Several posts ago I mentioned about cleaning out some stuff in our house. I've been putting things in the "thrift store" pile since then, and I took a bunch of clothing to another donation center. Today I decided to tackle my craft room. Oh dear.
It's the only room that I haven't already done a bit of purging in, and boy does it need it. I have a bunch of stuff to go to the thrift store, a box of stuff I'm saving for my sister for a sale an organization she is in is having and another box for a friend. And I'm not even part way done. In fact, if you were to look in the room right at the moment, you might say "what did she do?" Truth is I did quite a bit, but there is a long way to go!
I am definitely looking at things with a different eye. Partially because my interests have changed. Had I done this a few years ago, I probably wouldn't have gotten rid of nearly as much. But I realize that some of this needs to go now, and I don't think I will miss it. And as embarrassing as it is to admit, there have been a few things I've come across and thought "I didn't know that I had that!"
One rule I'm making from here on is this: no more buying things for a craft project unless I am planning on sitting down and doing it within several days. Also, no more hanging on to items I would otherwise throw in the trash because "I might be able to make something out of that." Not that either of these things were horribly out of hand, but they could easily get that way.
An area where I'm having a bit of a dilemma is photography stuff, primarily negatives. Since I did a ton of photography for a number of years, I have literally boxes and boxes of negatives. The slides won't be quite as difficult, I will run them through a viewer and I will know quickly if it's worth keeping or one to toss. Not quite as simple with negatives. But the other side to this is what are the chances I will EVER need them again. I need to think on this, I may save that cupboard for last.
Have you ever tackled a huge cleaning project? What "rules" did you set in place before, during and after to keep from having things get out of hand again? Would love to hear what others have done!