We are having an open house today so we went a little nuts with the re-arranging and cleaning up and now I don't want to leave. At least we made it more comfortable for us while we are here.
The funny thing is that I realized how much stuff I've accumulated and held on to! I don't have to buy soaps or body wash for a long time. I have enough shampoo and conditioner for the next three months. The same goes for babywipes and baby wash. This is stuff I obviously use but I just kept buying it whenever it was on sale but I can't use it all at once so now I have a stockpile. I've been staying out of certain stores and aisles now that I've made this discovery. You can imagine what else I found. Sports equipment I haven't used in years, clothes that didn't fit me before the baby weight, nick nacks and stuff other people gave me that I was too happy to take because it was free and I might use it one day.
We were actually thinking of throwing away anything extra, like cups and silverware so that we just use what we need and not let anything pile in the sink.My daughter has enough silverware to host her own dinner party. I have gotten better at saying "No, thank you" to people who are trying to offload their clutter. I've also given a lot of things away to charity and the mall doesn't have the same lure it held before. I'm also changing my eating habits and see the difference in how I ate. I think I had this mindset that I may have to do without one day and applied it to everything. It's liberating to see how I can live with less food and stuff. If I can't see how my body can use it (like sweets and chocolate) or how I can use it often (like certain outfits or bulk items) than I withhold.
Now mind you, we weren't exactly candidates for a clean sweep show but it felt good to lighten up.