I know that you should have less stuff for the space you have. This is hard for me because I have inherited the "Strack packing gene" which usually refers to luggage in a car, and has also included clothes in a suitcase. So my mentality is to fit the "stuff" perfectly in the container. That is not the best practice when organizing in the home. It is so hard to get out of that way of thinking.
Another problem I have is holding on to the "sentimental" or the "what if" items. I have read so many organizing blogs and articles and they all say, that there's a time to let them go. I have such a hard time with this. But quite honestly, I've organized this stuff so much that I am kind of tired of moving it around. If I haven't used it by now (some of this stuff I've had for 10 years or better. And I'm not talking about sentimental...I'm talking about pads of paper and index cards and what you're going to see later in this post), I ain't going to use it. Give it away or throw it away. I still have a ways to go in the room and the closet isn't finished, but I'm going to try my hardest to not over pack it. I completely (COMPLETELY) emptied this room out in August of last year and organized it (that was the most recent time).
Ok...here is the scary part. I mentioned before about things that I have acquired over the last 15ish years. One of my weaknesses is office supplies...mainly pens. I had a clear container that had my pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters in it. I wanted to use that container for other storage. When I spotted these cigar boxes I brought home from work a while back, I thought that would be PERFECT!!! I could separate them and therefore they would be "organized." And one day (I say that a lot), I can craft the outside of the boxes to fit the theme of the room. How cute is that!!! Until I started separating them and realized my pens were overflowing their box. Now I've known I have a pen problem, but I didn't realize it was quite this bad. I had even gone through all my pens when I gutted the room last year and threw out any that didn't work. WHY DID I KEEP THE REST??? What if!
...we had game night and we played Pictionary? (with 5,000 people???)
...I went back to school and needed pens for classes (taking 5,000 classes???)
and the crazy thoughts continue. So...since I don't have space for them and I just keep moving them around, they are going bye bye. I am currently going through them to see which ones work and which ones don't. I am going to THROW AWAY the one's that don't work. Then I am going to keep 10 pens from the working pile and donate the rest. I even found an unopened pack of pens!!! And yes...I plan on counting them before I am done. It's hard to believe that I threw away some last year. I used to have more than this...
|The pile of pens is almost as tall as 3 cigar boxes stacked up!!!|
|While I am at it, I am going to scale down the markers/highlighters and pencils and put them all in one box!|
|Ok, I typed that I was going to keep 10 before I actually sorted them. I kept 19 plus 4 that were scrapbooking pens.|
I am keeping 23 pens, 8 pencils, 14 markers, and 5 highlighters. All fits in one box. 7 of the markers are going in the garage for projects. I threw away 77 pens, 2 markers and one highlighter. The rest, I am giving to the church and/or school if they need them.
Lesson learned, but I can tell you, throughout this whole process, I can't stop thinking about looking at the pens and pencils when I am in Staples or Target. Hopefully I won't buy unless I absolutely need them...hopefully
That is all, good night!