Not only that, I've been bringing things into the house that are like (although not exact) things I have spent a lot of time getting rid of. See, I blame it on halloween.
I love making my kids costumes, but sometimes what will happen is that I'll buy material and then I'll a) run out of time to make whatever I was going to with that or b) someone changes their mind or c) I bought too much fabric. And so then I find myself on October 31 surrounded by a bunch of things I don't need, in my now disaster of a sewing room.
I thought this year would be different. I thought I'd be better at not saving the little scraps, because I can put those in my rag donation bag. And I did, to some degree, but not enough. I thought I could re-purpose some of the leftovers, and some of the bought the wrong stuff, but I have a feeling I won't.
I MIGHT be able to handle this a little more thoughtfully, had I been keeping up with my 2 a day program. But I haven't been very good at that either. I've fallen out of the habit at the same time that it got a little more difficult. I've been through the major spaces once, gotten rid of the obvious clutter. Now I'm revisiting those spaces and making harder choices.
It was easy when I could open the linen closet and instantly see 7 bottles of body lotion I no longer used or cared for. It is much harder when you think about going through your towels and getting rid of the ones you don't need. Although maybe some things are still easy too--I recently decided I didn't need 20 bottles of sample mouthwash from the dentist. Heck, I probably don't need the 2 I kept. But overall, de-clutterign is taking more thought and energy now that I've whittled down the obvious.
AND we head into holidays, which is when I tend to accumulate stuff. This year I don't want to feel that "where do I put this" feeling when gifts arrive. But I'm not sure how to accomplish this.
How do you deal with "deep de-cluttering"? How about the holidays? Tell me about it.
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