Thursday, October 30, 2008

Clear the Crap!

We moved in to our house almost three years ago. That's the longest I've ever lived anywhere in my adult life. I'm not really used to settling down, I moved around a lot as a kid as well. I constantly feel the need to comb real estate listings and I don't really know why other than it's only logical that we move again, right? Wrong! We're HOME here. If we do move again, it's going to be back to the east coast and that's a ways off.

We closed on our house three years ago on my husband's 30th birthday. It has been a dream come true for us. I always wanted to own a home and this one really exceeded my expectations when we bought it. When we moved in, we didn't even have enough furniture for half of the house. My friends all chuckled and told me to just wait and see and we'll be amazed how fast we fill it up. Boy were they right.

After living here a while and settling down somewhat, I've noticed that I don't look around as often as I should. I'm not as on top of things as I probably should be. Stuff gets stashed. Stash gets stuffed. Now it seems like everything is just looking a little tired and we're suddenly bursting at the seams with STUFF everywhere.

It makes me feel a bit panicky to have every nook and cranny full of things. I don't know why. I want to look around and see clean, freshness, life, and NOT CLUTTER. We've accumulated so much that it is definitely time to do an overhaul. I sort of feel like packing up and moving out, just so we can move in again and everything can have its place once again. YEA... I'm not that crazy.

I am going to severely pack up a good portion of our stuff and get it the hell out of here though. I'm going to donate like crazy and just get RID of stuff. I also feel like we've acquired furniture, knick knacks and lamps and things that we really don't even love. Shouldn't we be surrounded by things we love? That's why I find smaller spaces much more manageable. Less room for things, so fill it with value and things you love... right? I need to take this approach with my own house. Maybe I'll even list some stuff on Craigslist.

YES. I'm excited. I'll set November 1 as day 1. I'm also totally getting the guys in on this project to help me clear out the crap. They equally have helped fill this house up. It'll be our little project for November before St. Nick pukes Christmas crap all over our house... that's another project all together!


essjay said...

I've been feeling that urge to clear the crap lately too. We have a super tiny house and even the garage is full :( Where to find the motivation - I clean out the house but everything goes into the garage to donate "later". I'd like to know when later is going to be!

hesira said...

I feel the same way as you about clutter. We usually purge toys once a year (just before St. Nick's visit). They are perfectly good, just ignored. Salvation Army, here we come!

Thanks for the comment about my cookies. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

Happy Halloween!

Lynda said...

I know how you feel. When we moved from our extremely small two-bedroom home in West Des Moines to our new two-story, three bedroom, full basement, summer porch and a garage I was excited. I didn't realize how much stuff we had crammed into that small in was absolutely amazing how quickly we filled up the new house. I have been going through boxes and eliminating this I no longer want, need or use. Good luck on your project the rewards are great, the job sucks.

TD wool design said...

sounds like a plan. i've been doing it it spurts since september!
good luck! it feels great!