I've been thinking about those photos lately, as I've been feeling quite crowded and cluttered in my own house. I don't even feel justified in buying one other thing because - where would I put it? I'm not saying that I'm going to get rid of everything, dwindling our belongings down to a blanket and a water bucket, but I could get rid of a lot and still have plenty. So I'm trying to slim down a significant bit before the end of the year. Yes, this is my December, end of the year, push.
Some of the stuff is actually useful, if I could just remember I had it or had an efficient way to get to it. Some stuff is useless, to anybody. Some can be repurposed and reused, in ways I mentioned in a previous post about reusing old clothes, or donated for various purposes. I'm sorting through it all, one thing at a time, to figure that out.
So what have I got? On the top of the list:
- Toys. I'm always sure that we are going to find that 1 missing puzzle piece and the rest of the games cards. And I keep picking up those little battleship pegs. It's a process, but I'm admitting that none of that is going to happen, so it's time to let it go. (Are you going to be singing Frozen all day now?)
- Socks. All those 1-socks, particularly the ones that don't even fit anybody anymore. I'm losing hope that the matches will ever resurface. But I do let my kids, the youngest especially, wear mis-matching socks of the same style. Do you know that you an actually buy mis-matched packs of socks? What brilliant mom (I'm sure it was a mom tired of matching socks) came up with this marketing genius? I wish it was me. Then I'd be writing this post from a sunny beach somewhere.
- Magazines. I don't really read digital magazines, so that's not my replacement. I just need to admit that I'm actually not going back to that Real Simple article from June of 2010. It was enjoyable then, it kept me occupied at the pool, now it's time to fill the recycling bin to make some new paper bags or newspapers or something.
Also - cookbooks, kids' clothes, sweaters, books to start. I'll get into more details as I work through the piles, so come on back for all that.
What have you got that's piling up in your house that you need to get rid of?
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