Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 Things - Week One

I wrote this post the first week of January... and my OCD kicked in. I became obsessed with counting. It was NOT healthy! So I stopped worrying about the number. It's still a good objective so I'm sharing it with you now.

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I read this post about getting rid of 2014 things from your home in 2014 and knew I wanted to give it a whirl.

I need to make some changes in my life... my house and my life are so full of stuff. And I'm tired. I'm tired of moving it around. I'm tired of talking to people on my doorstep because I fear their judgement. And with the possibility that I will need to give up 2+ rooms of space should my Mom need full time care... Things need to change! 

I didn't know I would be starting this but I had already cleaned out a liquor cabinet on New Year's Eve. I'm not much of a drinker and I have no intention of throwing parties any time soon. Most everything in the cabinet was purchased for my last birthday party... in 2001! I only kept the cooking sherry, Xiaoshing wine, and a bottle of Bourbon just in case.  I will use the room to keep dog food off the laundry room floor.

I'm hoping this diary will make me more conscious of the stuff I choose to fill my life with and why! 

Outflow:
1/16 bottles of liquorGiven to a friend who will use it!
1/22 mini bottles liquorGiven to the same friend above
1/21 bottle non-alcoholic ciderUsed it to water my narcissus and recycled the bottle.
1/212 hair combsDonated to Veterans Thrift Store. Why do I buy things I have too much hair for??
1/3zero actual progressPosted some ads for things I want to sell and made contacts for some donations
1/4Yard long strip of sequin punchTrash...
1/4 Tub of Margarita saltGiven to the friend who drinks

      Inflow:

      1/3Bathroom rugNice find at the thrift store. Tired of cold feet.
      1/4purchased a salt set for the shakersI'm NOT counting the food but I did give the salt tray and two of the spoons that came with to the bestie. She gave hers to her mother and she loves having flavored salts out. My kitchen is not big enough for such a display!
      1/4Tall skinny dog food containerWill fit in my newly clean kitchen cabinet and keep me from going downstairs twice a day to prepare Mabel's meals. That's a win to me!

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      So while I'm not counting per se any more, I have made amazing progress. I've got a 18 x 18 x 12 box in the shop that I'm filling with art supplies for a school in MN. I got rid of the stereo speakers that were taller than my waist and right now, my patio bannister is lined with boxes for the Vets Thrift store.

      What amazed me as my bestie and I cleaned my downstairs den is that for everything I parted with, another item needed that space... sigh.

      4 comments:

      Mollie said...

      I'm a secret squirrel, I hoard so much crap. I am going to donate and throw things out to the wind..My drawers are full, and wez not talking about knickers BOL..xxooxxx


      Mollie and Alfie

      ♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

      Good for you - Mom did some cleaning out of all the baby stuff today. It was tough parting with some of it, BUT there is only so much room. And she knows that she will be resupplying with new things for the growing-up-fast little bipeds.

      Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

      Millie and Walter said...

      It's good you had a friend to help. After living in our house for 23 years we always seem to have spaces to clean up. Charlie is great at the clean ups but I have to keep an eye on him to make sure it doesn't all just go in the trash. I like to donate whatever we can that is actually usable.

      Cindy

      Dexter said...

      Once you get into a "get rid of it" rhythm, it starts to flow a bit easier. I love it when you can rehome stuff. Sometimes we just put things curbside with a "free" sign and they seem to vanish in a day or so.

      Good luck!

      Mango Momma