|Shuffling, Boxing, Labelling
||[Apr. 19th, 2004|02:55 pm]
These past two weekends have been spent cleaning. It's hard to make this sound exciting, but I figured I should say something about what I've been up to.
One of the big projects was going through our garage. The downside of such work is that it's hard to brag about (not that I haven't tried). Even after several days' work repacking and sorting the contents of old moving boxes into new plastic bins, it's still just a garage full of stuff. The fact that the plastic bins have little label-maker tags and are carefully stacked does not alter the fact that it's still a garage of stuff.
I also organized our media room closet. I'll spare you the excitement of describing that.
The front room is being changed from an underutilized dining-sitting area into a cozy sitting room. We got new couches and bookcases in there. I also finally managed to unpack a lot of our artwork (which has been in storage since we moved in almost three years ago!), get it matted and hung. Although it isn't yet finished, it's already looking much better for the effort.
Part of the problem is that we just have too much crap. We have a small house (900 ft2) and fitting everything in it just isn't going to happen. So we rely on the garage for storing a lot of things. But we still keep more stuff than we really need.
So, as we're packing and unpacking things, we're also making an attempt to "decrapify" our lives. We have boxes and boxes of things we haven't looked at or used in almost three years. With the exception of personal memorabilia and legal documents, these are obviously not necessary to our lives. Get rid of the knickknacks that neither I nor my wife are especially attached to. Throw away the half-used supply of something or other that we were saving "just in case we need that sometime". Toss the year-old greeting cards. Junk the college textbooks for subjects we only even half-cared about at the time.
Our theory here is that we have really limited space inside our house. We should not keep extra stuff around since that's more to organize and less places for new stuff coming into the house. And both my wife and I have a bad habit of bringing in new stuff that has no "home". It has no given storage location. So, by definition, the house can never be tidy since we can't put things in their places! Our house instead develops large drifts of stuff that wander from room to room.
It's a lot of work (and a lot of weekend hours burned) but it's worth it. Hopefully, at the end of it all, we'll be able to keep things more organized.