First off, I want to thank y'all for some really great suggestions from yesterday's post. Exactly the inspiration I needed, and I'm off and running. Thank you, thank you!
Next, I need more help. More suggestions. It has to do with all those springtime pressures that push on me at this lovely time of year. My number one pressure:
S P R I N G C L E A N I N G
How do you do it? DO you do it? Do you have a specific plan? Do you do the same thing(s) every year? When do you start? When do you finish? Does anyone help you? Please help!
One specific thing that just overwhelmes me: I am a "collector". I collect things until I am overwhelmed. I can't throw things away. I can donate, but it's tough for even that. I have clothes, STILL from when my mother died in 1998. HER clothes. And I can't bear to get rid of them. I have plans to have a quilt made from some of them, but why have I waited 12 years to get this started and/or done? I have a teddy bear collection. Over the years this has grown and been reduced, and grown again. I have only the bears that have major sentimental value now. I have plans to take photos of them and make a mini-book that includes photos and "stories" for each of them... with the intention that I then donate them. I have had this plan in mind for 3 years and have yet to get them down and get photos taken. I've even bought the album and papers I will use... I just can't bring myself to get rid of them. Why? Why?! Clothes I don't or can't wear, old make up, nail polish that I never use... papers... kitchen items I never use... tchotchkes... I have tchotchkes up the Wahzoo! So many things with so much sentimental value attached... and yet, it's just all clutter.
I need to declutter my outside life. I think that will help me declutter my insides as well. My one little word is Release and I have such a very, very hard time of it. Suggestions, anyone?
How 'bout a visit for those of you who are good "tossers"? I'll let you throw away my junk... and cry the entire time... I just can't figure out how to get myself to do it.
Please... comments, suggestions...all welcome here.
I won't even begin to go into my yard and gardens... that's a whole different, frightening topic for a different day...