No one is going to rescue my house but me. I might get a hand from my kids ( well, big hands from DD1), but I need to be the driver. I didn't realize until I was an hour into the spare room how overwhelming it was. Was it really just six years ago that I tackled it before DD1 had a friend from England stay, followed by nearly 6 weeks of DD2's bestie? Years of crap just getting piled in corners and two years of DD2 haphazardly hauling stuff back from school, put in the room with no rhyme or reason took it's toll. Stuff crammed in dresser drawers that should have never come into the house. Subscription box clutter with an item or two in each box, the box itself saved because it was such a nice sturdy box for wrapping gifts (?(&^)(?). Art pieces DH bought with no plan for where to hang on walls. But I'm tackling the room like eating an elephant, a bite at a time.
I purged stuff not fit to donate and still filled sizeable boxes to donate. I tossed clutter from travel-do I really need print brochures of places we went? I salvaged unopened products DD2 never used and she'll either restock from a bin, or we'll donate if she doesn't need. I don't even want to know how much was spent on all these unused/ unopened items. It was lack of organization. Buying duplicates or triplicates because she didn't know what she already had.
I am wore out and sore, being overweight, arthritic, and having a bum knee is hard on a body when doing physical work. I still need to do the closet, other things needed attention too this weekend, so that will be another weekend. Another closed door. I have a better idea on what I can get done in an hour, so will challenge myself each night. I'll commit at least one of the two weekend days for the big jobs. It might take until spring but it's a plan. It's not just this room, but our bedroom, DD2's room, the kitchen cupboards, the closet under the stairs, and the linen closet that are all bursting with too much stuff. The bathrooms aren't cluttered, just need major work.
The next door neighbor must have done one of the house sells, sight unseen, packed what she or her boys wanted to keep, then walked away. For weeks people were hauling stuff, company employees, hauling stuff if resell able, filling a dumpster multiple times. Now they've been doing house clean up and repairs, not enough construction for an all out remodel. I thought at first a guy working outside was our new neighbor. Nope, he said, it's going on the market Monday. That was weeks ago and no for sale sign and still more of him in and out with a few others. Why am I sharing this? I guess I keep those dumpsters in my head as I fill a bag or box to get rid of. I don't want anyone pulling multiple dumpsters from my house when I move.
Yet, the thought of starting fresh, taking only what I really need or want to keep and just pitching the rest has a sort of appeal. Maybe I need to have in the back of my brain, would I want to take this stuff with me if I move? For most of the clutter, the answer is a whole hearted no. Wish me luck that that the thought is a good motivator to keep on going.