Decluttering challenge, day 2

So you came back?  Wow!  Ready for the events of day 2?  I was looking through the bathroom closet for something to get rid of…came across this pretty box and couldn’t remember when I bought it or received it as a gift.  Or even what was in it.  I know, I know…anyhow, pulled it out of the closet and immediately noticed it had quite a heft to it for such a small box.  Okay, don’t freak out on me…it wasn’t like a dead body or anything gross like that and it sure as heck wasn’t my stash of gold coins…please, don’t waste your time breaking into my house in search of the aforementioned stash of gold coins.  There are no gold coins in my house…and only a few silver and copper ones, so the whole trying to dig through my bathroom closet on a treasure hunt would be futile (yeah, because I’m just dumb enough to leave my stash of gold coins in the bathroom closet after writing about it…seriously?).

Anyhow, I carefully pried the lid off the box and found several herb infused bath bombs.  Cool, huh?  I love stuff like that.  Soaking in a tub full of scented hot water is one of those simple pleasures I find great joy in.  So, the question might be, why hadn’t I bothered to use any of the cute little bath bombs if I like them so much?  Well, you know, when you hide things away you tend to forget about them.  So…there’s our lesson for the day…keep the things you take joy in someplace convenient where they can give you joy.  They do us no good stuffed in the back of a closet.  Let’s remember that, okay?

Now on to my choices of things to get rid of today.  The first one was a box I found in the same bathroom closet where I keep my stash of gold coins bath bombs.  I really don’t remember anything about the box, what came in it, where I got it. So, if you’re reading this, and you’re the one who gave me the box, well I’m sorry.  It really is a nice shiny box with a mirror inside the lid of it.  I’m sure I saved it because I liked it.  But I decided I knew someone who would enjoy it even more.  Mmm hmm…you guessed it, Clara.  So I brought it downstairs, put a notepad in it (hey, the kid loves paper) along with a couple of Smarties candy canes.  When she came over, her eyes got big as she picked the box up.  She looked up at me and whispered, “Is this for me?”.  When I told her it was, she hugged it to her chest and said “Thank you.”  Alright, I’m embellishing a little bit here, she did hug it to her chest, but she didn’t say “thank you”…what is it with kids these days?  My way was so much more enjoyable, don’t you think?

Clara's red box

Clara’s red box

 

So then I tried to find something to get rid of that was just as exciting.  I picked up this, and looked at that, walked into my spare room, turned around in a circle and walked right back out.  I hate to admit this, but I could probably get the entire month’s worth of decluttering done in that room alone and still not be done (hey, Patti…thanks for putting that thought into my head…hope you don’t mind that I borrowed it today.)  I finally decided I was making this way too difficult for day 2…just pick something up and decide what to do with it already.  Ahh…back to my handy-dandy pile of magazines.  I quickly gathered up a small Kroger bag full to take into work.  Everyone likes to have something to read while they’re on break, so I know these will be appreciated…at least until some neat freak decides to throw them out.  But no worries, folks, there’s plenty more where those came from.

All You magazines for break room at work

All You magazines for break room at work

 

Keeping track of how many items you dispose of isn’t part of the challenge.  I guess they figure you’ll follow the rules and get rid of one item on the first, two on the second, three on the third and so forth.  But you know me…I can be quite the rebel.  After two days, I’ve managed to rid my home of 18 items.  And I’ve only just begun!

 

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4 Responses

  1. I’m a magazine hoarder because I reread articles in them months later and i LOVE the recipes they give me. My husband has a hand scanner (which I use more than he does) and I scan and save the articles I’d like to refer to later on. I then rip out all of the recipes I wish to keep and hope to try. Then that leaves my recipe box a unorganized Hodge-podge of magazine clippings. Recently I found http://www.skiptomylou.org/recipe-card-maker/ which allows you to print recipes on 4×6 or 3×5 cards and walmart sells card stock pre perforated 4×6 cards on 11×8 sheets. As soon as I get done with my son’s room, the master bedroom and our linen closet (my last three main rooms to dejunk) I will be updating this.

    I love your blog and thank you for linking to mine!

    • Thanks for stopping by. Your ideas for creating your own recipe cards sound very doable…bet you could come up with some fantastic cook books…and using the hand scanner to save articles is a great idea. Do you sort the articles by focus and come up with unique files for them? I think that would be pretty useful with blogging ideas.

      Thanks for the kind words…I’m sure we’ll be talking again soon.

  2. 18?! You are really on a roll! I’ll bet Clara was totally blessed with your pretty box.

    • I do think it’s going well…I have a tendency to gather things up to get rid of and then leave them sitting around for a while…I haven’t been doing that. Just getting rid of them every day. And it feels good.

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