Do you see decluttering on my Today list? If you came to my house, you would say "what clutter?" We have very little stuff and yet I am overwhelmed. My sister who has worked as a professional organizer says I don't have much, the moving company declared we didn't have much, a causal observer would say the same thing. Then why do I still find stuff that we no longer need?
One answer is that kids grow out of toys, clothes, and even books. I look around and more than half (maybe even two thirds) of what I have is child related. In my heart, I am still the girl who can move everything in the back of her car. Recently, a moment of clarity revealed that this clutter is fleeting. Someday, I won't need 25 baggies of activities, (beads, clay, paints) to entertain little children. And while I don't intent to succumb to the clutter, it comforts me to know that someday it will be very easy to clean my house.
Cate is under the weather with a nasty cold. She rarely gets sick so it breaks my heart to see her cough and whine "I don't like being sick." We are stuck at home today. It is cold, rainy, and windy. Not the kind of weather a sick child can enjoy. So today, I am tackling my giant junk box. I consider myself an organized person until it is apparent that I am not. I've been dumping my small "junk drawer" periodically into a big 18 gallon Rubbermaid container. What a huge mess. The container is so full and overwhelming that I've ignored it and it has become nearly impossible.
Anyway the junk has entertained Cate and Si most of the day. What I found:
enough Euro coins for a couple cups of coffee in a Paris cafe (a girl can dream),
a baggie's worth of loose beads.
hair clips and tie backs (now I know where they all went)
half a dozen library pencils
a sweet April poem
arrowheads sent by my mom
the thermometer-that came in handy
11 of the dozen paper muffins from a kindermusik activity
acorn doll stand
a wind-up bunny that Si loves
enough junk plastic to equal the total yearly intake of this blogger
And alas, I have another bag of items to take to the Goodwill
Some in process photos of the toy closet and the junk box.