I can’t garden so I might as well declutter the basement

Saturday, 8 May 2021

It was a cool, rainy day. I walked by the pile of soil, the bags of sheep manure and the plants I picked up at the garden centre and almost went to the garage to get the wheel barrow and shovel. Then I remembered how sore I was when I over-did it a couple of days ago. Just when I’m starting to feel better, I dive in to a project only to realize later that my body isn’t quite healed and I’m back in bed for a day or even two. Patience. Is. Not. My. Strong. Suite. It’s definitely something I’m working on.

So gardening is off the list, for now. Once the pain and itching are completely gone, then I’ll slowly build up my garden (who am I kidding, I’ll dive right in). In the meantime, decluttering the basement is a safe alternative. Mom and I had sorted through a bunch of my stuff last year, putting things in boxes. I have a lot of stuff. Too much. I find it hard to whittle it down to just the necessary stuff because I have a lot of hobbies and interests. Which require stuff. For today, I decided to give it an hour (baby steps), to go through those boxes. I filled a paper bag with items that could be recycled and a medium-sized box with items to donate. I created a “one month” bin for things I wasn’t sure about. I have one month to use the items in this bin. If I don’t, they’re gone.

My “one month” bin containing a curtain rod, books, sudoku and a CD.

I was thrilled to find the CD as it was one of my favourites. Thankfully my laptop has a CD drive and I’m importing it to iTunes now.

When I find decluttering too much, I think about moving to a new house. First, do I really want to pack all of this stuff and move? Second, can I see myself in a new house with all of this stuff? Maybe starting off with a blank slate is better?

As I write this, I realize that I’m leaning towards the blank slate. All this stuff is weighing me down and I prefer to be lighter. I mean, if I haven’t used it in a year, do I really need to keep it? It’s time to donate it!


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