|It was not a pretty process. Did I really want to put this junk back into my now clutter free rooms? No!|
Here are my purging tips:
1. Remove items from your house as soon as you can
2. Donate things to the Good Will if you don't want to spend time selling it. Think: is this actually worth anything
3. Don't push off your stuff on other hoarders. I have family members who will take almost anything whether they have the need or room
4. Throw things in the garbage. In my neighborhood, people drive around taking things out of the garbage. For example, we put a broken lawnmower in the garbage. Minutes later, someone in a truck picked it up.
5. Be as ruthless as you can. I am starting to have a wash of euphoria wash over me when I just dump a junk drawer in the garbage. Sadly, I often do pick up things like emery boards and matches out. However, I have tossed most of the useless items out.
|Goodbye, old books!|
|Thanks for taking my old books! Let me pay you.|
So here is where I am now:
*my living room is filled with boxes from the bunk beds and mattresses (We're planning to make a fort of them with the kids.)
*my garage is dangerous piled with those storage bins and multiples of other junk. (I called my mom to ask why she had four Shark vacuums that we exactly the same in my garage. She was clueless. I tried to throw them out and my brother stopped me.)
*I have several huge bins that I cannot move down in the office. They are just too heavy.
*I cannot box anything new up because I have no where to put it.
*I'm still waiting for the mysterious "friend" to pick up some of these books. I hope he can take all of them.
*I backtracked a little. In a frenzy right before garbage day, I threw some stuff in the garbage and took it out. This is exactly what I need to avoid. It's like if it was ALL thrown out, I wouldn't miss it. However, to see it sadly being discarded, is pretty sad.
I am also thinking of donating a lot of the art supplies to my school's makerspace. I could also set up a tinkering corner in my own classroom. I certainly have enough tools. Also, I could probably have a jewelry club with all of my extra beads. I have thousands of packets of plastic beads that I really don't want to throw away.