You know how I've been yammering on and on about my clutter issues, that I really need to get my act together and deal with the den, the bedroom bureau, the guest room, the dining room ... ? You know that old song and dance? Well, it tends to get worse around the beginning of New Years, because every year I tell myself that this is the year I am going to get serious about my clutter problem. And every year, I start January 1 with even more increasing piles of crap.
So on Monday, I went into the den (where the printer is) to retrieve something from the printer for work, looked around at all the crap and thought:
"What if I
2,011 things. It sounds like a lot of stuff.
But here's the thing. We have a lot of stuff.
I need to be held accountable, so I am going to start listing, as motivation, what I throw out, recycle, or donate as part of this project. (Which is not (I repeat, NOT) anything resembling a New Year's Resolution. This is ... how shall we say? Something Else.) If I wind up with 2,011 things gone by the end of the year, great. If I end up getting rid of 2,012 things, even better. If I don't hit 2,011 things ... well, at least I've gotten rid of SOME things, right? Some is better than none, right?
And regular household everyday stuff (like soda bottles and cans and stuff that I know I should be more environmentally-conscientious about .... I am trying, really, I am ... doesn't count).
So here's what I threw away, recycled, or set aside to donate on Monday. All this was in piles in the den.
- a coupon for a local deli that expired in June 2009
- an Amazon receipt for a purchase made in January 2009
- 3 cards for the kids' 7th birthdays (they just turned 9)
- one Happy 6th Birthday card
- a note from a school fundraiser, circa Fall 2008
- a book that apparently got ruined somehow (All the pages are stuck together. As in, YOU CAN'T EVEN OPEN THE BOOK.)
- a 2008 calendar, completely blank
- one "Fly Away with Big Bird" activity tablet
- Disney "Little Mermaid" nightlight/storybook set (the pages are ripped and the nightlight is MIA)
- 10 practice worksheets from school, dated September 2009
- 4 toy catalogs, all from Fall 2008
- 6 bags of newspapers
- Disney's Lion King book
- Dora the Explorer "Dance to the Rescue" book
Only 1,978 more to go.
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