Cleaning Out the Old

In honor of the new year, my husband and I have been in a mad dash to rid ourselves of the clutter that seems to have overtaken our house.  Isn’t it curious the way that “stuff” just seems to appear?  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a problem with compulsion buys just like most of us, but I didn’t think it was that bad.

That is until I started sorting through our miscellaneous drawers and bins and found a surprising collection of who’s-it’s and what’s-it’s.  For instance, I had seven full sheet sets for our guest bed.  This same bed gets used approximately one week out of each year.  I literally had a set of sheets for every day of that week.  Eek…sounds like a problem.  I’ve got more half-burned candles than I can count, a massive collection of cd’s that were nicely stacked and covered in a pound of dust, and a variety of other unnecessary crap.

I’m calling this our cut-throat cleaning.  No more nostalgia-ridden excuses to keep that old Jewel cd I got back in elementary school.  I’m eliminating like a mad woman, and I’ve got to admit…it feels pretty great!

This is not to say that I haven’t had a moment or two of weakness,  but it’s exhilarating to see my rooms being cleared out.  It feels like I can just breathe.  I never realized how much these random piles of stuff were stressing me out.  There’s still work to be done, and let’s face it, I’m not perfect (those Twilight books I will probably never read again, aren’t going anywhere!)

I feel like this fresh start is exactly what I need in this new year.  Fingers crossed we can keep it going!

How about you?  Any New Year’s Resolution type activities taking place in your home?


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