Saturday, May 16, 2009

T-minus 14 days

Is any day ever as productive as I envision it? Probably not. I guess there is comfort in the fact that I will never run out of things to do. I just never feel completely satisfied with what I accomplished (or really, what I didn't accomplish).

That being said, it was a fairly productive day and I was able to tackle some tough areas. Still no pictures, though. I could share a shot of the pile of bags, but there are not any good before and after pictures because I'm only clearing out a small area at a time.


This morning, I spent about a hour working on my kids closet. They have the largest closet in the house, so it is used for general storage and collects junk very quickly.

I was a little emotional this morning. I decided to tackle the baby clothes that I had saved from both of my children. I started strong, but ended poorly; and decided that I needed to finish another day. Now keep in mind that I have already sorted through these boxes several times. The clothes that are left are the ones that have the most emotion tied to them, the ones I couldn't part with the last few times I tried. Does any one else have this problem? Why do I let clothes have an emotional pull on me?

Even with the emotional difficulties, I managed to cleare out one (12-gallon-size garbage) bag of blankets and other infant stuff, and box of random items, including the bath tub, picture frames, etc. I also cleared out two bags of clothes, even though I still kept a few too much and need to take another pass when I'm feeling stronger.


The evening, after the kids were down for the night, I went into my bedroom to clear out a few more things. We have a cedar chest that is stuffed with sheets and miscellaneous linens. That purge resulted in two bags of items for the garage sale.

Then I sat down to tackle all the sheet music and hymnals that I have collected over the years. I haven't played the piano for church in over ten years, but I still have all the old music and books. I only kept four books (two of them were old hymnals that belonged to my hubby's grandparents) and condensed the sheet music to one binder. This wasn't really a priority for the garage sale, but still needed to be done before the move.


There are less than two weeks left until the yard sale. My hubby is starting to think I am crazy. I am also realizing that there is a lot of stuff that we need to use this summer before our move, so it will not be going in this yard sale. We are definitely going to have enough stuff for a second sale in July, right before we leave.

Just think how organized I'll be when we no long have any stuff! Happy purging!


  1. Wow super woman. You are doing a great job. I have clothes from both kids I can't part with and don't think I ever will. I just think how much fun it will be to show them when they are older and how much they will enjoy seeing it and then I don't feel so bad about keeping it. It is totally ok to be emotional about it.

  2. Two years ago we had a family move here and a few months after they moved in, their basement was flooded. They had 5 kids and I went through my boxes and boxes of kids' clothing that I have in the basement, trying to come up with some items that they could use. I ended up in tears and it was very hard, so I do understand what you're feeling. All those little baby clothes. The memories sure come back when you look at them. I hope you have a good, restful weekend to gear up for the next week of purging. :)


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