Where Does All This Stuff Come From?

Where Does All This Stuff Come From?

Abby Stone
May 7, 2008

So, you spent the last long weekend we had organizing and now, only a few weeks later, your house, once again, looks like a file cabinet exploded. One important lesson we've learned is that clutter is delayed decision making. That pile of mail you set down when you walked in the door and promptly forgot about (or, by the time you thought about it, after dinner and American Idol, you were tired and so you thought, I'll deal with it tomorrow)? That's clutter starting.

I have learned that when I don't deal with something "right now" it's because I "know" it's going to take "forever." Funny thing is, if I actually timed myself, usually the dreaded task takes moments. So, even though I really don't want to do something, whether it's clean the closet or deal with my bills, I think to myself, I'll just do it for five minutes or ten minutes and then I can stop and do something fun. I usually finish in less time than I thought and, the times when I haven't, I stop anyway. Because then, I'm less apt to fight myself when I tackle it later.

[Image via House to Home]

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