As mentioned in my last post on this topic, I was inspired by Marie Kondo’s method of “tidying up” to really tackle the “stuff” in our house. Dave Ramsey makes comments about managing your money instead of letting your money manage you or owning your stuff instead of your stuff owning you. He’s so right. Our stuff has “owned” us. We use valuable real estate to house a lot of stuff we don’t need/use/love.
I cannot believe I’ve been working on this project for just over two months now. A massive amount of stuff has left our home. I was hoping to be finished by this point, but I’ve had moments where I just didn’t want to work on it anymore. Exhaustion has set in and I’m beyond ready for this stage to end.
We have several big categories remaining and the category lines are becoming a bit muddy. I have turned the garage into one big category on it’s own. Anything I find in the rest of the house that is supposed to live in the garage, I’m just taking it out there and leaving it for now. I would like to have this area processed before listing, but I may have to wait until we get it on the market to deal with the garage.
The kitchen, well, I’ve “processed” the dishware and cookware (to include a massive mug collection), although some of the items are still sitting in the dining room waiting to make their exit. I still need to do utensils, bake ware, misc items, and food, but then I’ll be able to check off the kitchen.
My kids are still tidying their areas and I am having to assist this because I’m trying to stage the rooms as we put them back together. This means, even though they may want to keep that special “thing-a-ma-bob”, we’ll have to pack it up for now.
Since the kids are working on their keepsake category, I’ve had to dive into some of mine for items that actually belong to them. This has been very emotional but I just keep pressing forward.
Aside from the kitchen and garage, most of what’s left could be classified as keepsake… and there is way more of it than I thought.
On a positive note, some rooms are beginning to take shape and offer a glimmer of hope that the chaotic mess will come to an end soon. These spaces actually do bring me a sense of joy… or “rest” might be a better word.