After a winter of much busy-ness on my part, the other day my youngest daughters and I plowed through a ridiculous amount of chaos in their bedroom. I don’t care how often you tell a kid to clean their room, there’s just nothing like mom sitting there in the chaos with you to inspire real actual deep cleaning. Half a day of work produced ten kitchen trash bags of giveaways/throw-aways, AND a whole fresh level of bedroom happiness in my girlies.
That lovely space-finding success inspired me to do more. I decided to once again aim to give away/throw away 40 bags in 40 days– you can find the details of that challenge here on Clover Lane. I think I’ve blogged about it before. Today I went through my side of the closet and came up with another bag full of giveaways, and when the teenagers wake up this morning, they will each be handed a bag and asked to fill it. I’ll peek through what they decide to toss just in case something might be useful for a younger one, but the vast majority of the time, we miss giveaways not ONE bit.
It is amazing how much bigger a space can feel when you just get rid of what’s cluttering it. I honestly breathe a little deeper and feel a greater sense of peace walking into a clean space. It’s such a simple way to rejuvenate a space that maybe is feeling tired or full or overwhelming. And it’s such a simple way to find greater contentment with what you have.
One of the places I’ll be working today is in our library. Some books I’ll donate or offer to our adult kids. Others I’ll list on paperback swap, so I can let the younger kids pick some new books. I’m thinking it’d be nice to have a shelf or two in the library empty enough to display something pretty. Do you have any decluttering projects in mind for your house?