Happy Leap Day and greetings from Chicago! I'm here for a couple of days for work, then head to Madison for a couple more days, and return to Minneapolis late on Thursday. It's going to be a whirlwind week but it's good to be traveling again as I enjoy conversing with clients and changing my schedule up!
As I mentioned in January, I spent the month of February focusing on getting rid of things in my house that I no longer need or use. My goal was to get rid of 435 items. When I started the month, I knew there were a lot of things I could get rid of but I ended up getting rid of more than I thought I would, mostly because I had soooo many books to get rid of. The total number of items that have left my house is 550 items! I actually ended up getting rid of a bit more than that as I stopped keeping track after I counted all of the books I would be getting rid of and had exceeded my goal.
I kept a detailed list, with columns totaling what was donated, sent to thred up or thrown away. I also kept track of what area of the house the items came from. The majority of my 550 items were books (272), but here is a breakdown of the rest of what I donated:
- 175 articles of clothing/jewelry/bags/shoes
- 46 items from my kitchen
- 23 office/organizational items
- 18 bathroom items
- 11 decor items
- 5 miscellaneous items
Of those 550 items, 392 were donated, 137 were thrown away, and 21 were sent to thred up.
Phil helped me load up my car with the 392 items I donated. I was shocked that we managed to fit 2 book cases, allll the bags of books, and 2 boxes of household goods/clothing into my little Honda Accord. Phil said it was a real-life game of tetrus. He wins boyfriend of the year for helping me schlep all those items to my card and bringing them to goodwill - and for standing in line at the post office on a Friday night to drop off my thred up bag while I sat in my packed car with a heavy box of donations on my lap.
It was surprisingly easy to get rid of all of these items. I thought I'd have a harder time going through my bookcases, but once I got going it wasn't very hard to determine what to keep and what to get rid of. This post on book riot really reflected how I approached my decision about what to keep or what to get rid of.
Truth be told, there's probably still more things I could get rid of
as I didn't even get to the bins under my bed but I'll tackle that at
another time over the next couple of months. In the mean time, I feel good about getting rid of a car load of stuff as it will make my next move so much easier!