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Hello everyone! I haven't visited this group for quite awhile. I was surprised to see that things have been changed somewhat by AARP. But it still looks like the great group that it used to be. I am still on my decluttering journey. I've been at it since this group started a couple of years ago. As I write this and look around my office I can only marvel at the cleared out spaces. Not that it's without a few piles on my desk, but all in all it is so much better than when I started. For us clutter-bugs it is a slow and continuing process. That really is something you have to resign yourself to, you will always have to keep after the clutter or else it will build back up again. But it is so much easier to keep up a cleared out space, that you will find it only takes one of those 15 minute blocks of time to get back on track.
Over the weekend I cleaned out part of my closet. I'm fortunate to have a set of double closet shelves, the wire kind, with spaces to hang clothes. I went through all of my winter clothes, tried everything on and got rid of what no longer fits. I have lost some weight, but found myself hanging on to things that were really too big for me. So I decided this was a good time to purge! Winter things went up on the high rod and I brought the Spring things down. I also tried on everything that I brought down and was pleased to find things were no longer too small and found things I had forgotten I had. Almost like going shopping! Of course you have to understand that when I talk about my Spring wardrobe, it just includes Spring colored polar fleece. Here in the high dessert of Central Oregon, Spring comes very slowly. We will have days of warm, sunny weather and 65 degree temps. Then the next day (yesterday) we will have snow showers. So even on the warm days, early morning and evenings require something warm and long sleeved. That is why I only cleaned out part of my closet. The summer clothes will have to wait for another month at least and then I will put the polar fleece away and replace them with summer stuff. But there will still be sweat shirts and sweaters available, just not polar fleece and turtle necks. I actually put away the turtle necks when I cleaned out this weekend. This shifting about of clothing takes some time, but done in stages it isn't too overwhelming. I have a rolling rack that I can take apart and put away in the garage when I'm done, that I use for sorting out clothing. I still have a small portion of the closet to go through plus the things on the rack to box up for my Boy Scouts Yard Sale that will happen later in the Spring. That will be today's project.
I've also gone through one set of bookcases in my living room and got rid of books that I've read. And since I clear out all my everyday decorations at Christmas time and put them in boxes for storage, I've had the opportunity to go through all those things also. I decided I just had too much stuff and so as I went through the boxes to put things back out, I got rid of things. I love blue glassware and blue and white pottery and dishes, so I decided that everything that didn't fit in that category or that I absolutely didn't love had to go. Ended up with three boxes of "stuff". So now there is less to dust and less to store at Christmas time. Also had cleaned out the Christmas boxes when I put them away. I'm accumulating quite a stack of empty plastic tote boxes. Those will get used to store the camping stuff that seems to be here, there and everywhere. All the camping and extra Boy Scout stuff will go out into the shop after we sell our motor home. Will be nice to have it all in one spot instead of all over creation!
I was so glad to see that people are still using this group! It's fun to hear what others are doing and it keeps me motivated to continue with my decluttering journey. What's everyone else doing out there? I'd love to hear about your successes!