So, I am adjusting my thinking, looking more around here and thinking more of this as my forever home; out of the 'temporary' mode I had gotten into. Back to normal I'd think.
I just read Marie Kondo's last book, which is more a how-to one than her first was. Some of it very very basic. But no matter what I read on this subject, I always find some kernel of wisdom to take away. As I was reading, those places around here that aren't how I really want them to be kept coming to mind. She is right about that one thing...those things and places that aren't right and that we don't love do hold us back somewhat.
I thought she had some mental...something...going on in her growing up years when I read the first book. In this one, she admits to having a nervous breakdown. Also, she tells the story of the family photographs they went through and the albums she made... and she says "I had always felt kind of distant from my parents, but when I look at each photograph, I think about how they really did love me and did their best to raise me - ..." So I think she has reached some sort of balance.
She cleans out a house in in one big effort, all at once. P&P did it a little each day. Very different styles. Maybe not everything works for everyone the same way. I know there's people who have been decluttering for years and years and never seem to get done. I'm somewhere in the middle. 15 min. a day isn't enough for me, but a big chunk of time seems just about right to me. Maybe that's why I'm not ever 100% done.
Today I did one drawer in the kitchen, put several plastic things for toddlers in the recycle and 1 in the donation bin. I believe it would be a lot of years before I'd have toddlers around here again. I still have places in here to look at.