Although one would never guess (by the snow outside), it is almost May. Nevertheless, although I’m not one for embracing stereotypical rituals or terminology, I decided a week ago I would begin house cleaning—in the Spring.

Despite the enormity of the task, ridding our home of one garbage-bag-full of non-essential clutter per week, was a promising start. Our only child is a teen now, but if you explored our basement, you might assume we were the Brady Bunch, or perhaps Toys “R” Us executives, pilfering the business before it went into receivership.

We bought that much.

And while I’ve managed to give items away to family and friends, nary a dent had been made over the years. At last count, we had six bins full of toys, games and crafts—not including enough stuffed animals to fill the fat-man’s sleigh twice over. Birthdays, holidays, and let’s face it—every visit to the Mall, added to the exorbitant collection, one credit card swipe at a time.

But it’s a parent’s prerogative to spoil.

To a degree.

Years later, to amend for our weak-parenting transgressions, it became time to donate, recycle, and maybe, if I have time, auction a few collectibles. Keeping in mind the odd memento will be preserved and cherished, some for nostalgia sake, some to pass down to new generations, I was hopeful the accumulative bulk would evaporate seamlessly.

But like the disclaimer says; Your results may vary.

My two supervisors (wife and daughter), like Roman Emperors with their thumbs up/thumbs down approach to my sorting technique, made me feel like a one-armed Gladiator with his shoelaces tied together.

Yesterday, after an hour of sorting, I glanced at the ‘keep’ pile and became despondent—crestfallen even. While I managed to fill two bags for Goodwill, when it was time to repack the ‘keep’ pile, the cold hard truth of my stretch-goal, became reality.donated_toys (2)

I hadn’t de-cluttered at all.

I’d simply re-cluttered.

Cherished keepsakes 1 – Mike zero.

We need a bigger house.

Until next time.

10 thoughts on “Decluttering

  1. Yes, and you’ll see how it only gets worse. The hardest part is deciding what stays and what goes, especially when the rest of the house is already at maximum capacity. I wish you well!


  2. Haha! A bigger house is always, without a doubt, the best solution! 😆 Then have a room of “memories”.

    I’m ruthless. I declutter without the child–and she’s only almost six–and make sure no one sees what’s in the garbage bag. I do this once a quarter.

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    1. That’s a clever way to do it! I’m relegated to using clear garbage bags by my bosses (wife and daughter), so even after the sorting is done, they can still have a second look before I give it away! Cheers Anne!

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      1. Bosses – cute Mike. Clear bags are great. I chose to clear clutter once a quarter too. I did it while they were sleeping. Headed to the garbage with the bags. Unless it was clothes. Clothes went to relatives in a box. Share the joy. Good luck. It does only get worse as they get older. I won’t even mention that I could not move or touch anything in the kid’s rooms. They always knew. 😉

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