the light at the end of the de-cluttering tunnel

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!


21 thoughts on “the light at the end of the de-cluttering tunnel

  1. meghan @ spicy magnolia

    I’m not sure of something off the top of my head, but I am starting to get caught up on cleaning this very messy house, and will be keeping my eyes out for the items (for I know there’s more than one!) of which you so describe. 🙂

  2. Rachelle

    I don’t know about getting rid of anything at the moment. I’m pretty cleared out after moving last year. And I have hauled off a couple large loads of stuff since. I’ll admit to hanging on to some of my kids baby clothes. I thought I would make them into a quilt, but have since decided that I will never get around to doing that so thinking about having it done for me. A little guilt over that expense…but it would be something very sentimental and meaningful to my heart. 🙂

    Happy Decluttering!

    1. Marla Taviano

      My girls and I each have a quilt made out of old baby clothes (they each have their own clothes and I have all 3 of theirs in mine). I LOVE them sooooo much. My sister made them for us, but it was SO much work that I’m 98% sure she won’t be making another one unless it’s for herself or her daughter.

  3. Nina

    Marla, I absolutely LOVED reading this, maybe because I’m in decluttering mode at my house right now, too! I haven’t been able to part with (1) my notes from grad school, (2) my old journals, most of which contain very dark stuff that I don’t want my daughter to stumble upon, ever, or (3) old high school yearbooks that belonged to my brother (not me), and which he’s already said he doesn’t want. You’re inspiring me to think a little more seriously about the fact that I need to purge the bookcase that holds all those things on it. (If you click my name above and scroll down to the fifth picture, you’ll see this monstrosity.)

    Happy continued decluttering!

      1. Brooke

        no need to be sorry for me just yet. be sorry for me when it comes time for them to move from Dublin to Tennessee and I have to travel to O-hi-o and help.

        it hasn’t over taken our house…yet.

  4. Jennifer

    A whole stack of nursing bras. I kept holding onto them just in case I ever have a third baby and want to give breastfeeding one more try… even though I’m pretty sure neither of those scenarios are ever going to happen. I finally cleared out the drawer they were in a few weeks ago.

    1. Marla Taviano

      Way to go!! If you do have another baby girl 🙂 and breastfeeding works out, you can treat yourself to a new one. I breastfed 3 kiddos and never once wore a nursing bra.

  5. Jen Griffin

    My book should be here today or tomorrow!!! My hubs can’t wait! Ha! There is so much to do. I feel a bit scared when I think about it! I know I’ll feel better once I get going!

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  6. Tracie

    Thank you for inspiring me! after your initial post, feeling the same way about getting another book on organizing I bought the book, and have been purging since last week after returning from spring break! Last nite my teenage son said if I use the word “purge” one more time….. haha It’s been exhausting but cleansing and I feel lighter and like I’m creating space in my life yay! Even though it started half way through the season, I feel like this has become my lent “fast”. Among many, many things, I threw away way too many written in spiral notebooks and old Bible study workbooks.

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