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De-cluttering

It’s starting to feel less cluttery in our house.

Some days it seems like I’m not getting anywhere with the clutter. Today is not one of those days. It really is starting to feel like there is more air to breathe in this house!

Today started with a basket full of baby clothes, hangers and toys being dropped off at Value Village. The minivan is already re-filled. It’s full of those linens and sleeping bags that we decided to donate. Waiting on our curb with a free sign are a kids shelving unit (just taken), a recycling center and a computer tray. We still have a box of donations and an old tube tv that need to get out of our house. Maybe today.

Yesterday someone picked up the microwave. I put it out on the curb with a free sign and also posted it on Craigslist. Our curb is magic. Usually whatever we put on the curb is gone within a few hours. Our old computer desk was put outside last week. I put a free sign on it and posted it on Craigslist. It took two days but finally was taken.

Saturday was a huge difference day. The bassinet that we have been trying to sell on and off for months finally sold. We only got a fraction of what we paid for it less than two years ago. My youngest didn’t even sleep one night in it. What a waste of money. It was good to get rid of it though. My house appreciates the space back! We also found a new home for one of two children’s shelving units and a computer chair. I can visit them anytime I want :).

The most exciting thing about Saturday night was that one of closest friends spent one on one time with me going through my bakeware and some other stuff. I went all “Hoarders” on her. Boy did I get grumpy. It wasn’t directed at her but it’s hard to look at all the stuff you keep and wonder how it got there in the first place. Decisions were made about amounts of muffin tins (did I need four?) and whether or not a family needed so much Pyrex. I had two round Pyrex casserole dishes with lids that I really don’t use. I decided to keep the nicest one. Maybe if I don’t use the one I kept soon then I will donate it too. We filled a box full of kitchen stuff and some other stuff that was waiting to be donated but was just hanging out in the garage.

My friend also helped me realize that my decision to keep only 8 of each basic everyday utensil was reasonable. When we have large family gatherings our family heirloom silver can actually be used. What’s the point of having it if it isn’t going to be used? Am I saving it for my boys? They will have their wives silver to deal with. I’m sure they won’t mind if we use it a little now.

Have a great day,

~Stephanie

 

 

 

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “It’s starting to feel less cluttery in our house.

  1. our back alley is the place to get and give things for free. we found all the dining room chairs there as well as pots for our herbs and flowers for the porch in the summer. we have also give things away we didn’t need or want anymore. glad you are seeing a noticeable change in your home!

    Posted by sonrie | October 17, 2011, 3:53 pm
    • Thank you so much! It’s nice to know there are people out there that do the same things as we do. I can’t wait for the day everything is in good balance within our home. Someone said once something like – you know when somwthing is perfect when nothing else can be added and everything that can be taken away has been. That is not the proper quote at all but I think it sums up what I’m going for. 🙂

      Posted by stephanieough | October 17, 2011, 9:07 pm

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