January...the clean-sweep month...time to organize and reorganize...decorate and redecorate. The Christmas stuff is put away...the house looks sleeker...cleaner....and now it needs the (mini drum roll here, please....) --- 25-thing-a-day-purge.
I did this sometime last year for a month---and it really felt good. Got rid of some clutter. Since then, I found a book entitled Throw out 50 Things: clear the clutter, find your life. (Of course, I had to buy it to add to my clutter) In it--each 'category' is counted as one thing (ie, if you throw out 50 books, it only counts as one thing)...I'm afraid I'd most likely cheat and not get rid of as many things as I really could. I think I like my system better. By January 31st, I'll be 725 'things' lighter.
I sort of got a jump start. A woman I know slightly through some regional church functions was the victim of a fire -- yesterday. She and her brother and dog got out--with the clothes on their backs--, they have a place to stay, they have insurance--they will be OK, but everything smells smokey. We're about the same size.....three giant bags of clothes, hats, mittens, a bunch of handknits!!!! are headed her way. (PapaGeek is on a church committee with her and they meet today.) I think she'll be pleased, and I got a start on my January letting-go. I'm counting that as January 1 and 2--she's getting a lot of stuff.
Now....off to the freezer.... that should be good for 10+ tosses....
scary stuff down there!!!!