Today I went on a decluttering frenzy. It felt fantastic to reclaim the space and get a boost of joy at the same time! After 34 days in quarantine, it was time to raise the standard from survival mode to reclaiming my space. Here’s a bullet list of what I accomplished:
- Under the bed. This week’s FlyLady Zone of the Week is the master bedroom so I started there. I removed everything which had been stashed under the beds. This included a bag of clothes for the seamstress, giveaway clothing, a basket full of papers, and other random items. The under the bed area is now clean, swept, and washed.
- Bedroom closet. My closet is tiny, as in 2 feet of hanging bar and three drawers. I removed items I no longer wear, took out extra hangers, and organized by color (a home organizer thing…I like my clothes in rainbow order). Now that I’m re-entering the world, I need something to wear besides yoga pants, go-to skirt, and two tops. My closet looks very appealing and will be easy to find something to wear.
- Bookshelf. I decided to part with 10 books. My favorite books never get decluttered. These books were secondhand and cost 5 shekel apiece, hence no guilt on decluttering them. Let someone else enjoy them.
- Donatable items. My donation pile has been growing for months. I finally loaded the pile on to the stroller and strolled over to my favorite second-hand establishments. The corner where they were stashed is now empty.
- Bags. We usually shop with reusable bags. Since we were unable to go to the store we had our groceries delivered, everything comes in paper or plastic (excepting Rami Levi with their hot pink reusable bag). My ‘bag of bags’ had morphed into multiple bags of bags. For those of you who save bags, you know what I’m talking about. The paper bags got recycled and the excess plastic ones got donated.
- Borrowed items. We are extremely grateful to friends who lent us things to keep us entertained during our quarantine. Now it’s time to return them.
- Recycling. I’m a lucky mama that my kids enjoy making creations with cardboard boxes, egg cartons, etc. Give them a hot glue gun and some materials for the recycling bin and they are busy for hours. At this point, enough is enough. I’m out of space to store the supplies. But no worries, there will be more soon enough to replenish the supply.
- Excess toys. Whether blocks, Lego, or marbles, less is sometimes more. The kids may disagree, but if my naked toe is about to come in contact with yet another stray piece, it could mean there’s too much to clean up. I decided to half the excess and it’s going into the machsan (storage room). I’m going to decrease the volume to see if that facilitates cleanup and reduces clutter.
It feels GREAT to reclaim the space. Even though our home is small (100 meters), we generally make due with the space. But it’s like that famous story where the man goes to his rabbi to complain about his small home. The rabbi has the man bring in his chickens, goats, cow, etc. etc. Then the man goes back to the rabbi saying how even more crowded his space is. The wise rabbi says to take out all the livestock and lo and behold, the man thinks his home is quite spacious. That is the feeling I am experiencing now.
Thanks for reading.