OK, so I said I was going to do this…I said I was going to get rid of HALF MY STUFF. But, did I really mean it?
Well, when I told my husband, his first words were…
“As long as it isn’t MY stuff.”
When I mentioned it again a few days later he said…
“I thought you were kidding.”
So much for the vote of confidence.
Here’s what I’m thinking…if I shoot for reducing the stuff in this house by HALF, then even if I miss the mark, I’m still getting rid of A LOT!
And WHY am I doing this? Cuz I can’t stand it anymore!!! There are 7, soon to be 8, people living in this house and that equals a lot of stuff. I can’t keep up with it all. We clean regularly but it doesn’t take much for the house to explode all over again. I am CONVINCED that if there was LESS STUFF in this house, it would be easier to take care of.
So, here’s my plan…
I shoot for a room a week, taking pictures and noting things I’m getting rid of along the way. On Saturday, I update here as a way to stay accountable. I’ll also be listing anything I think someone who reads my blog might benefit from (homeschool materials and household goods) for a good price (because honestly, if you don’t buy them, they will hit the thrift store!) Feel free to join in! Leave a comment and a link! It will motivate me to keep going!
This week I worked in the Dining Room.
Here are the Before Pictures:
The bar was the worst place in the dining room, but it only took about two 15 minute sessions to clear it all. I ended up with a nice pile to throw away and a few giveaway items as well.
As for the rest of the dining room? Well, it took me a couple more days to clear it out. I emptied out the buffet, homeschool crates, the bookshelves, and the pantry.
Did I clear half my stuff? No, not on a one-to-one ratio, but I did manage to rid myself of things I’d been hanging onto *just because*. Some of them were ridiculous…like old photo Christmas cards of our family. Not like I can use them next year! And a roll of tape…minus the tape.
So, how about you? Anyone else manage to clear some clutter this week? Leave a comment, leave a link, let’s spur each other on!