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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Feeling of Accomplishment!

Several times over the years I've mentioned that we've been doing a lot of "purging" around our house, getting rid of excess items that we don't need or have use for anymore.  An interesting side to this project has been that the more I get rid of, the more I find to get rid of!  My recent clean out was my closet, and it was a no holds barred situation.  With the encouragement of several friends, I just decided that things had to go, and there was no waffling.  I did really well, and I am so pleased with the results.
 
One of the reasons I had for wanting to do this was due to the 4 storage bins that sit in our spare bedroom.  These hold my off season clothing.  It worked, but it had a lot of disadvantages.  First off, every time the season changed, I had to get everything out and let it hang for a while so that the wrinkles would come out.  Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't.  Then there was the issue of forgetting about things I already had, and perhaps buying the same thing or something very similar by accident.  You know, "out of sight, out of mind" kind of thing.  These bins also took up a bit of space that I could be using for something else.  Plus they were plastic, and I remember Martha Stewart talking about how storing your clothing in plastic isn't really good for the fibers.  And last, but certainly not least, just the whole process of switching everything around was a hassle.  It had to change.
 
Today I am proud to say that I am now the proud owner of 4 empty bins!  After the big closet clean out, I realized that I had enough space to hang all of my clothing for all 4 seasons in one closet. I started slowly, making sure as I emptied each one that everything would fit.  I tossed a couple of things and I have a small bag to donate, but everything else fit!  YIPEE!!!
 
The empty storage bins aren't going to go to waste either, I need them to organize my doll stuff a bit.  My collection is all over the place, but with just a couple of these bins, I should be able to sort things out and make it look less cluttered.  There are even going to be a few things that are going to leave out of that stuff as well. 
 
I've cut way back on my thrift store shopping and I think that has helped.  When I do go, I'm much more particular about what comes home with me.  And if something hasn't worked out, I don't feel bad about it or hang on to it in hopes it will.  I just look at what I spent on it as a monetary donation to the cause, and I re-donate it somewhere.  Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean that someone else won't love it. 
 
2017 is the year of reorganize for me.  We've lived here 6 1/2 years, and it's time to really assess what we have, what we are using and what we aren't using.  Plus try and organize things better than they have been.  So far so good, and it's only February!  Fingers crossed I can keep going for the rest of the year, and then I can relax in 2018.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Closet Cleanout

At the beginning of the year I posted my plan to accomplish 5 things each week.  So far I've done very well with it, and a couple of the things I'm even slightly ahead on.  The only item that has fallen behind is to sew one doll item each week, and that is primarily because it has been so grey and gloomy, I can't see well enough to do a good job of it.  I did manage to get 3 things finished though, so I figure the next day or two where it's nice I can have a good day of catch up on it.  No biggie.  I've managed to make a list of several things I want to make, and none of them are all that complicated, so once I get started, it will be an easy process.

Our bedroom has been cleaned from top to bottom including all of the dressers and my husband's closet.  It is a good feeling to have it done.  This week I plan on doing the same thing with our living room.  This past week though, I decided to tackle something a bit daunting--my own closet. 

I have managed to do a pretty good job when it comes to getting rid of clothing, I assess things fairly often as I do laundry.  But everything else needed gone through seriously and decisions needed to be made.  I hadn't planned on doing it just yet, but I was missing something and I had a feeling it was in that closet!  I was right, but in the process it became very obvious that I needed to spend some time in there and soon.  No time like the present.  Especially since it hadn't been thoroughly cleaned since we moved in just over 6 years ago!

Dirt wise it wasn't terrible.  It's a room that doesn't get a ton of traffic and sweeping all of that up was fairly easy.  My two biggest issues:  shoes and handbags/totes.  A few times over the past weeks I kept telling myself that I had way too many of both.  That was only partially true.

The biggest issue with my shoes is that my collection appeared to have outgrown the shelves and quite a few pair were laying on the floor of the closet.  This drives me bananas.  I took every single box and loose shoe out of the closet and then systematically went through all of them, sorted them into categories (sandals, sneakers, etc)  and then proceeded to put them away.  Three pair ended up in the donation box, the rest I kept.  And surprisingly, just that bit of organization made it possible for me to get every pair on the shelves!  I was really shocked at that part.  Truthfully though, I need to stay away from the shoes for a while and wear some of these out.  It's not ridiculous, I know people who have way more than I do, but I don't want it to get that way.

Bags are my real downfall.  I haven't bought all that many since I quit working, but a couple here and there have come home with me.  The problem is that my tastes have changed and I've finally found that I prefer certain styles much more than others.  I just have a hard time parting with the ones that don't work out!  I decided that I had to do it and with the encouragement of a friend, I was able to really trim my bag collection down to a nice, usable number, and ones that I really did like.  I only had one that I kept that I was on the fence about, and if I don't manage to use it by this time next year, it will be gone as well. 

So now what to do with all of this excess?  I have two small boxes and a bag of stuff to go to charity and another large box of stuff to list on Ebay.  All of that helps me check off more things on my "to do each week" lists.  Yay!  And let me just say that it sure is nice to look in my closet and see the results of my efforts.  I'll let you know how the rest of it goes as the year progresses.