Hein (fub) wrote,

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Adventures in decluttering

Cleaning up the house and getting more organised is like an adventure game with multiple quests that sometimes intersect. For instance, to get rid of the clutter, you need to get more storage space. But before you can do that, you need to clear your work area. In order to do that, you need to throw away stuff you don't need anymore.
Parallel to that, you need to vacuum the whole house. But before you can do that, you have to get rid of the garbage bags first, which triggers another side-quest where you empty all the waste baskets in the whole house, just to get it over with.

It is crucial to know these chains of causality, to know what can be done in parallel and where the multiple streams cross through a single activity. Otherwise you risk running out of steam and/or time before a single 'quest' is finished, leaving you in an even bigger mess than before.

For us, the end result is more than 3 meters of extra shelving and a lot less clutter. And a much cleaner house.
Tags: house

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