This week began my January long purge. I have to admit that when I start something like this, I often have trouble focusing on ONE area. I wander around the house picking up random things trying to decide where to start, which area is THE place to start?
This time, I didn’t decide. I just cleaned out whatever struck me as interesting at the moment. Interesting? I know, sounds crazy. But you know how sometimes you really FEEL like cleaning that cabinet or that pile that has been sitting in the corner of the dining room for months?
I started with clothing. I had actually started going through my daughter’s closet the week before, so I finished that. I always have an empty bag in my closet for “clothes to donate”. It was getting full so I bagged up everything I had.
Then I moved on to the office – went through a few bookshelves and drawers with random electronics. I finished this week with bookshelves in other locations and started the basement files.
What I Purged and Where It Went
2 kitchen sized trash bags and 3 grocery store bags of clothing -> clothing drop at the Roudenbush Old Nab preschool parking lot.
1 old, but working, digital camera -> Offered on Freecycle (was picked up that evening)
Set of curtain rods -> Offered on Freecycle (picked up next day)
Large 9×11 size envelop with old Christmas cards -> St. Jude’s for their card recycling program.
30 (?) Children’s books -> I will save these for a spring yard sale, but may rethink that if I run out of space
10 Cookbooks and other misc books -> Donated to JV Fletcher Library for their library book sales
Lots of paper( I had user’s manuals from things I don’t even own anymore!) -> Recycle bin
Notes from college classes (printed on one side only) -> Saved for use in my printer
Did anyone print double sided 10 + years ago???
Very old bank and utility statements -> Will be shredded, then recycled
Lots of old electronics -> Whatever still works will be offered on Freecycle or perhaps sold through Gazelle. The rest will be recycled.
Did you join me? How did you do?