My last post of 2011 was about how much stuff we had in every corner of the house. (Just thinking about it makes me sigh rather loudly.) From the New Year until the end of school, not much progress was made in controlling the mess. We were busy, we were lazy. Yeah, just read the linked post and you'll see all the same excuses I'll refrain from giving.
I've been seriously contemplating the idea of discipline lately--in finance, in health, in housekeeping, in spiritual practice, in self-control, in being consistent with parenting, etc.--and about what a pain in the buttocks it really is. And it's so annoying!! What do you mean I can't have a long-lasting quick fix for everything, all the while putting forth very little effort?!? What do you mean I can't front load the effort and do nothing more and still reap great rewards?!?
But seriously, that's another post altogether. For now, I'll just point out that no matter how many times you run the Roomba, the dishwasher, the washer and dryer--you will never be finished. Not until death (either for you or the appliance/gadget). This is the most discouraging reality right now. Making progress to remove clutter has been like digging a hole in the wet sand on the beach. Those dang waves keep coming and bringing more sand to fill it in! It's maddening!
Here's another piece of rocket science: the less stuff you have, the easier clutter is to take care of. Pure genius or common sense?
Despite everything I've just written, there has been progress--that is, if you count shoving stuff into closets and into the garage as progress. Right now, my entire downstairs is decluttered, with only a few "hot spots" that include the top and outside of the fridge, and our wall-mounted mail sorter. I could also count my craft closet (water heater closet, whatever), but then again, it's a closet and you don't know it's cluttered until you open the door. Mwahahah. Oh, and the garage. Don't count the clutter in the garage. Not yet, anyway.
Don't get too excited for me. While I did a little bit of actual decluttering, I did a whole lot of moving clutter somewhere else so that it wouldn't be in the downstairs area that is highly populated by our church small group on Sundays (don't look in the garage).
But even though I know it's somewhere else and not completely out of the house there is still a feeling of serenity to be had in hanging out downstairs in my partially clean house after the kids are in bed. And it's actually easier to have them help me clean up before they go to bed because they are no so affected by the sensory-overloading clutter.
I'm going to leave this update at that today, and maybe I'll make more progress upstairs before I continue on this train of script. Until then..