It has been a busy couple of days. My living room still looks like a disaster but the other rooms are breathing a little better. Monday started in the kids room with a lot of bags of trash leaving. They were wildly supportive and let me empty containers without looking. I moved quickly to take advantage of this mood.
The next hope was to clean up the kids play area of the basement. I was thinking that would be day 2 but we ended up moving right into it as Ava wanted more room to spread out her Littlest Pet Shop village. Before I knew it I had this pile of trash in the driveway, the next piles to donate to Savers and I found a Freecycle Ad looking for Barbies. I was very happy to pass on a house, a bag of furniture and a trash bag of dolls and horses to an eight year old.
That means today I worked on laundry. Everything in this house is washed, folded and put away. All the new towels and sheets needed a place so that gave me the opportunity to get rid of all the old ones except a few for animal baths. I cleaned out my own closet and the coat closet. I found 3 "lost" sundresses behind clothes I haven't worn in ages. Shoes gone too.
I really think I could breathe deeper as I walked around and got back into my car after emptying it at the curb. The photos are dark but my car was full from front to back, floor to ceiling with bags, boxes and tubs and it is all gone. I am not done but it is a huge step towards getting there.
I am beginning to think that this is the year that I clean out all the clutter-both real and figuratively. I want to get organized and rid myself of the excess.
I used to think we could possibly use that someday or we can't afford to just buy stuff like clothes for a special occasion but really that is a false sense of safety. The weight of it is just killing me. Right now I am dreaming of just emptying drawers and buckets in that basement Into trash bags.
Don't want to lose this momentum.