I came up with what I thought was a fun and inspiring cleaning goal: fill one trash bag (NOT from trash cans) before Trash Day. It did not work. Not because it was a bad idea, but because I just Didn't Do It. Didn't even take a trash bag out of the cupboard.
I DID, however, get rid of three Large Items from our playroom: two big toys (a riding toy and a sit-'n'-spin) and one child-sized chair. We Freecycled them. The playroom floor looks so much bigger and clearer now.
I also got one step closer in the PLANNING process of hanging a picture that's been leaning against the wall since I bought it a month ago. I didn't hang it, but I thought of where I might like to hang it. Uh, woot!
I finished off an almost-empty bottle of orange vodka. That was some HARD WORK, but now there's one fewer bottle cluttering up the shelves! ...Well, except that I used the bottle to make a new batch of vanilla extract, so now it's cluttering up the counter instead. I wonder if I can Freecycle all the cordials I bought when I thought I'd like them? (I don't like them.) I suppose not.
Fastest de-cluttering turnaround ever: I bought three bottles of lotion on 75% off, tried it once, didn't like the smell, gave the opened bottle to my mom and put the other two in the food pantry donation bin. It was hard to do it (it smelled FINE in the store! it was 75% off! it was Dove and I love Dove!), but I thought, "I'm not going to use it. So do I put in the donation bin NOW, or do I store the bottles for a couple of years and THEN donate them?" I could also have returned them, but they were something like $1.24 each, and also I hate returning things that the clerk might think I've opened and used, and also the food pantry recently put out a request for more of this sort of thing---I can't think of the word for it, but non-food stuff like paper towels and lotion. "Sundries"?
I'm going to get rid of the rest of the dolls. I'd done a first sweep and didn't find myself any more attached to the remaining dolls, and I think it's that I just don't want to collect/have dolls anymore. I'm going to keep some of the outfits for Elizabeth's doll, but not many because she doesn't really play with her doll either.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...