Sadly, hoarding is in my DNA, so it is not part of my nature to get rid of stuff. But even I acknowledge how wonderful a parred down closet or pantry can be. A couple of years ago, Rachel helped me clean out the attic. I was brutal and gave or threw away most of the stuff we'd stored up there for the past 20* years. My neighbor asked if I was moving, because I put such a big pile of garbage bags out for pick-up.
This year, I'm determined to rid myself of unused, unneeded items that are cluttering up my life.
Back when I was married and had 4 children living at home, I had one closet to call my own. Now, my clothes can be found in 4 closets, with bunches more hanging on the laundry room hanging rack. This is ridiculous. I've resolved to pare them down to the two closets in my bedroom. Since, I have clothes that span a range of sizes and decades, I am asking myself..."if I lose weight, would I even wear this again?" If the answer isn't a resounding YES, then it must go. When my mother was moving a few years ago, she kept bringing things over here...like a bridesmaid's dress I wore when I was 18 or the pantsuit I wore on my honeymoon (see what I mean about having hoarding genes).
I am resolved not...NOT...to be a hoarder, so clean out I must. Give away, throw away, let it go...that's my motto!
Except with my craft/art supplies. I love them. I use them. I can't let my babies go...even to a good home.
I'm thinking about starting to collect a box of paper towel tubes, empty oatmeal and cereal boxes, bottles tops, etc. so the grands and I can use them to make castles and stuff whenever they visit. The thing that makes me hesitate is the idea...that now I will be saving trash!
Which is a scary step for a hoarder to take. : )