The Purge-a-thon is on.

This was written on May 23rd...  

Lately I've been feeling really out of sorts and a big part of why is my environment.  I really don't like where I live.  It's a crap place but it's the right size, location and price so for at least the next few months, I can't really do anything to change it.  I'm hoping toward the end of this year to get my own place, but that's all still up in the air because we're waiting on other people.  Grrr. 

In the meantime, I'm going to get the rest of my environment sorted out so when it's time, I'm ready. 

I was cruising Pinterest checking out ideas on decluttering and found a few things I enjoyed that I’ll be sharing on this blog soon.  But one article held a few sentences that I really hit home about where I am at the moment.

Clutter, however you define it, can be bad for your health. According to Psychology Today, people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage. The mess causes stress. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either. 

A few weeks ago Gina did a major purge on her home and it's inspired me.  I have too much stuff just sitting around so even when my home is clean it doesn't LOOK as zen and clean as I want it to because there's just... stuff.  I always have stuff sitting everywhere.  Stuff that doesn't have a home so I just put it wherever I can find a spot.   One place in particular that always has stuff is the corner of my desk.  I like a big clear workspace.  One of my biggest pet peeves - but something that ALWAYS happens - is when I’m creating and I want to sit something down, my paper cutter is a prime example, and there’s no space.  There always seems to be a little pile, or several little piles of crap on the corner of my table that doesn’t have a home.  Or, I’ve been too lazy to put it away.  This is what I want to end.

Everything will have a home or else it doesn’t belong in my house and it’ll go away.

Step one in this process is making a solid plan.  I tend to spend a lot of time not knowing where to start and not knowing what to do next.  It’s one reason why I will spend an entire weekend in my craft room and end up with a lot of nothing to show for it.  Valuable time is just wasted because I don’t know what to do first, or next.  I’m not prepared or don’t have what I need.  For someone who plans a lot, I do a poor job. 

So before I begin, I’m taking the time to do a mental purge.  I’ve pulled out a notepad and have dedicated several pages to this process.  At the top of the pages are listed:  To Toss, Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom etc.  Mentally I’m scanning each cabinet and corner and looking for anything that I think I can sell, trash or store better.  I’m also writing down what I need to make the room better and to make it feel welcoming and attractive, not junky or sparse. 

For example, I know that I have an extra set of dishes that I don’t use or particularly like.  They are taking up nearly an entire shelf of cabinet space and I don’t have very much of it – not enough for sure.  So that stuff is going into the “sell or donate” box.  I also know that underneath my kitchen sink I have about 92384923874 plastic grocery/shopping bags “saved”.  Seriously?  Do I need them all?  No.  It’s not like there isn’t a continual influx of them anyway.  Jeez.  So most of the bags will go.  Also there’s a tool box under there.  Well, okay it’s really a storage container with every tool-like object I own just dumped in it.  It’s a freaking mess that I have to practically dump out every time I need to find something so probably… it needs a little bit of attention.  And there’s also two boxes of ceramic dishes passed down from my grandmothers that are in torn and crappy old boxes that need to be repackaged for proper storage instead of piled in the corner next to my bike… and yeah, that’s gotta go too. 

You see where I’m going with this?

So when I go into that room and it’s time to do the dirty work, I know exactly what has to go. 

Corks – no sentimental value. Toss.

The 9 lighters in my silverware drawer.  Why?  I don’t smoke and I rarely burn candles.  Do I need 9? Toss.

You get the drift.  I know you do.

So I plan to do this for every room in my house. 

Step two is to get rid of the sell/donate stuff.  I don’t actually like to have yard sales because I don’t haggle, it annoys me, so I’m not sure about the sell items.  Maybe I’ll donate it all.  But here’s the thing…IT CAN’T STAY IN THE HOUSE FOR MONTHS WAITING FOR ME TO FIGURE IT OUT.  It has to go and it has to go as soon as possible.

Step three is going to be to organize what’s left and find a home for everything.  Every. Thing.  No more piles of “I’ll sort this out later.”  This is one of my worst habits.  (Also, I won’t put away my clean clothes but that’s another story.)

So that’s my plan.  I’ve been working on my room by room lists so I can attack with my full force.  I’m excited. 

I’ll let you know how it goes.  Wish me luck.