Monday, March 1, 2010

move it out march

I have been mulling over this idea for some time and couldn't resist the excellent alliteration opportunity this new month affords, so I hereby declare this month to be:

Move It Out March

The idea is simple. Our house is drowning in things such as baby high chairs and unneeded computer monitors. As a matter of fact, it is not so much the house but the basement that is under junk water. This May marks our 8th year in this house -- we have never lived in one place so long before (for me, this will be the first time in my life that I have had such a permanent installation). The length of time is starting to show in the fact that we practically need a map to get around down there, so deep is the pile of stuff we no longer need and/or use. So I have pledged to spend at least 15 minutes every day just trying to get rid of it, along the lines of a good old-fashioned Victorian spring cleaning, albeit in slow mo (a great period word, there).

Now, here's the catch. I could rent a dumpster and be done with the whole project in the approximately two hours it would take me and my minions to haul it all up the stairs. But I am going to do my best to find the stuff a home where it will be more appreciated and put to good use. I am going to employ my assistants, freecycle and craig's list. I am going to make some donations to the church rummage sale and the library book sale and the Salvation Army. And undoubtedly there will be a good amount of trash to dispose of as well, such as the nine months worth of feed bags that I hauled out of the barn this morning, so I will be doing my best to divest our lives of those little build-ups, as well as anything that is so broken or beyond its useful life that it just needs to be put out of its misery already.

If I were more organized I would have a fancy little button already designed for fellow bloggers to decorate your blog with, but I'm not, so I don't. Besides, let's face it, taking the time to design the button would be a prime procrastination technique, and look how far that's gotten me.

So who's up for joining me? Let's move it out!


  1. Try living in one place for over thirty years and have to move out of state!!!!

  2. You should check out - she has some great pointers on decluttering. Sam

  3. When you're done, you can come on down here and tackle my messes.....