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?