I had some good cleaning success today. Even though it was my birthday, I decided that I needed to work on cleaning my bedroom because I had gotten a new quilt for my birthday and wanted to see it on my bed. So, I washed all the sheets and blankets and put them back on the bed and then put my new green floral quilt on my bed. I am a quilt collector and I have to be careful not to collect too many. I have them in a wardrobe and when it is full, no more quilts unless I donate one first. I did donate a big, puffy king-sized quilt because it wouldn't fit in my washer and it cost me $6 in quarters and a trip to the laundromat everytime it needed to be washed. It was too much, so I let it go.
The quilt looked great, so then I cleaned and dusted the bedside table,putting odds and ends away as I went. I also tackled my jewelry chest and my hope chest, cleaning, dusting and putting odds and ends away. Tomorrow i am going to do my husband's dresser, his nightstand, and my dressing table. That dressing table has jewelry scattered all over the surface and a jewelry box sitting on it that is full as well as the standing jewelry chest. I need to purge and organize. I am not even really a big jewelry person, but I get a lot for gifts.
Then, also, I have books sitting in piles, neatly around the edges of the wall. These are going to be sorted, purged, and the ones left will be found new homes. Sitting on a pile on the floor is not a home. Everything has to have a home, if it doesn't then the next time we have an object and we don't know where it goes and we can't decide, then that object just get set down anywhere and becomes another brick in the wall of clutter.
What I'm also working on is maintaining areas that I've already cleaned. So, I start by quickly going through the clean areas and putting things in place, vacuum, or wipe down counters just to keep your progress which will help to maintain momentum. Then, I work on a new area. My ongoing clutter spot is a room that was turned into a home office, but ended up just being a dumping ground for clutter.Since we've added onto the house, and now have room for a desk and filing cabinet in a more open area (where hopefully we won't be tempted to dump things.) I have been slowly cleaning that room out a little at a time so I can turn it back into a bedroom. This room has caused me so much anxiety. I can't stand to be in there too long, so I just do a tiny little project at a time. My next project is to go through a pile of 4 or 5 medical folders. I think I can handle that without having an anxiety attack. I have to just keep thinking about what a cute little spare bedroom it will be when I'm done.
Trying to decide whether it's worth it to save all the purged items for a yard sale. It's a big thing around here. They usually start in April. Might be able to make $100 or so for a few hours work. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it.
How's everyone else's decluttering going? I'm sympathetic with violias who still feels the need to buy more after purging. However, I've got the closet of my dreams, now. It's organized by item so I can see everything I have in a glance. I take a photo of it to keep in my purse so when I'm tempted to buy something I can check if I have room and also if it works with all the other clothing in my wardrobe. If not, then I don't buy it.
Best of luck, everyone.