My Husband Rocks at Decluttering | Man on a Mission Strikes Again. This time: Paper Clutter

This man puts me to shame when he gets to decluttering.

It took me 7 weeks to go through one box of paper clutter.

Mr. RSS went through about 6 boxes of paper clutter in ONE day!

He sent 4 or 5 big black trash bags of paper clutter out the door!

A few things that helped him: 1) I kept the kids busy (Huge help, right?!) 2) A bunch of the paper was damaged from our little basement flood. 3) It was really really old paper clutter (much of it around 10 years old).

He was working in the basement. Here’s the before picture. I didn’t think to take one that day, so this is a few months ago. He basically took out that front row of boxes.

Some other things were moved around, so it’s a little hard to see the progress, but notice that bookcase that you can just barely see in the first picture is now quite visible.

Here we have a pile of empty boxes (plus there’s at least one that got recycled):

And the bonus? He found a $100 saving bond that was a gift for our son, and $25 cash that was a baby gift for our now 7-year-old daughter. Gotta love that!

4 Decluttering Tips from Mr. RSS

1. Tenacious focus.

2. Remember the #1 goal is to purge.

3. Don’t tie emotion to objects or pieces of paper.

4. Hold to the stuff of this earth loosely.

Happy Decluttering!

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4 Responses to My Husband Rocks at Decluttering | Man on a Mission Strikes Again. This time: Paper Clutter

  1. WilliamB

    #5: chose old paper, it is far easier to declutter than current paper.

    So great that your spouse is onboard. And pitching in. Sometimes those around us aren’t in favor of change which makes change much harder.

    In the past two weeks I’ve gone through almost every piece of paper I have: the random piles, the box to file, the filing cabinet. To my surprise the legal and financial papers were easy – most were obsolete and none of them needed further work. The hardest papers were the articles I kept; I had to skim each one to decide if I wanted to keep it or not. I had the enormous pleasure of throwing out or shredding 3 paper bags of paper.

    My current to-do piles? Still the same size.

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