Well, yesterday was a “comp” day from work, since I worked all weekend out of town. I spent most of it cleaning out my home office. This was one of my three main goals to get done before I go away for two weeks in May. The other two were the kitchen/pantry (done read my post about it) and our master bedroom (closet has had a major purge, but wouldn’t call it “done”).
My main goal was to move around the furniture and make room for a desk for me, since my hubby has pretty much taken over the other desk. I don’t work from home very often, but when I do, it’s nice to have a place to put my laptop and what ever else I’m working on. A couple of months ago, my mom was here and helped me purge a lot of paperwork from the large file cabinet that is kept in a closet. Still have to shred a bunch of papers, but recently discovered that we have a commercial shredder at work! At least those papers are contained in one spot. Yesterday, I moved enough stuff around to move the book shelves and make room for my new (soon to be purchased) desk. It feels so great to recycle two bags of papers that are just trash!
Today’s mission is to take the clothes that I purged from my closet (and shoes…and purses) to a consignment shop Clothes Mentor and see what I can get for them. What doesn’t sell will go in our garage sale in two weeks. Between consignment and the garage sale, I hope to be able to earn enough extra money to purchase a desk from Ballard Designs (or really Ballard’s Backroom – their outlet in Roswell) that will match the other desk that I already own from there. The outlet has much of the same stuff from the catalog, but usually scratched or damaged. The desk I have now has some scratches on the top, but I sanded them and painted it and just refer to it as “distressed”. For about 20% of the original price, I can live with distressed!!
This week’s de-clutter challenge for me was the pantry. I got rid of 2 huge garbage bags of expired food and stuff we will never eat. I even made room for my Kitchen Aid mixer and juicer, so they could come off of the kitchen counters. You can actually see the floor of the pantry now!!!
Next I started on kitchen cabinets. I am getting rid of my china, since a) I never use it, b) it was from my previous marriage, c) I don’t really even like it anymore, and d) it is taking up too much cabinet space!!! I have 3 upper cabinets still to go, but that’s a jump on this weekend.
I’ve read a few other blogs on clutter and organizing and I think one of the trending themes is gifts. I feel guilty if I give away something that was a gift, especially if it was from someone close to me. I’m trying to get over this and wrote a FaceBook status about this very subject at the beginning of the year. Here it is:
Dear Friends and Family, As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to reflect on what I want to accomplish in 2014. BK (Before Kevin), I accumulated a lot of “stuff”. I think I was trying to fill the hole in my life with this “stuff” that I didn’t necessarily need. I now find that all of these “things” are keeping me bogged down and it’s time to purge. So my new year’s resolution is to spend 2014 paring down to a normal amount of things. If you see me getting rid of something that you have given me, please don’t be offended. Your gesture was received with all of the love that was intended. And I don’t need any of these things to remind me of you – my loved ones. And in the future, I would much rather have experiences with you than any trinkets or tokens of your friendship. PS. Yes, my infamous shoe and purse collection is going on sale. So, if there are any that you had your eye on, please let me know before they go to eBay or consignment. I will be keeping a few special ones, but will let go of the majority very soon.
Hopefully this will help me continue to purge without guilt. How do you handle getting rid of gifts that you no longer need or want? I would love to hear your feedback.