One of the hard things about this process is that when you read the book, get all excited, manage to pull off one big job like the books, you then lie there in bed at night boring your husband to death with statements like: 'Yes, I need to work through that hallway cupboard' (big job) and 'And that cupboard in the kid's room with all my craft stuff ' (scary, scary job) and 'Yes, there's that cupboard of random sporting stuff - and that old broom that I never use - in the laundry' (mind numbingly boring job). It's all very clear what needs to happen, but when the choice is 'Do something about that cupboard' or 'Anything else' it appears that even housework is winning.
This week I'm putting the principle of starting with baby steps into action. I woke up today and thought 'What can I face dealing with this week?'. So here are this week's goals (and they're pretty uninspiring but achievable).
There's that pile of unsorted music on top of the piano that I walk past five billion times a day.
And my present box. There are decades of accumulated bits of things in this box - stuff I intended to use for presents but would never wish upon my worst enemy now (eg. out of fashion baby booties). Feels like the wrong thing to do, but it has to be done.
Keep me posted on any of your own de-cluttering efforts however large or small. It's fun to share this experience with my online community!