Tackle It Tuesday #154 — Clearing Some Clutter

SusanSusan here…

Okay, this tackle was a quickie, but a tad profound… read on.

I am shockingly blind to clutter.

Stacks of this-and-that can pile up and I barely notice.

Sometimes I try and force myself to walk in my own door and try to see my house as a guest to jar myself into action. To try and realize that clutter has accumulated and that it must be cleared.

So today’s tackle did not take me much time. I admit it. But I think that is the power in this tackle.

It took me 15 minutes to clear off this counter and sideboard and yet I let myself feel like a failure for days because I know that the clutter exists and that it shouldn’t. Even if I am rather immune to the mess, guests see it and my family sees it, and it doesn’t need to be there.

Yes, I am a little crazy in that it takes a blogging deadline to force me to put away the pens, papers, toys, gadgets and junk that have piled up on my counters… but oh well… call me crazy.

(And then join me. Cleaning is so much more fun when we do it together!)

Cluttered Counter

Messy counters


Counter after

Sideboard after

Join me next week as I tackle another corner of my untidy townhouse.

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? Submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Susan at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…


  1. says

    I’m going to be a wee bit sneaky and enter twice, although the second one isn’t really a proper tackle it does prove that I have finally conquered the scanner!

    I love teddy bears but I don’t think mine would ever end up neat and tidy like that they’d be all over the carpet instead.

  2. says

    Wow-that looks great!! I love the way it feels when I complete a project like that!! I just finished my storage area-which I couldn’t walk in 2 weeks ago-Now it is clean!! Thank you tackle it tuesday!! On to my next project!!

  3. says

    I am so excited. I have a fellow “can’t see the clutter” friend. I really have a hard time with this. I see it, but I don’t know what to do with the clutter. This post is actually helping me a lot because I know I am committed to tackling my clutter and being held accountable because I am posting here every Tuesday. Keep up the tackles and I will be right there with you!!!

  4. says

    I stashed the winter boots and am moving on to coats, scarves and hats. Thanks for the jump-start! Your counter looks 10 times better btw. :)

  5. says

    I can walk by an enormous pile of clutter for a week and then when I finally clean it up (usually only takes a few minutes!), the space looks so much bigger and cleaner!

    Great tackle!

  6. says

    Wow! You are one brave momma! See, I prefer to ignore the stacks and stacks of junk mail and handmade pictures on my coffee table… I just don’t have company over!

  7. says

    I did some de-cluttering yesterday too. Just where are we suppose to put all of that stuff? It’s amazing how quickly it piles up! Good job!

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