Probably the biggest reason this week has felt so blah is that a lot of the stuff I'm "getting rid of" is being saved for a sale. And my donation pie is full. So I'm not really seeing any progress.
The sale is in 8 days. I have a huge pile of books, clothes, and toys. I am only individually pricing the toys, which makes things easier. And my daughters are theoretically running this sale for extra cash, so they are encouraged to do their own de-cluttering. And they did! One daughter who declared to me, she needed a really big house when she grew up (to hold all her stuff) found 20 books on her shelf she didn't want anymore and is currently arguing with her sister about another 10 mutually shared books that she'd like to get rid of that her sister (the one who usually has no trouble with this) wants to keep. Everything left over is getting donated. Everything.
Also I am clearly ready to take another load of things to be donated. Between the two of us, my husband and I emptied a file cabinet! And I have another filled box, two trash bags of clothes, and another box that probably will be full by the end of the weekend. But all this stuff is still all piled up, making me still feel very cluttered and a little defeated.
So I am giving myself (and you if you need it) this pep talk.
Every little bit helps.
These piles of clutter are temporary.
You have made great progress! Go check out the smaller areas you have cleared!
Look how much you have inspired your family in their own efforts!
And now, I think I'll load the car and head out to donate my big pile.