Today is another decluttering and simplifying marathon.
Lindsay the Frugal Crafter used the Konmari method to clear out her house. It took Lindsay 6 months to do it. I have a 10 day rental for our dumpster and intend to do the entire house in that time frame. Wish me luck!
My first problem is I started in the most difficult room. I started in my work space. Now you may be asking why that’s the most difficult room in which to begin. Well, most of us consider our art supplies to be “precious”. Because these things cost-sometimes-big bucks, it’s hard to let them go. Well, I had to get over that. I have my desk top left to go in this room. And I should mention, I will be going through everything again and thinning out more. This is just the first round of decluttering. I’m getting rid of the most obvious stuff I know I won’t use and putting the other stuff where it goes. Laurie and I organized a couple months ago, so most stuff is already in its own spot and labeled.
So far I have emptied 28 different storage items. Not all are full sized totes or equally large cardboard boxes, but most of them are. I have filled 8 garbage bags with stuff that’s broken, recycled materials, small scraps, and junk. None of this is something I would want to donate to a second hand store, because it’s junk.
What I find so amazing is I’m emptying stuff from the area outside my room, where I keep my excess/overflow and I’m able to move what I want to keep into this room room and it fits. I have room for the supplies I want to keep! That’s unbelievable to me. The workroom was so crammed packed full of stuff I had a pathway through it to get to my wall of totes. Now the carpet is visible, you can sit in the chair, the table holds four totes separated into categories: Lettering supplies and books, Art Journals, Coloring books and sheet music, and a box of wire bound notebooks.
I had been planning to purchase several wire bound notebooks the next time I was in town because I couldn’t find any writing paper. I use the notebooks for project descriptions and instructions, ideas for home improvements, gardening notes, the kids stuff, doctors instructions and medications, you name it and I write it down!
I always have several notebooks, labeled and in my bookshelf near my work desk. Until suddenly, there were none! Impossible! Can’t be! I buy these in bulk, people. I should really say by the ton…
Since I’ve been working down here, I’ve found 17 spiral bound notebooks with only a couple pages used in each. I’ve found several sketch pads, including a couple small ones I can carry in my purse. (This was another item on my list of stuff to get when I go into town.) I found water color paper, canvas paper, tracing paper, a couple packs of card stock and a huge box of family photos. There’s a ziplock bag filled with film which needs to be developed in there too.
Ive found lettering books I completely forgot I had. I have enough ink pens to last my lifetime and the lifetimes of my kids. I have so many in-progress art journals they take up an entire box all by themselves…The coloring books, both completed and not worked in yet, fill another box. I found coloring books I don’t remember ever seeing before, much less purchasing.
There are several things I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy again. For example, I love to use vintage book pages in my art journals. I had books scattered everywhere! I consolidated them into boxes and they’re behind my work desk. After seeing I have four boxes filled with vintage encyclopedias, children’s books, books with gorgeous photography and still others with interesting text or fonts-I have enough vintage books to last my lifetime. I don’t need any more. Ever.
There were four adorable sewing boxes beneath the metal table. I picked my favorite one, emptied the others into that one and now have one full sewing box. One was filled with all Singer sewing needles, bobbins, etc. My singer became a boat anchor late last year-why would I need any Singer stuff anymore? I’m giving it all to Laurie, as I’m sure she has a Singer sewing machine in her life somewhere. Whether at her home or at school where she makes our theatre costumes. And if she doesn’t, she’ll have sewing friends that do…
This was just an update on my progress so far. More will follow.