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Not 'Spring Cleaning' - More Like 'Spring Purging'

I spent the majority of this weekend clearing out the old and unused. I'm getting myself ready for the neighborhood Yard Sale that happens in July. If I don't get started now, I won't get rid of everything that I really need to let go of.

I thought that I was pretty good about letting go of things I don't use, but after looking at my attic I realize that I am not. Man! What is with all of this stuff?!? Why can't I throw out pillows that I obviously don't want anymore? Why do I have 10 blankets that haven't been used in years neatly folded inside Rubbermaid containers? I make no sense.

And about this drawer of markers and crayons... why am I keeping them? My children have acquired more markers and crayons from recent birthdays so holding onto more of the same is for what purpose Ann? There must be a classroom somewhere that could use these colors. Some little hand must desire "Carnation Pink" or "Unmellow Yellow" to complete their masterpiece.

I am not honoring what I have by keeping it in a Rubbermaid container, or closed up in a drawer. Things need to be used, be useful. I'm going to continue going through my attic, my closets, my desk drawers. Nobody needs this much stuff. Especially when, to someone else, it could be oh-so-very-necessary.

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8 comments:

  1. I'm a hoarder. Just this weekend I refused to throw out a broken curling iron because there is an off-chance that it could be resurrected one day. Sigh.

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  2. Have you ever heard of Flylady? She is awesome and helps you declutter! Check out flylady.net, it has totally helped me get my house in (better) order =) and they have daily missions for the kids too and best of all its FREE!

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  3. I need to be working on this too! Don't you think crayons and markers multiply on their own? We have so many! I am headed to Wal-mart today to get more storage boxes to use for sorting all the "stuff", and yes PURGING!

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  4. I'm with ya. Where does all that stuff come from? Maybe I should start preparing for our garage sale...hhhmmm.

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  5. Isn't it a GREAT feeling, getting rid of all that junk that accumulates? It's amazing to me. We only moved into this house on march 1st, but already more junk drawer has more junk than it can handle. It was so neatly organized, but now? Ugh!

    Justine :o )

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  6. Okay. You've just inspired me to go clean out my junk drawers (yes, that's plural). I am keeping so much stuff that I don't need. Happy cleaning!

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  7. Oh.. you hit a nerve here.. we are taking vacation day..the other half and I. We were going to trot on over to Walla Walla, cuz this is like best wine country in Washington.. more wineries than you can imagine..until we realized we have a list 2 miles long of cleaning (garages, rooms, barns, tack rooms.. my office..) and we cannot go running off having fu.. we must be responsible, bummer as we used to say in the 60's.

    Jan :)..on my way to the closest cluttered closet...

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