Decluttering is like walking the dog no matter what the weather’s like or how you feel. To understand where I’m going with this, you should know that Daisy is two years old and has a lot of sheep herding energy.
We live in the burbs and we don’t have any sheep so she gets at least two walks a day, often three. I give her the pre-game walk first thing, rain or shine, just to get the overnight wiggles out before she heads off for the real walk later on with my husband.
Colorado gets its share of snow and sometimes it gets Midwest cold. We’re forecast to get up to 24 inches of snow by Sunday evening yet it was in the 60s a few days ago.
A couple of weeks ago, it snowed overnight so I checked my phone to see if I should wear the big coat or if it was already warming up. Minus seven, feels like minus 19? The dog leash went back on the hook and Daisy got ushered out the back door to do her business while I shivered inside.
It was a long day for all of us.
When the forecast was the same the next day, and Daisy was bouncing off the walls, I bundled up like Uncle Elephant, that charming storybook Uncle who put all his clothes on at once to try and cheer up his nephew. I put on all the pants, all the jackets, all the scarves although I couldn’t manage to pull on more than one pair of gloves. Definitely wore at least two pairs of socks and tucked the first pair into the legs of the first pair of pants. I stuffed my padded feet into boots and, looking uncannily like the Michelin Man, I wobbled down the steps pulled by a dog who had all the energy of a rez dog who hadn’t had a walk yesterday. Within five minutes, I was toasty. Daisy wanted to go back before I did.
Decluttering can feel like it’s minus seven, feels like minus 19 too. The clutter seems as demanding as a dog who’d be happiest chasing sheep all day. It’s all over the place and the idea of taming it feels like so much work. Way too much work, we’re just going to have to skip it for today. Maybe we’ll feel more like it tomorrow.
I didn’t want to walk Daisy, but it had to be done. You don’t want to deal with the clutter but who else is going to take care of it? Instead of a big coat, pull out the timer and set it for twenty minutes. What can you do before the timer rings? If you can’t think what to do, pick ONE of the following ideas:
- Take out the trash
- Pick up all the newspapers and put them in the recycling
- Choose any ONE of these ideas
When the timer rings, you’re done. Daisy might wish we walked for three hours every morning but she doesn’t need that. You might imagine you have to declutter for three hours a day but that doesn’t need to happen either. Daisy gets a twenty minute walk in the morning and you can find twenty minutes in your day to work on your clutter most days too. She gets to go on a longer walk later on but you get to stop after twenty minutes.
Let me know what you decluttered today. Bonus points for sending me a picture of your dog too!