A funny thing happened yesterday during the enactment of my plan. Not funny as in “Ha Ha”, but funny in the curious “who knew” kind of way.
I started in the dining room which is the first room that you see as you step into our house. It is also the most used and the most difficult to keep tidy. We eat at the table and play games there (when it’s not too cluttered with stuff). Things tend to get dumped there when folks come in. Groceries land there along with keys, lunch bags, and clean laundry to be folded.
Anyway, I started there. Armed with three plastic storage boxes leftover from a previous de-clutter, I jumped in.
I packed away almost all of the blankets from the cabinet we keep them in for the winter months into a large trunk that serves as a table in the living room. I left out enough for my sister who is always cold and the occasional sleep-over guest, but I moved them to the cabinet in the dining room.
I sorted through the games that had been in that cabinet (now housing the blankets) and moved the games to the cabinet that had been home to the blankets. I’m sure there is a better way to explain that, but let’s continue on and not worry about perfection.
As I worked through the room, I dusted and sorted and got rid of…
Here’s the funny part.
As it turns out, once I made the decision to store stuff away, I went ahead and got rid of most of it. I didn’t feel the need to think about it.
In getting rid of things, I had more than enough room to store stuff that we don’t use very often in the cabinet with the blankets…mostly dishes that have a purpose, but not every day.
I was also able to tuck all the photos that we are working on getting into albums neatly into the cabinet so we can get to them, but they aren’t hanging out everywhere.
A box and a bag are on the way to the thrift store.
A bag ready for the trash man and a bag for recycling.
The table and counter are cleared.
Seven spiders are no longer living with us. The arachnaphobe living with me is much happier.
And the three plastic storage boxes are still empty.
Today will be the living room and hallway desk area that serves as our office and classroom.
P.S. The dining room table has attracted more stuff, but that’s real life. As soon as I’m done here I’m going to go deal with it.
Progress, not perfection.