I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011) covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.
Okay so I’ve been a bit busy with all the holiday hoopla, but I’m back to determining what needs to be left behind in 2011, and there are still a few items to go through. Here the 5 boxes to bring me up to number 26.
Oh this box is SO needed! It is the one that is my organizer…that is less than organized at the moment. I have so much stuff stuck in it with no real rhyme or reason that it is difficult to find what I need in it. So, it will be cleaned out and the junk in it tossed and I will get it in an order that makes it worth having so I am organized for the coming year!
My linen drawer. I have on drawer in my dresser that is for linens. I am fortunate enough to have 3 sets of sheets for my bed and those are in that drawer. Along with cords for my phone, Kindle, miscellaneous stuff I tossed in when I wasn’t sure what to do with it all. Time to clean that out and apply the old 6 month rule: If I haven’t used it in 6 months, and it isn’t a seasonal item or highly sentimental…it goes in the trash can. Things I know are in there that I need I can never find when I need them. A sure sign things are just out of order in there.
Half or partially finished projects. I have a bad habit of starting a crochet project and then it sits and never gets finished. Often it is the simple things too like the edge or fringe, but I never seem to get back to it. I have several such things in my closet including the blanket I was making for the now ex boyfriend. Time to clear them out and finish them, pitch them, whatever needs to be done so that I can move in my closet again. Too much wasted space cluttered with these things.
Speaking of drawers….I need to do a major over haul of my dressers. I have one in the bedroom, one in my very large, walk-in closet. There are clothes in there that either don’t fit, are old, I think I might need some day etc. Time for those to follow the path of the clothing from that now former way of life, to the trash! I have a few old shirts I keep because when watching little ones I find spit-up on my shoulder, or down the front of me, so that is worth keeping. The rest of the unused attire needs to go either to charity or the trash depending on the condition it is in. Clean drawers!
While I’m in the closet I might as well clean off the shelves. I have SO many books that I really do not need or don’t need often enough to make them worth keeping in my closet. I need the shelf space for other things, like Avon supplies. It is so time to get those shelves cleaned off and get rid of what is up there that I really have no need to keep. You know it is time when you could not being to give an account of what was lost if the house burned down or blew away.