One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get rid of half of the stuff we own. I wasn’t clear about this in my resolution post, but I don’t intend to just throw away everything I don’t want. My desire is to systematically and thoughtfully try to find homes for things, and if there is no good home only then will the items end up in the wastebasket. To keep myself on track, I’m going to write a weekly post (time permitting) about my journey to simplify. I’m not sure if these posts will interest anyone, but sometimes I have to blog just for myself.
- This week I did some cleaning out of my cloffice (my closet office). One of the things I found was a huge stack of photos from my daughter’s preschool, where I also worked. Instead of binning the whole thing, I pulled out the photos of the kids whose parents I’m still in contact with, and sent them off in the mail to them. I felt like that was their proper home. (I also got to send some letters in the process, which is another one of my resolutions for this year — more snail mail!)
- I also cleaned out our kitchen “junk drawer” which allowed me to move some of our commonly used tools out of one location (which wasn’t ideal) into the kitchen. In the process I did throw away quite a few odds and ends, but I didn’t feel like they were something that could be re-homed.
- Last week I cleaned out the cabinet under the microwave. Holy moly — that thing was a mess! I am pleased with the simplicity I gained just by organizing the space better and relocating some items.
- In the week ahead I’d like to concentrate on getting Zane’s closet into a more orderly state. The biggest problems we have in this house (in terms of clutter) are paper and stuffed animals. We have WAY too many stuffed animals.