The results are in from last year’s home organization project and our goal to have less stuff. The verdict? I’m thrilled. The space is glorious. Drawers are opening and closing without bursting. Much like space in the margins of a book – or a website not being too cluttered – that’s what it looks like.
My family’s verdict? Nobody wants to discuss cleaning out, sorting, organizing, or moving anything around for a long time. I like order and sometimes families aren’t very orderly. There are more important things in life for me to make a big deal about and order doesn’t register. It can wait. My attitude: keep the door closed and back away from the teens’ bedrooms!
What have we been doing since the project ended? Still getting rid of stuff. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you can – Instagram), you know we borrowed our neighbor’s truck and went to the wood recycling place. Yes, that wood had been sitting in our driveway since we did the garage – last summer.
(Oh, and yes, there’s my cute Scamper behind me! Now I can get to work on that project…)
We’ve dropped carloads (19 donation slips to Goodwill alone!) and we’ve found other spots, too, for our no longer needed stuff. In Portland, we have so many options – Community Warehouse, ReBuilding Center, SCRAP, and PTA Clothing Center to name a few. Our goal was to find places to donate our stuff and not toss it into the trash. That has made the project take longer.
While we’ve tried selling some items, we haven’t had much success – at least not with used women’s clothing. We’ll need to talk more about that later….
We’re also still sorting through files – and since we’re both entrepreneurs and work from home, it’s work files, too. We’ve been whittling down the stack of stuff that’s accumulated in our dining room the past 12-months. It’s been slow going.
Here’s what I did not organize but will when the time is right…
- Fine china – OK, in 20-years of living in our home, we’ve used it twice. Maybe. It’s not how we entertain or live but when we got married, everyone registered for good china.
- Camping gear – While we’ve pared down on camping supplies (yes, we camped for 3-weeks and used these cooking supplies), there’s more that could go. Because we’re redoing our vintage travel trailer, I don’t want to get rid of anything until I see what we need.
- Pots, pans, and kitchen cabinets – I still want to take stuff out of the rest of the cabinets – once the pantry was done (the pantry was home organization project #7) I thought we’d get back in there but haven’t. Maybe this summer….
- Underneath the sofa – This may surprise you but I do have several large items under the sofa in our living room. When Yahoo Finance was here to film and moved the sofa, everyone laughed at my stash. Hey, it’s got to go somewhere, right?
Fridays are no longer dreaded by my husband who thought this plan was crazy from the beginning. We are both much more picky about what we bring into the house – even if it’s free. There is a cost to having ‘stuff’ in life and it’s high. There is something to having less. Less is best. Less is more. I’ll stop now.
What’s a big project you were glad to finish? Any big projects you’re starting?
Go Gingham related links:
Our home office is called the “Lincoln Bedroom” – find out why!
Our basement chalkboard – it’s an old classroom chalkboard and finished in wood trim
The “weekly home organization projects” – if you’ve missed a week…
Making a house a home – it’s easy and starts with love