We knew it would take us over a month to get through the whole challenge, but we did it and we’re really happy with the results! To be perfectly honest, we still have quite a few things in the office that we need to get rid of, but the leg work of sorting through everything and deciding on what should go is complete.
As stated in our last Secondary Income update, we made a little money off of sold items, and we still have a few more things slated to sell…so that number may increase a bit. If they don’t sell quickly, we’ll just give them away for the holidays.
I went through my entire closet, every single drawer, and everything stored in my bathrooms cabinets. I put hands on everything and ended up getting rid of one trash bag of shoes, four trash bags of clothes, and a large bag of bathroom items. Some clothes still had tags on them, mostly gifts from my mom. She travels a lot and randomly buys me clothes. Needless to say, she’s getting some back! I made sure to remind her I’m in the military and wear a uniform every day…I just can’t keep up with all the clothes and it’s doing me no use sitting in the closet. I think she finally got the point when I sent her pictures of everything I was getting rid of. About time!
Besides the house being more organized and drawers not being over-cluttered and messy, it just felt really good to get rid of stuff. There’s something freeing about it…like it’s something less you have to worry about. Not that I’m necessarily worrying about an extra shirt in my closet that I haven’t worn…but when you have trouble opening and closing your drawers only to sift thru the stuff you don’t wear to find your favorites, it can be pretty annoying. And every little annoying thing can put us in the wrong mood first thing in the morning, only to snowball from there. I know I’m already grumpy in the morning…so having clean and organized drawers with only things I actually use and wear makes everything that much easier. I’ve also opted out of dozens of email subscriptions, saving me quite a bit of time and aggravation from having to delete so many every day!
Our boys did really well with the challenge, as well; they typically don’t have any issue getting rid of stuff. The only one who had an occasional tantrum was the diva of a daughter we have. She either got over it or won the battle, with the expectation that she’d actually use whatever she wanted to keep. If she doesn’t use it, we’ll get rid of it soon enough.
What I also loved about this challenge is that it forced us to look through everything and realize what we had so we could actually use it. It wasn’t just about getting rid of things, but also reminding yourself of what you have so you can wear it/use it, etc.
Thanks for the support throughout! This will definitely continue to be a work in progress and a life-long commitment to living a simpler, more clutter-free life.