A de-cluttering rampage! I have a small house. Add that to the fact that I have a personality flaw which forces me to hang on to "stuff" and that is a prescription for chaos!
This weekend, in between watching March Madness games, I decided the time was long overdue to do something about it. My first stop, the drawers in my bedroom dresser and chest. I ended up with two piles on my bedroom floor. One pile was the "throw out" pile and the other was the "keep" pile. I found an old flashlight with batteries inside with an expiration date of 2000. Within the "keep" file, I chose which things would go back in the drawers and which would be put into storage totes and taken to my shed out back. Wow! I actually have room in these drawers now to find things.
Next I tackled the shelves at the bottom of the stairs in the basement. This is where I keep kitchen items that I use, but not everyday, so I wanted this space for things that I could easily get to. This area had become dust covered and crammed.
There were two boxes of things that had been wrapped in newspaper, uh, and put there when I moved into this house, uh, well, 14 years ago. On top was an old food dehydrator that I used years ago in my backpacking days that was buried in dust. I also found an old square waffle maker that I had since back in the 70's and I couldn't tell you the last time it was used. I can assure you it was long before I had grandchildren or daughters-in-law.
So I swallowed my shame, removed everything from this area, used the vacuum cleaner and began sorting things to throw out and others to keep. I used plastic totes to store things in, thus keeping the dust away.
By this time I am starting to see real results and I'm motivated to continue. Why is it my house suddenly seems to be bigger and roomier???
Stay tuned. Who knows what other so-THAT'S-where-this-has-been momentsI I will have.
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