The school is getting ready to start in four days (FOUR DAYS!!) and I have to admit I’m a little sad. Probably the biggest reason is that I’ve been enjoying sleeping until 8:30 every morning and not having to worry about when I go to bed. I’m going to miss that.
Of course, now that I’m ready to buckle down, I have to go back to work and the kids are back in school. I need a way to do this that’s somewhat painless. I decided to put my family through an eight-week challenge.
Like the graphics?? Here’s how it’s going down in our house.
Each and every week for the next eight weeks, we are going to fill two GINORMOUS trash bags. One will be filled with things to donate. The other will be filled with trash, the things I’ve been hanging on to “just in case” but can’t be donated: things like broken crockery I was saving for mosaics and the holey shirts I was saving for the fabric. Obviously, if it can be recycled, we will do that (three dozen sour cream containers, anyone?). We have to do this EVERY WEEK for eight weeks.
I am hoping this helps put things into perspective for me. I have a tendency to hang on to things that I really shouldn’t. For example, I always buy two pairs of snow boots every year at garage sales for my kids. Do they need two pairs? Sometimes. Realistically, it’s two days every winter when school is canceled for two days in a row and they spend the entire day outside. But, with a bit of pre-planning and a bit of organization, I can DONATE that second pair of boots and the kids can set their boots out to dry when they take them off, instead of kicking them into the corner. There are lots of kids that could use that second pair. We don’t need two.
I’ve already filled half a bag full of clothing that we don’t wear often enough to warrant keeping. I’m hoping this helps keep me accountable and purging.
Good luck to me!