My goodness, I've gone on nearly a month without a post. We've been to see the doctors in Denver three times, we drove to KC then to Illinois to see family and attend a wedding.
That brings me to one of my clutter-busters. There have been a couple of little birds in my ear about having too much stuff.
Meredith at Like Merchant Ships commented on how packing everything means there's not much left. I also love the link she (and Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer) posted about getting down to 100 things. If you don't need it on a long trip, do you need it at all?
Not to mention, Jeana at Days to Come went to London for several weeks! I think she's gained a lot of lessons from it, and she's spreading it on to me. Jeana, it was such a short post, but it had a BIG impact on me.
So, when we got back from the wedding, all of our toiletries were in a carry-on sized bag. Since this was for a wedding, I really did take nearly everything. I decided to take a look at my bathroom shelves and purge everything possible. I was BRUTAL. My husband and my sister will attest to how many medicines and bottles and vitamins and soaps and shampoos I've collected.
Now I only have one problem- how do I get rid of barely used shower gel and vitamins? I can't bear to throw them away... at least, not without a strong admonition from the internets.
They're still filed away in a corner of the shelves, still cluttering up, but I'm ready for them to go, as soon as I figure out how.
Oh- I should say I DID throw away quite a lot. This is the stuff too "good" to throw away.
Now, I know I should do the same with the clothes. Honestly, we just have SO many, it's too hard a task to tackle. This needs to be a priority in the near future.
Yesterday, a friend was looking for a particular used homeschool curriculum. I knew there was a flyer in a bag of freebies- from a HS conference IN MARCH! Ugh, sometimes I'm disgusted with myself.
So, I picked up the bag, sorted through it, found the flyer, looked for the website, and three almost all of the rest AWAY!
I am FREE! Why didn't I do this three or four months ago?
I threw out... maybe twenty flyers, and probably fifteen misc bathroom items. Add 35 to the count!