Monday, January 10, 2011

January....time to purge!

I'm taking a different approach this year. I haven't set a goal date for getting specific jobs done but I plan to work on the whole house over the entire year. That doesn't mean any one room will be completely done before I move on to something else. While this may not be the most efficient way to handle things for some, it allows me the freedom to fit jobs to the time available or to procrastinate on something that needs a little more think time.

Today I tackled the cabinet and drawer in a room divider that has held mainly candles and candle holders. What a mess! Even if I had taken a before picture, I wouldn't show you. Photobucket

We don't often burn candles here. My husband dislikes them unless you are staying right with them, keeping an eye on them. We don't exactly live like that, plus I've grown fond of battery operated candles with timers from Candle Impressions. I can use those in places that I would never safely use a real candle.

Over the years I went to more Party Lite home parties than I can count. Never wanting to leave without buying something, I resorted to buying boxes of candles, candles that rarely were used. Throw in the occasional single votive or tealights bought because I wanted a holiday scent or liked the color in a table arrangement when entertaining plus the candles received as gifts and party favors and yikes! Candles were multiplying behind closed doors!

This is what I pulled out of the cabinet, minus a few warped tapers and a few half used and past their prime.
Scary, eh?

Does Lennox still make candles? I think these pink ones are over 30 years old! And birthday candles? If I combine them all, I can have a party for a 113 year old!
After donating many items and trashing a few, I was able to restock the cabinet and look...there is room to spare!
Our living spaces are not messy so what goes wrong with the closets and cabinets? Hanging on to items for sentimental reasons eventually becomes old. If something is too good to toss but you know deep down you are never going to use it, it is time to find someone who will use it.

I plan to share other successes with you throughout the year. I know many of us are in the same situation, knowing we have too much stuff and needing inspiration to start the sorting process. Maybe we can influence each other and have roomier closets and cabinets by the end of the year. Photobucket


Kelli said...

You inspire me, Knitty! I worked on the pantry today and tomorrow's post will be all about that gargantuan task. I daresay I did NOT get rid of nearly as much as you did, but I did find at least one item almost as old as your oldest candles! LOL!!!

Chatty Crone said...

You do have lots of candles there girlfriend. Good luck. I did that once and as soon as I got everything cleaned out - others brought more home and it's packed again. lol


andrea said...

i'm totally with you on the whole "decluttering" thing, but i am a HOARDER (in every sense of the word), and i find it much easier to just throw ed's stuff away when i am in need of more space :) i find sentimental attachment in the smallest of things, and that is something that i need to work on!

LemonyRenee' said...

Wow! Can you believe I actually need to go out and buy candles??? We have but one in the house. (We have birds and scented candles kill birds.) But I need to have unscented, beeswax candles on hand if we were to have a power outage, duh!

I like this post. I need to do a lot of this. We would like to move this year and, not only does that mean packing everything up, it means having a roomy-looking house to sell! Lots of work to do.

I have been trying to watch that new show on the Oprah network, "Enough Already." While I am not to that extent, the emotional aspects of having too much certainly pertains to me. Like Andrea said, I find sentimentality in the smallest things . . . and it needs to stop.

Keep cleaning and posting!

Changes in the wind said...

I need a little inspiration because I have several over-crowded spaces....