I spent 3 hours yesterday, solely on 2 shelves in my bookshelf and 1/4 of my closet. I had to throw out a bunch of stuff from middle school! I can’t believe I used to think those old notebooks would be useful to keep. The things I kept I’m very reluctant about. Basically, I would like to cut down the things I own so that I can theoretically fit it all in my car to move out (realistically, I will probably leave some artwork/etc at home).
Now, I need to:
*finish cleaning out the closet
*sell old textbooks or donate them
*donate old clothes
*clean out basement (most daunting)
*organize art supplies for move
*get some boxes & packing tape
I’m planning to move & I have so much stuff! I don’t want to drive to Chicago more than once to move my things – so I need to get rid of a lot of crap. Especially since my art will probably take a lot of space. Here are my plans:
Week 1 (9/22-23) – Go through room & closet.
Week 2 (9/29-30) – Finish last week’s work, go through basement.
Week 3 will probably involve figuring out how to move my art… lol.
I took the day yesterday to rearrange and go through my room. I didn’t get rid of a significant amount of stuff (just a garbage bag’s worth), but now my room feels a lot less claustrophobic than before. I had a lot of old boxes lying around, paintings that should have been in storage.. and some sculpture projects that I didn’t take care of, which crumbled away and were caked with an alarming amount of dust. I decided to take all of my art materials downstairs, since I really shouldn’t be trying to make art in my tiny room anyway (I threw away the sculptures though, something I never thought I’d do). I also need an additional lamp to go on my small bookshelf.. I can never get enough light in this room.
What’s left to do: go through my 2 bookshelves, vacuum under my bed (and put away the books under my bed), go through my closet and vacuum, clean up my studio room downstairs and vacuum. I’m most afraid of my closet. I have stacks of boxes in there from all the times I moved. I don’t want to just throw them away because there’s a chance that there is something in there that I’ve been looking for (like my calculator..), but at the same time, I haven’t touched them in a while, so they’re probably full of junk anyway. Oh, and I have accumulated a bagful of clothes I need to donate just by going through my dresser.. I wonder what will turn up by going through my closet again.
I used to like to collect and hold on to things a lot, but I’ve changed over the years to despise clutter. I hold on to movie tickets (I don’t go too often) and that’s about it. I’m just too lazy to go through all of the stuff that has accumulated throughout moving around.
I did it a few days ago.. it was very quick and easy, I just drove up to the donation door, handed off my stuff, and was on my way!
Next, I will probably go through the boxes in my closet, and then I’ll probably have to go to goodwill again.
I’m so lazy.. I have bags of clothes and shoes lying around that I’ve been meaning to donate and haven’t looked at for months. I really need to clean out my room.
I really want to do this before Jan 1st!
I keep so many things, it completely goes against my goals of being a nomad for the next decade. I have to purge.
I have a closet and a part of the basement full of stuff I haven’t looked at in years. I’ve even carried some stuff moving from place to place. It’s time to clear it out.