Let me count the ways:
- Sorted through sock and undies drawers, the pajama drawer: match, storage, thrift
- Cleaned the wooden shelf formerly in storage in our quonset (gutted from Blaine's parents' kitchen after their remodel), brought to the basement, organized ALL boy shoes, sandals, mud boots, snow boots by like-kind and size.
- Vacuumed, sanded, painted the exterior, then cleaned the innards of a gargantuan bookshelf, again, formerly in storage in our quonset (and a library shelf from the old-old library in Small Town, MN, the nostalgia). This sucker is is probably 8-9 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide, solid wood. Un-un-un-un. It comes inside to electrify our book organization this weekend. I can't imagine ever needing another bookshelf (if we keep our collection within reason).
- Started sorting through the DUMPSTER we call our play table. Goal: to get rid of 75-80% of our toy collection. It will be a many day process: my plan is to sift, sort, toss, organize, then haul the excess to the thrift. I already have two gigantic boxes filled to the brim. Vengeance is mine.
- ATTACK the mess in the upstairs storage room (ebay, mending pile, seasonal clothing): buy a new shelving unit, sort, organize, put away.
- Clear the MESS atop my dresser (in disarray from the last disaster, i.e. "Don't climb the dresser drawers", otherwise known as, "Jamieeee! Ohhhhhh nooooooo!" in slo-mo, already at least a year ago). The days of pretty display are done: this is survival. Sort, put away for future intrigue. Leave out a few necklaces and earrings.
- Start getting ruthless with my clothing glut. If it doesn't fit right, get right of it. If I don't really like it, get rid of it. Sort by season and store in the off-season (I already started this last year).
Much of my inspiration was fueled by the deep-clean on our kitchen last June done by my mom and myself. It was so refreshing and I have been reveling in it these many months. Thanks, Muver.
Listening to a podcast from The Art of Simple last month kicked things into high gear. I am on a crusade. It's time to get radical.