The past week has been more of a cleaning and sorting week rather than a purging week. It seems like I've been bringing in as much as I take out, but I've been getting more organized.
One example: Most of the clothes I actually wear end up sitting in hampers or on top of my bureau, because the drawers are filled with stuff I'm not wearing.
I took a sheet of paper, and drew my bureau drawers, listed the types of clothes I wear, and determined how much space I have for each type of item. I now have one drawer for all of my long-sleeve shirts, so I purged a bunch that I don't wear anymore, either because they are stained or don't fit, and then I bought myself a few new ones that fit me well. Then I did the same thing with the rest of my clothing categories.
Now I have room to keep the clothes I wear inside
I pulled a rolling rack out of the bedroom that was holding some of the overflow clothing, and moved it to a spot right outside the bathroom. I was able to fit the extra toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, wipes, and tissue boxes on it. Those items had just been in a big random stack in the corner, so it looks a lot tidier now.
I cleared out a stack of junky boxes that were mixed in with that stuff; I tossed leftover cut pieces of vinyl tile, and an undercounter wineglass rack that I've been meaning to install for several years.
I keep finding small bits of trash all over the apartment, like drycleaning tags, tissues, floss, receipts, etc, and I realize it's because:
A) Our apartment is about 60 ft long, and 15 feet wide;
B) We have only 2 trash cans, and they are in the kitchen and bath, at one end of the apartment;
C) Everyone here is too lazy to walk that far to throw out little bits of trash.
So, I will be getting a few nice wastebaskets this week, one for each bedroom, and one for the living room. I figure a wastebasket is less unsightly than all that debris on the surfaces.
Well, I suppose my post is getting away from the original 7 things idea, but it springs from the same motivation, i think.... Instead of having to pick up 7 pieces of trash per room, I will be able walk through and just empty the bins.