A while back I got this brainstorm to start decluttering my home. A month ago I got much more serious about it and put my pen (computer keyboard) where my mouth was and decided to write about it. It is a scary proposition to commit to do something and say you will even report back about it on a regular basis. In a way it is scary and in a way it is just a great way to surround myself with accountability partners that are waiting to see how I fare.
I’ve received feedback from friends who said they were joining me in the challenge or thinking about it. I’ve also received pictures from a friend and I have a treat for you at the end of this post. A picture of a real live Butane-Powered Travel Curling Iron so stay tuned. In case you missed it this was the item she was looking for which inspired the closet cleaning.
As to my quest to organize and declutter I have made progress but am definitely not perfect. There are days that I did nothing and days I spent 3 hours going through things. Some of my closets are much neater. A hall closet was subject to a ruthless purge of shampoos, conditioners, expired over the counter meds and a paring down of older than dirt shoe polish. The good thing about this closet being organized (beyond no longer having half full shampoo bottles toppling to the floor as I search for something) is that I now KNOW what we have and what we need.
Of course there was the famous (or infamous) cleaning supply debacle.
Yesterday I tackled my clothes and while not quite done, I made a lot of progress in ridding my wardrobe of clothes that don’t fit, look so good or that I never liked. It would be a fair question to ask why I purchased some of these items in the first place.
The one item that I never should have bought is now relegated to the potential garage sale pile. I have never worn that dress because I have NEVER liked it. When I tried it on again yesterday (just to confirm my distaste for it) I thought to myself, “You have got to be kidding!” I kept it for over a year because I paid good, hard-earned money for it. Therefore I should wear it.
Nope, not going to do it!
Have you ever noticed that if you don’t like an item of clothing you just don’t wear it well? Even if it fits properly I have a tendency to tug at it and rearrange it as if THAT would improve the overall look.
I also reorganized our pantry. I checked for expiration dates on every item. I am happy to report there were only a few items in need of pitching.
As promised the thing that has kept you reading until the end of this post. The butane-powered travel curling iron looks harmless enough on this beautiful quilt.
If these little thermaCELLS run out of butane please, please, please tell me the curling iron is not hooked up to the propane tank used for grilling.
I am going to continue Thinking About Thirty but do I have to do Thinking About Thirty One for Thirty One? Nah.
I’m just going to plug away until done and I’ll keep you posted. Let me know if you’ve participated in this little challenge. If so you can email me with details and photos. I won’t mention your name. Email Me