Mother's Day was delightful. My stepdaughters surprised me with flowers and my favorite cupcake. Our older girl works at a fabulous cupcake shop, so I've sampled many! We were all able to attend church together and it was a sweet service. I even helped the younger mamas by holding lots of babies in the nursery. Mr. Wonderful made sure I was well-cared for with lunch and gift cards (Starbucks, Lowe's, hello, garden center!) and I was able to spend the day in the mountains with my children - always a special place for us. Even the children's father honored the day by preparing them with a hydrangea to give me on this special day.
Last year, I decided to rid myself (my closet, my drawers, my kitchen, my garage, etc.) of at least one thing each day in the month of April. It was so refreshing that I decided to do it again this year and I feel like even more was cleared away. I tried to keep track, but I know I've missed things. Daily I gathered items we didn't use and stored them either in my trunk or in boxes in the toy room. Each weekend, I would take the boxes for donation or trash. A few items I sold and added to my "Living Room Makeover" envelope stash.
I try to keep a loose hand on my material possessions and love order more than clutter. This exercise helps us all focus on valuing what we have instead of just hoarding. Do you systematically purge? Is it easy to let go of old items? Do you donate? Sell? Trash? What is your strategy?
Here is some of what we eliminated:
3 Night Gowns
3 Girls Dresses
Ceramic Heart Box
Complete Boy Wardrobe, Size 6
Set of Gymboree Size 6 Summer (ebay)
Pottery Barn Kitchen Set & Play Food (Craigslist)
Keurig (Trashed and replaced with a Craigslist purchase)
Stacks of Womens Clothing, sweaters, t-shirts, sweatshirts
Trash Bag of Tween Clothing
Girls Summer Play Clothes
Boys Winter Play Clothes
Knick Nack Souvenirs
Shoes & Shoe Boxes
Bathrobe - old & worn, trashed
Jewelry - multiple sets of earrings, bracelets, 1 neckace
Socks - mismatched onsies
Undies - trashed some that are done.
Girls Bike - 16 inch
Velour Track Suit
More Size 6 boys clothing
8 pair of earrings
Random Spatulas & Spoons
Children's Melame Divided Plates
Plastic Sports Cups
Old Party Supplies
Old Paint Cans
2 Throw Rugs
Place Mats, Table Runner, Tablecloths
Craft Supplies, boxes, glitter, stickers
Race Cars and Tracks - lot of them!
Random plates & utensils