Before I could even begin going through dad's things on the scale that I wanted, we had to first start by cleaning out our own garage so that we could put anything away that goes out there and not have piles in front of the garage door waiting for the day we cleaned it out. Usually we do this twice a year. I set donations in the garage and random items end up in there that we aren't sure what to do with and before we know it, the garage is not user friendly for what we need. Now we have everything at least on the shelves leaving the middle open. The goal for the garage was to clear out the middle to set up the treadmill and park our bikes. I am very happy that our goal was reached! Now to keep it that way through the winter by donating items as we have them instead of setting them in the garage.
Yesterday, my goal when I woke up was to clear out our family room to start with. I wanted to get our house back to our standard of normal as much as possible before school started. Normal for us is clear, clean, clutter free surfaces. With the exception of my sewing room/office because I am always working on a project in there.
When we brought my dad's things home after cleaning out his house, our house turned into a literal storage facility. I had paths and random items carried by hand from the truck ALL over my home. Six hours of my time was spent going through paperwork of my dad's that were in huge drum liners and trash bags stacked randomly around my family room. File boxes full of files, and cardboard boxes as well.
After some appointments today, I will return home to hopefully finish clearing things out in the family room and if I have time I will work on the dining room. If I stop now, in my experience clutter is a magnet and more will grow and build on what is left. It's getting there!
I hope everyone joining Rhonda's decluttering for August is able to reduce a few items here and there and are feeling relaxed and enjoying their space as they reduce what they do not need. I enjoy open space very much and in a small home, open space is a luxury!