Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I want to clean EVERYTHING
I am in the process of cleaning the entire house - top to bottom (or bottom to top) to donate, sell, gift, or toss anything that we aren't using....and organize what is left.
We are pretty organized around here already. I am going deeper. Getting rid of stuff I keep 'just in case', things that were gifted to us, or things I bought and paid for, but didn't quite work out the way I had intended. I have no reason to be attached to these things, yet here they are, filling up my house.*
Some of the hardest things to let go of are Goodwill purchases I made, but I am just not into anymore. Only 50% of what I buy is used or put onto display. About 25% is in storage, but I adore it...so these items are fulfilling a purpose! The final 25% is kicking around the house and has lost its luster. It feels like a complete waste of time and money to simply dump these items back at Goodwill**. I feel embarrassed just thinking about it.
So here I am, tackling every closet and drawer in the house. My keep or ditch test is simply:
- Would I bring it with me if we moved? (we aren't moving.)
Then it is on to organizing. The drawers in the nursery make me happy every.single.time I open them. Diaper cream, diapers, hats, bibs, socks, all in second-hand baskets and repurposed cartons and boxes.
Is it possible to make the entire contents of my house fit into pretty baskets and boxes?
*Whenever we travel I realize just how little we actually need to be happy
**I don't buy as much at the thrift stores as I once did.