Life By Kristen

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5 on Friday (#7)

1. I have spent the past few weeks clearing out/decluttering at both my parents’ and grandmother’s house. At my parents’ house, my Dad had held onto some pretty random things in the basement and shed; at my grandmother’s, she had pretty much fifty years of stuff in the place. We had dumpsters for both and there was kind of an amazing feeling throwing out junk. We donated so much stuff to various places and had a yard sale last weekend and another tomorrow. Mostly, this makes me never want to buy a single thing ever again, plus makes me want to get rid of so much of my own stuff– 4 boxes so far, plus more clothes that I already donated.

2. As part of trying to rein in my budget and savings more, as well as inspired by all the stuff of these cleanouts, I’ve been having a no-buy June. So far, so good ( though our grocery bill this past month has been over budget, mostly due to my poor planning/laziness), though as a result of this and the closet purging, I’ve noticed some huge gaps in my wardrobe that I’m hoping some yard sale revenue will cover. In all my pairs of shoes,  I don’t have any brown shoes for the summer ( how did that happen?) I think if I have learned anything in all this decluttering and purging is that one only really needs the basics with a few extras thrown in for fun.

3. 3 words: Leingkugel’s Summer Shandy. So good.

4. After spending pretty much the entire month of June, plus a weekend in May, on cleanouts and getting rid of stuff, we’ve decided to do pretty much nothing else for the rest of the summer. Our garage and fence stripping/painting project is going to wait til September, at least.

5. With all the cleanout stuff and the ridiculous amount of pollen blowing around, we were a little behind on getting the patio furniture out, but we finally did last weekend, which was perfect timing for the one random hot day we had this past week. It was so nice to sit outside after work with some iced tea and a magazine, but I forgot how loud my yard can be at that time of day with the main road behind us. Maybe I’m just becoming a cranky old lady, but my tolerance for loud neighbors and road traffic is waning and I found myself dreaming of a quiet house in the woods lately. Someday maybe.

Wishing you a happy weekend and the official start of summer!

Declutter Fatigue

There’s a  lot of decluttering, organizing, donating, trashing ( of stuff) going on in my world these days. Family and friends are doing their fair share of spring cleaning, moving, and clearing out the junk of life that gets in the way.

I used to love this stuff- I actually still enjoy it to a point- but it’s exhausting. Mentally, emotionally, physically- this stuff is tough. I’m not a person who gets too emotionally connected to objects, but the process of going through items, trying to organize/think of actual purposes for things, just makes me want to throw it all in a pile and walk outside.

This weekend, we reorganized my spare room/office into a bedroom for Q’s son to have for the weekends he is with us. It was something many weeks in the process, beginning with moving my old twin bed from my parent’s house and then culminating this weekend ( well really this week since I still have to make the bed and hang a few things on the walls). This room was previously the space where everything ended up landing that we weren’t sure what to do with it ( discarded closet door, random mail/papers, etc.) Cleaning it up this weekend involved a lot of “do we need this?” or “where should this live,” but honestly, it ended with a bunch of stuff getting shoved in the closet in that room or the basement to deal with later.

Part of me is happy that I’m not looking at it anymore, but the other part of me knows I’m being bad by just putting it into the closet instead of dealing with it when I had my hands on it. I have a ( not so secret) idea about what a good professional declutter/organizer I could be, but of course, that would be for other people and their stuff, so it would be easy ( the whole those who can’t, teach idea). As much as life has changed for my in the past few years, I SUCK at change that requires me to actually face decisions head on that are sort of easy ( like why do I have 7 flathead screwdrivers and can never find a Phillips one?)

The decluttering/organizing process also frustrates me that once I’ve cleaned/organized something, the pile of stuff to dispose of, donate, or sell is just as annoying to me. The trash stuff is easy and I know that trash day is only so many days away before something can go away. But the donate or sell stuff? There’s a pretty good chance that’s going to stick around for months before I get it out of the way. Part of it is because some of the donation centers/drop off times are not entirely conducive to my schedule, the other is honestly, laziness. Yes, it would take me 10 minutes to take some good photos of my wedding gown and post them online, but either it’s shiny object or couch time with a book that I find more alluring.

I know this stuff isn’t rocket science and I know the emotional attachment to stuff/things and my difficulty with change are all apart of this, but most days, I wish I had a personal assistant to take care of all this for me.

What are your decluttering/organizing woes or your go-to strategies for getting things done?

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