Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tackling the Closet From H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!

I started about 9:00 this morning and started emptying out the closet from H-E-double hockey sticks! Oh my goodness, how did ALL. THAT. STUFF. fit in there?

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I started dragging the stuff that I wanted to part with out to the kitchen. The piles quickly grew.

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I started filling the canvas totes I found at Goodwill yesterday with ‘stuff’.

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My sweet Louie filled the van and ‘took it away’ for me.

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I managed to fill all of the canvas totes. One has jar candles, one has the scented wax cubes that I melt in my Scentsy and Walmart night light plug ins (yes, I have a LOT of them). One has nothing but greeting cards and blank cards. How does one accumulate so many cards? I think I have enough cards to last until I expire, and I could probably share with everyone I know! One is filled with laundry soap making supplies, and one is filled with all occasion gift bags and tissue paper for gift bags (yes, I reuse the ones I am gifted). One is filled with some sentimental things from my childhood. The smaller totes have new dish towels, and dish cloths that I bought, and some that were gifted to me. The other one has some supplies for making Alzheimers hand quilts (with things and textures they can ‘feel’). I had some other smaller clear containers that I used, as well as some ‘square’ ice cream buckets. The stacks of clear drawers got cleaned out too. They are full of tape, envelopes, pens, pencils, used check registers, spackle in a tube, tablets, post it notes, velcro, big staplers, little staplers, staples, printer cartridges, etc.

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I needed more canvas totes, but Walmart didn’t have any, so Louie got me some clear totes that were pretty close to the same size. I have photos in one, photo albums in another one, journal books and theme books in one, a couple of copy machine toner cartridges in one, paint and cleaners in one, and in one, I have some miscellaneous stuff in. .

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Ahhhhh, the doors are closed, and the carpet is vacuumed.

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I shredded all the paper that was in my shredder container, and cleaned off my desk so I could get to my computer.

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I can finally walk out the door without tripping over something or my own feet (which hurt, by the way!). I did clean out the top left drawer of the dresser you see in the photo below. That is my ‘junk’ catchall drawer in my office. That drawer was MUCH lighter when I was finished.

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What gets cleaned out next? My two file cabinets, but NOT TONIGHT!!!!! There are only two drawers that have ‘files’ in them. The rest of them have ‘stuff’. When I’m finished, there will be a lot more shredding going on and lots more room in the drawers. 20140601_201917

I guess Louie will be making another trip soon to dispose of MORE ‘stuff’! Smile

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5 comments:

kath001 said...

Good work! I did a bit of that myself last week. LOTS more left to do at my house.

Renea said...

Yeah Michelle. I am so proud of you for tackling the closet from ______!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

It feels good to have it fine, doesn't it? Looks really great!!

Hazel said...

Doesn't it feel good to declutter ,things look so much nicer now . I done our linen closet today couldn't believe how many towel we had .

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

The thought of cleaning out my closets scares me. If I'd just get rid of the clothes that don't fit, or haven't been worn in years, that would be a great start.

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