Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The joy of getting rid of stuff!

Mary Sullivan

So, on the weekend I decided I could no longer stand the state of my closets and dedicated Saturday and Sunday to bringing them under control. One thing led to another and soon I was cleaning more than just closets, but also dresser drawers and under-the-bed storage.

I tweeted that while I cleaned I wore the pretty new earrings I had bought on Friday, my thought being that, if I were going to be involved in such drudgery, I might as well feel good doing it. :-)

I put on some of my favourite music and got busy, managing in the end to pull together two bags of garbage, two bags of recycling and two LARGE bags of clothing and items to go to Goodwill.

The shelf in my hall closet is so pretty now, so nicely organized with floral and colourful hat, file and photo boxes—not quite Martha Stewart-ish, but darn close for me! There's room for more storage when I can buy another stylish box or two, or another woven basket. I managed to gather together a lifetime worth of photos into two boxes, all while having a great time looking through my 'history.'

I came away feeling that I'd accomplished so much when it was only closet-clearing.

I also looked through my favorite storage piece, a small cedar chest made for me by a friend years ago. It contains all of my great-aunt's embroidery, sewing and crocheting. I couldn't bring myself to clear out any of it.

She also hand-sewed and embroidered this for my doll when I was a toddler. I have it framed and hanging on my bedroom wall.

All of these are treasures that I will never get rid of and am happy to store.

There is still more work to be done, including unpacking one last box left over from when I moved in here six years ago! That will be a big job, though. It's full of old writing and manuscripts. I will have to decide which, if any, will ever be useful to me in the future and which should just be shredded, not always an easy decision when you are close to your work.

Have you done anything recently that left you with that wonderful 'aaaah, I'm so glad I did that' feeling?


linda s said...

The joy of the Christmas bazaar - All this week dd and I are doing Christmas baking for the Christmas Bazaar next Saturday. 30 doz cookies, 6 loaves of Christmas fruit bread, 6 doz butter tarts and 6 doz mince tarts. plated and plastic wrapped. Just seeing them cover every surface of my kitchen and dining room gives me that ahhh feeling.

Anonymous said...

I have a massive job of sorting ahead of me. I have been trying, but unloading boxes and sorting makes a bigger mess until you are finished. It doesn't help that it is in the middle of our family room and my husband keeps moving my piles. I did well the day I started, but haven't been able to dedicate the time to it I need to. Now I have to just throw everything back in boxes and get ready for Thanksgiving. If I can get this room squared away, it will be a major accomplishment. Then it is on to the others. It didn't help that we had 3 other households dumped on us plus all my stuff from my job when I lost it (children's librarian - puppets, stuffed animals project supplies, books) which I am not ready to part with yet. My biggest problem are all my books. 40+ full book cases and enough in boxes and in piles to fill them again.
You wouldn't believe how many truck and car loads of stuff we have brought to several charities we work with.

mary sullivan said...

Linda, what a massive amount of baking!!! Well done! No wonder you have that aaahhhh feeling :-)

mary sullivan said...

librarypat, I so understand how things get worse before they get better. It almost makes you wish you hadn't started the job.

You have so much to sort through! You are right in that it sounds like a massive job. 40 book cases???

I'm glad some of your stuff is going to charity. Others will benefit.

Good luck in getting it all done!

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Laney4 said...

This week I put out 40 plastic grocery bags of shredding for recycling: my household income taxes and statements from 1976 to 2003. I am self-employed so I had to keep various furnace/air conditioning receipts, but a LOT went out. Took me ages to shred, as the shredder works 2 minutes or so, then cools down for 14 minutes; it's quite time consuming.

The previous week I went through my client files. I type for various customers, and I will have a "regular customer" for several years, but these particular customers hadn't come back in over 5 years, so I shredded all my hard copies (easier to proofread hard copies than on the screen, as you probably realize, plus my handwritten notes about spellings, etc. were invaluable when I had repeat business with those clients). Anyway, that was 32 bags of shredding that went out.

Now I'm wondering what I'll shred THIS coming week!

Sonya Heaney said...

I have a two-hundred page typed document sitting on my desk, waiting to be put in the recycling bin, but I still haven’t been able to make myself do it! It seems like such a waste, even though it’s something I’m never actually going to need.

I *really* hate organising things. We’ve started Christmas decorating (we make a pretty big deal of it) and I’m already dreading having to pack up in January! Definitely fine with making the mess, though. :)

Mary Preston said...

I finally completed my Spring clean. I like to have the house ship shape before Christmas. I was quite ruthless in my clean up this year.

Cathryn Parry said...

Mary, you're awesome!! :-)
My "ah!" moment: I finished Christmas shopping/preparations early, for once. Now I can relax and breathe easier for the rest of the month.

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