Polly Battles the Clutter Devils September 11, 2016 / 35 Comments Every time Polly tries to clear the clutter, these little devils start whispering in her ears. Do these little devils make it hard for you to declutter? What do they whisper in your ear?
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Too funny and have had these types of thoughts myself from time to time with clutter, too though!! 😉
You were right, Janine. This comment did go to spam – that’s weird, right? Did you get notified that this had happened or were you guessing as I hadn’t responded? And yes, these little devils can work against our good efforts to make progress!
Sean, I seem to be having an issue with some (not all) WordPress blogs recently on this. Have notified WordPress.com and hoping they will fix whatever is causing this now on their end. Will keep you posted. Never dull though!!
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I love Polly tries, it gives people a great visual.
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Thanks, Jill. We have so much fun doing it!
I love the visual and your Polly character
Thanks, Julie. We have so much fun with her. If you have any great ideas you’d like to see in comic form, I’m always open to suggestions:)
I think we all feel like this sometimes–even Professional Organizers! My favorite is ‘I might be valuable.’ It takes a lot to convince clients that just because an item is labeled a ‘collectable’ doesn’t mean that it will someday pay for your kid’s college education…
Isn’t that the truth? It is a hard thing to come to terms with the fact that items which used to be in high demand – and were quite costly – may no longer be worth anything. I run into this with things like sets of china and antique furniture. I’m sure you encounter the same!
Great edition of “Polly Tries!” The words we “hear” are so powerful. After working with a client for a while, I start to notice a positive shift in the questions or messages they ask or hear. Sometimes we have to alter the recording.
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I love the idea of altering the recording… I think many of us see this altered soundtrack start to emerge with our clients. I love when they start to see things in a fresh way, a way that makes it easier for them to achieve their goals.
It was a gift…You paid good money for that…You could repurpose it….yeah….sigh….
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Definitely Hazel, all of these little devilish messages swirl around us when we try to declutter. It can be almost physically painful to try to shut these voices out. I love Linda’s comment about bringing a new recording, a new soundtrack into our clients’ minds.
Oh, I missed Polly! Glad she’s back on the scene. Her struggles are so relatable! 🙂
I am happy to have her back as well, Sarah! She shows us how “normal” it is to struggle with being organized.
Poor Polly… I think we’ve all been there.
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I think this is actually what I love about her, Janet. We actually all have been there… Everybody struggles at one point or another, trying to make a decision that feels difficult. Knowing we aren’t the only ones feeling stressed hopefully alleviates some of the shame and self recrimination that we often experience.
I love it! It definitely is something I see and have experienced while going through papers and stuff. Thanks for sharing. Great image.
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I think these… and many more.. devils are always whispering in our ears. These words make us feel guilty about doing what we really want to do – get rid of the clutter. But it is just stuff, it doesn’t have any innate power, so give it fair consideration, and then let it go if you want to!
Great visual description! Love the look on Polly’s face. So true!
Thanks for the comment about the look on her face… all the credit for that goes to Emily Evans! We’ve had such fun doing this:)
Such an accurate way to discribe the feelings we feel when decluttering!
I’m sure you’ve encountered people struggling with all of these as well. Sometimes helpful to know that most people go through this range of emotions!
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At some level, we all relate:)
Haha, I have had all of these thoughts at one point or another!
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Most of us have, plus many more I’m sure. They just lie to us exactly when we are trying to get something done!
I am working on ignoring those devils!
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That’s what we all try to do, right? Just tell them you are not going to listen! Thanks for leaving a comment, Marina.
Love this! Very seasonal way for us to think about organizing!
I hadn’t even thought of that, but I guess we are headed toward Halloween! Such a clever comment:)
I love this, Seana. It’s just too true. But I’d have to add the “Your mom gave me to you” clutter devil to the mix. Tell me I’m not the only one that hears that clutter devil whispering.
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Ah yes, the “guilt” devil. Excellent addition! He’s a powerful little guy…
How about “I/Mom/Grandma made it”?
Oh, Good one Carolyn! That is very hard to give away… even when we don’t like it! Again, Mom or Grandma isn’t living in the object, but we personify these things and that makes it so much harder. Thanks for the comment!