I've been lurking for quite some time now, and I have found this forum to be INCREDIBLY helpful. I've really made huge changes in the past year to simplify, declutter, and organize. I finally feel like our house is clean, and I don't have a panic attack at the idea of someone coming over.
That being said, when we moved into this home about 1.5 years ago, we a few bags of 'clothes that don't fit anymore' into a spare bedroom. These clothes were mostly mine and my DD's. Well, I went into the room this week to survey my next zone to tackle, and I found mouse droppings all over the clothes, her old swing, carseat, etc... I don't care about my clothes. I will very likely never wear them again anyways. However, I am finding that I am still emotionally attached to some of her things. I guess it was a remind of the old chaos, and it was disappointing to see some things ruined because of our lack of structure before. I am also expecting, so I had planned to pass some things on to our next child.
I guess I just need a bit of reassurance that it is just an emotional attachment - and it is OK to just get rid of everything and start over. I mean, I can't possibly clean and keep these items for a newborn?! I don't think I'd ever feel like they were clean enough - and I can't even clean them with the risk of hanta virus. Ugh, I guess I just thought that I had worked through all of the big and challenging areas.
Thanks for reading. I feel better already :)