This morning I poured myself a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast, and as I was putting the milk away, I saw a carton of cottage cheese. Yum, I’ll have THAT for breakfast. Yes, in the split second between pouring the milk and putting it back in the refrigerator, I’d forgotten that I’d made a bowl of Cheerios. So now I have to scoop salt-and-peppered cottage cheese back into the carton. I’d will my brain to the Veterans Association, but after doing a couple of brain studies there, I doubt that they’d want it. They know too much.

VA studying my brain.

VA studying my brain.

Once my brain starts working, I have to start decluttering in the “Public” areas of my little cottage-to-be. I’m having guests over in a couple of weeks for a Stampin’ Up party, so the dining room, kitchen and living room need attention. Usually when I have a party, I just bag and box all the junk from the public areas and shove it into the private areas, hence the densely packed Queen bedroom and closet. Now that the Queen bedroom is fully decluttered and the Queen closet is almost there, I refuse to hide junk to prepare for a party. I’m going to actually clean things up, decluttering as I go.

To cut through that overwhelmed, where-do-I-start feeling, I’ll pull a few cards.

WOO-WOO ALERT (tarot reading coming up):

Do I start in the dining room? Nine of cups. Contentment. A feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Nice.

Do I start in the kitchen? Justice. Justice is a major arcana card indicating that actions can lift karmic veils and bring balance and order to my life. Major arcana cards are big ju-ju (technical term) and are disregarded at one’s own peril.

Do I start in the living room? Seven of swords. Uncertainty, confusion. So, not a good place to start.

Kitchen it is. I started (and ended) in the kitchen when I last attempted to declutter the house, about a year ago, so the cabinets are in pretty good shape. They’ll be quick to go through again. I don’t think they’ll yield a lot of stuff for donating, but that’s okay.

I need to start on the ledge between the kitchen and living room anyway. The ledge has a tendency to collect things I don’t want to lose in the clutter. I need to find logical homes for those items, so when I need them, they’ll be retrievable.

The ledge, before.

The ledge, before.

The ledge, after.

The ledge, after.

It’d be more impressive if I’d cleared the counters behind the ledge, too, but the ledge is cleaned off. As predicted, no donations, just a bunch of stuff to put away. That still leaves me at 90 bags.

Stay tuned…