Last week, I sent the husband to the Salvation Army (that place is both a blessing and a curse) with two large boxes of toys, and 2 garbage bags full of outgrown toddler clothing. That was just from one bedroom shared by two little girls. More stuff must go before I wind up on a reality TV show.
Today, with the help of the husband, I tackled the mudroom and the front closet.
3 bags of outgrown and unworn coats
A set of tray tables that have been used exactly twice in 6 years
A roller blind that had fallen apart
A small wooden shelving unit
Several pairs of worn out shoes
A baby gate
An assortment of tote bags
About a pound of dirt from the floor
A bag of outgrown childrens clothing that had been buried in tote bags which were buried under outgrown coats
Are you seeing a pattern yet? There was plenty of storage, in the form of shelves, coat hooks, and bags, but it was storing a bunch of stuff we didn’t need. It’s so easy to believe that all we need is more storage space, or a better organizing system, when what we really need is to get rid of some stuff. The bonus is that we didn’t have to plan a shopping trip or purchase anything. We made our home more livable in just a couple of hours without spending a dime, and a charity will benefit from our efforts too.
The walls, doors and floor still need scrubbed, but I already feel like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am starting to feel the joy of the holiday season in the air. I think maybe it was trapped under those old coats.
Next up: the kitchen cupboards