I decided to get busy with a little project of my own. I remembered reading about the idea of purging your home of 100 things every 3 months to keep the clutter down and I decided to get really ambitious and rid our home of 500 things over 6 days.
Because there are eleven people who share this space in our home we really have no room for clutter (also known as: stuff, things, junk and excess). I was excited to delve into this project because I love to organize and get rid of stuff. I'm like the opposite of a hoarder. I think this is why, a few days into this, I worried that we might not make it to 500 things. However, I decided to keep shooting for it anyway. The rules I made were simple:
1. If it gets thrown away, it counts as one thing. (One piece of junk mail, one forlorn shoebox, one pair of holey socks, etc.)
2. If it gets donated, it counts as one thing. (One article of clothing, one stamping set, one outgrown toy, etc.)
3. If it gets organized or passed along to another person in the household, it doesn't count - but it makes me feel great.
It was awesome to slowly watch my house go from this:
I know, it doesn't look much different in the hall closet. But I got rid of a bunch of excess in these bins where we keep the toys:
Side note: We use a checkout system with the toys. The kids are only allowed to have one bin out at a time. Once those toys are all back in their bin, they can get another one out. The closet locks. It's awesome.
helped push it over the limit. With help from the kids, I ended up ridding our house of 600+ things!
In the end, it was getting close, but the little kids' underwear drawer in the bathroom (36 pair of underwear, GONE!) and the lonely-sock box: 18 mates miraculously found; goodbye, 21 lonely socks!
I rewarded my efforts with half of a Green & Black's milk chocolate bar which Allen brought me back from his trip to England. I enjoyed it all the more from the solitude of my clutter-free closet (with the bedroom door locked).
However, the best reward by far was that awesome feeling of accomplishment and knowing that my house contains 600+ less things.