Another month has passed by and it is time to share how the decluttering process is going. I am so happy with the totals I had for January, February, and March. It feels good to let go of things that we don’t love and haven’t used in a long time. However, I feel liked there is still too much stuff in this house.
April was a good month even though my total for the month was the smallest I have had so far. Drum roll, please. How many items left our home?
That brings my total for the year of items I have given away to 1031! Remember my goal was to give away 730 items during 2010.
The total included my daughter’s old bicycle, helmet and training wheels. Pink really isn’t the color of choice for my boys, so it has found a new home with one of my preschoolers.
I was also able to give away several craft and sewing related items which helped tremendously as I tried to clean my crafting/sewing area.
This is how my sewing area looked for far too long. It started getting messy in the fall when I was trying to sew Christmas presents. Then I kept planning on cleaning it before starting any new projects. That didn’t go as planned. This picture was taken in February and I didn’t get this mess cleaned up until April.
My sewing area is in the basement, so it can be easy to ignore. However, every time I tried to work on a project or declutter I just felt overwhelmed. Clutter prevents me from doing the things that I want to do. It takes away time I would rather spend with my family. I am vowing to tame this wild beast called clutter one room at a time.
Ahhh! Much better. Perfect? No. An improvement? I think so. Now, what projects can I work on next? Wait, I better not get sidetracked. I have one more thing to share.
My daughter is so sweet. I may be biased but I have heard this from others, so I feel safe in proclaiming it on the internet. Anyway, my daughter is friends with a little girl who lives down the road. This little girl just got an American Girl doll last week. My daughter has had one for several years. We have been blessed by a woman at church who made my daughter’s doll more outfits than one doll could ever wear. My daughter decided that she wanted to give some of the clothes to her friend. I was touched by her generosity. (I didn’t count the outfits in my total for the month.)
Well, enough about our stuff. I don’t want to give it any more of my time. I am well on my way for May with 75 items decluttered in just these first 3 days. My husband took the items to the Goodwill this morning on his way to work. YAY!