Nine minutes is all it took to put the Christmas decorations back in the awkward cupboard under the eaves (see here).
In my mind it was a big task which was going to take at least half an hour - first I have to fold back the rug and pull out a box of paintings, then I have to move three very large and rather heavy ones to access the small door to this storage space.
Just out of interest I set the timer. I was absolutely amazed that it took only nine minutes and realised that in my mind it was a big task because I was thinking of all the other boxes in that cupboard which need sorting through. By not focussing simply on the task at hand I was making a simple job into an overwhelming one. I hadn't realise that this is something I do!
In fact there isn't as much in there as I thought, and I know exactly what is in two of the boxes. What I'm not sure about is are there more boxes behind the ones I can see from the door?
The attic is almost empty (five chairs which I plan to sell) and I intend that it will stay that way. The basement is almost empty (some rolls of insulation and a few bits of wood which I will give away). If this cupboard held nothing other than rarely used large suitcases and the Christmas boxes - with nothing impeding access to them (which means some decisions about the paintings) - I'd be very happy.
Today has been a good reminder of how far I have come in my clearing and declutteriing journey to a simpler life.
Getting rid of stuff is very freeing - and a timer is a great little tool!
How is your journey going?