I'm working on the decluttering dehoarding thing-it's slow going and painful. Honestly though-if I were to be completely frank (like I ever am anything else BUT) it's not really any harder than any other hard task. When I get overwhelmed-I sit back and try to evaluate-is this on a 1-10 scale really THAT hard? I'd give it a 7-and and 5 or 6 if I'm really working well at it.
Even what has become my standard wailing point-"It just takes sooooooo long"...isn't really a valid point. Grad school took 18 months-this is taking a few weeks. Well shit. I'm getting really good at overcoming my own objections-without-and this is key-turning around at attacking myself for having them. Lazy, good for nothing, stupid....nope-just stubborn and offering my opinion-kind of like several dogs and a horse I know of.
Oliver is helping too-when I find something I go "OH Look at THIS" and he's delighted with whatever I find-even if it's garbage. He just likes to feel involved. His favorite response is "GOOD LORD" unless it's something he wants for himself-then it's "oooooooooooh" and he proceeds to make himself as charming as possible. We have a lot of boxes and bags around right now-but there are plenty of paper sacks I can spare for him to shred-so he's a happy guy right now.
The kitties are off for their surgeries-and he's NOT happy about that. He saw them leave (one was using his special carrier) and he doesn't like that at all-no no no. He keeps asking me "You want a kitty?" and he meows a lot. They'll be back Monday and all will be well. For some reason, in his birdy brain, the kitties belong to him. I don't know why, but it's clear he believes that they are his and my job is to clean up afterward and feed them.
Casper is going on pasture rest and maybe permanent retirement-and I have leased a gelding to ride for now while this all plays out. It really kind of bothers me because Casper did not like Socks-but Socks was available and he's the right size, training level, etc. so I try not think about that part. Socks thinks he's hit the mother load because I don't ride that much or that hard-so Easy Street suits him fine.