- unmatched silverware, extra pots, pans, storage containers
- expired anything
- clothes (that I don't wear/like/fit), things discolored, with a hole, out of date or anything questionable
- books I haven't opened in years and don't intend to
- extra vases and tchcokes that were attacking dust
- extra makeup, lotions and potions
- anything that I don't love, need, have sentimental value or that I think is beautiful was out of here!
When I started doing this and I realized I didn't miss any of the items I thought many of the following things:
Did I buy all of this crap? Why? Why? Why? When was the last time I used this? What the Hell was I thinking? Arghhh! I want my money back! Never again! What a waste! Are you kidding? Now that was funny! #$!@@%!!!**&%
I have posted over 200 items to freecyle. Taken bags and bags to thrift and consignment stores. Sold items on Craigslist - sorry ex man - you shouldn't have left that juicer here...too bad you didn't leave more! I also had a yard sale where I made almost $500...okay one of my friends donated $150 for my adoption but I did give him some items so it still counts! I have a few more things that I'm trying to decide if I should sell them on ebay, donate or give them away then I'm DONE decluttering!
It feels and looks awesome.
I have boxes for my storage shelf in the basement by the water heater, etc. (albeit not as pretty as I would like but that will come in the redecorating phase)...even the hammers and glue guns have homes now. Why do I have 7 hammers and 6 glue guns? Hmm when I couldn't find one I would buy another. Not any more. All medicine and vitamins have storage...I mean I'm like the queen of freakin' organization over here now! What I have realized from all of this organization is that once you begin it is like a new disease. I walk around my house now thinking do I really need this. Most of the time the answer is No. Yes! I love this new less is more life.
Now on to a major clean before redecorating. That won't be fun!
Tomorrow I'll post pictures of my awesome organization.
Has anyone else gone through this? Maybe you moved and were forced to de-clutter but how did you feel and what did you get rid of?