Gwen from The Sunny Coconut and I were swapping tales about getting rid of stuff and she posted a link to a good article from Houzz about tidying up.
The article discusses Marie Kondo's book, the life-changing magic of tidying up. I'm sure many of you have heard about it and/or read it. I read it and although I really liked her approach, I couldn't always follow her rules. I couldn't start with taking all of my clothes - closets, drawers, and boxes under the bed - and going through the whole lot to limit my clothing to only what I love.
Instead, I started with my pots and pans. I don't love cooking. I don't entertain anymore. And, in general, pots and pans are just a necessity. I got rid of as many as I could. Still had to many left. But I felt better. The number of pots and pans left would easily fit on my kitchen trolley so I deemed it good enough.
Since I had less attachment to pots and pans, that was a good starting place for me. I cleaned the bathroom pantry and got rid of a few dozen articles but there wasn't really a lot because I don't collect beauty products or hair products anymore. My makeup is contained in a plastic organizer and the few hair products I use last forever because I have short hair and it doesn't take but a dab. I'm sure if I went by how long I've had an item I could have gotten rid of a lot more but I need some jewelers glasses to see the small print before I can do that.
I went through the linens and put a few in the rag pile but again, I only keep a few sets of sheets since its just me and my bed. I actually wouldn't mind having one set and washing them each week until they fell apart but I'm thinking that some of those sheets will make a good tepee for the grandgirls in the backyard.
Knick knacks were packed up or donated. A few were gifts from the kids or grandkids and I wanted to think on certain ones before I let go. I think one plastic box of beloved knick knacks in the garage is not to much.
Books. That was hard but I took them to the local thrift. I knew they would go to someone else to love. I might add, that I have only one small bookshelf in my very small apartment. That helps make decisions easier, but I truth is I have been moving into smaller and smaller homes since the kids flew the nest so I have downsized books with each move which made it easier than one big clean out.
Because my closets are so small, I have to put away the winter items in containers each year. I've considered those zippered shelving units for the garage but that just hasn't come up on the to-do list yet.
So, we're back to clothes. As I told you yesterday, I'm down to a dozen pieces of clothing I wear often. Yet still there are items under those pieces that I do not wear. A jogging bra? When was the last time I jogged? A slip? I only have one dress left and it is very structured and does not require a slip. A bathing suit? I keep thinking I'll need one for family vacations. I know I've packed it, but I can't remember pulling it out in a very long.... well I just can't remember the last time. I know there are some little bitty panties in there. I don't know if they would fit but since going to high waist, high leg cut panties, I've never gone back. So they should go along with any ratty bras that may be buried back there.
I know there is a diaper and tie-dyed t-shirt my grandson, who is 15, wore as a baby. Ok, sentimental value saved them from the garbage pit.
There are a couple of shirts and shorts designated as yard-work attire, but I haven't pulled them out for yard-work so they really need to go.
I have four pairs of slacks left from my working days. I haven't tried them on and don't know if they'll fit. They fall into that famous "I Might Need Them Someday" category.
Mondo's theory about starting with clothes because we are less attached and can get into the downsizing spirit didn't work for me but by altering it to the kitchen I was able to build a head of steam that mostly worked for me.
Now that Granddaughter #1 has found the delights of staying for several nights in a row, I really should give her her own drawer. Maybe this article will motivate me. I'll let you know.