Is it the changing of the season that does it to me? Or maybe the rain?
I'm getting that claustrophobic feeling again, that my house is crammed with too much stuff. Everywhere I look I see something that needs to be cleaned and cleared. When I see it that way, I get overwhelmed and sit down and eat ice cream. Ok, not really but I want to.
So I'm trying to take it little by little. Maybe I will make more progress that way instead of getting overwhelmed, throwing up my hands and sticking everything in a box with a lid. So I won't have to see it.
Yesterday I recycled (because this IS Oregon and we recycle, we don't throw it away!) over 3 years accumulation of my running magazine. 3 years! Holy cow! Why did I have those, all nicely lined up in magazine boxes!? I really thought I would go back through them "someday" and read those pages I had marked. So yesterday I did that, but on speed-dial. I went through each one, looking at the cover, looking at the pages I had marked. And out of all those, I only really wanted three magazines to double check. The pages I wanted I just tore out and put in my exercise folder. Where they may lounge for another year until I look at them. Or not. Maybe now that there isn't such a pile of information, I will actually look at those pages I saved and put them to use.
I also went through 3 of our 4 junk drawers. Oh, yes we are overachievers here. We don't have just one junk drawer in the kitchen. We had 4. When that realization hit me, I got a little queasy. Our trash can needs to be dumped today for sure! Some of the items are things only my husband can decide on, so I left those alone. But just getting those drawers cleaned - and one completely emptied! has encouraged me to go through some more cupboards today.
I also need to check through the papers in the 'office' - does anyone else have problems with papers multiplying overnight? They are like little rabbits that sneak in the door, reproduce by the hundreds and never leave. I hate going through papers, but it seems like I have to every day.
So, how do you keep up with the clutter?