When Dealing With Clutter Deal With The Simple First: 52 Weeks: Week 32 Update

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As I type the title for this week’s Simplified Home post I just realized something, I only have 20 weeks left in my 52-week challenge!

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 32 Update

This week I decided to work on the side wall of our tiny walk in closet. Now, I know last week I said I was going to conquer a different pile, but in that pile was a box packed by my late mother that made me feel emotionally paralyzed.

Here is why rather than push through those emotions I decided to just move on to another area.

I have been reading an article on decluttering pretty much every morning for months, and sharing it with my snail pacing clutter removers facebook group who are also working hard reducing clutter in their homes.

Got piles of clutter everywhere? Start with the simple first, and it will give you the courage to tackle the difficult.

When Dealing With Clutter Deal With The Simple First

Several articles on simplifying that I have read have said start with the easy clutter piles first and the feeling of accomplishment will give you the courage to attack the difficult clutter.

That is what I am hoping will happen in my closet decluttering. There are actually 2 boxes in this closet that I know of, there might be more, that are full of items given to me by people no longer walking this earth. People I loved dearly, and those boxes strongly evoke the emotion of grief within me.

Grief is largely the emotion that caused our home to get this cluttered to begin with. I lost 4 loved ones in 5 years {or it could have been 6 years…I was in such a fog by the last death I now can’t get my dates straight without looking up obituaries}. That is a lot of grief for one person to deal with.

One thing I have learned from losing all those loved ones is that when a loved one dies you will deal with waves of grief over not getting to share your time with them for the rest of your life. Sure, the depth of those waves decreases, the waves lessen–no longer feeling like they could knock you over like when the death was fresh…but they never go completely away.

I have also learned you can grieve in a healthy manner or an unhealthy one, and allowing grief to bury you in possessions and steal the joy that comes from having an organized home isn’t healthy.

In my deepest fog I just couldn’t seem to deal with the simplest of piles, “is this important to keep?” “maybe,” “oh, I don’t know…” “I am too tired for this,” and with those thoughts I just walked away from the stuff and let it pile higher and higher.

When the fog lifted I seriously said,  “What the crap has happened to our home?!” {sorry, I know I don’t normally use strong language on my blog but this time I think what I said needs to be read the way I said it} and then the realization of what I had done hit me like a tonne of bricks: “I did it, I made our home a mess.” And now I am fixing it one week at a time, one area at a time.

I am getting healthy and putting grief in its proper place now that time has passed. I know to get fully healthy I will have to eventually deal with those memory filled boxes, but for now I am gaining the courage by dealing with the simple first.

If you too are struggling with possession issues such as clutter due to grief, I want you to know I am right there with you.  Let’s agree to start with the simple and let it give us the courage to deal with the hard.

 And the end result of this week’s project…

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 32 Update

Most of the stuff hanging got put in the donation pile with the exception of 2 maxi dresses that you can see in the corner of the picture.

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 32 Update

This entire box came out of that small area! I can’t believe I have so many hangers that I am actually giving them away.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

Don’t forget to join the Snail Pace Clutter Removers  Facebook group, where you can share your progress, and receive encouragement.

A few great posts to help you with your clutter roadblocks…

View the plan and grab your free 52-week planning sheet here

Update: I finished this challenge – below are the links to all my weekly updates showing my progress.

  1. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week One
  2. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Two
  3. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Three
  4. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Four
  5. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Five
  6. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Six
  7. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Seven
  8. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Eight
  9. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Nine
  10. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Ten
  11. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Eleven
  12. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twelve
  13. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirteen
  14. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Fourteen
  15. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Fifteen
  16. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Sixteen
  17. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Seventeen
  18. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Eighteen
  19. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Nineteen
  20. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty
  21. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-One
  22. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Two
  23. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Three
  24. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Four
  25. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Five
  26. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Six
  27. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Seven
  28. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Eight
  29. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Twenty-Nine
  30. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty
  31. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-One
  32. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Two (you are here)
  33. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Three
  34. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Four
  35. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Five
  36. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Six
  37. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Seven
  38. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Eight
  39. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Thirty-Nine
  40. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty
  41. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-One
  42. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Two
  43. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Three
  44. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Four
  45. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Five
  46. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Six
  47. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Seven
  48. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Eight
  49. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Forty-Nine
  50. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Fifty
  51. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Fifty-One
  52. 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week Fifty-Two

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  1. I am so glad to read your post today.
    For you to share about the grief and losses you have experienced in a short span and how you now find yourself in clutter that only brings more discomfort…well….it really helped to have someone else express this, too. I have lost many dear people and in recent weeks two long time pets (16 and 18 years) that have been the final losses to make me feel constantly in a state of fog and sadness. I know all the right things to do and have helped many people go through this sort of experience through the years, but now must deal with these things and the resulting disorder…..and doing it alone is harder than ever. So thank you for putting it out there and sharing your feelings and their effects. And thank you for helping me to know that I am not the only one facing these things and having to determine just what I can emotionally handle each day, each week. To try to make the effort and take some sense of accomplishment and pleasure in more order. The irony in this is that I have been an organizational consultant and studied the causes and effects of chaos and clutter….and here I sit. A classic case of ‘physician heal thyself’.
    Thank you again. I will see your future posts in a new light and know that you, too, are working on a doable, but challenging task. I hope this comment encourages you in some way.
    Blessings, Joan

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