I spent the entire day Saturday, cleaning out and organizing my closet, drawers, cabinets, old files, boxes, shelves, books, art supplies, desk ... and still there's more to do. I don't know what got into me yesterday. I started around 9am and finally crashed well-after midnight. My back is sore, just from leaning forward to go through boxes and files. I actually organized current files and drawers. I hung bulletin boards, pictures and Carly's Creation (finally). I figure, if I'm really going to paint my walls like my sidebar implies, I'll just take everything down. It's been over a year and that project is still on the back burner.
It's amazing how a little something on the walls can give a room that warm, lived-in feeling. I should've done this last year. Ah, whatever. It's looking and feeling great in here.
Something I did - that I haven't ever done - is toss out old files, papers, organizers and notebooks. I'm talking like, ten bags stuffed with recycling - one for each year. I went through every single piece of paper to make sure I didn't have some "important" notes I wanted to keep. By the tenth hour of my day I was ready to get lazy and chuck the last stack of notebooks in the bin. But I kept trudging through when I found, tucked in an envelope of a three-year-old notebook, seventeen-dollars! Ah-ha! THAT'S why I go through every piece of paper.
I wish I had before and after pictures. But there's not really much of a visible difference. It's more of a clearing, from the inside out. My closet was becoming like Pandora's Box. I kept adding things and avoiding the piles. I could barely step foot inside. But now, when I open my closet door, it feels so spacious, I could actually lay down and chill out in there. It's still a bit of a mess in my room. But that's because I'm mid-clearing. I haven't even gotten to the northwest side yet. I still have to go through my altar (shrine) stuff. I need to clear shelves under the TV. And my bookshelf needs even more work. Oh, and two more drawers in the bathroom. I totally organized under the sink first thing yesterday. And I finally installed hooks for extra towels.
Oh my! I'm suddenly acutely aware of how boring this entry is. Ha! I mean, I'm excited about the progress. But reading it back, it's like ... yeah .. ok .. so?
Whatever. I feel good. And I'm seventeen bucks richer!