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It’s a Start.

Posted: March 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 in 2011 | Tags: 2011 in 2011, Blog Hop | 7 Comments »

This weekend was supposed to be a great time to start purging our closets and storage areas as we had 2 of the 3 kids visiting Grandma and Grandpa.  I forgot about my much needed hair appointment at 8:30 Saturday morning so I had a later start than I planned.  When I finally got down to go through the boxes that had been pulled from storage it was after 1 and the first of the boys was to arrive home around 3:30.  I had to work quickly.

The back half of our unit was all stacked so nicely that we didn’t even pull it out.  I’ll just do that when we move.  Not ideal, but with limited time I was happy to get through the front half so I could add more to it.  I quickly ruled out all of the boxes that I had just packed up last fall- mostly home decor and dishes.  Right now I have so much stuff in boxes because a lot of our rooms have been re-purposed for the kids.  I’m not getting rid of my china because I’m not using it right now- I will have my dining room back one day!

I was able to go through quickly and either keep/ donate or trash without much thought.

There was a lot of trash.  A box of Christmas ornaments had been crushed under another box and they were everywhere, many broken (none of my sentimental favorites).  I also condensed a lot of boxes down so there were bags if tissue paper, gift boxes and Target bags a plenty.

Saturday’s 1/2 purge of the basement storage unit
– 2 Halloween lawn decorations (broken- T)
– Graco Swing Frame (broken- T)
– Swiffer Wetjet (T)
– 2 lawn chairs (broken- T)
– 1 box Christmas ornaments (T)
– Desktop Computer (not sure where this is going yet)
– Microwave (large pick-up day T)
– Graco Carseat (CL)
– 2 Careseat Bases (CL)
– Grace Swing Frame (CL)
– Johnny Jump-up (D)
– Camp Chair (D)
– 2 Camp cots (R)
– Gameboy (D)
– 12 Gameboy Games (D)
30 items

Because I wasn’t super excited about my progress yesterday I decided to tackle my closet (and my bathroon) today.  I had better luck!

– 1 Jewelry Box (D)
– 12 Baby Blankets (D)
– 1 Boppy cover (D)
– 8 Handbags (D)
– 2 Windbreakers (D)
– 2 Dresses (D)
– 15 Women’s tops (D)
– 7 Belts (D)
– 7pc Target volunteer kit (D)
– 1 Dog harness (D)
– 1 Mail sorter (D)
– 1 Candle holder (D)
– 2 Sofa pillows (D)
– 1 Journal (D)
– 2 Bullseye Dogs (D)
– Bridal Bargains book (D)
– 13 Bridal Magazines (R)
– 9 Khaki shorts (D)
– 6 Khaki pants (D)
– 1pr Spa shoes (D)
– 75 toiletry items (make-up, haircare, etc.) (T)
– 1 Bedskirt (RE)
– 1 Suitcase (RE)
170 items

200 items total, mostly to be donated, some trash, a pile of mags to recycle and some items to be returned to their owners.  There were also 8 bags of trash, mostly paper trash.  I’m going to list some baby items on Craiglist and see what we can get for those.  I will never need 2 Infant carseats again so I think I’ll be OK just keeping 1 with a set of bases. 

I have a habit of throwing the contents of drawers into a bag or a box instead of going through it when I am moving furniture around and I had a lot of “desk” stuff that was just sitting there taking up space.  I need to make sure I am taking the time to get rid of stuff in the moment instead of keeping it for later.  I also seem to have a bit of a problem buying stationary.  I had about a dozen boxes of blank cards and Thank You notes just hanging out.  Ask anyone who knows me- I am not good at making sure the Thank You notes get out!  I think I need to avoid that aisle at Target when it’s on clearance….

The next big thing will be the closet in the boys room- that is a big project, I’m not sure I’ve seen the back of that closet since the boys were little! 

So in just a few days I think we’ve got a bit of a dent in.  217 items of 2011.  Only 1794 to go!

The Slacker Mom

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7 Comments on “It’s a Start.”

  1. 1 JEnna said at 11:01 pm on March 13th, 2011:

    You'll never need two car seat bases again, huh? Never say never. Don't forget that just a few years ago, you never thought you'd be needing two in the first place!

  2. 2 Lana D said at 11:28 pm on March 13th, 2011:

    Wow! This is a very good idea. I need to do something similar in my house. My "problem" is craft supplies! I never met a skein of yarn or ball of crochet thread I didn't like!

  3. 3 erinclot said at 11:33 am on March 14th, 2011:

    I didn't even look at my scrapbooking stuff. How do you even decide what to get rid of? It's all useful…right?

  4. 4 erinclot said at 11:34 am on March 14th, 2011:

    It was a good weekend for it. Next one looks like it'll be mostly melted so better to stay in and get everything all spiffied up now. That's my thinking anyway.

  5. 5 Jen - Life With Levi said at 12:56 pm on March 15th, 2011:

    Great job!! I have the same problem of putting things in a bag for later – I'm especially bad with things like bank statements, credit cards, etc… I know they need to be shredded, so they go in a bag. But then I forget what's in the bag and soon I need to sort it all over again. Paperless statements have been great for reducing some of that.

    You have me excited to tackle some stuff at my house this week!

  6. 6 erinclot said at 1:00 pm on March 15th, 2011:

    Paper statements are the worst! I am trying to get down to paperless, but some things I just like to have, not sure why because I'm really bad at shredding in a timely fashion. I hate having the shredder plugged in (the boys get into everything) so everyhting just sits. That is what I tackled today- sorting the junk mail from the shredables. I found Judah's unmailed Birth Certificate info…oops.

  7. 7 Everette Margel said at 7:31 am on April 19th, 2011:

    A big thank you for your article.Much thanks again. Want more.

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