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.
What I’ve been doing every morning is opening up a drawer or a cabinet door and picking out my items to let go of.
Today it was the linen closet.
Here are my five items. I realize I can go down to three items today, but I’m doing five today.
The hair spray is almost empty so I’m throwing it in the garbage. I can’t remember the last time I used it. The little can of hair spray I take to Vegas. I dont use hairspray at all anymore so it has to go. Same with the can of mousse. The small tube of toothpaste is a freebie from the dentist. I don’t like it. The small black container is a sample of body scrub I received as a free sample over a year ago from the Lush store in Vegas. Never even tried it. Dont plan on trying it. Bye. Bye.
No anxiety today letting go of these items.
The thrift store I donate my items to donates the money they raise to a local hospice in the area. This makes my heart happy.
I have to admit the deeper I get into letting go of stuff the more anxiety I have.
My mind keeps thinking…..
Why am I doing this?
What am I doing?
Am I doing the right thing?
What the hell am I doing?
100 items? Really?
Will I be able to tell a difference in my house once these items are gone?
The biggest question I have is what will I do if I need something that I brought to the thrift store or sold?
This question scares the crap out of me even though I probably haven’t touched any of those items in over a year. For some reason these items are comfort. They are a part of me and my house. A part of me wants that wants to hang on and let everything stay the same
My head sometimes screams Who cares if the items are collecting dust and we don’t use them. We should still keep them. You’re freaking me out. What are we doing to do with the empty space?
I didn’t realize doing this would bring up so much fear and anxiety.
But on the flip side I can feel myself letting go. Kinda relaxing.
It feels like that little imaginary string that holds my life together is starting to unravel.
Maybe it’s time to let go and see what happens.
Last night at work I felt myself deep breathing a lot. I kept reminding myself off and on to just let go. Let it all go. It’s ok. Just let it go.
I hope letting go is making room in my life for me to grow and change and bring more of me out into the light.
Stuff is/was clogging my life. If my life is clogged no new can come in.
If I want the new to come in, I have to let go of the old. Let go and breathe. Wish it will and move on.
Somtimes easier said than done.
Today I’m letting go of two plastic bins. I sold them this morning.
I am also letting go of tea lights. I had 15 tea lights. I’m keeping 6. I’m also letting go of a kitchen utensil I don’t use.
Even though I’m scared and I don’t know where this journey is taking me, I’m going to continue to move forward.
I cant help but to wonder where I will be on October 31st.
Will I feel lighter?
Will anything have changed?
Will something fun have come into my life?
I’m kinda excited to see where I will be on October 31st!
I’m cleaning one cube of my eight mcube storage cabinet.
It’s a mess.
There are six coloring books. I’m keeping one. I don’t color. I bought them thinking I would. I colored one picture in one book. I’m taking four to the consignment shop and one is going to the thrift store
In one bin is stickers and in the other are words and.phrases I cut out of magazines. I’m keeping them. The deck of cards and can of air I’m moving to the tv stand cabinet. I’m keep the Kelly Rae Robert’s journal.
I’m moving my bins of colored pens and pencils from my coffee table to the cube.
My plan is to move the bins to the cube and put books where the bins were. This will get the pile of books off of the floor.
I will show a picture of the cube tomorrow. I forgot to take one before I left today.
Here are the four items I’m letting go of today.
I dont know why I have the crayons. I have a huge box. I have been holding onto the stickers. I’m probably never going to use them. The coloring book I’m never going to use. I bought it at a garage sale.
There was one more item. I remember. It was a lock box that used to be my aunts. I sold it on marketplace yesterday.
Can’t wait to organize my books, but that’s another post…
Here’s a picture of the four things I’m letting go of today.
The Aveeno Oat Masks were free with the purchase of Aveeno lotion. I don’t like trying new things especially on my sensitive skin. I have been hanging onto these for over a year. I’m giving them to my sister. The Ticonderoga pencil sharpener were free with purchase of Ticonderoga pencils. It’s cute, but I have an electric pencil sharpener I love. It has to go. The coloring book was free at the post office. I thought I would color and learn more about the US. I’ve had it for six months and haven’t touched. Bye. Bye.
While I was working on my craft table yesterday I went thru my stamps and picked out 8 to let go of. I’m using 4 for the four items I’m letting go of today.
I don’t use any of these. I don’t really like the flowers. I havent made anything for Halloween in a long time. The bat is cute, but has to go. I have another stamp that has trust your heart written on it. I dont need two.
I put the other four on Marketplace to sell.
That’s all for today. I’m writing this in the Kohls parking. I have to return a shirt and then off to the trailer to close it up for the season.
I hate closing because it means winter is coming and you know what that means.
Snow. Cold. Ice.
I decided to post a picture of what I let go every day to keep myself motivated.