Today I cleaned out my bathroom drawers which had accumulated so much clutter that it was becoming increasingly difficult to shut one of them. After throwing away some stuff that needed to go, finding new places for a few things that didn’t belong, and reorganizing with some little mini baskets I found, they look a little better. I hesitate to show before and after pics because I don’t think they look a lot different. You just have to trust me… the “after” is definitely better.
The throw away pile:
And then there was this:
An old bottle of my mother’s perfume. At first it went into the discard pile, then it came back out, then back in the discard pile, then back out. I took the top off and sniffed it and memories of my mother came flooding back to me. Why can’t I bring myself to throw this away? I know I need to, but for now, I just can’t. Silly, I know, but tears are flowing down my cheeks as I type this. I don’t wear the perfume. In fact, I’m not even sure I LIKE it. But still, it reminds me of my mother. Maybe one day soon, I’ll be able to toss it.
And there was also this:
An ancient personalized plastic hair barrette I wore as a young girl (that I’m sure my mother bought for me). I’ve had it all these years. Did I mention I’m 51? How silly is that? See, I really AM a sentimental messie. Don’t worry, it’s going in the trash.
Last week I tackled the two bathroom cabinets which felt good because I threw away a lot of crap that was just taking up space. I find that most of these jobs that I dread, really don’t take long to do and then I’m left asking myself why I procrastinated so long over doing it. Even though I worked on the cabinets several days ago, I’m including them in today’s cleaning project.
And the best part…. this is the pile of stuff I threw away.
So…. I have accomplished a little in the bathroom. The more I throw away, the more I want to throw away. I just have to keep going with these daily projects.
*I will add here that I really didn’t like publishing the before and after pics. After posting them, I almost deleted them. Besides being terribly boring for people to look at (yes, even for me too!), and very time consuming to take the pics and post them, it just felt a little too personal to publish these. So…. I definitely won’t be doing this for every single daily deluttering/cleaning project I post about. That’s for sure. I know you’re relieved about that. But for now, you can see what I’m trying to accomplish as I go room to room in my decluttering quest. Like I said in a previous post, I’m using this blog as a way of holding myself accountable.