Invisible corner: That area in your home that has had accumulated random shit in it for so long that it’s become part of the landscape. Often found in corners, at the end of counters, or, really, anywhere. It’s been there long enough that your eye doesn’t even register it when you look around.
So what do you do when your invisible corner isn’t just a corner anymore?
Let me tell you about my spare room. I have one extra bedroom that has no necessary purpose. It is, in the very strictest sense, an office, in that the printer and filing cabinet are in there. But it’s a room that has a door and that can be entirely ignored unless I make an effort to remind myself of its existence. And, as such, it has become what all spare rooms at one time become: a place to stash crap. It has, at times, held the following: the treadmill (which I actually use, so I don’t feel that guilty about), bags of clothes for donation, boxes of papers to be shredded, clothes that rarely get worn, boxes of random stuff that haven’t been unpacked since the last move, odd bits of furniture, and every single thing I don’t feel like dealing with at the moment.
What I’m saying here is that “junk rooms” happen. They may or may not have a door. They may or may not be your primary living space. But almost everyone, at one time or another, has had a rather large space that they stop registering as being full of crap that needs to be dealt with and that they just ignore. So what happens when you finally decide to deal with the junk room?
Well, first of all, if this is where you’ve been stashing stuff you don’t know what to do with, prepare yourself for having to finally and once and for all deal with those things. So you should have boxes or trash bags ready, and possibly also have solid plans for a donation drop-off or pick-up if you anticipate having a lot of things to donate.
From there, you’re going to approach it like any other UfYH project: methodically and with breaks. Accept that it’s probably going to take a while, and pace yourself. Don’t try to do the whole thing at once, or else you’ll burn out and never finish.
And as silly as it seems, cleaning it is the easy part. Keeping it clean is hard. That may mean you leave the door open so you can’t ignore it, or you put some kind of physical block (like a piece of furniture) where the biggest mess tends to happen; everyone’s situation is different. But like any of our messes, cleaning it once doesn’t make the problem go away forever. It’s a continual, incremental process that you need to put a little work into steadily in order to keep it clean.
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