Decluttering my home – and my life

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I made the mistake of staying up until 3:00 am last night. My old body can’t handle all nighters like I used to. I didn’t sleep well either – too many weird dreams that are fading fast as they sometimes do.

But last night – I got a lot accomplished and it feels good. Great even. My spare room is coming along nicely.

For many months, I’ve told myself that I would clean out my office and make room to take things home from my dad’s house. Well, I didn’t. And I still have boxes I need to bring home this weekend that I just don’t have the room for. My office was so piled with crap, I could barely walk in the room which doesn’t help with the mouse problem. Not that I’ve seen a critter since my last “Friday mice post”.

I hauled out THREE full garbage bags yesterday. I cleaned out my pantry and cupboards in the kitchen. There’s still some work to do. I got rid of things I’ve carried around for fifteen years that I kept telling myself I would use one day. I got rid of old art supplies that have probably dried up. I still have some more I need to go through today.

I went through TWO boxes of shredding. I don’t have a shredder which is why the paperwork piled up as long as it did. So, by hand, I shredded the boxes and have another bag of garbage to take out. I also cleaned out my fridge which I really need to actually clean.

There’s still a lot to do in the office. I have boxes of clothes I need to go through and see what I can give away. I have too many things now and that’s a problem. It actually gives me anxiety thinking about it.

I’m only keeping items that have sentimental value or that I’ve used in the last five years. The rest – is going in the garbage or will be given away. My next job is to go through all my pictures and albums – if I can remember where put them all.

But today – I feel good because of this. Lighter. It’s one small step in clearing out my home and organizing my life. The main reason I’m doing this is so I’ll have less to do when I move in the spring.

Decluttering my home. And decluttering my life — those are two things I’ll be working on for the next little while.

No plans for the weekend. I am supposed to see dad tomorrow and will be at the house again. This is the final clean up and then it’s done. The house will be in the hands of the new owners and our lives will go on.

It’s a big change. And one we’re all ready for. It’s still sad to say goodbye, but at the same time – it’s time to let go.

You see… home isn’t just a house that I lived in. Home is wherever my dad is.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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