As I mentioned in my New Year's Goals post, I want to take a room a month and really give it a good cleaning and decluttering.
For January, I have chosen my nemesis-- the room/closet off of the bathroom. There is a small room off the bathroom that has become a catch-all storage room. It is a disaster. Here is the before:
This was taken from the bathroom doorway into the closet/room. It only shows half of the room, as I couldn't walk into the room. The other half is full of stuff as well.
Yesterday, I had some free time in the afternoon, so I headed up to do battle with the room. I worked in there for an hour, and I don't feel like I really made a dent. I did collect several boxes and trash bags full of stuff to donate. I also collected a small bag of trash.
It was a good start but there is still a lot of work to do in there. I am hoping to get in there this weekend to do another session, now that I can actually walk into the room :-)
Today, Bill, Benjamin and I took the donations that I had collected to Goodwill.
The back of my van was packed and I had to put 2 of the bags in the seat next to Benjamin. While we were in Goodwill, I only came out with 2 pairs of workout pants for me, a pair of jeans for Rebecca (all of which were needs) and a coloring book for Ben, which was a treat and only $0.50. I only spent $8.50, which was less than half of what one pair of workout pants that I was looking at at Walmart cost. So I think I did pretty well. As I keep reminding myself, it is time to get all of this stuff out of my house and not bring in near as much.
So there you have it with update #1, hopefully I can keep up the momentum and return and share more results from the closet of doom next Friday.