I’ve just completed month three of my decluttering journey. While I’m still decluttering (albeit at a slower pace than when I first started), I’m finding it difficult to keep posting about it. I just don’t feel like it anymore.
This Christmas, I suggested to my family that we give each other consumable gifts or items we had lying around the house. My aunt that moved to a condo gave us a raw prime rib roast. All I had to do was put it in the oven and 1.5 hours later, we had the YUMMIEST GIFT EVER! So I’d say my idea of consumable presents was a success! As well as a bunch of goodies I baked, I gave away lots of items I found around the house, but I didn’t keep track of them all for this blog. Oops.
Anyway, here is a status update for December.
Total Items out of the house: Approximately 115 (it’s actually more, but I’m not counting the all the items I gave as presents)
While the variety of items I’ve gotten rid of is down this month from last, the number of items has more than doubled, thanks to all the books. I probably could have accomplished a bit more if I hadn’t taken a two-week break, but we all need a rest sometime.
I acquired this gumball machine earlier this year when I was helping my great aunt and uncle move from their house of 50 years to a condo. (This is not the book loving aunt or the aunt in the retirement home. I’ve got a lot of aunts who have a lot of stuff.) The condo they bought was actually bigger than their house, but they still had to get rid of a bunch of things, the gumball machine being one of them. I took it home, cleaned it up and then had a lot of fun buying different candies to put in it.
After a while though, I grew bored with the gumball machine. It’s much easier to eat candies out of the bag/box, than to empty the bag/box into the machine and then find coins to feed the machine, only to get the candy portioned out in tiny increments. The gumball machine was just sitting empty collecting dust, which is what it was doing at my aunt’s house before I got it.
Since I wasn’t using it, I thought I’d let someone else have a chance to have fun with it and raise some money for our church too. I donated it to be auctioned off in the silent auction at their annual bazaar. Someone bought it for $25!
This is a good question, “Why do I have three curling irons?”
Here is a better question, “How many curling irons do I need?”
The answer to the first question is, “I don’t know.”
The answer to the second question is, “One.” Okay, okay, it’s actually, “None.” I don’t need to curl my hair. But I want to. Sometimes I like to have curly hair.
Since I’ve got rather long hair, I only use the 1 1/2″ iron. Using the 3/4″ or the 5/8″ iron would give me Shirley Temple ringlets, which isn’t the look I’m going for. Therefore, the two smaller irons are going in the donation bin.
Considering my goal was 30 items (1 item a day), I’d say it’s going pretty well so far. It’s actually more than 160 if you count the individual items of clothing and cutlery, but I just stuffed them in boxes and bags and didn’t count them.
I know I said this after the big CP pickup, but even though I’ve gotten rid of so many items, it’s hardly made a dent inside the house. It is, however, a little better, so I’m encouraged to keep chipping away at piles of clutter.
I do expect decluttering to become more difficult though as time goes by. It’s easy to get rid of things I consider to be useless or garbage, but one day all the “garbage” will be gone and I’ll start reducing the things I think have real value, be it sentimental or actual. That won’t be so easy.