It's Monday - and you know what that means. Yep, time to declutter. I've taken to this idea since it's something I need to do all the time. I tend to be a pack rat and this should help me to keep it in balance. I went back into my office and started hunting.
First I took a big bin and tossed in all the loose stuff that I need to sort through, read or otherwise attend to. It was spread all over. As I was doing that, I put aside the things that caught my eye for leaving, as well as the stuff that belonged elsewhere. I began to go through the hutch on my secretary desk so that I can eventually part with that piece of furniture. I even have a project for my night in a hotel on my work trip this week - I'll be sorting my clipping files and writing notes/notebooks so they are tidy and up to date and ready to go into a new box on my bookshelf.
And now for the minimizing - while putting stuff in the bin did visually reduce the clutter, some stuff actually did leave the house (or will in the morning) I parted with a pair of boots (story to follow), an empty shoebox, 2 mats for picture framing, a cardboard paper towel tube, a magazine, 4 books, two seasons of Lost (the mystery is gone once you see the episodes and know the ending) and a few more papers not seen in the picture. I'm happy with today's clean out - and the fact that I also parted with a whole Rubbermaid's worth of kid's clothes this weekend that I had listed on Craigslist.
If I do this every week, I should be clutter free (well, for me) pretty quick! I'm also reading like a fiend so I can let go of a bunch of books. I've got about 40 in the 'to read' pile.
About those boots. Today I put on my black boots, grabbed my coat and took my son to school. Then I went to the local grocery and picked up a few things, then home. I had my younger son take off his boots at the door, so I did the same. Later, when I went to put my boots away I was horrified to see I'd been wearing two different boots -one shiny, one flat with totally different heels and different heights. I sure must have been distracted not to notice I was lurching about! Let's just say I was embarrassed and kind of glad I'd not noticed while at the store. Since I rarely grab the older shiny ones, they got the short straw and are heading on out.
Savvy Suburban Mama
- I work in the city but I love living in the 'burbs so much we moved there - despite my crazy commute. The closer I get to home, the more relaxed I feel.This Mama can't wait to share all the fabulous finds and 'must have' things that come my way. After all, if something's great I've gotta tell everyone!Join me as I share the ups and downs of suburban living, my journey to be more creative and organized (even with 2 super active little boys) and a whole lot of this and that. While I live in Fraser Valley, B.C., it's easy to translate the suburban experience to pretty much anywhere - and even city folk love to leave the hustle and bustle sometimes!And living in the most expensive corner of the country, it takes a little savvy to keep it all together. I'll share what I've learned - and hopefully you will, too!