Rebecca's Cure: Week Two - Weekend

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So, I'm nearing the end of week 2, and despite some measure of victory on the wardrobe front (see Week 2 Post), when I look at my list for the weekend (old boxes of clutter and books!), I'm totally overwhelmed. All I can seem to do is shift piles from box to box, shove them in the closet, and then take them out to start over again. Help! How do you decide what to save and what to pitch?...

Old house things (curtain rods, kitchen things) I don't need now but might later, papers, office supplies, tools, books, what stays and what goes?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Will it be worth it in the end to simplify?

Any and all suggestions/stories of hope are humbly solicited!

Rebecca "the flagging but hopeful" clutterer

Dear Rebecca,

Without going into too much detail you need to seize upon the Outbox Principle and designate a space outside of your room for those items that you don't think you need, but don't want to totally get rid of yet. Only keep in your room those things you LOVE and NEED, and let all the other stuff go into the Outbox. Later, when you are done with this sorting, you can go back to the Outbox and take a look to see if you want to change your mind about anything in it.

But let the Outbox sit for at least a few days and preferably a week. With clutter, absence does NOT make the heart grow fonder.

Best, Maxwell

Check back weekly for updates on Rebecca's Progress...

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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