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Lian
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Hi JJ,

Think it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when trying to declutter.  Especially when the ‘keep because it might come in handy sometime’ pile starts to increase in size way larger than the Chuck it and Keep it piles!

Um, maybe you could try the pomodoro thing, only tackle 1 small area for say 20 minutes?  Then have a break and leave the room so you’re not looking at it.  Bag up the rubbish piles as you go and get them out of the house soon as possible (speaking as someone who tends to leave them til I’ve enough to warrant a tip run – I don’t recommend that approach!) .   Or decide that only things you’ve used in the last year get to stay?  Success probably depends on how ruthless you can be.  Lists with jobs broken down into small achievable things?  Like (1.) Sort through 1 drawer. ?  A deadline helps me, when I’m feeling overwhelmed with jobs there’s nothing as effective as knowing I MUST push on coz the due date is looming.

It would help to see some progress, so if you could totally clear the unwanted stuff from a small area then set it up again as you want it, even if that involves painting just that one wall now.  If you wait until the whole room is clear it can feel like demoralising, like nothing is improving.

Good luck