Saturday, April 12, 2008

On Today's Agenda

The HIDEOUT needs a Clean Sweep. Desperately.

We have big plans for an Update on Decor but need to deplete our accumulated crap on hand by (I think) 50%. How do you decide what to keep? Every time I swing my arm to toss a toy into the donate box, I get tears and shouts like, "But I love it so much!" from Joel. (just checkin' to see if you are paying attention!)

Jack wants to sell everything on EBay. Luke thinks I am out to get him. And Kate, well she's the baby and acts like I am asking her to share. "It's MINE!!!!" (this is an area of manners we are really working on right now)
I know this is my doing. I have taught them to savor the flavor of tangible items. I teach by example. When it comes to parting with stuff, all of MY stuff falls into the Treasured Items I Love box. This is going to be a LONG day.


Bayra said...

I get rid of stuff all the time. But if Garrett has his way he will keep everything and we will end up decorating our house with his treasures happily displayed all over the house. Good thing that I am assertive and persuasive sometimes. So, I hear you loud and clear.

You know who is a great minimalist. Genevieve! I think she does Clean Sweep every weekend. I think her rule is if you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it. I think Scott once told her that he was going to get rid of some of his friends because he hadn't visited them in a year. Pretty funnny guy!

Anyway, love your blogs. You are so good at it! Keep up tyhe good work!

kourtney said...

There's a show on TLC that has you put your stuff from one room in a pile. Then you sort. Want. Need. and the Rest. Pretty much you can just get rid of the rest. Then the trick is to organize what you're left with and to keep up with it. Or just wait for a natural disaster. Quick, to the point and gives you no time to think.

Genevieve said...

Oh I'll help you!! I'm great of cleaning out the house, I get rid of everything! My rule (Bayra was close) if it hasn't been used in 6 months, and it isn't's out. I keep one big rubbermaid box for each person to have sentimental things. But, even those I clean out every once in a while. I do take pictures of everything though. I LOVE cleaning and organizing! My mom things I should make it a business.