Friday, February 19, 2010

indisposed

help-me

did i say that i enjoy the cycle of unearthing and purging? big fat lie. friends, this process is more painful than excavating my true soul. all i've done is make a bigger mess and i'm buried under piles and stacks and puddles of art crap. tonight i lay whimpering in the fallout and heard a little voice in the distance call out: "mama?" and then i heard my husband lead the child away, explaining, "mama is indisposed right now." oh, will someone PLEASE come and do this for me. take it all away! seeing that i'm so useless at the moment i'll dispatch you to worlds that will undoubtedly bring you more fun and color than this sorry excuse of a post:

> liz on getting it right
> miranda on a retreat to motherhood
> rachel's pretty ditty of love with no resounding gong
> carmen's quest for oxytocin and a six-second hug
> lucia's invisible threads of connection
> thereza's colorful papercut houses
> stories of bravery, kindness and a woman of valor at choosing beauty
> doodly love at d'blogala
> cindy's weekend of love and adventure in new york
> jeannine on abiding winterlude with creative fervor
> reckless pixie going batshit in her pantry
> shannon giving me hope that clutter freedom is close at hand

and finally, don't miss the wisdom from elders via spain daily. mine of course is the vodka dear, a piece of wisdom inspired by my grandmother's evening nightcap. that's sounding divine right now. a beer at the very least. i need a lifeline here!

with love, your hapless clutterbug

40 comments:

painted fish studio said...

i wish i had some great advice, but all i have is: just keep going. plow through. accept that you might purge things you will regret purging later.

and reward yourself with wine. loooottttsssssssss of wine.

good luck!

Bella Sinclair said...

OMG! OMG! The FLASHBACKS! Make 'em stop, make 'em STOP! I know EXACTLY what you're going through -- that horrible, icky purgatory state where every single thing lies strewn on the floor, and every piece of junk seems to have either expanded or multiplied.

*sigh*

Trudge on, little soldier. Trudge on. It will get better by and by.

pixie said...

bird by bird, sister. bird by bird. take something strong to drink in there with you, maybe some salty chips and a little B-52s or other jump-down-turn-around-picka-bale-a-cotton music to give you a kick in the seat while you toil.
i can see the light even when you can't....

:)

Candied Fabrics said...

Have no fear! Every big organization project has this point - there really is light at the end of the tunnel and it'll look so great when you get there! Take heart, persevere, keep on keepin' on...pick your platitude - but go go go!!!!!! You'll be so happy when it's done!

trinsch said...

oh, you poor thing! i know exactly where you are, been there quite a few times myself when trying to de-clutter around the house. i really hope you followed your own advice and got that vodka or beer, sat down and forgot about it all for a moment. sometimes all you need is to back off, breathe and then return the next day. sometimes ;)

Josey's mom said...

OK I just found two more blogs from your list! Thanks for sharing!

jane said...

give me an A!, give me an I! give me a M,I,E! what´s that spell? AIMEE! GOOOOOO AIMEE! ... did that help? :)

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Art is doubt, art is questions... I know things will be better soon... and you'll show us soon !

Big hug...

Lovely post ;)

Nicky Linzey said...

Oh I know this feeling. I usually tidy it up and then just put it all back. But that's no help is it!

Christine said...

:-) Fantastic post, Aimee:-)) "Indisposed"... oh dear. That's what it does; all the gathering and the collecting and the "better take this too" ... make us indisposed. Interesting and quite inspiring :-)
I hope you are out of the clutter by now. To enjoy a weekend of cleared floors and airy drawers :))
Thanks for gorgeous links
:)

Fruenswerk said...

Do you want me to come over and help you? ;DDDD

hanna-happenings said...

Go girl! Fight it! You can do it!

la ninja said...

ha ha, vodka dear and that bout of drama queen-ness will be a thing of the past (and I am speaking from experience, hun. have recently found pisco sour is an excellent remedy too. who'd have said, hey?)

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I am about to embark on a similar mission in our "guest" room/junk/garbage/dump it/cram it room...not looking forward to the process but keep focusing on how nice it will feel when it is all cleared out.Hope you will start to see some results on your own de-cluttering quest that will motivate you to finish.

Thanks for the list...instead of getting started on that dreaded guest room, I think I will lose myself in blogworld for awhile thanks to your links.

cindy said...

oh i've been there, it's darkest before the dawn and really bites. paper purgatory. hang in there. the light is at the end of the tunnel - so cliche. but, it's true, you'll be happy when you're done. really. we're cheering you on! go aimee go!

i've been useless this week watching curling every afternoon ;)!

soulbrush said...

aaaw hate that feeling of being out of control, so i am sending you a huge cyber box of chocs and red roses. xxx

Francesca said...

Hope the vodka helps find your way out:)!

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

wow, have so been there before! just keep moving forward, knowing that by the end you'll be lighter and clutter free! Good luck!

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Awww. Thank you SO much for the mention! Hang in there!

~Valentina~ said...

Hang in there! you can do it :)
"indisposed".. *LOVE* it!

CRABCAKES said...

oh sister, I feel your pain! I tried to do the same 2 weeks ago and still feel buried in the crap! Unearthing one bin leads more and more because you have to create new spaces and organizational methods (at least for me). And where I once had lots of crap stuffed here and there I now have empty spaces here and there with lots of crap right out in the middle! If you find the angel who comes to haul it all away please send them a few blocks when they're done at your house! good luck!!

Anairam said...

Oh dear, strength, dear Aimee, strength!!! Hold on to that light you see shining at the end of the tunnel composed of crafty clutter! I am rooting for you!

Inner Toddler said...

keep it together woman! you are getting close to organizational nirvana - which may be short lived but you can refer to it in your memoir...

Phoenix Peacock said...

I wish I could show true support, but I am constantly having my husband roll his eyes at my "collections"

Lauren said...

This same thing you speak of is happening at my house as well. Pre-Spring Cleaning? I am not sure. As soon as I think I get something organized there are three more piles of disorganization to reorganize. You are not alone!

lori vliegen said...

hello, my little whimpering, indisposed, unearthing purger friend.....this is nothing that can't be cured by a few trash bags and heavy drinking, right?! hang tough, kiddo! :)))

gypsy said...

Ugh. Been there during the great art-basket shelf installation project last year. It took a turn for the better when I decided HOW to group the chaos. A double twist of lime will give you a fresh perspective.

Jenn said...

thanks for these shares, just what I needed.

just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming....

rachel awes said...

a lifeline...hmmm....how about i send you companions of pretty words. hummingbird. secret winds. baking bread. vanilla. soft stone. always love.
& thank you dearly for the blog mention. xo

joanne said...

i'm mumbling back from underneath the pile that has consumed me too... last night i ate some chocolate... it helped a little ... i think i need some more... if you find a magic formula for plowing through, please share... i know there once was a desk AND a floor in this room...

Holly said...

Heehee. I laugh at all of our expenses. My purging consists of the following tactic: start at the door end and work toward the window end. If you hear a lovey, holler out "sweetie! will you bring mama some tea? gingersnaps? a peepee pad?" For the DOG, not ME. The pad I mean. I need the tea. Lots and lots of tea.

Carmen said...

Oh man, I so need to do this too. My studio is a wreck . there's so much stuff in there, I don't even know what I have anymore.

thanks for the shout out! xoxo

Lori said...

You are great.

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Oh my - still not doing any better?

Sorry that I'm too far away to be of any help!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Oh my! I love your blog. Great stuff here. Love the heart pillow. As for decluttering, I'm entering the final phase and it feels good to me!

Constance said...

Hi there Super Duper Fab Aimee!

I am in SAME SINKING BOAT-- so you know what I did????
I went shopping first!
And bought several things from you on etsy.

You are brilliant and fun and caring and did i say brilliant???

Now, to face my own high piles I will take one on at a time....

aimee said...

it was an ugly scene, but someone won and it was not the clutter! the place is empty now. i've consolidated my supplies into two small cabinets and it is there that
i plan for them to stay. no studio for aimee. thanks for the cheerleading, all. i needed it on this one!

●• Thereza said...

ohh indsposed sounds like a perfect definition, glad to hear the place is now clutter free :) and thanks for the link.
have a nice week, i know mine won't be good (i'm off sick grrrrrrrr)

BT said...

Oh it is very necessary to make a big mess before suddenly, phoenix like, your studio will reappear. May it be soon, dear Aimee.

Liv Lane said...

I was just thinking how much I actually love this post - it's not sorry at all! A cry for help...all fancied up! And then I scrolled down and saw you listed my blog for folks. What a delightful surprise - I feel all sparkly inside. Thank you, Aimee!