Here is the before and after of all my junk in the home office I share with the mister. Yesterday I got really serious (like I said I would) and got rid of so many things that were weighing me down. Now I have a large recycle bin (free from the shredding people Saturday!) full to the brim with craft supplies and whatnot to donate, I have a crate of things that are bound for other people (only if they want it!) a box of beautiful Mary Jane's Farm and Somerset magazines bound for my friend's mom in KY, and a bag of clothing to donate. And I gave away my first item ever to Freecycle! It was my old dress dummy I used for my vintage clothing photography, emphasizing that really, truly the little shop is closed. (If I ever sell again it won't be clothing, anyway.) The space is clean and useable again, but I know this was just round one. I also cleared out our downstairs art room (that used to be the dining room) of my scrapbook things. The first purge is the easiest; I'll be rolling my sleeves up again in the new week.
Important things I'm learning as I go:
- Stay motivated with good books and articles.
- Ask the mister if he thinks something looks good on me. I trust him.
- Let go of projects that are unlikely to ever be done.
- Hanging on to anything to repurpose when you are still in dig-out phase is not worthwhile.
- Hanging on to things to repurpose when you already have items that fit that purpose is also not worthwhile.
- Keep focused on what you want to be doing with your time and space. It makes it a lot easier to pitch whatever doesn't fit with that vision.