When you work full-time, you quickly learn to prioritize chores and errands. If you’re like me, what you can’t squeeze in during the limited evening and weekend hours, gets shoved on a list of “Stuff I’ll Maybe Get to One Day When I Have More Time”.
My closets, cupboards, and garage have spent the last 9 years accumulating stuff. Occasionally, I would find a couple hours to clear out some clutter or reorganize, but rarely enough to put a dent in the projects.
But now that I have time, I can finally get around to some of the stuff I never did.
Sounds simple enough, right? Take all your stuff you don’t need or never use and get rid of it.
Instead of formulating a plan, I went ahead and dove right in with the first part of my plan. On Monday, I emptied out 9 years worth of clutter from under the of the master bathroom sink!
After cleaning, I put the room back together, with the only improvements being the sheer lack of STUFF clogging up every nook and cranny!
Anything salvageable, I am boxing up to donate. I often give to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, because they will drive to my house and take boxes off my front porch.
Rinse and Repeat
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I did the same to the boys bathroom and the 1/2 bath (or powder room, if you’re fancy) downstairs.
Unfortunately, I realized that I have now filled up the garage/trash cans to full with all of the stuff from three afternoons worth of work! The good part of that is that it forces me to take a break, relax, and evaluate all my many projects planned.
Two days worth of decluttering and organizing a week is a lot of work!
Still Lots to Do!
I am ambitious about decluttering and reorganizing my house! Getting rid of stuff is hard for me, because I am definitely a pack rat! Also, I am more likely to shift piles around from room to room than box up and get rid of things.
The plan is to declutter and reorganize EVERY room and closet in the house over time. I am waiting on dealing with the garage until it is warmer outside, but that will be my biggest challenge.
In addition to organizing, I have a long list of other tasks I may now actually be able to get around to.