Enough serious stuff. You'll be thinking about that idea all day, I promise. So, let's move on to the nitty gritty of my Organizing Season week.
Getting organized just wouldn't be complete without a hefty bout of decluttering. Especially after the holidays, it always feels like we're surrounded with too much stuff. From holiday decorations to layers of clothing to undone projects, it all just starts to feel like too much. I feel weighed down by my own expectations for myself. I just start to feel like my stuff owns me. Do you feel that way, too?
Fortunately for me, last week a local charity called to let me know they'd have a truck in our neighborhood Tuesday and offered to pick up anything I'd have for them. Woot! Now I had a deadline--just what I needed! They're wonderful motivators.
The first thing I tackled was 13 years worth of scrapbooking materials, of which I'd used none in the last six and half years. Yep, you read that correctly. I have not done any scrapbooking since we moved to Eastern Washington. Without my friends in California, I didn't enjoy doing it anymore. Still, I held onto the materials and equipment for "someday". Well, this year, I finally accepted that my vision of myself as a person who made amazing scrapbooks for my children was not ever going to become reality. Paper is just not a medium I am creative working in. (Hopefully, my children won't be scarred for life.)
|The scissors were actually dusty!|
|Idea books, pages, etc...|
|Paper trimmer, punches, stickers, the works!|
Still, none of this got me any closer to stuff for the charity truck. Next up was my fabric stash. Yes, I've been sewing a lot (for me!) lately, but there is still a ton of stuff I will never use. Tastes change, kids grow-up, etc. I don't have babies...I won't use some of this fabric for anything and someone else might...but, not if I leave it in my stash.
|A huge bag of fabric leaves the house...|
Pretty cool, right? I hope people get to make wonderful stuff out of this fabric.
|Three bins that were too full were culled into one bin that isn't full.|
Three bins of holiday decorations was cut down to one and one of the bins ended up get donated. Holiday decorations? Really. I don't know about you, but my holiday decorating changes as my household decor changes. Things I loved when my kids were little don't seem to "fit" in my house these days. After a few years of not using them, I realized it was time to cull the decorations. I also got rid of a ton of gift bags. (Hey, Tricia, some of them were yours from 12 years ago! That is how long I held on this stuff!)
|Anyone need a punching bag?|
|That is a lot of stuff that is no longer in my house!|
P.S. Oh, do you see the big bag of hangers? Wait til you see what we did! Did I mention I love Organizing Season?