I read calicokatt's post many times in the last few weeks.
For many reasons, things really got away from us over the last year, and it was so overwhelming, I'd pretty much stopped trying. But I forced myself to dig in, and seeing the results was a terrific boost! With each new area tackled, my life gets a little nicer- I'm not tripping over things with baby and laundry in arms, I'm not seeing clutter everywhere I go, and with each new improvement, I feel more motivated to keep going!
How can I ever thank you for this thread??????
The first thing I did was tackle the mountain of baby crap... I mean supplies
people have given us over the last 18 months for the little guy. 90% needed to leave the house, it was just a matter of sorting into what to donate, what was actually only on loan, what was really just rag-worthy etc. It was so cleansing to have that done- especially since I powered through and got it out of the house
in the day or two afterward.
One thing that slowed me down a little: we have a lot of "white" onesies that came out of storage looking splotchy and yellowed, and I couldn't stand to just throw them away. Nobody would have wanted them, either. BUT: my DH works in a factory that dyes textiles, and it's easy for him to throw stuff into dye batches. So I sent the stained baby stuff off with him to be dyed a darker color, and they look like new! That was very gratifying for my frugal packrat self. (and those got donated immediately!)
For bigger stuff like carseats, I made a big pile by the front door and posted on Freecycle. At 9:00 the next morning, a family with twins on the way was at my door, and they were grateful to haul away the entire pile I made!! (I snuck in an AP book about parenting multiples I happened to have lying around, and some breastfeeding resources/supplies- couldn't help myself
) Yay Freecycle! There were some toys in that pile that I missed for the first day or two, but knowing that they're so appreciated by that family is very satisfying.