Oh, I’m not at the end of the tunnel yet, folks. Don’t get too excited. HOWEVER. (oh my word, I’m turning into Jillian Michaels) I am seeing glimmers of light! Of hope! Of promise! Of a stream-lined, clutter-free, purposeful living space!
Sheer delight is what it brings me.
It brings me so much delight, in fact, that I think I’ll go back and re-read my post, the urge to purge, just to remind myself of everything I’ve thrown out already.
Here’s my latest obsession: getting rid of containers that I don’t LOVE. (baskets, bins, boxes, binders, whathaveyou) You know how when people organize and de-clutter, they usually go to the Container Store or something and buy all kinds of containers to hold their junk? NO THANK YOU. Not only do I not want a single new container in this house, I want half of the ones I already have GONE! And that means getting rid of lots and lots of crap that’s IN the containers.
Oh, I can feel the lightness and freedom fluttering in my soul.
The other day I got rid of sooooo much paperwork I didn’t even know I still had. Pointless stuff from when I was a teacher. Doubles of photos I don’t even like. Checkbook stubs from years ago. Stuff I wrote when I was a completely different person. Junk, junk, junk.
And some good stuff too. Good stuff that isn’t doing a single blessed thing to help move our family forward into the life God is calling us to live for his glory and his kingdom.
Like the Deluxe Monopoly game we got for our wedding. It’s in perfect shape. We’ve carted it around to 10 different homes. I hate Monopoly. I used to love it when I was younger, but I hate it now. Gone.
The Melissa and Doug wooden license plate game. Great idea. The girls never play it. Gone.
The Tassimo super-duper coffee maker. $100+ value (got it free). Gone. (If you want it, name your price.)
Craft supplies. Gone.
Half the coloring books. Gone.
All those little antique silver frames I used to have old photos in. Gone.
My desk was even cleaned off for a day (or maybe it was just a couple of hours).
My friend’s garage sale was postponed until this weekend, so I have a handful of days to run through my house a few more times and get DEAD SERIOUS about getting stuff OUT OF HERE.
I mean it.
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: What ONE thing have you had forever “just because” that you can GET RID OF once and for all? TODAY!