I found two more tea lights in a sandwich baggie in the back of a cabinet. I’m sure I was having them for something, but what I dont know. I rarely use tea lights. The folder with the stretching excercises in it is from when I hurt my shoulder in 2018. I haven’t looked at the excercises since.
The folder was next to the tea lights. Imagine that.
I think I will finish cleaning out that cabinet tomorrow.
Today I’m cleaning out the two drawers of my coffee table.
Here’s what I’m letting go of.
I know. Cute stuff right? But if it’s just going to sit in a drawer unused then what’s the sense?
The dragonfly is cute and it has a little card with a saying but it doesn’t fit who I am anymore. The little notebook I bought in Vegas because I thought it was cool and now I dont remember why I thought I was cool. The bag with the face on is cool, but I have other ones I like better. Plus I can’t remember what I was going to put it in. Lol.
I’ve spent a half hour taking everything out of the drawers and wiping them out, going thru what is in the drawers, shredding old coupons and papers and I still have to put stuff back in the drawers.
I’ll probably rearrange things and put them in other places.
This morning I asked my husband if we could look for a shelf to put what is on the bottom shelf of my steel table in the basement so I could have the whole table as my craft/writing area.
Twenty minutes later I have a shelf that my husband had in the garage in the back hall.
Holy crap! He was going to use it in the shed, but he told me to use it in the basement and we’ll get another one for the shed at another time.
What amazes me about this whole letting go process is I think about it all of the time! I think about what I’m going to let go of next. I think about how I want to move this here so I can move that there. I think about different storage containers and how I can organize stuff to gain more space.
Ladies and gentlemen this is NOT me. I never thought about stuff like this ever. I bought a container and put stuff in or if there was room in a cabinet I’d stuff something in there. I never thought about function and where something should be placed to be more efficient space and time wise.
I proud to say that this is the person I am becoming and I am very happy about this.
I spent a half hour yesterday on Amazon looking for new canisters to put my flour, sugar, brown sugar in. Plus I went to Kohls and Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walmart to look.
Letting go of stuff is taking up a lot of my time. I haven’t written anything but my blog posts all month.
I’m not complaining. It’s been exhausting, but very good for me. This has been something I’ve needed to do for myself. I have opens spaces in cabinets which leads to open spaces in my life and head.
I have a feeling this is going to continue past October. Probably until I have gone thru every nook and cranny in my house.
This is what I’m letting go of today.
Don’t worry. I still have fifteen more bottles of essential oil in my cabinet and yes I am looking for a cabinet for them. I know they have them at Walmart.
Wow! I’m becoming more organized than I ever have been.
Honestly, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I thought I would run out of stuff or get frustrated and give up or not have enough time.
I surprised myself.
It’s a good thing.
Here’s what I’m letting go of today:
Last week one of my coworkers, a 21 year male, lost his mother. She died unexpectedly in her sleep. Very sad situation. The family doesnt have a lot of money so we are taking a collection of can goods and personal hygiene at work. I’m donating the above items to the family today.
A coworker is going to drop off the donated items at their house on Monday.
It is easier to let go of stuff when you know who it’s going to.
I have the above two bins on a shelf on the cabinet below the coffee maker.
I can’t believe that I found more note paper in the bin on the left! 2 big pads and 2 little ones.
I also found 6 rolls of tape.
All I can do is shake my head.
You can guess what I’m letting go of today.
3 pads. 2 rolls of tape. 2 rings for the table and umbrella we dont have anymore.
8 items and I still have the other bin to go thru.
Side edit: I wrote this post last night. This morning I asked my husband about the 2 rings and he wants to keep them. This is the first thing I have asked him about. Most of the things I have let go of I knew he wouldnt notice/care.
So 6 items.
Not much in the other bin. Mostly has guy stuff in.
And 7 phone books.
Yes 7. 1 from 2018. 3 from 2019. 3 from 2020.
I’m keeping 2. 1 would probably do. Does anyone even look at a phone book anymore?
I’m not adding them to the total things I’m letting go of. They should have been tossed months ago.
I’m amazed at how much stuff I have in the nooks and crannies in our house.
I found 6 bags of Halloween candy I bought last year and bag of Valentine’s Day chocolate I received from work in a cabinet in the kitchen.
I’m letting go of this candy today. I gave two bags to my brother. Three bags are going to my mom’s. My step daughter is taking one bag and I’m bringing one bag to work.
I now have a section of the cabinet to put my husband’s coffee in. (Picture below) The slow cooker is on the other side of the cabinet. I’m thinking of putting it in the closet under the stairs. Then I can move the box of coffee that is above the stove to the cabinet. I want new containers for sugar and flour and brown sugar. If I buy new containers I can move my sugar and flour to above the stove and have more room in my pantry.
It makes sense to have the coffee by the coffee maker.
The containers above are
what I use now for sugar and stuff. Not very adult like. The dog treat containers worked back then, but not now. I want something more girly. Something pretty. I’ve been wanting this since covid hit.
I’m going to the consignment shop this week to drop some stuff off. Maybe she still has the canisters.
Wednesday night I cleaned the top drawer of my nightstand. I didnt take a picture, but there was a bunch of junk in it. Dull pencils, a couple of pens, a small notebook, a bottle of aspirin and a bunch of other stuff.
When I woke up this morning I went thru my husband’s nightstand. His had two things in it. An old phone and a receipt from 2017.
Heres what I’m letting go of today.
The phone I going in the garbage. My mom, my sister, my niece and I all bought self defense eye poker outers on one of shopping trips over a year ago. It must been in my nightstand drawer since I bought it. Gone. I bought the bookmark at a garage sale. It’s cute but it’s only long enough for a regular size paperback. Gone.
I organized my nightstand drawer this morning.
Over the last couple of days I’ve thought a lot about function.
What is the function of our bedroom?
The main function is to sleep. (And to make love, but that’s not my focus right now 🙂 ).
I’m questioning why I have what I have in my bedroom.
I have to say it’s because I always have had it this way. Sad, but true. This way of thinking that doesnt work for me anymore
Here is a picture of what I have on my dresser.
And my nightstand
I’m starting to ask myself questions as I walk around my house.
Why is this here?
What is the purpose and function?
Should I move it?
Do we even use it?
Would it be more functional somewhere else?
These questions were in my head as we closed up our trailer. I probably brought two thirds of the stuff home to go thru it over the winter to see if we use it or not. I’m taking a couple of things I know we don’t use to the consignment shop.
I had all of my utensils in the owl. I can’t tell you the last time we used them. We cook in my sister in law’s she shed. I have a vacuum I use so I don’t need the dust pan that was in a drawer we rarely open. I dont think I’ve ever used it. The laundry bag was hanging in the closet. We never used it. There is comforter that was under our bed that isn’t in the picture.
Unused stuff clogging our life.
Since I’m questioning my stuff I’m also questioning how I use my cabinets.
I have an awesome cabinet in our bedroom.
I’m wondering if I can use this more effectively. Maybe I can use it for storage for things I’m not using in my office. Or put my arts and craft stuff in there.