It's so hard to keep it all organized & I lost the battle with clutter years ago. I find myself fantasizing about somehow getting rid of nearly all of it to live in a tiny house, a la Jay Shafer, with my possessions numbering in the hundreds. Okay, I'm not going to do that, but I do want to make a big change this year.
I've decided this is going to be the year of reducing how much stuff we have. But. Big but. Part of the reason I've held off on getting rid of many things is that I hate sending them to the landfill. I have several bags of clothing that I'm going to donate at some point. Quite a few baby things that I've been meaning to consign, give to friends or donate. A box of unused kitchen items & another of toys & games for a yard sale we've been meaning to have for ages. I need to think about where this stuff goes after I get rid of it--that shouldn't just be the landfill, making it some other generation's problem. I will do my best to recycle or otherwise sustainably divest myself of all these things.
Since I'm a blogger & I like to share, I thought I'd take you along for the ride with us over the next few weeks or months as we clear out the incredible quantity of junk we've accumulated. I'm not going to set any schedule for this or plan any set time to be complete that I can't stick to. Let's be realistic: I've got two small children to take care of, plus a few other things on my plate. I don't want this to become a hugely stressful endeavor--the goal is to reduce stress here.
What I will promise, however, is:
- We will try our best to divert everything we get rid of from the landfill.
- We'll tell you about how we did it here on Spokesmama, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter--watch for the hashtag #EcoClutterBuster
- We'll share with you the resources & information on organizations that recycle or upcycle things we don't want.
- Before & after photos.
I think #4 is going to be the hardest, possibly. I have to publicly admit that I'm a slob & show you the absolute worst room in my house in all it's cluttered glory. Here's hoping that knowing that you're all watching & waiting for the 'after' photo will keep me on track to get through this mountain of unwanted stuff.
Gulp. Well, here goes with a 'before' photo:
|#EcoClutterBuster: sewing room before. Gulp.|
Now that I've promised to take you along with me, sharing the good the bad & the ugly, can you promise me something in return? Come back & read my posts (subscribe here for the utmost ease!), follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Google+ & Twitter. Watch for & use the hashtag #EcoClutterBuster to share encouraging comments, or your own experience & tips to downsize without sending things to the landfill!
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