On our way to drop off including plastic recycling. It’s impossible to make this photo look cute!
Here’s how I know this year-long, New Year’s resolutions of reducing the amount of stuff in our home (also known as ‘decluttering’) has really changed us. While driving home yesterday, Brad and I both spied several boxes of books on the sidewalk with a sign that read, “Free Books.” I ignored it and prayed my book-loving husband missed seeing it. He didn’t.
“You know I saw those boxes of books back there,” he said as we drove along.
“Oh, really?” Why didn’t you stop?” I asked. We always stop for free piles – especially when they involve books. And, when we stop to look, something usually comes home with us.
“This crazy project of yours has made me think twice about everything I consider bringing in the door,” he replied. “Plus, you know how much I love books and I can’t go through another sorting and eliminating of books.”
The poor thing! I felt his pain. I almost suggested we do a u-turn but stopped myself.
This home organization project has been painful. (Especially painful because we’re tackling another area each week for the year – all 52 weeks and this is week 18!) It’s also time consuming because we’re not just throwing stuff in the trash but finding a place to sell it, donate it or recycle it so it doesn’t end up in a huge garbage pile.
- Weekly. This week’s project: The cars! We have 2.
- Small. This was small. I feel like I’m still recovering from my closet clean out!
- Clear and clean. Took everything out and then vacuumed the back.
- Get set. Really – how many chairs do we need to tote around with us? How about the mesh bags for collecting seashells? Our kids have long since moved on from searching for beach treasures. Bags of golf balls? Brad doesn’t even golf!
- Pack it out. Yes, everything came out and after sorting it all, we realized we have enough grocery bags for an army!
- Stop buying. Even free piles need to be passed up! While I love the idea of saving money and getting something second-hand (free is the best!), we still don’t need to have more – of anything. We also need to refuse more cloth grocery bags. Or at least trade them out.
- Less is more. Less is more except maybe firewood. That’s one free pile I’ll stop for and lug home. And, I’m glad there are 2 pairs of work gloves in the back of my husband’s car. One pair for him and one pair for me. Who knew free firewood could be romantic, too?!
Will I still stop and look at a free pile on the sidewalk or the side of the road? Maybe but look for me to be more discerning and think twice before bringing items home just because they’re free. There’s still a cost associated with having more ‘stuff’ even if I didn’t part with any cash to get it.
What’s your project this week? Did you tackle your closet yet?
Go Gingham related links:
Ottoman slipcover hides shoes, socks and whatever else my kids stuff under there!
A little home office in our dining room
A free chair – that was rejected!
Green and frugal living – the sweet spot where green and frugal meet
The “weekly home organization projects” – if you’ve missed a week