Friday, March 21, 2014

A Decluttering I Will Go!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It started when we moved my mother-in-law from assisted living to a nursing home. Her closet at the assisted living center was stuffed with clothes she never wore. She has considerably less space in the nursing home, so I picked out the clothes I thought she could use, tossed anything that was stained, and washed the rest. My brother got some BIG moving boxes off Craigslist and gave me a few.

The next thing you know, Mr. L and I were going through our closets to fill one. Then two, then THREE!  And I didn't stop there.  My bookshelves are overflowing.  I have a tendency to buy every cookbook I see at a yard sale.  It was time to cull the herd. 

We got rid of a LOT more clothes than books (it's still very difficult for me to part with them), but my shelves don't look nearly as cluttered. Given more time, I could probably part with a few more, but time is now of the essence.We've got a guest coming this weekend, so must get this house shipshape in Bristol fashion!

Now that I'm on a roll, I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot more decluttering in the future. After all, yesterday was the first day of Spring ... time to Spring Clean.

What's your favorite way to declutter?  (I'm sure our own Mary Jane Maffini knows how -- she wrote a whole series on organization starring Charlotte Adams.  The first book in the series is Organize Your Corpses!)