Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Cleaning Week

This apparently is Spring Cleaning Week, and I didn’t even know it.  BUT I did however, start cleaning out for a garage sale yesterday, while Miss Gracie and I were home due to her being sick.  I love allergies, but anywho, on to the spring cleaning week. I have SO much stuff it is unreal!  I have told you before that sometimes I feel like I am a hoarder.  Brian said I needed to get rid of some of the crap in the garage, well I CAN’T.  Well, maybe I can.  Last year, I promised myself at our last garage sale that the stuff I was keeping if I didn’t use it in the next year, it was going in the next garage sale.  Well that is in two months.  AAHH!  I don’t want to get rid of my books, what I want is to get rid of some of the crap in the middle bedroom, and put my books in there.  But I somehow, keep collecting more and more crafting stuff.  Maybe I just need to get organized, can anyone help me out on that.  I need something to put all my ribbon in and I don’t want to pay $20 for each Rubbermaid storage drawers, that is too much.  I want someone to build be a fabulous ribbon holder, sewing table, yarn keeper, book shelves, etc…  Maybe I need to hire a carpenter. 

Oh wait, I can’t, I have to replace the wood floor under the tile (yes, that means replace tile too) in our bathroom, because it is rotted out, and the only thing that is keeping the crapper from falling through the floor, is the 10 inch steel pipe it is sitting on—AAH the joys of being a homeowner.  Add it to my list of things to do…

Anyway, back to Spring Cleaning Week,  here are 4 common roadblocks when decluttering,:

I don’t want to get rid of it because I might need it later—We have already discussed this, if I haven’t used it in the last year, it is gone

I can’t get rid of it because someone gave it to me, and I don’t want to hurt his or her feelings—We all made an agreement, does everyone remember this agreement??  You can’t get mad…

I paid good money for this.”  Also, “I’m waiting for this to appreciate in value—I did paid good money for MOST of our stuff in the house, but I cannot hold onto it forever.

I’ve had it a really long time.”  Or, “I got this at a [specific location] or [specific time in my life], and if I get rid of it, that moment will lose significance—So, it probably smells, and it probably has holes in it (like a Gun’s n Roses 1988 Concert T shirt, that you absolutely love, and remember that concert dearly), it is time to get rid of it.  It is time to move on, you are a grown up now!

So, tonight, i hope to tackle another project, we will see how it goes.  I asked Gracie if she wanted to go clean out her toys for the garage sale, I said anything you don’t want or play with, throw in this box.  She said, But I love all of them, and I do play with everything in my room, and I don’t want to give it to someone else.  So, I guess I will be cleaning out her room, while she is at Mema’s!

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