So I'll tell you what I did 'cause I know you all are just dying to know. :v)
I made the major decision of doing some big work in the morning. I know me and had I started out the day shopping or reading, nothing would get done! So until 1 p.m. I worked on getting all my yard sale stuff priced and sorted and ready to go. I've got boxes of stuff. Man, why do I hang onto to some of this stuff that I will never use. I need to have Laura come and give me a good talking to. As I went through all the things on my shelves in the storage room, I asked myself a couple of questions:
- Have I used it in the past two years?
- If not, what is the likely hood that I will use it in the next year?
Another thing I dealt with on a tough basis with myself was the emotional attachment I had to some things. Mostly things from my kid's childhood. When my kids were little, they always had fun when they went to Grandma's (my mom) and they got to dig in the "treasure box". This treasure box was a mish mash of stuff she had saved from my childhood. Toys, clothing, books. They loved going in there and getting to bring a "treasure" home. Funny thing, all my polyester goodies were almost right in style again when my oldest wore them home. Anyway, I always thought that would be fun for my grandkids one day. But it was getting on the ridiculous side, much beyond a "treasure box" size. So I tried to do what Laura suggests, and I gave myself boundaries and borders. I picked a small sized rubbermaid tote I knew I had room to store. And I didn't allow myself to have more than what could fit in there. I got tough. So as a result, I've even got baby clothes in my yard sale. What was I thinking hanging onto those? Seriously, it was cute when my kids wore it but it will be so out of date or old looking by the time grandkids come along that the parents probably won't want them anyway. And I know one of my girls is not the sentimental hanger on-er type anyway.
Another area that was tough for me was my books. I love my books. I love the look of lots of books. I would love to own a home that has a library room with walls that are floor to ceiling built in shelves and a fireplace. But seriously folks, the likely hood of that ever coming true is very miniscule. So I got tough with the books too. I took out every book, mostly old paperbacks, that I knew I would never read again, simply because the print was way too small. I asked myself if I seriously would ever spend the time to reread a story when there are so many books I haven't read yet that are on my ever expanding want to read list and hold for later list at the library. And into the box they all went. If they don't sell at the yard sale they will go to a used book store or senior center or women's shelter.
So by 1 p.m. I was tired of all that. I did a quick vacuum job upstairs just because I love a clean, vacuumed look and then I went shopping! Not for long because I'm trying to be a good girl and not spend willy-nilly. And I'm the type that tends to buy if I just wander. But I had a goal of blue towels to match the shower curtain. And I found them for a good price. Yipee!
A good cup of coffee and putting my feet up reading my book, which is a really good one, while my chicken was roasting in the oven ended the unexpected day off. I'd say it was a good one.