I have too much crap. Clothes, toys, dishes, old medicine, fabric, craft supplies, junk and stuff etc ETCETERA. I have too much of it all. Our house is tiny, and if I don’t keep our stuff down to a minimum, it just starts to pile up and creep out and take over the whole house and my life. Because I’m a self-aware hoarder at heart, I take the opportunity every Spring to toss some of my excess, and this year I’ve got a plan of attack.
Several years ago I read For Packrats Only by Don Aslett (the Master of Dejunking), and it really changed my life. Most of it is just simple common sense and ideas of how to go about it, but there are some nuggets in there that blew my mind at the time. Things about what you’re allowed to toss, a) never occurred to me and b) and opened my mind up to what I really need to be happy. Problem is, I forget a lot of those things, or even more frequently I just don’t take the time all the time to go through things and toss as I go. I do frequently donate stuff, but you know–it still mysteriously builds up. It takes a lot of mental and emotional stamina to get rid of things, and sometimes I just let it go til’ I have time to go through it properly. That too is a problem because extra time is a laughable fantasy. So I’m blogging these painfully ghastly pictures here, so that I’ll have some accountability for this project, and also invite you to join me in dejunking if you so choose!
Here’s my plan:
I’ve made a detailed list of 40 different areas in my home that I need to go through. I won’t post my full list here, but they are things like clothes hanging in closet, hair stuff drawer, pots and pans cupboard, under bed storage, top shelf in closet of death, and on and on. Basically they are very specific areas that are not too large and overwhelming, for example I would never list my entire closet of death, because that would be suicide and incredibly unrealistic. Each day of April I’m going to attack one small area and toss, reduce, and organize that jazz. I’m also going to be instagramming my little victories as well as tips and other nuggets of dejunking wisdom via Don Aslett and will hashtag it #30days2lesscrap, if you want to join me! Nothing like a hashtag party to get you motivated! I would love to see any of your reduction victories or tips!
This is the ACTUAL state of my Closet of Death, as if I would ever stage something this scary. It’s Allan’s clothes closet (not enough room in our tiny bedroom one for BOTH of our clothes), my craft closet and the only real storage in the entire house. It’s a beast. That WILL be tamed.
Part of this (okay, a BIG part) will be going through my hobby supplies, of which I have in abundance. I really need to weed out the unneeded and organize that biz’ness. My fabric stash is getting down right hazardous, and so in between family Easter stuff I’m going to be unloading and swapping some of my stash at the Fabric Swap Event, hosted by Melissa and Leanne. There’s still room left if you want to join us!
We’re actually just barely starting to house shop a little(!!!), so this dejunking will be a great precursor to moving, if we do find a home. And it just feels so much better that have what you need and nothing more, do you agree? It’s like cleaning underneath your fingernails after a long camping trip. And what about you, do you struggle to keep your stuff from accumulating, and how to do you go about dejunking? Do you do it bit by bit or marathon style once a year? What’s the hardest for you to let go of, and what is your least favorite to go through? And what about rewards, do you give yourself incentives to get your motivated? Share your tips and join the toss-fest!!
PS Happy Easter! I love Easter, and love sewing Easter Best for my kids. I’m pulling a Easter-Best-Athon (#easterbestathon), and have already made three pieces this week, and have at least that many more planned! Hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with loved ones and at least a moment of quiet reflection!