You know, one of the problems with tackling clutter is it gets SO MUCH WORSE before it gets better. Working on it makes me SEE it. Also, with toys: I'd like to be able to give away some of the toys that are perfectly good---but of course, pieces are all tangled up with other pieces, and some pieces are probably under the bureau, and ARRRRGGGG!! Forget it!!
I have been such a crab about it, you would not believe it. Snapping at people! Making sarcastic remarks! Doing something I hate when other people do it, which is to make exasperated noises and fling a project down, saying "ARRRRGGGG!! Forget it!!" BAD BEHAVIOR.
Also, it's pretty crabbifying to look at all the stuff going in the trash: all the stuff I thought the kids would like, all the little things I bought on a whim or after careful thought, all the presents---going right back out of the house. I realize that's The Way of Material Things (it's not like I imagined them playing for years with a straw doll), but it's depressing to see so much of it at once.
Speaking of material, let me set you to work on a Clutter Challenge. I make the kids' beds with bottom sheets and pillowcases only. The top sheets, brand-new and with factory folds, I keep in a stack in a closet. I probably have a dozen of them, or maybe more. It's perfectly good fabric!
If we DID go into a Depression Era, I could make clothing out of it! Or curtains! I'd just have to learn to sew! I'd be kicking myself so hard if I'd thrown out enormous pieces of beautiful, brand-new cloth. Some of them are such pretty patterns!
Or, I could use it to make reusable fabric wrapping paper: I bought fabric ribbon on 75-90% off last Christmas for this very purpose.
Or, we might want to use them as sheets again some day. Never mind that the bottom sheets are much more worn, and/or wearing out completely and getting thrown out.
Or, I could offer them to one of you---maybe someone who makes quilts and could use big pieces of fabric. But fabric is heavy to ship.
My Version of the Story is showing the giftie she got and posting a new contest (it ends tonight, so hurry!).
Not the Daddy has a new contest up.
Living and Learning says there are only a few entries on her contest, so the odds are in your favor if you enter.
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