Monday, July 6, 2015

Week Eight: Freedom from clutter!

Week Eight: Saturday, July 4th : Freedom from clutter!

As we celebrated our 4th of July, we had the time to relax, swim, grill, and have friends over...all without panic cleaning before hand. In fact, we are finding we have so much extra TIME now, that I was able to take on a couple larger projects over the three day weekend (painting the upstairs bathroom, fixing the downstairs toilet, cleaning and organizing my art room/art studio/woman cave),  sort and organize our filing cabinet, the girls school pictures, yearbooks, and school work from elementary school (they will both be in jr. high or high school next year!)...and STILL have time to chill out outside, watch the new Hobbit movie, and sleep in a little.

We didn't add any new concept or method to the simplification madness this past week, but kept on organizing drawer by drawer, room by room. Our pile for Goodwill keeps getting smaller and smaller each week, and now we'll have an even bigger stack of storage containers to donate. Joe finished up going through his 'memory' boxes so now those can also be stored away.

This week we are doing one thing from Kondo's book: unpacking and repacking our bags each day. We both bike commute, so who needs the extra weight of extra stuff? In my case, I had about 1,000 lip balms, about 2 lbs of loose change, and several pairs of headphones. WHY? So, I cleared out my bag, repacked with just what I needed for the day, and it is a bit lighter and more organized for the effort. And with to work I go!

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