While I have started the project with good intentions, it doesn't take long for me to regret everything and want to just give up. In fact, it has probably taken me twice as long to sort out two rooms than it needed to.
Here are five of the thoughts I had when clearing my house out and that you'll probably have if you decide to take the plunge too:
Any project starts with the best intentions and having a huge clear out is no different. You know that getting rid of junk will make your home look better and feel more comfortable, while a furniture rearrange will help rooms seem bigger. This means you go into it full of positivity and feeling hopeful about the results. Sadly this doesn't last.
It doesn't take long into a clear out before you realise just how much there is for you to do. One stage seems to create more cleaning for you to do, which then results in something else you'll need to do before you can say the job is finished. Before you know it, you're sat in the middle of your keep, bin and donate piles trying to avoid being sentimental about the stack of takeaway menus you've collected just so you can shove everything in a cupboard and forget about it.
Right around the halfway point, you'll get angry and start to hate your house, as well as past you who thought a clear out would be a good idea. You'll start to consider just moving out or burning the house down as anything has to be easier than fighting through all the rubbish that you seemed to think was a good idea to buy in the first place.
Somewhere during the clear out you'll think it's a good idea to have a break and take a few minutes to relax. This quickly becomes 'just one more episode', 'I'll get back to it soon' or 'I can finish tomorrow', none of which lead to productivity. You become the king or queen of procrastination while wishing that your life would become a Disney film and the animals would come and finish your cleaning.
Even with all your whining and procrastinating, you will eventually finish your clear out and all will be right with the world. In fact, you'll probably question why you moaned so much about having to do it. After all, anything that makes your house look this great can't have been bad, right? Of course, you'll forget this happy feeling when it comes to the next clear out and the cycle will start all over again.