Putting the Boxes Together

I find myself with time today.  Free time, and lots of it.

What am I tempted to do?  Wrap myself up in a warm blanket, plop a cute dog down in my lap, and read a good book (or two).  What am I going to do instead?

When we moved in, we had all of this extra space–800 square feet more than we had in our old house, to be precise.  We were trying to plan ahead for all of the future great-grand-dogs, but they haven’t shown up yet.  Peanut is fixed, so we might need to rethink that.

While space is fantastic, we’re not being super neat or efficient with our extra space right now.  I think I should at least clean up all of the stray bugs that have gathered and died in various rooms for the sake of our upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.  (We live in a haven for stink bugs.  Not as bad as a roach-prone location, in my opinion.  I can live with the stink bugs.)  Ridding the house of dead bugs seems like a good basic housekeeping line to draw, but it’s tough to achieve when you have random boxes throughout the house, leaving great hiding spots for dead bugs.  It’s like Hoarding Jr.

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Someday, I will be so organized that my leftover paint will look like this. (photo from decoratingfiles.com)

Ultimately, I would love to get rid of a lot of the stuff in our unpacked boxes, but that might not be a today project.  Today it’s time to consolidate the “stuff we might never need” boxes to one easy-to-sort-in-the-future location.  It’s an easy job, just one I’ve been avoiding like the plague.  Then I’ll read a few articles about how freeing it is to get rid of stuff, and I’ll actually go through said boxes.  It’s a process.

Potential inspiration:

  1. 100 Reasons to Get Rid of It, Martha Stewart’s blog
  2. 10 Decluttering Principles to Help Anyone Clear the Clutter, becomingminimalist.com  (I especially like the point that tells you not to declutter someone else’s stuff without getting permission first.  So true.)
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