See this stack of magazines:
Yesterday I heard myself say ‘I am going to work my way through them before donating’.
The majority are 3-years-old. The bulk is a subscription that was a Christmas gift. I read the magazines as they arrived, and then stashed them away.
I had planned on counting them to see how many there were. But I’m not going to.
The weight of them alone would be enough to break a foot, if dropped from waist height.
Am I really going to look through them again – one by one? Really?
After all, there may be that amazing recipe that I really should rustle up!
‘May’ and ‘Should’ – interesting words.
I could keep the pile of food magazines on the off-chance that there’s that one special recipe. Then there’s the second off-chance that I will actually get around to making it, if it is in there.
Alternatively I can accept that if the recipe didn’t stand out on first reading, then maybe I should let the opportunity go.
But then again maybe I should just check? Just one last time? This could be the lost chance to bake the dish of my existence.
Indecision. A declutterers stumbling block.
Last August I let go of my project clutter. This is very similar clutter,in my mind, to what I am dealing with regarding the magazines. The allure of what I intend to do is very strong. Yet the motivation to actually getting around to doing it is so weak. Catch 22. Indecision.
I could hang on to all similar items, justifying their space in the home because I will get around to doing it one day.
Or I can cut my potential opportunity losses and free up mental, emotional and physical space.
Having an illusive something ‘to-do’ in the future can be a burden to bear. If I haven’t done it by now – will I ever?
The magazines are being decluttered. Today. The magic of the world-wide web means there is an abundance of knowledge and opportunities at our fingertips 24/7. The days of hoarding magazines in fear of losing a nugget of gold has past.
I’ve come to know myself very well since beginning the journey toward a simple family life and starting to declutter almost 5-years-ago. I sincerely believe I have hoarding tendencies, but manage to keep them in check. This I do by knowing how my mind works. Decluttering isn’t easy for me. I make myself do it, and the results when I do are amazing. No pain, no gain. Decluttering gives you the feel good factor.
No matter how far I have come, and continue to progress, I can totally relate to why people hoard. One recent episode of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is a great example. Janet from Luton’s passion for haberdashery has taken over her home.
((If you do watch the clip, brace yourself as about halfway through Alison (an obsessive cleaner) shares some sad news about her compulsion))
I have a passion for baking, but it will not take over my home. Yesterday I decluttered and organised the cake-decorating cupboard.
There’s still a lot of stuff in there. But it’s stuff I use regularly. It’s not stuff I will get around to using one-day.
Today I will declutter the food mags I’ve stored, that I don’t use regularly. This doesn’t make me less passionate, it makes me realistic.
Do you battle with declutterers indecision?