Jan 032013

We are into the third day of the new year now. I am in the slow process of decluttering and deep cleaning our living room. I’m not as far ahead as I wish to be, mainly because I totally over did it yesterday by restarting my exercise program back at full strength after a month and a half or so totally off, and then deep cleaning and moving heavy stuff the rest of the day after that in the living room. Yeah, that was genius… Believe me, I’m paying for it today. And add to that my sinuses are backed up from stirring up dust and such. I got the area around the DVDs cleaned up a bit. Have to sit down with HubbaHubba and decide which ones can go before I get it totally organized. I’m sure I would sell off more than he would, so I will be nice and wait for his input 😉

I cleaned out my homeschool shelves yesterday. What a freeing feeling it was to sort out things that didn’t work for us and things that we ended up not using. There is a ton more room in the shelves now. I saved a few things to put up for record keeping purposes (filled workbooks) and a few things that we will cycle through again, but also got rid of a bunch of stuff that we won’t be using at all. It is wasteful to have shelves of unused materials that would bless someone else to have. I am so looking forward to working through the rest of our bookshelves and getting rid of things (which says a lot since I am quite the bibliophile).

The half of the living room that has been deep cleaned and purged through, decluttered and better organized feels wonderful to be in. It feels freerer to sit over there than the area that needs finished. I can think better in that area than in the other. It exudes some serenity and peace. I have big plans on this massive decluttering and purge of my house over the coming months.

I’m thinking I can work through the inside of our house over this next year (I would say six months, however it is looking like we will be having some changing family dynamics coming in that amount of time and I don’t want to over-commit or over-work myself during that time. No, to my knowledge, we aren’t expecting. More on the transitions later when a few more things are hammered out). I do desire to have a garage sale before June though. I meant to have one last year but it didn’t work out to do so. I have a pile of stuff in the garage and stuff sitting around this house that we can get rid of in one.

I keep finding a few things and I wonder why in the world we’ve hung onto them for so long? Are we living in the past that we can’t let go? Or are the things holding you hostage to your past? I’ve found in the past that am reminded each time I get rid of something that shouldn’t have been hung onto for so long that I can’t live today if I am constantly living or being reminded of the past with the stuff hanging around the house. I’m not saying to not cherish the memories and great times, more like, I have late Aunt Hazel’s hideous lamp that always sat in her living room that you somehow inherited that you have had in your house for six years now even though you’ve never really liked it. Just because a beloved relative had it doesn’t mean that you have to keep it. Same for gifts that you don’t want or use. Don’t be shackled by them because you might offend someone by getting rid of it. There is no law that says you have to hang on to everything you’ve ever been given. If it isn’t useful and being used, or something us absolutely love, get rid of it. I realize that getting to the point of being able to shed this stuff can take awhile. Start small, donate or sell one item. Just one and see how it feels. And don’t let yourself feel guilty with getting rid of it.

Next week I’m starting Renee Metzler’s Total Home Makeover. After I’m done with that, I will see where we stand and decide what else needs to be done from there in the decluttering realm. Less really is more I’ve discovered.

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