to be continuously busy filtering out what I shouldn’t be focusing on.
Crystal Lane says
This was helpful! My husband went to the hospital for an infection last week, and while there was diagnosed with Heart Failure. I don’t have control over that, but I do have control over decluttering our home. You are a God send. Thank you.