I’m on a real decluttering spree at present. Actually it’s more of a massive purge than decluttering. I’m in a very ruthless mood – the best mood to be in when you are decluttering – and I’m parting with a lot of stuff. Stuff is making me crazy. You can’t tidy it. You can’t organise it. You can barely function around it. So it has to go.
I think this purging has been motivated by the big floods. If I was forced to evacuate my home, would I be able to quickly identify those things that are most important to take with me…aside from family of course…and find them in a hurry.
An added bonus of all this purging is that I have plenty of extras to give away to those who need it more than I do.
So what areas have I attacked so far?
* The patios – broken trikes, kiddie tables and chairs, a battered mini tramp
* The garage – lots of rubbish that amounted to two full loads to the dump…yes two
* A large chunk of the study – two cupboards completed so far and an overflow corner (where the stuff from the cupboard would overflow into); I still want to go through the filing cabinet and get rid of all of those papers that “might” be useful one day, and then there’s the stationery shelf (enough for a whole office block!)
* The boys’ bedroom – not much left in there now; still have to work on the built in cupboard although there shouldn’t be too much to worry about in there
* The homeschool area – oh boy! That was one HUGE job. Lots of “might” be useful stuff there that had to go. There was so much stuff oozing off shelves and out of cupboards and drawers that I couldn’t put stuff away and it was being piled up on the tables until I could find a home.
What homeschool stuff did I throw out or pile up to move to new homes?
– textbooks and resources that my boys have grown beyond or I have moved on from
– activities and worksheets that I printed and haven’t used…and in reality, probably won’t use…it’s that “might” be useful problem again.
– I boxed up all of the boys’ workbooks and work samples from last year, labeled the box and stashed it in the cupboard.
– Seeing the three other boxes of past work I decided that they were no longer needed for legal purposes. Plus I have detailed journals that show our work should I ever need to prove anything. So I threw out all of the textbooks…yes ALL. There isn’t anything cute or sweet worth remembering in a Math or Phonic textbook. But I did go through the work samples and selected special pieces to keep, like drawings, books they made, and early writing samples, that sort of thing. From 3 archive boxes I pared it down to a 1 inch plastic document folder for each boy.
* I also culled my notebook pile. I’m always reluctant to throw out a notebook if there’s lots of useful pages left in it. But they multiply and I now have a whole drawer of “might” be useful notebooks taking up “useful” space. So out most of them went.
I’m nowhere near finished in the homeschool area though. I still want to:
* Cull the pencil and pen drawer
* Check the homemade resource boxes for resources that we’ve grown out of
* Make up a pile of file folder games that I found the pieces for
* Tidy what’s left on the bookshelves
* Throw out the junk toys and toy shelf in this room. It’s full of junkie stuff that doesn’t live anywhere else.
* And pull down the alphabet posters that we’ve grown beyond
See! Plenty more to do. And I haven’t even got to the rest of the book culling, the linen closet or my closet!
Homeschool planning for the year?? What’s that?! I haven’t even got that far. Well I’ve done the legal stuff for the HEU and I’ll post about that soon but I haven’t done the day to day, for the term ahead, planning yet. I just had to sort out this house first. It was cluttering up my head and making me crazy…some would say, “crazier”. Hehehe.