So... this week is an odd little hodgepodge of things leaving. Putting the autumn decorations away (which were few), clearing the last of MIL's things from their spot in the living room, and sorting (a bit) through a closet and the pantry, I was able to see my way to removing an odd assortment of items from our home.
It was so freeing to finally reclaim the last corner of the living room from the last bits of things I'd brought home from MIL's and hadn't quite decided what to do with. Several of us bloggers have talked about decluttering in layers. I didn't realize what a weight this layer has been.
You know... I feel like I've reclaimed my living room several times over the last 6 months, but the truth is things keep migrating back there. I think because it's near the front door and putting things in a pile in a corner of the living room is my way of saying "it needs to go". But too often things just sit there. And collect.
I think I may need another staging area for stuff needing to leave the house. Or, perhaps better yet, I think I'm going to start taking things directly out to my car once they start "stacking up". Of course, that's what the decluttering "experts" say to do. I just have a stubborn, "gotta learn it for myself" streak that's a mile long. To go along with this new way of doing things, I may take more individual pictures, as opposed to collecting stuff together for several days before taking a group shot. I can put my collage skills to work again. Figuring this out as I go...
So what do we have here... Plastic containers I finally admit I really don't like using. Cereal stays fresher left in its inner bag (rolled down well and fastened shut) than it does in these plastic cereal containers. I almost never think to put pasta in the pasta holders (probably because we don't eat much pasta anymore). The gloves have a hole in them, the boots don't fit anyone (did I take a picture of these another time? They seem familiar.) Anyway, son that they used to fit said to give them away. A vintage manual hair trimmer (not valuable, but someone might like it for its vintage appeal - maybe). More googly eyes and a little crafty hanger thingie. A head set that doesn't fit any of our current electronics. A couple of potholders that came free in the mail (in MIL's name, no less) and are so useless they should probably just be thrown away. And lastly... I think I count 11 hangers there. I wonder if I kept a running tally of hangers leaving the house if I'd be shocked at the number? We have a lot of hangers...
And that's it for this week!
Making Space: 90 things gone