Day 208 – Great Progress in the Garage, and Some Thoughts on Being Stuck Behind a Wall of Clutter

I struggled to sleep last night and I was tempted to just get up and get on with the decluttering. I think that the words of last night’s blog were still lingering in my mind about feeling overwhelmed with the stuff all around me. I eventually fell asleep and woke up around 8.30 this morning. After breakfast I knew that I needed to make some headway with this wall of clutter. I was so determined to make a big dent in it today.

Making more space in the garage


I’m pleased with the progress that I’ve made in the garage today. I went through quite a few boxes and plastic drawers, recycling old cards, unwanted paperwork and cardboard. I also filled three black sacks of rubbish, one large box which I immediately sealed and labeled ‘charity’, and a couple of other boxes and bags for charity. I’ve got a better feel for what’s in the garage now as I got right up to the far wall where there were some very neatly packed boxes. I’ll go through those another day as six hours was enough today.

Boxes of clutter to go through

I think I disturbed a few spiders in the corner of the garage and it was very dusty. I had to wear a face mask! What I also noticed was how dirty the garage doors are inside and out (a job for another day).

Stuck Behind A Wall of Clutter

I’m getting a bit of pressure from my husband to talk about how we want the rest of the house in terms of home improvements, but I’m really struggling to think of the big picture right now. It’s hard for me. I need to process the clutter first and only then will I be able to think straight. He sees me moving the clutter from room to room (which I already identified that I do on day 203) and he doesn’t understand why I do it. I try to explain that it makes sense to me. He does offer to help but because I assume that he will just put pressure on me to throw it all away, I say no and that I want to do it my way.

I know that I can’t move forward until I remove the clutter all around and this is very hard for me; however, I do give myself a pat on the back every now and again for making progress. I’m aware that I won’t be able to open up new spaces and opportunities until I shift everything, but at least I know that I’m moving in the right direction. This blog is like therapy for me and I thank you for listening. I appreciate each and every one of your likes and comments (you know who you are and I just want you to know that you really keep me going). I hope that my posts are helping you in some way too.

I will get better and I will create the space we need, and once all the clutter has gone, I may discover the answers to all of the questions about how we can have this house the way we want it. Sometimes I think that there’s an easier way and that maybe I am just trying to make it hard for myself, but I haven’t found it yet. Until then, I will keep chipping away at the wall.

Hope you’ve all had a good Sunday doing what you love to do. Stay safe!

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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4 Responses to Day 208 – Great Progress in the Garage, and Some Thoughts on Being Stuck Behind a Wall of Clutter

  1. I’m very tidy, and a minimalist . . . because I can’t think with clutter. That includes an underwear draw. So I get what you’re saying even thought your husband may not. What my husband help with is disposing of items. Carting boxes to Good Will or the dump. Good luck, Claudia

  2. You will feel so much better when you can get the donations out of the house. I used to do an experiment with my kids when they were small. They used to have so many toys and played with only a few. Once a week I would pull out 2 toys and put them in a closet for a month, if they didn’t ask for them they were donated right away. I have done a version of this with my clothes, if after a season is over and I find clothes that were not worn I donate them. Once my office is not 100 degrees I am going through all my paperwork to scan things I want to keep and shred or recycle those that I don’t need.

    • Thanks for the tips; I like your style. I can’t wait to go through clothes and paperwork as that’s going to shift a lot of stuff. Can’t believe your office is 100 degrees! It must be very uncomfortable for you

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