4,300 things gone, only 5,700 to go
I’m back in the saddle again.
After Monday’s disaster, I took a defiant day off on Tuesday.
It didn’t make me feel any better.
So, on Wednesday, I gave myself a pep talk:
It’s only 100 things, it’s not any harder than it was 41 days ago, you can do this!
1) fed my four year old and put on his favourite TV show
2) set a timer for 30 minutes
3) put three bags on my arm (toss, donate, recycle)
4) walked into my bedroom and collected:
19 old bottles of perfume
24 items of clothing
14 pieces of costume jewelry
4 old jewelry boxes
1 set bra inserts (bye bye falsies!)
2 bathing suits
1 playing card
1 Leonard Cohen CD insert
3 business cards
19+ pieces of garbage: buttons, hair pins, stickers, ticket stubs, receipts, toy parts etc.
5) and took it all out to my car before the 30 minutes was up.
Oh, and then I dumpster dived for a bottle of perfume I regretted throwing away.
That’s a first!
Oh well, at least most of my stuff is heading in the right direction.
Today, I managed to get to the thrift store before 1pm to drop off the bags and boxes I failed to deliver on Monday. I even dropped off a bunch of cardboard boxes at Squirrel‘s office for recycling.
And to reinforce my motivation I googled “top ten reasons for decluttering.”
I love what she had to say about why she lives uncluttered:
My husband and I value fun, shared experiences more than having things. It’s also nice that experiences don’t require regular dusting or maintenance.
I now have a piece of paper in my wallet that says:
Do you really want to maintain this for the rest of your life?
I find it eliminates a lot of impulse buys.
What I tossed today: 25 thrift store items (clothes, baby gear, popcorn maker, toys), a broken blender and mini cuisinart, 17 cookbooks & 1 wooden recipe box (donated), 24 recipes (recycled), 5 congratulations on the baby cards (the baby’s 4), 7 toy pieces, 3 stickers, miscellaneous bits of paper (10), 1 book, 1 plush toy, 1 art project, 1 coaster, 2 old credit cards, 3 luggage keys