So far, my other setbacks were external factors. They were frustrations I had when other people didn’t embrace minimalism as I do. t had little control over them. Setback number three is within my control, but I have done nothing to rectify it. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t already.
Minimalist setback number three is my master closet. I have let it get out of control. I get irritated with myself every time I go in there. It has gradually gotten messier and messier, and now it’s just ridiculous. I can barely walk in there with all the stuff that has accumulated.
This is a setback that I can control though, and I’m planning to take action now that we’re settling back into a routine with my daughter back in school.
You can see that even though I call myself a minimalist, this closet looks anything but. Lately it’s been the dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a home. We moved our workout equipment, inside a large storage chest, into the closet when we stopped the P90x workouts over a year ago. We weren’t sure if we might start up again, so we decided to keep everything. Also, the storage chest was a gift from my mother-in-law, so we haven’t decided what to do with it yet. (You can’t even see it in the picture because it’s buried behind everything else.)
My bike pump is in there, a suitcase that wasn’t put away back in the corner because other stuff got in the way, the doors for my Jeep because I like to go doorless in the summer and I don’t have anywhere else to put them. Some boxes sit in the doorway because I planned to transfer our winter wear into them from the plastic bags they are currently in. The boxes originally housed our china before the china got moved to our new cabinet. Now that the cabinet is in flux, we may end up moving them back to the boxes – so now the boxes sit without a home.
Also, unseen behind the door, are my old bike paniers that went in there after I got new ones, and the arms to our dining room chairs after we decided we like them better without arms. These are things that were kept temporarily as we tried something new, but then they remained.
The magnitude of decluttering that needs to happen has kept me from getting started. It really needs a pull-most-of-it-out form of decluttering to do the job right, and I haven’t had the motivation to get it done. The other setbacks have sapped even more of my motivation, and so it sits undone.
When I do finally tackle this (hopefully soon), I’ll video some of the process to share with you. How do I get the motivation to get started on this project? That’s a good question and we’ll address that in the next and final post in this series.
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