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.

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.

Update on the Front Porch

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My porch doesn’t look much different today than it did last night but I feel much better about it.  I took a box of stuff to our St. Vincent de Paul store today.  I also took a few things to my mom’s house.  She’s always bringing stuff over here so it was my turn to take stuff to her house.

It’s so nice to be able to see out those windows again.  They were almost completely covered before.  Up near the door on the left side, there’s two more things that I will be getting rid of.  One is a small end table.  It’s really cute and I liked it a lot when I got it but it doesn’t fit with the rest of the living room now so out it goes.  The only reason that I didn’t put it out today for someone to take was because it’s raining and with it being wood, it would get wrecked.  There’s also a wooden sewing box that is kind of cool but it’s missing the screws on the handle and I never use it.  I had it next to my bed and when I pulled it out, it was covered with dust.  Time to let someone else get some use out of it. I’ll put both of those out on the curb tomorrow if it’s not raining.

The last thing that I got off the porch were some sleeping bags that I had borrowed from a friend last year.  She has a lot of kids too so we don’t get to see each other very often because we’re both so busy all the time and it’s not like I could ever let her into my house before either.  I’ve known her for a long time and I really like visiting with her so I decided to take the sleeping bags to her house today.  I’m so glad that I did.  We got caught up on a few things and made plans to meet again in a few weeks with some of our other friends that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Once again, decluttering has opened up some room in my life and let friendship back in.