a very successful evening!
I really began today, so I am starting over- here is the tally:
several stuffed animals and two random small plastic toys- 9
outfits D has outgrown- 20
useless aprons from my old job, falling apart and not even able to be used as cleaning rags- 2
random small boxes with contents that were either unimportant or fit elsewhere- 3
100+ sheets of paper- 10
also netflix ready to drop in the mail- 2
books headed to the library, 5 returns and 2 for donation- 7
(I decided to count the library books and netflix because I want to count their incoming replacements as strikes against! Not buying anything so I won't have many strikes.. plus I really need an incentive not to pick up more library books as I have a large rotation going and D is fine for toddler books because she has all the new-to-her ones that were at her dad's since she was an infant)
for a grand total of 56/185!
Awesome! Even with the baby sleeping, I managed to get everything on the shelf of my closet cleared out and the remaining items evenly spaced- that's where all my random papers, extra clothes and blankets, etc. were living. The only thing I didn't touch was the luggage because it would have been noisy and I went through those recently.
I chickened out on the pair of gym shoes I had in mind to toss... they are actually in great condition, just a little ugly. If I could afford to replace them come spring, I would toss them, but I can't.
Having some (probably typical) trouble with:
blankets! All of them child-sized - one my aunt quilted for D (definitely wouldn't give that one up, just listing it because it adds to the sum), an afghan my grandmother crocheted, my fav (pink minkee.. has a matching bunny that didn't make it into this box, only because her father scented it), a light cotton one from DX's mom (takes up zero space as a changing pad), and a thick quilty one that was my brother's. My brother also gave DD his favorite (very large) teddy bear from childhood... and two new stuffed animals for Christmas. I would really like to get rid of the teddy and baby blanket that were his, but we live together and I bet he would just flip out!! I guess I will have to wait until we move out and then let him know we are leaving them with him. He is the type to keep stuff around and these were very precious to him so I think it would be really rude to pitch them without at least asking if he wanted them back.
I would be happy if I just got rid of the thick one... the afghan is fluffy but if space got tight it could be vacuum-packed until it goes on D's bed next year when she has her own. The quilt and minkee one we use regularly right now, and the little white one can live in the diaper bag.
There are also a few at DX's house (he only ever has her for a few hours and I send everything she needs so they are just sitting in a drawer)... most of them should be no problem to get rid of but there is one really nice one.... it could possibly bump the pink minkee but I will make sure only one or the other stays.
And then there is everything else I have there! A dozen pairs of jeans in various sizes (and yes they were pared way down!), lots of other clothes that don't fit, some of them I don't even like that much so they will be sooo easy to pitch. Then there are things like my bed, furniture, appliances, my pottery- some of which need to be pared down but generally things I will need in a new place and have no room for here at my mom's. And then, need to go but can't just give them away: lots of cloth diapers and accessories. I have given away some of my pockets but I am way too invested in the stash to scrap it. The fitteds maybe could find a good home via donation, but the wool? no way!! I am also willing to part with some of my (already very small) wrap stash, but again it is a matter of listing them and the camera seems to have made it either into a very very good hiding place or into the trash
Next spot: the bathroom. I use so little! I don't have any
of the standard crap- shower gel, bubble bath, salts, scrubs, not even shampoo or conditioner. But somehow things have still accumulated!
Must investigate this further.. but not tonight!!