With the arrival of Spring comes my habitual urge to do some decluttering. And, since I know from experience that this urge is as fleeting as that April snow, I am going to take full advantage of it.
A couple weeks ago I issued a challenge to my husband, after another frustrating trip to the basement to look for something that I couldn't find in the mess. Out of sight, out of mind. The basement is a too convenient spot to dump stuff "temporarily". But then it never leaves. The challenge was for us to each find one thing per day to get rid of, whether to sell or donate. It's a small baby step that over time, let's say a year, would add up to 730 items removed from the premises! Between the closets, cupboards, basement and garage that could make a noticeable difference. I did have to throw in the caveat that throwing away a rusty nail would not count. A jar full of nails, yes.
I am happy to say I have been keeping up with the challenge. My husband has some catching up to do. This week alone I have sold eight things on eBay and Etsy, which has also pocketed me $136.50. Ka-ching! Great incentive. (Of course, the printer died this week so that money is already earmarked.) I also took a car load of items to drop off at Goodwill. The closets are already looking a little leaner.
Another area I need to work on is all my projects in waiting. We rent a storage unit for those, mostly larger furniture items. To justify the rental cost I need to get some money coming in on those. With the return of warmer weather I'll be able to work in the garage again on those.
And last but not least we'll be making a road trip to Texas this summer. That's primarily to spent some quality time with family, but a bonus will be delivering several boxes of books and other things that our son has been storing here. I know we're not the only empty nesters that have this problem. The kids don't want us to get rid of their sentimental things, but on the other hand they don't really want them at their houses either. Sigh.
I have a few more things to list in my Etsy shop today so if you want to take a look, head over to Red Telly Vintage. I plan to do another post soon featuring some items I have in the shop. Check back soon. Here's a sneak preview.