I am making slow, but steady, progress on my way to having a more organized home. You see, I’m a clutter-prone, kleptomaniac. I have this “gift” of finding nostalgic value in almost anything. And my husband has the tendency to do the same. As a result, we have stacks of old birthday cards, Christmas cards, wedding cards & baby cards [I found one birthday card that still had a $10 check from my grandparents that was 5 years old]. And that’s just one thing we have a lot of around here. Now, I did go through the Christmas cards & recycled most of them [kept the ones with photos]. [Although then I read that you can reuse the Christmas cards by cutting gift tags out of the pretty covers - so there's one way I won't be saving money]
I had a ziplock bag full of school photos, a compilation of several years [had because my girls went through it & sprinkled old school photos around the house, so I tossed out the ones that I wasn't good friends with]. We recently went through our bookshelf for books to give/sell. So far, only one has sold on eBay [which is probably not the best place to sell books]. So see? I’m making some progress.
However, there’s still a long way to go. I’m focusing on our main floor first [our home is a ranch with a full, unfinished basement], as that’s where we spend 95% of our time right now. But when I’m satisfied with our main living areas, I’ll move on to clearing out the basement. Because here’s what we have in the basement:
- Eight tubs [yes eight] of clothes downstairs that we can give/sell [four tubs are my pre-pregnancy clothes, so I'm still hoping that I can eventually fit into some of them again, but I don't need FOUR tubs of clothes].
- A few tubs of clothes that we’re holding until my niece is old enough to wear them.
- A couple tubs of clothes that we were given and didn’t use.
- A couple tubs of clothes for my oldest to wear in a year.
- At least a couple trash bags full of toys that my husband packed up throughout last year.
- A few boxes of childrens’ books [again that my husband boxed up over the course of last year].
- A whole set of Encyclopedias in a box [we never unpacked them when we moved into our home - didn't have a place for them].
- A couple boxes of stuff that we never unpacked when we moved.
- All the parts to a twin-sized bed.
- Our old washing machine [we inherited a new one when my brother-in-law moved to Colorado last year].
But you know what’s not in the basement? Laundry!! I’m finally caught up on laundry. Ok, well almost. After I fold this pile of laundry today: