We’re almost done! Wow. One last week to go…how are you feeling? Truth time…I’m exhausted. And beyond ready to be done with this Unclutter Your Nest Boot Camp. But, I am thrilled with the amount of stuff we have removed from our home. And glad to have found several items which I thought were lost or had forgotten that I even owned. In addition to just ‘getting rid of stuff’ I wanted to take a bit of inventory to see what we actually had.
If you’re just arriving here, make sure you skip back a few weeks to see what we accomplished the first 3 weeks.
As I’ve said before, my home is blessed with ample storage…which makes it way too easy for things to come into our home and be hidden away, without causing any noticeable clutter. And I know that there are many minimalist moms out there who have managed to raise children without all the accoutrements that typically accompany children, but I wasn’t one of those moms. I honestly feel that we fell midway on the spectrum between minimalist parents and over-indulgent parents, but in any event, our kids had STUFF. Now that my babies are 16 and 19, it’s a logical time for much of this stuff to find new homes.
Here are some of my observations I have made during this Unclutter Boot Camp:
There’s a moral for me in my observations that I really need to be much more conscious of what I want to purchase, even if I have the greatest of plans.
[Tweet theme=”basic-white”]”we mindlessly add things to our lives and rarely subtract without great intention.” courtney carver[/Tweet]
So, let’s buckle down and get done with the garage and attic this week. Grab your unclutter ‘kit’ and let’s get going. For each area:
See here for a list of places to donate your gently used items or recycle other items.
So, it just so happened that I worked in the attic and garage while Terry was out of town and during the coldest week we’ve had since last winter, which also happened to be during winter storm ‘Jonas’…just the way I do things around here. While we didn’t get the snow and ice, it was still bitter cold and wet, especially when working in un-heated areas. But I’m not making excuses…in fact, the chill made me move quickly and determined to spend as little time as possible pondering the fates of ‘stuff’. My quick and efficient unclutter yielded 315 pounds from my attic.
This was the stash of boxes and lids that I had that weren’t matched up with their mate and made their way to our recycling bin.
Our garage is not huge and does not have a ton of storage space, so there’s not a whole lot in there. I did gather some old paint cans and beach toys that have been outgrown to send on their merry way.
Well Unclutter-ing friends, we’re closing in on it. Stay motivated and finish out these last two areas. You will feel so good when it’s done.
I know that there are still a few more areas in my home that need my attentions, but I can easily get to them in the next week. I didn’t get to the junk drawer in my kitchen, just completely overlooked it. And our basement, which doesn’t have much in it, needs a wee bit of unclutter-ing as well. But I can honestly saw that I’ve touched 90% of the items in our home and emptied it of so much stuff.
Here’s the final weight tally of item removed from our home:
Week 1: Bedroom and Bathrooms 206 pounds
Week 2: Kitchen, Office and Craft Rooms 602 pounds
Attic and Garage 365 pounds
OK, let me just add those numbers up for you….1,330 pounds of stuff was removed from my home in the month of January! Holy Mackerel!
How was your month of unclutter? Do you feel better with your home a good bit lighter? It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?
Thanks so much for joining me this past month…made it more fun with friends. Like I said, this was a worthwhile venture, but also one that I’m not eager to repeat on a regular basis. I have vowed to myself to be more disciplined about what is brought into our home, thereby reducing the need to take stuff out.
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