Today I cleaned/organized a lot in my garage. THE PILE is gone. Whew. There is stuff to re-tidy and put-in-the-right-bins around the perimeter, but I could actually put my car in my garage if I wanted to. First time in YEARS. I am amazed.
I am still caught in a sense of wonder -- will it really stay that way? I think so, because I'm decluttering a decade's worth of clutter in this house from a failed marriage, and a lifetime's worth of clutter that my mother or I thought needed to stay in boxes (no longer!) My house is not spotless but it's in good used shape. The bits of clutter that are out could get put away quickly and I wouldn't be overwhelmed -- there are no boxes of junk to sort through, everything has a place, etc.
I need to better stack the bins in the corner of the garage and also go through and declutter the craft bins. Need to do the same for the art shelf in the dining room. Also the laundry room has more dirty and clean stuff piled up than I would like, so I want to get that managed soon.
Oh, I lied. There is one bin in the kitchen of things that all need putting away, and another bin under my desk in the bedroom. But they've been de-junked and now just need to be dispersed.
I have a box here of unlabeled VCR tapes that I need to go through quickly to figure out which few can't be parted with (kids first steps, etc). Will try to do that tonight.
Also a pile of empty gallon maple syrup jugs in the kitchen that need washing and sterilizing for future years (we live in a sugaring town and every year I save $3 for every jug I reuse, so they are worth storing.)
I mowed the backyard and it's looking good. Have to do the front yard now, but it's been very hot...tomorrow or the weekend.
All of my cabinets and shelves are decluttered and organized except the art shelves (easy to do).
The garage has only things in it that I'm positively keeping. Amazing. It literally took me a year to de-junk and de-clutter our house. XH left just shy of a year ago.
Our CD collection is disorganized and needs some time spent on it, but that's an "easy" self-contained project.
I think I'm really done with all the major decluttering. Doesn't seem possible, but it seems to be true. I am sure I will be getting rid of random little things here and there, but all the major going-through-everything-and-getting-rid-of-all-we-don't-use-love-or-need has been done.
The garden is another story -- WEEDY! -- but the house is in good shape. I am kind of stunned as I feel like I have been working on it forever and it doesn't seem possible that this day has come.
As far as the house sale goes, now it's on hold, which is actually a relief. Too complicated to explain, but the earliest it will go on the market now is fall, so I have some breathing room to finish some projects (like painting exterior trim and shutters, etc).
Still no idea where we're going next. Still hoping to have help buying a particular house, but I'm at the mercy of the person who is considering helping me, and I just have to be patient. Might otherwise be moving to a rental; not thrilled at the idea of moving twice, but I really feel I need to get out of this house and move on after the divorce. We'll see.