So, I've been offline quite a bit in the past few weeks and scurrying around my house. I've been boasting that it's like the metaphorical clutter equivalent of dropping about ten pants sizes. And I've got to say, I've never felt better! Most of you probably are addicts just like me, but if not, check out Freecycle to see if there's a way to pass on stuff you don't need to someone who'd be delighted to use it.
What have we gotten rid of in the last month? Lots and lots of stuffed animals. They breed in my children's rooms late at night. Lots and lots of cars and trucks (including the noisy flashing one my evil older brother passed down to me last year!). My late grandfather's garment bag which we've never used. A floor-length wool jacket and a thrift store leather jacket. A couple wooden rice boxes that I thought were beautiful. All of the packing supplies that our Christmas gifts came in. Chargers for a seltzer maker I used to have that broke. Baby nail clippers. The cover to our old carseat (which expired because it's closing on six years old - couldn't find any way to recycle--anyone know any better?).
We also trekked over to Best Buy and handed off old electronic appliances to be recycled. Got 'em out of the attic!
Lest you think I'm completely altruistic, I also sold some baby stuff for cold, hard cash on craigslist. I gave up on using the Kelty pack or the Stokke chair with the two year old who thinks he's ten.
Moooore space! What can we do in it? Love our little house. Keep the place neater with less effort. Have more time to do the stuff I love. Like add a second worm bin to our laundry room cause I had a whole nother shelf free. Woo hoo! I am so excited about the prospect of a year filled with less (cluttery) stuff!
P.S. Apparently, one of the things I want to do in this new year is teleport to someplace with better bulk stores. I dreamed last night that a Whole Foods competitor came to town and woke up as I was lovingly filling a glass jar with shampoo!