Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day Clean Out

I watched my oldest son on streamline live tv from the internet before I went to work yesterday. Why didn't I think of that earlier? I did get to see him with the praise/worship team sing two songs. I was so proud of him, of course, I cried. So before I left for work I text messaged him I was getting to see him and be there in a way too.

On a sad note, during the last 15 minutes of the drive to the beach my hubby was stuck in traffic. They arrived late, had lost the reserved seats by our son, and had to sit in the very back. They missed all but one song during praise/worship. Now how did that happen!! I told hubby to leave and allow for traffic jams but you know men. Sometimes they can be stubborn. He was so disappointed in himself. At the very end he saw our son only briefly and then returned back home.

Everything happens for a reason but I sure can't understand this one. Just 15 minutes would have made the difference. It made me think and ask this question:

What things am I procrastinating on that only minutes a day would/could make a big difference?
One thing I will attempt today - to clean out my closet. I read about a process of decluttering. Grab some post-it notes and on every piece of clothing number them 1-10. The #1 being most love and wear all the time with 10 being never wear - taking up space. Then after numbering them get rid of everything with #numbers 4-10. Only keep clothing numbered 1 - 3. Don't think about it, just number each piece. Its the same rational of my friend who shops by quickly going through a rack of clothes pulling anything she thinks she might like, trying them on and going from there. I tried that once with her - we had a cart full of clothing. But the neat thing was - it only took a small amount of time to weed out and find what I really wanted to buy.
I didn't waste time going back and forth from the dressing room looking for clothing.
I'm back - one hour and 20 minutes later. I thought for a ha!ha! I would
post the pic of some empty hangers. That wasn't as bad as I thought. Reason being - I'm in the mood to declutter. I didn't even bother with post-it notes. I tried on a few things and the rest was easy, let go. You should try this - it was so freeing!!!! All my wire hangers didn't show up in the pic - never the matter - the clothing is going. I'm packing it in my car and delivering them to a thrift store this morning. Why not follow all the way through and totally get rid of it NOW!!! If not I could be rummaging back through that stuff and pulling something out.
When I get to the books I'll let you know how I'm doing! But like they say if I haven't looked at them in over a year - will I ever again. Probably not. So let someone else enjoy them.


Fannie said...

What a wonderful post. I'm decluttering my closet too . . . interesting coincidence. Your numbering idea will help me toss out those that I don't wear, etc. Thanks for sharing. I should be more successful in decluttering now.

Hope you're enjoying your holiday.

Jacq said...

Cleaning out closets is so freeing and to me it is somewhat spiritual. I worked on one of the bathroom linen closets today, do I feel good.

morningDove said...

Oh fannie do you think it is a coincidence? I am definitely enjoying my day off. Just talked to a dear friend that I had not talked to for several months, it was great. She lives by Melbourne, FL. Her house didn't get flooded.

Jacq when I get to the downstairs closet I'm going to let hubby clean it. He refuses to declutter his zillion coats. Well it seems like that many.

Sherry said...

I know I need to do this soon. I haven't had to buy clothes for almost 4 years since working virtual office, but I know change is coming. So should declutter now. Thanks for sharing the little numbering system. That will help me a great deal.