The Biggest Benefits of Decluttering

Over the last few weeks, I have truly reaped the benefits of my 2017 decluttering efforts.
  1.  The holidays were much less stressful this year.  Instead of worrying about my house the whole time I had company, I was able to relax and spend time with everyone.  That was the best!  My baby granddaughter was here for the first time and it was great! I didn’t worry about her getting into anything at all.
  2. Work has been extra stressful and not having to come home to a disaster helps a lot!  I find it so stressful when I work all day and then come home and all I see is a mess everywhere.  It’s like looking at weeks of work waiting for me.
  3. The kids have had friends over to visit.  The twins have never been able to have many friends over because of the mess.  I only wish that I had done this years ago.  They’re almost out of school so it’s a little late for it but at least they’ve had a few over this year so far.
  4. I think this last one is my favorite.  When I brought Tank the injured cat home, I was able to let my friend from work in to meet him.  Even though we decided to keep him, there may be other injured cats that need homes and it’s nice when I can have people over to meet them.
  5. There’s one more that I just thought of.  I’ve been able to do a lot more cooking.  I love cooking but I haven’t had any counter space in a long time.  Tonight, I was able to make dinner for a friend and her family. They are having a hard time right now so I’m trying to help them out.  It would’ve been too stressful to do it a year ago.

Cleaning Up Just a Little Bit at a Time

Christmas is almost here!  And all the family and friends that come with it!! The best thing is that I’m still not panicking!  I thought that I might be by now because it’s Thursday and Christmas Eve is on Sunday but I’m fine.  Sure, there’s stuff that needs to be done and I didn’t get my cards sent out but there isn’t an overwhelming mess here.  I’ve been doing a little bit everyday and that’s been enough.  Going upstairs makes me twitch a little bit but I can deal with that after Christmas.  There’s no need to worry about it before Christmas.

My front porch is a little bit embarrassing but that’s it.  I haven’t managed to find a way to keep it cleaned out yet.  There’s not organization and I have a bad habit of throwing things out there.  There’s too much furniture and not enough storage.  I think that I’m going to need to get every single thing out of there next summer and do something totally different with the space.  That will be one of my goals for the new year.  I’ll spend a couple months searching for ideas.

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Day 57 The Empty Bottle and the Puzzle Tracks

Fun things here, especially the tracks!  NeoPets, empty baby bottle and a cute little chipmunk (or squirrel?) are all getting booted out.  The Dora view master is pretty fun and right in the middle is a Coco Hut from when we used to attempt to have hermit crabs.  We failed every time and after the third one we gave up.  There’s 3 things here that I have no idea what they are.  The red round thing and then the 2 clear plastic pieces.  The 2 clear things have something to do with needles for a sewing machine but that’s all I know.  There’s also a cute little doll jacket, a folding pair of binoculars, and a notebook.

The Fun Tracks

My favorite thing here are those tracks.  We used to have a couple sets and we would put them all together because they were like a puzzle.  They came with little wind up vehicles.  It was so much fun moving the pieces around and making different paths for the vehicles.  It was fun having them but I don’t know where any of the cars, trucks, or trains are now so they’re pretty useless.

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Day 56 Fun Little Toys and Trinkets

Hmmm… this is more stuff that has been sorted and sorted and kept before.  It’s all so cute.  I can’t believe I’m letting it go.  This one might be tough but someone else will be able to love this stuff.  Look at that adorable teddy bear!  That little toy truck is really cool too because it talks and little people come in and out of it when you push different spots on it.

I love the little blue animal on the right.  So cute! And who doesn’t love Grover?  I’m surprised that my daughter doesn’t love that horse but apparently it’s a Braatz doll horse and that’s just not her thing.  The pumpkin art was another tough one to let go but I have a picture of it now so I’m getting rid of it.

That’s it for this batch!

Day 55 Creepy Doll and Cute Minnie Mouse Earring Tree

Too bad I’m not a doll connoisseur.  Sometimes creepy dolls are worth money.  There’s two grandmas who always used to give one of the girls these creepy dolls.  They always told her that she should keep them because they would be worth money someday.  Of course, me being Mom, and her being a kid, I guess I was expected to make sure they were taken care of.  It might have been easier if either one of us actually liked the dolls even a little bit.

Creepy Doll on the Move

Over the years, I’ve packed and repacked them.  Moved them to this bedroom or that bedroom.  Took them to the basement and back upstairs again.  I even moved them to an apartment she lived in for a few short months after high school.  But now they’re back in my house again being moved from room to room again, sorted and resorted. I decided with this doll that I’m not going to feel guilty getting rid of them. She doesn’t want them.  I don’t want them either and they are taking up space.

(Honestly, this doll isn’t quite as creepy as a lot of the others but this one has some moldy spots on her dress which automatically puts her in the creepy category.)

The Minnie Mouse Avon Earring Tree

This earring tree is cute and from the early 90’s.  This brings back good memories but only a few. It doesn’t bring me joy and I’m never going to use it.  There’s really no reason to keep it.

About the most useful thing in this lot is the heart basket.  It even had stuff in it when I found it but I don’t have any place to put it right now.  I don’t like it enough to keep it around any longer.  Boy oh boy, this is getting easier by the day!!

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Day 48 Waffle Blocks and Boots

I have a really hard time letting go of the kids’ toys but things are moving along fine.  My mindset is finally changing.  I can’t let in the new until I let go of some of the old.  I’m not going all Rambo and getting rid of all of them but there’s a lot that I’ve been hanging on to that I don’t need or necessarily want to keep anymore.  It’s all just taking up space.

Day 46 Christmas is Coming so Fast

It’s kind of nice that this is another pile that seems like a lot of things!  (Probably because they’re not all papers!)  There’s only one thing here that I had to really think about.  It was the gift card tin.  Goofy, right?  But it’s totally re-usable and Christmas is only a few short months away.  At Christmas time, I won’t be able to find it anyways.

The Qixels are brand new.  I thought the kids might like them but they’re not playing with them.  I could use it for a Secret Santa gift at work in a few short months but again, I probably won’t be able to find it when I need it.  The little tiny gift bag is cute too but I don’t need it right now. I feel a little bit like I’m cheating with the jeans because I think they may have been counted already.  Even if I did, they didn’t make it out of the house the first time so I’m counting them again.  It’s only 3 things so I’m not going to worry about it too much!

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Day 45 Hanging On To Kids Clothes

I’m not sure why sometimes 18 things seems like so many and sometimes it’s nothing but I’m always happy when they add up quickly.  I’d like to say that it’s always easier now but it’s not really.  Most of these clothes have survived multiple rounds of decluttering efforts and I’m finally getting rid of them.  They don’t fit anyone here.

Last time around, my daughter said she wanted the light pink gloves but it’s 2 winters later and she still hasn’t worn them once.  She doesn’t like pink.  So they’re finally going into the get rid of pile.

Those papers in the plastic bag are cake decorating instructions.  I’ve been using frosting tips since I was a little kid so why in the world would I keep that?  It came with a set that I bought so that’s probably why but I don’t need them.  Maybe someone else could use them.

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