We have a little bungalow. It's kind of cute. Unless you see inside the cupboards or the basement. Scary! Yes, we have it all. Baby stuff (we want another one); sentimental stuff; stuff we bought but haven't used (photo albums); stuff that might fit some day; worst of all, stuff to do (photo albums).
De-clutter the house, de-clutter the mind. That's the plan. This is the diary.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Four weeks: Day 3 -- My way
Six months ago, when I took some "before" photos of our rec room, it looked like this:
February, 2011 "before"
February, 2011 "before"
This morning, it actually looked much worse:
I've got lots of explanations and excuses, but in a nutshell, disorganized clutter looks worse than organized clutter. I seem to disperse my stuff before I finally part with it.
That's okay -- I'm thrilled to say that after three hours of work today, there are signs of progress:
I can see the floor again! There are more empty bins!
Best of all, I threw out two bags of garbage and a box of recyclables.
Perhaps most intriguingly, I'm building a pile of merchandise for a garage sale this Saturday.
Common wisdom seems to be that garage sales are a clutter-busting no-no. It's true that as long as it's in the house, it's still clutter.
For me, though, the garage sale is totally motivating. Until I got started in the basement today I wasn't sure that we would have a garage sale this Saturday -- I didn't know if we'd have enough stuff to sell. But as soon as I got started, I realized that having a garage sale in three days is tremendous incentive to cull as much clutter as possible, as quickly as possible. The key is that the sale is imminent. There's nothing like a deadline.
I won't know until after the sale whether it's worth the hassle, but I'm hoping to avoid a few trips to the Goodwill and gain a little cash. I'm particularly hoping that we can sell a couple of large framed pictures and an old TV, because I don't like moving heavy glass things.
Yes, we'll have to hang out in our driveway for the morning, but that seems a lot more fun than fielding Craig's List viewings, or hauling breakable stuff to charity. Lemonade, anyone?
It occurs to me that trash is the easiest way to clutter-bust, but my conscience isn't happy dumping useful things.
Garage sale merch
I can't wait to see how big this garage sale pile is by tomorrow afternoon.