Today's tidying tasks:
1. Went through massive stockpile of regular toothbrushes (acquired via dentists, school programs, clearances) and got rid of all but a small handful. Everyone in the family except me uses electric toothbrushes. The ones I got rid of are all in packages, so they can be donated to the local food pantry (which also gives out household basics like soap and paper towels).
2. Went through the closet and bureau in our room. Got rid of two bags of clothes we never wear. Bringing to clothing donation dumpsters. Also threw out about ten pairs of the kind of big-knit socks people get for Christmas. Threw out a pair of worn-out sandals I thought I'd already thrown out.
3. Found TWO Hello Kitty back-of-seat car organizers I bought on clearance lonnnnnng ago and suddenly remembered I had. Put them in the car. Used the bag they'd been stored in to gather up a bunch of trash from the car, and found Elizabeth's headband cat ears that have been lost since last Halloween.
4. Threw out four boxes of hair color so old it's bound to be no good anymore, even if I were planning to dye my hair that color. Remembered to salvage the excellent little conditioners that come with boxed color.
5. Established corner of dining room to start putting piles of stuff to be donated. It's right where I walk past on my way out the door, so I'm hoping that will cue me to take things when I'll be driving past the drop-offs for them.
This list looks more impressive to me than the actions were. None of them were THOROUGH cleans/tidies; all of them were quick first-scan types of tidies, where I got rid of the obvious stuff and didn't push it to the hard decisions. I'm still doing more "If in doubt, keep it," reserving "If it doubt, toss it out" for later or possibly never.
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