One of my goals for December is to purge every room in my home. Last week I completed the Great Toy Purge of 2009, going through the family room & my kid’s room and getting rid of several bags of toys and miscellaneous dollar store junk. Feels good.
Yesterday my friend came over and we tackled my bedroom. This was my closet before we started.
Not pretty. Piles and piles of clean clothes mixed in with dirty clothes mixed with who knows what. Looks like an episode of Hoarders (I’m obsessed with this show).
I’ve been either pregnant or recovering from pregnancy for almost seven years now and have three sizes of normal clothes and three sizes of maternity clothes — most of which I don’t even like. Everything that doesn’t fit or look absolutely fabulous went to Goodwill, back to its original owner or will be consigned.
The result? After three hours of sorting, folding, pitching and bagging, I have moved six kitchen garbage bags full of clothes out and have just a few pieces left. I think it’s time to go shopping…
Why do I post all of this? Sometimes I read blogs written by other women and think, “How do they do all of this?” (whatever “this” happens to be). I see one thing that someone is doing well and assume that the rest of her life is just as “perfect.”
I’m here to tell you it’s not. All of us let laundry pile up until we run out of clean underwear. All of us have a bag of garbage in the kitchen, waiting to be taken out, in my case for two days. And even the most precious Christmas picture requires 134 attempts (I still haven’t sent them out).
We want Frugal Living NW to be an encouragement to each of you, not a source of guilt or frustration. If you don’t have time to do a deal, let it go. Spending time with your family, taking a nap and staying sane is more important than taking advantage of every saving opportunity.
And we will try to live the same way — sometimes it may be quiet around here for a few hours or a day. Don’t worry, we will be back. Sometimes we just need to take a nap…
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