School is getting ready to start in four days (FOUR DAYS!!) and I have to admit I'm a little sad. Probably the biggest reason is because I've been enjoying sleeping until 8:30 every morning and not having to worry about when I go to bed. I'm going to miss that.
One of the things I was going to do this summer was to clean up and clean out. I tend to hang on to things far longer than I should and I also collect weird things to use in my crafting. Since my daughter has started crafting, our house could probably qualify for a episode of "Hoarders in the Making" or "How It All Starts." Not really what I'm wanting.
Of course, I waited until much too late to do my cleaning up and cleaning out. This is my way of telling you I didn't do it. At all. I barely did laundry each week. I enjoyed my summer. A whole lot.
Of course, now that I'm ready to buckle down, I have to go back to work and the kids are back in school. I need a way to do this that's somewhat painless. I decided to put my family through an eight week challenge.
Here's how it's going down in our house.
Each and every week for the next eight weeks, we are going to fill two GINORMOUS trash bags. One will be filled with things to donate. The other will be filled with trash, the things I've been hanging on to "just in case" but can't be donated: things like broken crockery I was saving for mosaics and the holey shirts I was saving for the fabric. Obviously, if it can be recycled, we will do that (three dozen sour cream containers, anyone?). We have to do this EVERY WEEK for eight weeks.
I am hoping this helps put things into perspective for me. I have a tendency to hang on to things that I really shouldn't. For example, I always buy two pair of snow boots every year at garage sales for my kids. Do they need two pair? Sometimes. Realistically, it's two days every winter when school is canceled for two days in a row and they spend the entire day outside. But, with a bit of pre-planning and a bit of organization, I can DONATE that second pair of boots and the kids can set their boots out to dry when they take them off, instead of kicking them into the corner. There are lots of kids that could use that second pair. We don't need two.
I've already filled half a bag full of clothing that we don't wear often enough to warrant keeping. I'm hoping this helps keep me accountable and purging.
Good luck to me!