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11/16/06 at 12:18am
Me too. But I am getting him to come around. Slowly. I think the key was persevering and going about the challenge anyway. I would schedule donation pickups and tell him VVA was coming. I would run around the house every two weeks for recycling day and gather up every single scrap of paper I could find to chuck out. I would update him of my total every flipping day.
In the beginning he met me with complete resistance. When I gathered a big box of old newspapers I found in the back corner of his closet he took them out of the recycling and hid them someplace else. He would ask me annoying questions like Are you getting rid of any of my stuff? And truthfully I wasn't. I was getting rid of my own clutter. Old clothes and books and whatnot. He actually noticed and commented that my dresser was cleaner.
Today we hit a major milestone. He actually joined in the cleaning with me. I wanted to work on the disaster that is our basement and asked him to come and help and he did. He used to go through a box of say books and pull two out to get rid of. Today he went through and only saved two. And barely looked through two boxes of old audio tapes before tossing them.
At one point he turned to me and said - "This is really hard for me because I'm such a packrat." I understand, I was too. But I'm at the point now where getting rid of stuff feels good. He told me he wants to get there too.
We got so much done today, but I hate to add anything to my total until it actually leaves the house. So tomorrow night or Monday.
Found 2 things to send to a needy mama from the Holiday Helper thread. Only 2 more things gone (pair of longies and a craft kit), but I'm so excited to send them to another mama I'm inspired to go through my house and see what else we're not really using that another family might appreciate more.