At the beginning of 2015 I decided that my goal was to de-clutter the house. I jumped in with both feet, and completed a large project in January, February, and March. Then spring came, I turned to outside tasks, lost momentum, and the decluttering project came to a halt.
With the start of another year I rededicated myself to the job, starting with the most ambitions and challenging project of all...the basement storage room.
The area is a real mess. Over the two decades we've lived in the house it has become a catchall for all the things we didn't need or want upstairs. There are sturdy wood shelves attached to the wall on two sides of the room, and three free-standing metal shelving units on a third wall. All are overflowing. The empty wall s have items stacked against them. In the center of the room there's a large table that many years ago held Son Brian's model train set. Now it's stacked with boxes of paper, photos, and miscellaneous stuff. An old chair and extra coffee table are pushed next to the furnace (and of course they have items piled on top of them).
Even with my good intentions it's taken me a while to get started on this project. Two weeks ago I got produce boxes from the grocery store to hold all the things I was going to get rid of. I put the boxes in the office, where I looked at them every time I walked outside to take something to the compost pile. On Wednesday I finally got motivated, and filled five boxes with home decoration nick-knacks that I thought I might reuse some day, old Boy Scout camping items, and several small appliances. That night Hubby Tony and I dropped the boxes off at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. Since then, I've tried to work in the room for an hour or so each day, and today I was able to drop off another seven boxes.
The recycling bin is brimming with discarded paper and cardboard, and the trash can is filled with items that weren't good enough to donate. Trash day is on Tuesday, and then I'll be able to start filling them again. Because I've only made a small dent in the room. There's a lot more to do!