Each year I try to have a theme - a focus - so to speak. One year it was the Year of the Caper. Another year it was the Year of the Restaurant. Most years have seemed like the Year of Boy Scouts or the Year of Bulldogs. I have even had repetitive years of the Year of the Blanket. Last year was the Year of Knitting from the Stash. This year has a very worthwhile theme which builds on the idea of knitting from the stash (which doesn't preclude buying new yarn, it just means that you try to also knit up a significant portion of your existing yarn stash)...
2016 The Year of the PURGE
There. I've said it. I'm trying really hard to clean up every aspect of my life - I hope to donate, throw away, clean up or use up things from my house - from the closets to the cabinets, to the basement, attic, garage and yarn stash.
January 1st started off on the right foot. I removed everything from my junk drawer, cleaned it all out, threw away a dozen key chains that were just taking up space (why do I save key chains?), and now I have a fully functional, clean junk drawer. Even Secundogeniture gave me a "Wow!" when he opened it to get the car keys.
What can I tell you? It felt great to clean up and purge the clutter in this one teeny tiny space. I knew immediately after completing this project that 2016 had to be the year of deep cleaning, purging, simplifying and minimizing. I plan to declutter one little area (or more) each week to ensure I keep everything tidy and organized and with minimum junk.
Next up, I tacked my shoes in the closet. I don't work in the city anymore, so I don't really wear a lot of shoes. In fact, I pretty much wear my red or black Mary Jane Keens every where I go. With my inserts and these comfortable shoes, I can pretty much walk anywhere I want and never have a problem. But those days of working in Manhattan with lots of painful shoes were hard to shed. But I knew it was time. I plugged my nose, took a deep breath, and jumped right in. I managed to fill an entire garbage bags with shoes to take to the Goodwill.
As my sister always asks me "And what color of black shoes are you wearing with that outfit?" Haha - Yes - all my New York City work shoes are black, black and more black.
After the master bedroom closet, I moved into the master bath. I opened the drawer to the vanity because it was driving me crazy. I could barely shut it anymore. One garbage bag later, and the disposal of creams, medicines, hotel soaps, and more from ten years or so and my drawer is now nearly empty. I am so excited!
Since that vanity drawer was so easy and felt so great, I tackled the cabinet under the sink. It was another spot where I could barely close the doors. Every time I opened the door I was in fear for my life that everything would come tumbling out.
And yes, I did just share a photo of some Kotex with you. I'll just let that sink in.
I also cleaned out the laundry room - but forgot to take any pictures. I promise to get better.
Some of the other areas I plan to focus my Year of the Purge energy on in the very near future include:
- the pantry
- the cupboards in the laundry room
- the knit nook yarn stash
- the knit nook cabinets and drawers
- the photo albums
- the icebox in the garage
- the garage
- the guest bedroom closets
- Primogeniture's closet
- Secundogeniture's closet
- the bookshelves
- the fabric stash
- the yarn stash
- the camping supplies
- the collection of Boy Scout patches
It feels great. Anyone want to join me?