We will be moving soon, thus we are cleaning out things I didn’t even know we had. I’ve never thought of myself as a pack rat, but when you come across things from 1994 that you haven’t seen in 15 years, maybe I am, just a little.
We had financial records from the early ’90, that I had now shredding. Keeping things for 7-10 years is one thing, forever is probably not necessary, even forthe IRS. We are having a massive garage sale with everything from kids’ toys to tools. House wares, books, furniture, office supplies, picture frames, bedding…you name it and it is probably in the sale.
I can’t tell you how many bags of trash my husband and I carried out on trash days. So what have I learned? One thing is that you should do spring and fall cleaning every year, not just every decade or two. Cleaning should involve more than switching from the winter to the spring clothes. Also, that much of what I have and don’t need or use I can donate to others who will enjoy them.
By far my biggest lesson is that it is more fun to collect than declutter. Yet, having the all that stuff out of the house is very exhilarating.