You know what I’m talking about!
The screeching halt that overcomes you once you find something ‘loved and lost’ while trying to declutter.
For me, it’s photographs. I can’t help myself. I get swept away in memories and then, before I know it, waaaay too much time has passed and my declutter task remains unfinished. Rubber stamp required: *Declutter Fail*.
This happened to me earlier this week. Knowing this weakness, I’m going to be better prepared for next time. I will:
- Set a strict time limit. I may even set an alarm to help me. I do find that making a short timeframe mentally prepares me for speed – there’s no time to mess around.
- I will take a box with me, collect my distractions and look at them later.
- I will take garbage bags and a marker with me. Then I can easily nominate things for the trash, donation or recycling.
- I will do the task when I’m in a good mood and have minimal household distractions (laundry, children or meal time conflict).
What are your best tips for discovering and sorting treasures with minimal downtime?
2 thoughts on “Clutter Interrupted! Stop Getting Distracted By The Cool Stuff You Find!”
Oh, I love this photo! Any box is just like a valuable, irresistable, treasure chest with long forgotten gifts to rediscover. It was my biggest challenge when I just moved from my home of 41 years. Good tips!
I, too, love photographs. Mine are in photo albums. I am going to scan my photos into the computer in place in My Pictures. This way really old photos can be restored with special software. At one time photos were brown & beige; black & white; now we have color. I have an extensive collection of stuffed animals & silk flower arrangements. A friend of mine arranged them on my walls to give the illusion of wallpaper. We received many compliments.