UGGHHH. I think I am finally over it. As I carted three bins full toys that have made their way down from the third floor (the girls’ room) of our row house to the first floor living room, I realized just how over it I am. Over what? Some might think I am over leaving the family for 6 weeks at a time. Nope, that isn’t it. (My time away at school, while lots of work, was amazing. I didn’t realize how much I missed sitting in a classroom soaking up another person’s wisdom or the meal time chats about what’ve we learned and how this is applicable in our ministry settings. I definitely miss my seminary days.). No, what I am over is the clutter or rather “the stuff” that has invaded my home.
It feels like it -the stuff- grew exponentially while I was away, but perhaps that is because I lived in a 7×10 foot room with only 50 pounds of things for the last 6 weeks. Whatever the case or whatever the reason, I have a sneaking suspicion that I am the ultimate keeper of stuff, it needs to go.
Just how will we make this stuff go? I thought about bagging it all up and taking it to Goodwill, but then thought that some of my neighbors might need or enjoy some items. So, I did a typical Charles Village thing and put out a box, labelled free, in front of our row house. It was so much fun watching neighbors pick through the box this morning that I decided on the way to work to put out 10 items each day for 10 days.
While 10 items for 10 days means only 100 items will leave our house and go to a new home, it is definitely a start. Though as I type this, I can’t help but wonder how many items I have in my house anyways.
To hold myself accountable, I need to have rules and expectation.
1- At least 10 items need to put out each day
2- Items need to be working and have some life in them (ex: This morning, I put a Sudoku book which I complete about 10 puzzles in, but there are like 90 left undo in the book)
3- Items need to be put out before 9am
4- Items that are not taken that day will be left out for one additional day then given to Goodwill or Book Thing
5- Items will not be put out if it is raining, but will be added to the next day items
So, there you have it. A first attempt to start decluttering or de-itemizing our home.
Get ready for some cool items, like some good old tacky Jesus things, lots of kids books and younger kids toys, books (lots of them), Tupperware, picture frames, mirrors, vases, planters….each day’s treasure should be quite different from the next.