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So I guess I made my New Years Resolution back in September sometime. That was when I scheduled a two-week vacation for after the holidays from work and homeschool in order to get my *%#@ in order.
In other words, de-clutter my house from top to bottom.
It was a tall order in that I can be a smidge of a pack-rat and tend to frequent a few too many garage sales.
But STUFF was starting to own ME, instead of the other way around. Any table that had the nerve to sit there, minding its own business, was piled with whosits and whatnots. Closets (of which in a 95 year old house are few and far between) were straining at their hinges trying to hold in all the necessities “I might need” in the next three to five years. The upstairs homeschool room was haunted by the “ghost of homeschool years past” who taunted me with all the items that I had so lovingly chosen for my boys throughout their early learning.
It became incredibly stressful, and the weight of THINGS began overshadowing everything I did on a daily basis. So in early fall, I knew I wanted to do something about the clutter. I was busy teaching the blog writing course, but knew that right after Christmas, I was scheduled for a two-week work/school holiday, and that was my opportunity.
And oh baby – – did I ever cash in!!!
For over a week now, I have pilfered, plumaged, and painstakingly eradicated the clutter out of my house. Starting from the attic homeschool room and working my way down through every room, closet, bookshelf, and under-bed stash I have single-mindedly and determinedly collected over seven lawn-and-garden style trash bags, four large cardboard boxes, and a large rubbermaid container worth of non-essentials that hopefully can find a good home SOMEWHERE ELSE!
And, of course, in the process, I unearthed a few treasures that had been missing for a few years – – which is always nice, especially when you have accused friends and family of having borrowed them and never returned them (mental note: pick up apology cards at Hallmark)
Anyway, it is January 7th and I have effectively completed my New Year’s Resolution already.
How are yours coming????