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SWIM,

You don't have to shred or sort through stuff every night. The fact that you're making an effort to tackle the dreaded tasks is a big deal.

This morning, I managed to get together one bag of items for the charity bin. Also took some books over to a little library. Mind you, picked up a book while dropping some off. LOL. Donating books or DVDs isn't as daunting as sorting through the closet. That's going to be a work in progress for a while.

I'm still working on getting together a bag of better quality clothes for the Goodwill. I'd like to take it over tomorrow. but if I do it later in the week, that's okay too. found a couple of winter coats that are in decent condition that could be reused.

Speaking of professional development, I'm scheduled to take the certification for Lean Six Sigma - green belt at the end of the month. It's a week long online training. Work is paying, even better.


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@SWIMANDWALK even though you didn't get anything shredded or removed yesterday, it sounds like you spent your time wisely!

Yesterday, I got a few more items packaged up for donation myself because I was having some computer issues. I work from home so I did a few minutes of work while my computer rebooted.

I also got my reminder email that I scheduled someone to come get some larger items on Monday. I have to get them to the curb. That will free up some space in the garage for sure.

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Thanks for the encouragement, MLAN and ARCHIMEDES. I didn't file or shred anything yesterday, but today I am determined to do at least another 10 minutes.

Last night, I did spend time working on the professional development course for an hour or two. That was helpful. Kids start school on Wednesday, and I would really like it behind me.



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SWIM,

That 10 minutes of shredding adds up fast. Do that once a day for the next three days and that's 30 minutes of shredding.

I'm going to open some more drawers this weekend as well as take another shot
at the closet. Right now, one big roadblock I need to get past that rainy day mentality. Will I really wear these pants ever again ? if the answer is no, off to charity it goes.

If I can't wear them, there is someone in need who can. That's how I have to think when I sort out my drawers and closets.

I think part of the reason I held onto so many of my so called fat clothes was because I worried, I might be fat again. Goodness knows I was a yo yo dieter for years. Well, since I don't plan on regaining the weight and I've been able to keep the weight off, I need to divest myself of those clothes.

This weekend, more stuff is going to charity.




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10 minutes is great!!!! It adds up quickly for sure and way to not allow a busy day to be an excuse @SWIMANDWALK

Keep up the great work @GABY1948 and Arch...

I can't say I got a lot of decluttering done but I did mow the lawn, which is another dreaded task for me.

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I am doing 10 minutes of paper handling before bedtime. I had a very physical day at work and a teleconference this evening, so 10 minutes will be all it gets.

Archimedes, good job on the closet sorting.

Gaby1948, you are wise to declutter the way you do. I'm sure your husband appreciates you for that.



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I am a neat freak, hubby not so much so I do it my way but in a way that never points a finger at him...I love him the way he is.

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I was thrilled that I've been able to donate about 3-4 bags of clothes. Will continue to work on finding nicer clothes that don't fit that can go to the Goodwill this weekend.

I know I've been ignoring the dreaded task of sorting that closet for too long. Like MILLER-S, I need to do it in small bite sized pieces if I want to get it done.

What's been fun is finding stuff I completely forgot I bought. LOL. I do need to be more ruthless when it comes to donating stuff. If something has been sitting in bags for over a year, it's time to go.

How have you folks decided what stays and what goes ?


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Thanks, Meghan!!
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I managed to file, shred, and recycle more of the paper backlog for 40 minutes yesterday. I'm hoping to do at least 10 minutes each day. I know I will not be able to go as long today due to other obligations.



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@MILLER-S I am glad you have found a way to maintain chores that works well with your depression. I am sorry you have to deal with that. :-) If you need encouragement in your chores, come back here! I love the encouragement and cheering on progress.



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I have chronic depression, so I dread doing almost everything. I have to get even routine chores done by doing them in small increments, which works well for me.
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Dreading garage cleaning

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Hello, PASTORDEB !

This thread has been helping motivate me to tackle the dreaded tasks I've been ignoring.

Last night, got home and started in on the closet. I knew I wasn't going to make
much of a dent. it's way too big a project. However, I managed to sort out a few pairs of pants, gyms clothes and a couple of jackets. one is old and needs to be recycled. The other still has some good wear in it.

Bagged everything up and dropped it off at the charity bin this morning. I've started a bag with pants/shirts that are in really good condition for the Goodwill.

the dreaded closet is going to take a while. I'm going to tackle it in small chunks. Need to make room for clothes I'm planning on buying when I'm in Paris. I want a leather jacket that has breathed Parisian air.

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Welcome to our thread @PASTORDEBBIED! It feels so good to get things cleared up.

I also made a decision last week to not bring something into my house. I did a crafting event that benefited a charity. We made 1 project for the charity and then 1 to bring home. Most of the way through, I realized I had no need or space for the craft, which was small. So, I left them both.

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I'm joining this late. I want to get my laundry room straighten up. Basically go through and fold/put away/give away the over abundance of clean laundry sitting in there in baskets. going to go grab a basket now and get started. From the posts I've read you are all doing great!


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It is definitely helping me. This thread started at a good time for me to get in there and do something.

I'm about to tackle mopping.



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I'd say this dreaded tasks thread has been a success for a few of us.

Curious, MLAN, how many wedding cards did you have ? When my niece got married, I figured she had a good 100+ cards stuffed with bridal booty. LOL

I think I'm going tackle the dreaded closet tonight. Nothing too wild. Just start
sorting out a few items that I can drop off at one of the charity bin on the way to
work in the morning.

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I filed and shredded some more last night. I am still not done, but there begin to be signs of progress.



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Yes, occasionally secure shredding events pop up in my area too. I am hoping one happens soon or at least next spring. I have tossed a few papers at a time in my work's document shredding; limited personal use is allowed. However, I am currently working from home and the sheer volume exceeds limited personal use.

I am excited because I found someone to give most of my wedding cards to. She is going to craft them into something new. My marriage failed but something good can be done. I also have a ton of sheet protectors that a local teacher is taking.

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SWIM and MLAN,

My town periodically hosts a secure document shredding program at city hall.

Luckily, I've been pretty good about shredding/recycling old bills. So my paper piles are manageable. And I am a lot better about donating books to either Goodwill or dropping 2-3 off at a "little library" for others to enjoy.

What's out of control is the stuff I stuff into my closet. LOL. I've got bags of clothes that I need to sort through. That's going to be this weekend's dreadful task. If I can donate another 2-3 bags to charity, that's a start and I'll be happy.


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Emptied and filed/shredded another shoebox of papers...every bit counts!



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just do them

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Looking for a shredder event is smart! I am planning to do some more filing and shredding today and also move some of my school stuff back into the classroom. I also plan to clean the bathrooms because I have friends potentially coming over tomorrow. It will be my last day home before in-service starts at school.



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Looks like we're all making great progress! I got through a few more boxes too. I have 3 or so brown grocery sacks of things I need to get shredded. I am hoping a local bank or one of my banks has an event sometime in the near future. It's so much I know a home shredder would just get burned out quickly.

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Good job, Archimedes! I went through and filed/shredded some more papers, but I cannot really see a good dent yet. There must be some progress, though, because I have emptied the shredder bin a couple of times.



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Well done, SWIM and MLAN !

This morning, I took a look through a sock drawer. I didn't put as big a dent in it
as I wanted. But I did get together a bag filled with single socks (that never found a match or a Dobby. LOL) or socks with too many holes.

I took that bag to a recycling donation box. The company will reuse what they can, the rest will be recycled.

If I can nibble away at the dreaded tasks 2-3 bags a week, I should have decent closet space by the end of summer. LOL


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Just get it done

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Good job, MLAN613! Way to go!



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Nice orks, Swim and Arch!!! I got through a couple more boxes myself. I could probably take another load over to the Goodwill as I have some things in my cellar that have been sitting there ready for their removal for a long time.

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Archimedes - you have done really, really well with dreaded tasks today. I have been going through old paperwork and shredding, filing, etc., as appropriate. It does not seem like I have even made a dent, but some boxes were empty that were not before, so there is some forward progress.



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Low level dreaded task - Done and dusted !

This morning, I started opening drawers to see what clothes I could donate. I found stuff I'd completely forgotten about including an outfit I wore to a wedding when I weighed over 200+ pounds. No. not getting rid of that. I'm keeping it to remind myself that I am never weighing over 200+ pounds again.

I dropped off two bags of pants, t-shirts and dressier shirts at a charity box. I even donated a bag of books.

This is progress.



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I just do them to get them off my mind

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I am going to start simpler than Archimedes and unpack my luggage from a recent trip and put all my clean clothes where they belong.



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Yesterday, I was looking through some drawers looking for my summer short sleeved shirts. couldn't remember where I put them. As I was digging through
bags, I found shirts that I didn't even remember buying.

So, I've decided this weekend, I'm going to go through one set of drawers and sort
out what's in them. Clothes that I doubt I'll ever wear get bagged and taken to Goodwill or dropped off at a charity box.

That will at least make room for some of the stuff I have sitting in bags on the floor. I'm not a hoarder, but having had Depression Era parents, I was taught that everything had value and could be used i.e. save for the rainy day.





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I would just like to clarify that I don't necessarily have whole rooms and closets that required clearing out. I imagine some people do. I had several boxes of stuff that have been hanging out in my garage since I moved into my place 4 years ago. I apologize if I was unclear.

Thus said, I know there are people who have that issue or big tasks like moving across the country, as shared below. I hope some who are struggling can get inspiration.


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"Like MLAN and everyone else who's replied, I've got closets and rooms that need clearing out."
I am the exception, as my dreaded tasks involve cleaning!


I am a born organizer, and I am decluttered. I don't even have a junk drawer in my kitchen. I LOVE to organize and declutter.... cleaning not so much!

However, we recently moved - downsized to a patio home - so we're purging the extraneous as we find that it does not fit/will not be used in the new house. The boxes drive my crazy (visual clutter), but we want to take things slowly and not get rid of things we truly need/want.

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I'll admit it. I've been ignoring my dreaded tasks. LOL

Like MLAN and everyone else who's replied, I've got closets and rooms that need clearing out. What I have managed to do so far is put together a bag here or there to take over to the Goodwill or donation boxes.

I do have some good pieces of clothing that are in good condition that don't fit any more that I would like to take to a consignment shop. Would love to make some money (any money) from those clothes.

And well, one day, I'm just putting a bunch of stuff out on trash day with a note that says FREE. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Which is the reason I have too much stuff. LOL



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One step at a time until done

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I am enjoying hearing how everyone's tackled their dreaded tasks! I hope they keep coming.

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I'm with you. I've been working on this at my house for a few months. Started at one room at a time. Working on the basement now. I have furniture down there that my brother put there 10 years ago. Getting rid of one big item a week. plus little things.

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We moved across the country ~~~my DH made a timeline for deadlines!!!
FIRST,we had a garage sale to make $$$ and get rid of unwanted and unneeded stuff.
NEXT, we packed EVERY DAY and stored all the boxes in our garage plus LABELING CONTENTS of each box,WHERE~[which room] it goes and at the SAME TIME CREATING a MASTER LIST of all the boxes [to consult later].
LAST, after moving 355 [yes,you read that RIGHT! ~It was from our home we had lived in many years ] boxes in to the basement and to the NUMBERED places where we listed : #1 Kitchen #2 Living Room etc. That kept all the boxes in ONE place and we slowly started on the process of eliminating the number of boxes and restoring order to our home and our lives. It took several MONTHS ,but we got IT DONE [b/c we were MOTIVATED to clear out at least several boxes a day ] and now ,how we did it is a blueprint for my siblings' moves!!!!
One CUTE NOTE: In the process of getting all those boxes cleared,we made "a castle" for our child to play in for at least a week!!!!!

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a little at a time, break it down into manageable parts

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I find it helpful to put those tasks into my appointment book.
Block out 30 minutes or an hour. Then get to them with no excuses.

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I recently moved recently moved from my apartment of 19ish years to a new house. To say I was overwhelmed is putting it mildly. What did help was having an obvious deadline - moving day- and allowing myself a LOT of time to get everything packed. I was able to do it in stages and find a lot of stuff to donate/sell/get rid of

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7/28/19 8:42 A

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I do need to get back to the basement and continue cleaning it out😕



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7/28/19 8:20 A

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You are inspiring me to get back to the dreaded tasks of sorting through more paperwork. Thank you!



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7/28/19 8:02 A

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And the dreaded tasks I am talking about are not what a lot of are here for: eating better, getting fitter, and losing weight. I am talking things like getting organized or getting rid of clutter. You know, the tasks you know need to get done and it feels great when you get them done but the middle part of doing is rough.

I ask because I managed to clear out several boxes of stuff that I have been moving for 20+ years. I found a bank statement from 1986; I was in junior high! I recycled a bunch of stuff by tossing into my recycle bin, garbage bin, or taking to the thrift store as appropriate. I got other memento type things sorted into memory boxes, and I called a donation place to come get unused furniture that has been sitting in my garage since I moved into my place just over 4 years ago. I still have some boxes to take care of.

I think part of my issue was dreading the time but really, you can sort through a lot in 15 or 30 minute chunks. My garage is looking better.

So, have you tackled a dreaded task lately? What got your started? How did you accomplish it? How did you feel to get is started and/or completed? Any advice to someone else who is maybe struggling with a similar task?



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