Welcome September, goodbye clutter
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. Can you believe it's already September? Where is this weird year going?? We didn't have a winter....then spring disappeared in a heat wave and summer brought drought....who knows what's ahead for fall, but it's coming so we might as well embrace it.
I had a productive weekend. I am an avid fan of Pinterest.com. You'll find my site here: http://pinterest.com/dianecota/ Pinterest is a site for sharing ideas, and some of us can linger there for hours, drinking in the ideas shared. When I first joined, I didn't repin anyone else's stuff....I kind of thought of it as a place to highlight my own projects and work. Last week that changed, when I talked to my friend Christie about the site. She's a self-proclaimed Pinterest junkie. That made me look at it another way: as a source of inspiration. A highlight for me came with "31 Days To An Organized Home." http://bit.ly/rjdLxv The writer is more organized than I will ever be, but there was something about Day 9 that lit a fire under me, so I am honoring her inspiration by sharing it with you here. I hope that's okay.
First I started with all the piles of clothing that are strewn about my bedroom. I got rid of ANYTHING that doesn't fit anymore because my rationalization is that if I lose this weight I have gained, I deserve new clothes! So I just kept tossing away things that didn't fit my life anymore. I found once I started it was easy to keep going, but I did set goals: the closet and bedroom Day 1, the drawers and bureau Day 2. I am proud to say Day 1 passed as planned, with aforementioned tossing of clutter. In the end, Dave carried out five very large, very heavy bags of stuff I no longer want or need. I can't believe how much stuff I got rid of that I will never miss!
Day 2 was cleaning off surfaces of bedside tables, dressers, etc. and the cleaning out of drawers, the unseen clutter. Here's where I have to admit I was getting tired of working. If you had seen the "before" of my bedroom you would not only understand, you would be sorely disappointed in me. But I got the surfaces clean...what a difference! and all the drawers of my dresser are now tidy and much less stuffed. When I got dressed for work this morning, I didn't have to fight my way through a bunch of stuff I can't wear to find something I can. SO made it worth the effort.
One of my biggest challenges is the big headboard in my room. It's a huge triangular shelf that begs clutter. I use my Longaberger baskets to organize the stuff that accumulates there and this time I think I have found some winning combinations: bills, pens, glasses, checks, stamps, envelopes in one basket. Medications in another small basket. All that miscellaneous stuff like tape, scissors and arts and crafts, in the biggest basket. I love the way it looks now! Getting that one shelf cleaned up and organized took half a day.
So I got to go to bed last night knowing my bedroom was a place of rest and relaxation, not a cluttered, crazy maze to navigate. It's a good feeling.
What's that noise? Oh shoot, it's the dining room table. More clutter calls...I gotta go!