So, it’s day two and I’m still going. I’m going slowly, but making progress.
Day one, I basically just cleaned the living room with a eye towards throwing out anything I could. I did the easy things, things I was happy to throw away, but just hadn’t really thought to do before. The surface was clean enough to put up Christmas decorations. The shelves are a bit less crowded, but I still had five drawers to do.
I needed to work and rest today, but I didn’t want to loose momentum, so I tried two different small projects. First we did a small area, a living room drawer. I didn’t take a before, but this drawer was too crowded to open. Two things got moved to a new place and everything else that was filling this drawer is now gone.
Then tonight, after my daughter fell asleep, and before I sat down to ‘do my thing,’ aka, working, watching TV, doing yoga, or blogging, I set my alarm for 20 minutes and went to work on the randomness of bookcases. It has photos, paintings of Shah and Zoya, mementos from my father-in-law’s time as an air-force pilot, books, journals, the mug used when he proposed, a vase I made in college, buttons, etc. It goes on and on.
I thought it was a pretty successful haul for 20 minutes. There are three piles of books.
I’m still not brutally discarding, though I did better today than yesterday. I let Fly Solo go. I’m not solo anymore. I come with a toddler. I kept 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways. I opened it and definitely want to review it again. I meant to actually throw both of these away when I was married, but I think I saved them to see if someone wanted them. Maybe as a emptynester, I’ll be solo traveling again some day. My excuse for flying to Istanbul to meet who would become my husband was that I was planning to go by myself anyways. But in the coming years, I expect I’ll have more fun traveling with my daughter and with friends.
- Day 1: Easy Start
- Day 2: Small and Quick