Sunday, September 14, 2014
Day 65 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
I’ve been trying to get the clutter in my house under control. I don’t know if it’s cancer that drives me or if everyone feels the need to simplify. Either way I was on a tear this weekend.
I don’t want to organize myself out of comfort, but I do want to be able to walk into a room and find what I’m looking for in that room without digging through mountains of stuff.
I want a house that feels lived in, but functional, too.
I’d been meaning to do this for a long time and just couldn’t seem to get started. Suddenly here I was with a weekend with no plans, nowhere else to be and nothing else to do.
So I dove in.
Starting with my son’s room I made four piles: Keep, Throw Away, Donate and Somewhere Else.
Connor’s closet was the hardest. I had no idea we had so many Matchbox cars, action figures and bullets to Nerf guns. Also, for some inexplicable reason most of my daughter’s toys were in my son’s room so I was actually doing double duty on his closet.
I took it box by box. Only the best toys made it into the Keep pile. Anything broken went into a Throw Away pile.
The Somewhere Else pile grew as I asked myself “Is this where I would go looking for this item?” If the answer was no, the item went in the Somewhere Else pile. I didn’t worry about where the Somewhere Else was at that moment. I could put those items up later. For now I just knew it didn’t belong in this room.
When I finished with Connor’s room, I tackled Hannah’s. That went pretty quickly considering I’d already gone through her stuff in Connor’s room.
I was on a roll, so I moved onto the closet where I keep all of my holiday stuff.
Before the weekend ended I hauled five giant garbage bags of stuff out to the car for donations. I threw out just as many bags of broken toys and junk that I’d allowed to pile up over time.
After I was done I just wandered from room to room gazing into closets and smiling. Justin asked what I was doing and I just pointed.
“Do you see that?” I said.
“That’s the floor.”
“Crazy,” he said.
The look he shot me indicated that maybe he was referring to me, but I prefer to think he was just impressed to find we had floors in our children’s closets.
Today’s silver lining: I can find stuff now.
Now, to maintain it… Oh boy…
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!