On Day 23, I cleaned out Nicholas’s closet, which was easier and less overwhelming than Mikey’s. A lot of that ease can be credited to my attitude. I was in a better mood and not so tired, simple as that.
Most of the contents were items to donate, which I expected. I had them set aside in here for a garage sale last year, but forgot to put them out when the time came. Our garage is now reaching maximum capacity thanks to my aggressive purging and decluttering, so today I did things a little differently.
I took everything out and sent the small items to the garage. Larger donation items, like an old green beanbag chair, were placed inside the cleaned out closet. Some items I’m keeping, like pillows for the future guest bed and the large rug pad. I’ll need that once I buy the new rug for the living room.
I’ve also decided to make this closet the place to store all the clothing we will purge once we tackle the Mister’s closet. Good grief, am I dreading that day.
After I was done, I once again thanked my lucky stars we have all this storage. Then I thought about it for a while, and something occurred to me.
That’s a pile of malarkey.
I have large closets, but they aren’t walk-ins. I have a pullout grain pantry in my kitchen, but my kitchen is 9×11. You can’t even fit a table for two in there. I am always quick to wave off compliments and credit something or someone else. This month, I’ve sang the praises of storage in my average sized, 1800 square foot home without acknowledging that, hey, maybe I have a lot of space because for the last 12 years I have worked hard at making purchases thoughtfully and responsibly.
Too often, and this is especially true among women, adults operate on a pendulum. There are the braggarts who can’t keep their yappers shut, so you hear about their every achievement, real or imagined. Then there are the rest of us. You look so pretty today! Oh, this? It’s ancient and I picked it off the closet floor. And I bought it on clearance at Target. This salad tastes delicious! Really? I think it needs a touch more salt. Wow, you have worked so hard this month on your house! Sure, but that’s because it was a mess and all the storage in this house makes it easy.
Yes, I have. Thank you.