Have you ever seen that show? When we had TV, I loved it. The premise is simple... people with a ton 'o' "s-crap" get attacked by a crew of organizers who take all the stuff out of their "s-crap-filled" rooms and assist them in sorting and organizing. It's a dream come true!
Unfortunately (or fortunately) we do not have one room that is in such disarray that the Clean Sweep folks would find it TV-worthy. So I'm left to try to tackle the organizing and sorting on my own.
Another room down! Yesterday I spent the entire morning in the kids' playroom... four grocery bags full of trash and two Hefty bags full of Goodwill stuff later, the task is done. It was amazing the amount of STUFF my kids -- and my six-year-old in particular -- had managed to pack into that little space.
Papers. Tons of papers. And craft materials. And pens. And pencils. And crayons. And all those little junk toys they get from treat bags and school bday parties and the like. (For a better solution for treat bags, check out this post from my pal Aby, queen of organizing!).
It's funny because even though as a child I was quite a neatnik, as I've grown older I've become less organized (blame it on the kids). My daughter is a total pack rat (I found gravel and ROCKS in one of her backpacks) but I still can relate to her tendency to collect. Pretty much everything in that room that I tossed, I could see how it was valuable in her eyes. The game pieces from unknown games had potential in a future art project. The small scraps of colored paper could become a mosaic. And on and on. In a way, it was hard to toss 'em. In another way, I was happy to rid the house of them.
Why is it so much easier to sort through other people's stuff? Although I could relate to her desire to keep the items, it was very simple to say, "too much paper. Too many notebooks. Too much STUFF," and then toss them.
I wish I could turn the same objective eye on my stuff. That's what the whole "enough" theme is about this year -- recognizing when I've reached that elusive spot. Enough art materials. Enough patterned paper. Enough foam stamps. ENOUGH.
My hope is by asking the question again and again I will be better able to find that spot in the future.
In the meantime, anyone want to come help me go through my closet??