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The Declutter Diaries: Days 43 to 45

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The Declutter Diaries is a series of posts I did for a former blog as a glimpse inside a real decluttering project [with occasional editorial comments from my present self].  You can start with Day One here.

Read Day 42

[Note: things are rather sporadic at this point.  I’ll try to label the posts with all the days that are included, especially all the missing days.]

Days 43 and 44

[No idea what happened these two days as there are no entries.]

Day 45: Halfway

Today marks the halfway point in my 90-day clutter challenge.  So what have I learned?

  • It’s harder to get rid of stuff than I thought it would be.
  • The decluttered areas that have stayed that way are awesome.
  • I want to get rid of more stuff.
  • I don’t really miss the stuff I’ve gotten rid of.
  • You can actually sell the good stuff and make money!
  • Paper is by far the hardest thing for me to get rid of.
  • It’s much easier to get rid of other people’s things.
  • It helps a lot to have the moral support of a friend.
  • Other people can see ways to deal with problems that you might not see—ask for help!
  • It’s more fun and easier to declutter with a friend.
  • It will take more than one round of decluttering to gain order in the house.
  • Piles are like weeds—they grow and spread if you don’t take them out completely.
  • Some spots seem destined to attract clutter.
  • Indecisiveness and procrastination are the roots of much clutter.
  • This is taking longer than I thought it would.

What have you learned so far?

[This is a pretty good summary of decluttering wisdom gained from in-the-trenches work.]

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