On the off chance you've been wondering how Project Bedroom: The Great Decluttering has been going, let me fill you in on recent events.
I took two days off for mental health reasons and fatigue. The last couple weeks I kept waking up and saying I was taking a day off from dealing with household debris (and life in general), and then I wouldn't take the day off. Downtime is important, folks. Getting some rest helped. I woke up today and felt ready to get back to work, but everything was just so frustrating. I was attempting to create perfection when good would do. Seriously, I have been working on the bedroom for weeks, I have gotten rid of so much stuff, and that closet is no longer a complete nightmare. I've done good! Good is good enough for now.
At the moment, all my clothing is put away in the closet or chest of drawers. I still own too much clothing, and I will be thinning it out some more soon. My shoes and purses are in the shoe shelves in the closet and not all over the floor. My fabric stash is in storage bins on the top shelf of the closet, and I have decided that much of it can be donated away. The yarn is in the process of being wound into tidy balls, but for now it's on the floor of the closet in trash bags. I can live with that for a while. It'll get better over time, and much of it will be going away too. So really, aside from getting rid of some more of the stuff in the closet and getting more storage bins for what I'm keeping, the closet is done. So are the chest of drawers. Yay!
Unfortunately, there are still random piles of crap all over the house. Some of the crap just needs a new home, like the board games and knitting patterns I'm not getting rid of. Some of it just needs to be thrown in the trash bin. I've decided the solution to the problem of random piles of crap that need homes is the den. More specifically, the bookshelves in the den. They contain a lot of books I don't especially need to own anymore. Books I will never read again. Books that are so outdated as to be useless. Books people gave me that I never wanted. Many of these books could go away, and I wouldn't miss them. And if they go away, I will have homes for knitting patterns, and board games, and the books and magazines that are currently stacked in the living room and under my desk. You know, the things I like and use regularly.
I hadn't planned to declutter the den right this moment, but as always, one thing leads to another. In order to reclaim the rest of the house, I must do something in the den. Luckily, the only thing in there (on my side anyway) is books. I'm going to be pretty brutal. If it's not ancient, or arts/crafts/cooking related, or one of my all-time most meaningful and important books, or in some other way is irreplaceable and/or outstanding and/or utterly useful, it's going. Some things will be replaced with ebook versions. I have a Kindle and an iPad upon which I now do 90% of my reading, and I like ebooks very, very much. What do I like best about them? They don't take up an entire room. My house is too small to hold so many books that aren't being looked at.
So tomorrow, the sorting of books will begin, and hopefully, I will get that all done tomorrow. And then all my knitting patterns and various and sundry other arts and crafts books/magazines and all the board games can have a home … and my house will almost be back to normal. Actually, better than normal. I have seriously tossed so much stuff since last fall, and organized so much stuff. My home is far from being anything like the ones you see in home decor magazines, but it's looking a lot less like a madhouse these days. Eventually, the Box Room will be converted into my studio, and then all the creative madness will be contained in one room, behind a closed door. Bliss!
First, I have to finish the current decluttering mess I've made, and then I want to make the bedroom into a wonderful, restful, and lovely place. I've been dreaming about having a wonderful, restful, and lovely bedroom. I am ready to have it! Ready! Right now! Right after I decide which bedroom furniture and paint colors are THE ONES. I'm hoping to decide that this weekend. Sunday is going to be a long, long day. I want to do Ikea and Home Depot all in the same day. Hope the husband is up to it! Hope I'm up to it too!