This is the current state of our living room. It’s been this way since we got back on the 1st. I don’t know about anyone else, but there’s something about the holidays that make me want to get rid of EVERYTHING! The same thing happened last year at this time. Back then I thought it was simply because we had just been in Thailand and we were backpacking, so I had just experienced living minimally. Lately, Paul and I have talked about selling the house and living in a van for a while because we’re so sick of having so much stuff. We realize that’s pretty silly, and not very feasible with a 3-month-old and a cat. Not to mention, using cloth diapers would be a pain without the convenience of our washer and dryer.
Anyway, I’m sick of all the stuff. Apparently, owning your own home means that Christmas becomes more about the stuff and less about the giving. So, in order to regain my sanity, I have made two decisions. First, in 2012 we will not give or receive any gifts unless they are consumable. It’s not that I have a problem with gift giving, it’s the pointless nature of the stuff that’s being given. One of my favorite gifts this year were homemade Cake Pops (which never made it back home because we ate them so fast). I’m much happier with baked goods or homemade gifts because I know they serve a purpose. Even if it’s just to satisfy a sweet tooth.
OK, on to decision number two. I am working my way through the house and purging. I’m getting rid of the stuff. We have a closet in our basement that has become our “garage sale” closet. It’s basically a dumping ground for anything we don’t use. My original intention was to save these things until we decide to move and then have a garage sale. Right now I’m not sure when we’ll be moving again and I think I’ve built up enough stuff for a decent garage sale. So, I’m starting my spring cleaning. I’m going through the house, room by room, and purging of all the things that aren’t necessary. I’m also going to fix a few things up so they serve a more usable purpose.
I’m starting this week with the living room. We have a nice desk that was left to my family when my great-grandfather passed away. The desk and our dining set are two items that I accumulated when we moved into our house because my parents didn’t have the space for them. Unfortunately, we don’t have a dining room, so the table and chairs are stuck in the basement, and the desk is in serious need of some reorganization. So, that’s where I’m beginning. My goal is clean out the desk and actually use it as a desk. I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to, and hopefully if I create a workspace (that doesn’t face the TV), I’ll be able to write more.
I feel pretty good about getting things organized and getting rid of things we don’t need. So far I’ve found 28 mechanical pencils, 11 Sharpies (including 3 brown ones. Who uses brown Sharpies?), senior pictures, a map of Bangkok, tons of post-it notes, passport pictures, a ruler, a tennis ball, duct tape, and a graphing calculator (I can’t remember the last time I took a math class). I also found back issues of Runner’s World from April last year (which happens to be when I stopped running while pregnant).
Anyway, I’ll let you know how the organization/purging turns out. But for now, Kiddo is demanding my attention, and I need to get ready for a run (it’s 58º – in January!)