It's Monday - and you know what that means. Yep, time to declutter. I've taken to this idea since it's something I need to do all the time. I tend to be a pack rat and this should help me to keep it in balance. I went back into my office and started hunting.
First I took a big bin and tossed in all the loose stuff that I need to sort through, read or otherwise attend to. It was spread all over. As I was doing that, I put aside the things that caught my eye for leaving, as well as the stuff that belonged elsewhere. I began to go through the hutch on my secretary desk so that I can eventually part with that piece of furniture. I even have a project for my night in a hotel on my work trip this week - I'll be sorting my clipping files and writing notes/notebooks so they are tidy and up to date and ready to go into a new box on my bookshelf.
And now for the minimizing - while putting stuff in the bin did visually reduce the clutter, some stuff actually did leave the house (or will in the morning) I parted with a pair of boots (story to follow), an empty shoebox, 2 mats for picture framing, a cardboard paper towel tube, a magazine, 4 books, two seasons of Lost (the mystery is gone once you see the episodes and know the ending) and a few more papers not seen in the picture. I'm happy with today's clean out - and the fact that I also parted with a whole Rubbermaid's worth of kid's clothes this weekend that I had listed on Craigslist.
If I do this every week, I should be clutter free (well, for me) pretty quick! I'm also reading like a fiend so I can let go of a bunch of books. I've got about 40 in the 'to read' pile.
About those boots. Today I put on my black boots, grabbed my coat and took my son to school. Then I went to the local grocery and picked up a few things, then home. I had my younger son take off his boots at the door, so I did the same. Later, when I went to put my boots away I was horrified to see I'd been wearing two different boots -one shiny, one flat with totally different heels and different heights. I sure must have been distracted not to notice I was lurching about! Let's just say I was embarrassed and kind of glad I'd not noticed while at the store. Since I rarely grab the older shiny ones, they got the short straw and are heading on out.