Day 365 – That’s All She Wrote
So, it’s here.
I’ve met my goal of decluttering something a day for 365 days. It feels like an occasion on which I should reflect. I guess that’s what I’ll do.
I decided to start by going back and reading my About This Blog page (which I have never changed). Not to sound to goofy but, it was all there all the time. To quote myself, (Oh lord, seriously?) ”This blog was born out of the idea that if I let go of some extra stuff around the house, things might be a little more simple. I even might be able to enjoy the stuff that is left a little more. The gist of it is, I am going to toss something everyday for a year and see if things lighten up around here.”
Things are simpler. I don’t spend much time putting things away at night. Ten minutes usually does it. I love sitting to watch T.V. in a clean room with no dirty socks on the couch or microscopic toys to step on. Why DO they make the toys so small? I don’t spend time rearranging piles of stuff to fit in limited spaces. I can usually see the top of my dresser. Nine times out of ten I have counter space available to cook. Not bad.
My desk is still a mountain of papers, a tribute to hoarders. Some things will never change. But still, not bad overall.
I do like my stuff more, the stuff that is left anyway. I can see the stuff I like and enjoy it. It’s not buried. I really don’t regret getting rid of any of it. Now and then I do for a moment, then it’s gone. I can’t even remember anything at the moment that I wish I still had.
I have way more time. Shopping (still conquering this one) and rearranging take copious amounts of time. Now I have lots of time for Words with Friends, Pinterest and US magazine. Uh, I mean, playing with the kids and cooking nutritious meals. Seriously though, this might be the most surprising benefit and the one I love most.
Things have lightened up. That is for sure.
So on to my last declutter:
Once upon a time I would have packed these up in a box to save forever. Now, I think, ” Well, she only fit in them for six weeks, half the sparkles have rubbed off and they will look terrible and yellowed in 10 years if I save them.”
Off they go.
And that’s about it. This project is done…
I’m not going anywhere. I am taking a break, to work on updating my blog and getting the new one off the ground, but in 3 weeks, I’ll see you right here, ’cause there’s still the attic, and have you seen my garage since Christmas? EEK! There is the kid’s closets to deal with, and all those stuffed animals, and the cabinet under the sink, and the back of my van, and the backyard, and the desk (oh the desk)…and…and…and…
It seems there is still quite a way to go.
Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you liked it. It has been a ton of fun. I hope you come back for season two, which is where you will see the before and afters.