It's not a secret that I can't stand cleaning. I know I should be this happy housewife that really enjoys cleaning...something, but the truth of the matter is, I don't. Yes, I like when things are clean. Yes, I like when things are orderly. It's the "getting there" part that trips me up.
Friday I will begin the purge of my life. (It's actually the 2nd biggest purge because when my boyfriend (now my husband) asked me to move in with him, I had to purge years and years worth of stuff. Years! It took me weeks.) Anyway, Friday is purge day because A) I am off from work, B) I have someone to watch my daughter, and C) It just needs to happen. I have been doing a few small pieces here and there. Of course my daughter wants to "help," so she helps by taking everything out of the bag I just filled. That's always fun. I have been holding on to stuff that I can't even begin to justify. Why am I such a hoarder?? (I'm not as bad as the people on that show! Don't let my husband tell you that I am!) ;-)
What about stuff you are keeping that is brand new and never used? Maybe it was a gift. What about clothing or items with tags still attached? Why haven't I used it, or when will I actually use it? I know the rule of thumb is to toss it out if it hasn't been used in a year. Or in my case, ever. I feel horrible throwing it and I always try to think about when I'll be using it next. Friday I need to be strong and toss things I know I'm not using. I did it a month ago with clothes, and I ended up filling 4 bags to donate to Good Will. I'm hoping to get a lot done.
Now I'm hearing we are getting more SNOW on Friday. Cross your fingers for me. This purge needs to happen! If you have any tips on organizing, decluttering, or just cleaning tips in general, share your favorites. I'd love to hear from you! :-)