I'm feeling pretty good about the progress that I have been able to make in just a couple of days. I have mainly been working on the toys and school items this week. My garbage man just took out a really big bag of trash from the school room. I have to admit that I had gone through my desk, file cabinet and arts and crafts cabinets just a couple of months ago and eliminated tons of papers and other items there.
We moved all the construction toys out of the boys room. That was a major source of clutter in there! Legos, KNex, Erector Sets, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, FischerTechnic, and more....the accumulation of having boys in the house for almost 19 years! The older boys don't use any of these construction sets anymore...except for the 15 year old who will occasionally build some with the huge KNEX set we have. Every thing has a new home...in my room.( they are all in shoeboxes and are sitting on a narrow shelf behind my bedroom door--they are still accessible, but much more controllable!). The huge box of KNEX and the huge box of dress up clothes that are now in the top of the closet. I still need to go through or have the older boys go through all the clothes and eliminate old t-shirts and such, boxing up what we want to save and getting rid of the rest. I added clothes to the younger boys closet that are too big for them and will have to box them up to keep the confusion down. I hope to take out a large cabinet in there after we go through all the clothes. Jordan's clothes are in that cabinet, but I think we should be able to have all four boys clothes in a dresser and chest of drawers. They also have a huge closet that they share. We could put a couple of storage drawers under a bed or in the closet if needed. I hope to get their room painted and get new bedding and curtains for them for part of their Christmas.
In the kitchen I elimated some plastic dishes and decorations that were on the countertops. Countertop space is limited and we have lots going on in the kitchen. My decorations will have to be elsewhere!
In the school room, I was able to collect almost two boxes of books that I feel we can part with and I also have two or three in the attic. Lauren (ore married daughter with three little ones) took several items home with her from the school room including three Melissa and Doug Magnetic charts...weather, chores and schedule, a big box of Little Tykes Waffle Blocks, a Fisher Price castle and farm along with a box of items that go with them....and a crock-pot cookbook!
In addition to mounds of laundry and other regular household duties, I hope today to finish de-cluttering the top of my desk. Yesterday I managde to clear one stack that contained a collection of recipes cut from magazines and printed off from the internet. All are now organized in a large notebook and tucked inside page protectors. I weeded out several recipes from a recipe box and tossed the broken box away. The recipe cards will be added to the notebook today and there are a handfull of frequently used recipes tucked inside a kitchen cabinet that will be typed up and put in the notebook. I have a feeling I'll be sharing recipes with you for a while now! We had a new-to-us recipe this morning that I will share with you soon. It was delicious, but we think it will be even better with just a little bit of tweaking.
That's about all the progress I've made this week and I need to get going if I am going to get anything else done today. How about you? Are you tackling some de-cluttering projects? Have you blogged about it? Leave a comment with your blog ling or just let us all know how you are doing.
Linking up with Laurie over at Common Sense Homesteading.