It's Sunday and the kids are cleaning their rooms. My husband is cleaning toilets...yes!!...and I'm getting ready to vacuum.
It's easy to clean, (not fun, but easy enough) but not so easy to organize and de-clutter. How can we get rid of more things? If we do head off into the sunset with the Foreign Service, where do we put all the stuff? I know there are lists about what to pack that we can utilize once we need to. But, still, how do I continue to save things that are important? Or maybe they really aren't important. Maybe my view of what's important is wrong.
I save kid's artwork. The good stuff, anyway. I get rid of worksheets. I save report cards. I love books. My kids love books. I have too many shampoos and face creams. My kids have lots of legos. I mean big time. I have framed artwork hung up that I like. I have lots of my own art supplies. Paints, canvases, brushes. We have bikes, scooters, soccer balls and basketballs. We have a bird feeder, birdbath and a grill. I have a clock from 1800 that was my grandfather's. I don't think I'd trust movers with it, but I love it.
It seems there should be some sort of criteria to meet in order for the stuff to be granted "Take" or "Toss" status. Or "Store", "Take" or "Toss".
Maybe a flow chart. For example, If you answered yes to question A, then proceed to question B. If the answer to B is always or sometimes, the item falls into "Take" category. Hmm
And that's not even getting into the whole weight thing. Who knows how much all our stuff weighs?