I am so bad at this...

I spent several hours today putting together a new play house for the boys to grace their new playroom downstairs. It's so cute I can hardly stand it! But it serves to remind me what a long way to go I have in organizing items to put back into the space. I am NOT good at getting rid of things. I stink at keeping my home organized.

So how is a person who keeps everything supposed to fit 16+ years of accumulated crap into a home that no longer has a basement? Let's ignore the fact that my 2 car garage is full to the brim. Let's ignore the fact that my living room is stacked high with boxes to sort through. Let's ignore the fact that I can't fit into my laundry room any more.

I will start with just one small space. My home office. That area occupies about 8 square feet of space in one corner of my family room. It takes up too much room and has for a very long time. Given that I no longer work, I don't really need all this dedicated space for an office. Right? Yeah. So I have grand plans of clearing out all the old work crap and just keeping the fun stuff. I have plans to order a new computer armoire for the playroom and will move my base of operations down there.

It will free up so much lovely room in here (since here is where I currently sit, overwhelmed and typing)! I can move the sectional sofa further back from the TV and I'll finally be able to have a kitchen table and chairs to sit at. Good motivation, yes.

I made a small dent in trying to free up just one of the many desk components back here. I threw some things away (with great trepidation.) Now I am frozen with indecision. There is soooo much stuffed in this little space. I'll probably have less than half this amount of storage downstairs when the new desk, file cabinet and shelves arrive. What do I keep? I can't bring myself to toss a perfectly good partially used box full of laser/ink printable blank business cards.
I'm a total organizational failure. Yes, I can FreeCycle a lot of stuff. And NO, no one mention a yard sale or Ebay. You have to be ORGANIZED to do stuff like that. What I really need is to box this stuff up and donate it some where. Any ideas on charities that could use a ton of office supplies? I've got rainbow colored Post-Its out the wazoo and pens for days.

Can I throw away PCMCIA ethernet cards? They are 8 year old techology. I don't have pigtails (aka dongles) for several of them anymore. Ditto the PCMCIA 9600 baud modem cards. Ack! Why is this so hard?!?

How about this stack of People magazines that I never got the chance to read? They are 6 years old. I see that some people sell old People mags on Ebay. Why? Why would anyone buy them?

OK. Enough babble.


Astaryth said…
Organization... throwing things out... making room.. GAH! Everytime I start to throw something out I think, "Well, I -might- use it if...." I HATE to throw away something I might, maybe, possibly, use some day! I am a horrible pack-rat! Unfortunately (or fortunately.. according to how you look at it), we currently have a storage unit where I can stuff things to my delight.... However I shudder at the thought of going thru it LOL!

Good Luck!
Emily Suess said…
Hm. Have you seen shows like "Clean Sweep"? Maybe you could get someone to come help you organize and put you on TV! :)
BosieLadie said…
I hear ya! We have the same problem here... I haven't seen the inside of my garage in years now. Livingroom, diningroom, kitchen are okay, but the spare bedroom, our bedroom... it's rediculous! Need to just start bagging things up and get rid of them. How to start?? Not sure! lol

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