I never thought I'd be able to post the above title, but it's true! I had a friend visit from out of town and our house needed a major decluttering. It wasn't something we could baby-step any more. It was all out! I lost count of the number of garbage bags and recycling bags that we racked up as we decluttered. Since we live in a pilot area for waste collection, it made things interesting. We can currently put out garbage every other week, maximum of 3 bags. Recycling and composting have no limit and can be put out every week. Needless to say, we had to make a trip to the dump this week.
The result is that we can eat at our dining room table again and have been doing so for the last week. We were able to entertain and have friends and family drop in without feeling humiliated. I had a great visit with my friend and was sad to see her go.
Our house isn't perfect, and there are lots of things I would change if I could as well as some changes I'm working on, but it's home and it feels so much better to be here now that it's more organized. We still have a a way to go, but it's much more livable now and I can see us becoming more social again since we'll be able to invite people over.