So here I am with bags and bags of clothes taken from the closet and piled in our bedroom and the upstairs bedroom. Part of Project 333 is to take things out of your closet so you won't wear anything but your chosen few. I normally switch out my summer and winter clothes with only one rubbermaid bin which is super easy. However, since I would usually be removing only summer, the others would just keep hanging there all year round. The problem is that I have only removed a couple of things from the winter bin so it's still full. Hmmmm...This may be the first sign of too many clothes, which is amazing since I left here with all of this in August to leave with my family.
I thought about what I wanted to do next for my 31 Days to Simplify and I got to thinking about where to put all these clothes. I certainly don't want to be looking at them in the corner for the next three months. Normally my mind just goes to the bins that we put out of season clothes in, but since I'm on simplify alert, I started looking around in a new way.
There is the blanket chest in our closet that has blankets and stuff in them. It's full. Well, then I started thinking "shouldn't blankets be in the linen closet?". The only one we have is in the upstairs hallway. It's full of books. Another thought was my hope chest that my uncle Gilmer made for me when I turned 16. I called it my "hope I get married chest". It's full too. There may be Cabbage Patch kids and old love letters from my first boyfriend in there. It's basically memory lane in a box.
I took pictures of these potential storage facilities just so you could point and laugh at me, and tell me what a fraud I am for talking about decluttering when I obviously have lots to declutter.
|This is the blanket chest that used to be my Great Grandmother's. It kind of looks like a coffin in the picture. Creepy.|
|Full of blankets and stuff|
|Lots of books, many my grandmother gave me and some I haven't even looked at in a long time.|
|Hope Chest full of lots of interesting artifacts from my childhood.|
Anyway, I'll stop stalling and get to work on which one of these orifices will be cleaned out today. I'm thinking it has to be the blanket chest. I will have to let go of some of the blankets. We go to a homeless church sometimes on Saturday nights and pretty soon they'll need them. I think it would be a win-win for all of us. I get more room and they get a cozy blanket.
Obstacles to my progress:
1. What if I want to give this to my future children?
2. What if I regret giving this away?
3. Somebody made this for me.
4. Maybe I'll just put it all back and it will be fine.
5. What if I have to go buy another one of these whatevers?
7. Decisions are so final.
See! I'm just like any other small time hoarder. I often have to take breaks and revisit why I'm doing this in the first place. Who doesn't want organization heaven like this?
This is seriously dreamy.
A closer look.
What keeps me going:
1. Visualize the picture I want my house to look like. See above
2. I want my house to run efficiently
3. If I hadn't just looked at this thing I wouldn't even know it was there.
4. Sharing is good!
5. If things don't leave the house, you are just rearranging.
6. I want my efforts to have results and not be wasting my time pushing things around.
7. Remember how relaxed I feel when I'm in a room with not much stuff.
Casualties of the blanket chest purge that
1. 2 Fleece blankets
2. Blanket crocheted by my first boyfriend's grandmother. I'm starting to get concerned about my obvious attachment to my first boyfriend. Good thing G doesn't read my blog anymore.
3. 2 pillow plastic covers that they came in.
4. few space bags that we used when we went to Europe for 3 weeks.
5. The quilt batting-possibly half or all of it.
In the end, I decided to put all the excess clothes in the blanket chest. It will be a project to go through them again, another day! I had a lot of tablecloths in there that I put in a cabinet near the kitchen. I also have been planning to recover our dining room chairs forever and I have the batting for that. It' bulky and I'm thinking I should just get more when I finally get around to that project. It's probably the wrong one anyway.
Did I make much progress today? Maybe not a ton, but this is slow going which is why I'm glad I've dedicated 31 days to it. "Rome wasn't built in a day!", my inner voice chirps to me. I'm already learning things even after being on Project 333 for 4 days. One thought, if I can live just fine with 33 things, then why do I need a whole bin and a whole blanket chest full of extra things. It will also make me reconsider what I keep when I go back through them in a month or so. And lastly, forget about shopping for more clothes. Where will I put them?
Anyone else find themselves in danger of just rearranging and not decluttering? It's so easy to move things around and feel productive, but not make any real progress. How do you all store your out of season clothes? Are all your closets full? Is it boring hearing about me cleaning out my crap? Does anyone still have their Cabbage Patch kid?