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Beware of the dip

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Are you hitting a wall in your decluttering journey? You're not alone. Here are four words to give you courage!

Beware of the dip.

Anyone who has ever attempted to learn a musical instrument can tell you that at first they were really excited as they started to learn. Then they hit a wall. It got hard. It wasn’t as much fun when they weren’t progressing as fast. They started to feel bogged down, like they weren’t very good at this, so maybe they should just quit. It happens all. the. time. Imagine a line on a graph that is going up and up and up and then it dips and goes down for a bit. This is completely natural when you are learning a new skill. Most people walk away at this point. I’m here to encourage you to keep going, because it’s only a dip, it is not a permanent downward slide. If you keep drawing that line, you’ll see it go back up and continue its upward path.

True story: My husband is a competitive stair climber. I am NOT. However, I do one local 40 story climb with him every year (because I love him) which means I have to train for a bit before the race. We go to a building with 40 stories and climb. At about the seventh story I’m thinking, “This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.” I have 33 more floors, y’all!!!! I used to climb and climb and then rest on the landings to catch my breath. I wasn’t even going fast, but I was completely winded. Then a fellow climber gave me advice.

Don’t stop.

He said when you want to stop and catch your breath, just slow down but keep going. Never stop. He was SO RIGHT! I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and pulling my body up the stairs. Slowly but surely I made it those last 33 floors. It was incredible feeling to have conquered that climb! I am not fast. I do my best and I do not stop. I hit that dip at the seventh floor, but I keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Take it slow (one drawer/shelf at a time) Give yourself grace. The dip will appear, but don’t stop. You will make it to the top, and what an incredible feeling you will have when you do. You will have a home that works for you. One that is filled with beauty and peace. A soft spot to land at the end of the day. You've got this!

Much love

Laura ~ your organizing girlfriend

P.S. I wish someone would have given me this advise when I was a child learning to play the violin.

Photo by Isaac Smith on Unsplash

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