I have been a soldier this week, because despite the fact that I’ve been battling illnesses, exhaustion, and ennui, I still managed to uphold my commitment to my 40 Bags in 40 Days project. Doing a deep clean is no joke – and I mean that.
Every day, I’ll look around our house and think, “We have too much stuff,” yet when it comes to actually throwing things out or stopping myself from bringing things in, I’m the worst. While my house is fairly tidy and definitely *clean*, I still get an overwhelming sense of empathy when I watch a show like “Hoarders,” because I think almost everyone can relate to at least one of these rationalizations for being a keeper of stuff:
“I’ll figure out a way to use this one day.”
“I just haven’t had time to get around to this project.”
“I’m saving that for_______________.”
“I know these will fit when I lose those last few pounds.”
“I paid $$$ for this, so I hate to just throw it away.”
In general, this looong, dreary winter of being stuck in our “stuff-y” house has given me the incentive to finally get rid of a lot of things. So unlike “winner” Charlie Sheen – I have vowed to become a……. “LOSER!!”
1) Earlier in the week I started in my bathroom, because it seemed easiest. I don’t have any “befores,” but here are the “afters”:
As you can see, it takes very little for me to achieve the level of beauty I currently maintain.
Baby powder and a couple of pairs of scissors, folks. Instant gorgeous! (more…)