So, I’m a teacher. Who’s surprised? Exactly no one who reads this blog, and that’s probably true for people who see me in real life. I’m not sure what it is about teachers, but it’s almost like one of the classes we take is how to dress like a teacher. When I switched dentists a few years back, I walked into the office, and he looked me up and down and said, “Oh, another teacher.”
The cornerstone of any female teacher’s outfit (besides cute flats!) is the scarf. Not convinced? Last year, our school hosted a spirit day in which students dressed like teachers. One of my students mimicked my hairstyle and about six of them came to class wearing scarves. (Mercifully, though, none of them stuffed beach balls under their shirts even though I was suuuuuuper pregnant at the time.) If it’s not in my DNA, then it’s basically in my job description to own a lot of scarves. 27 of them to be exact. But the real question is do I really need this many scarves?
No, I do not.
Looking at my
closet closets (sorry, HP, I’ll move out of your room one day, I swear!), I realize that this month, I need to finish the #MinsGame Challenge. After failing quite spectacularly last month with all of my goals and voicing a semi-legitimate concern about the eco-effects of rapid fire decluttering, a fierce determination set it. Namely, the panic of returning to work and realizing just how fleeting my time at home will be. And when I am home, how dare I let my family compete with meaningless clutter for my time.
Without further ado, here’s the mid-month decluttering check-in:
Day 1 – My windowsill basil plant. It was the little seedling that could…until it simply couldn’t.
Day 2 – A half-used canister of formula and a water bottle that I unearthed from a box of baby shower gifts.
Day 3 – A set of new pajamas I don’t wear and a bracelet.
Day 4 – Four stuffed animals. Sorry, HP, but you already have too much stuff.
Day 5 – Five mini bottles (nursettes, if you’re fancy or want to charge a lot of money) of formula are headed straight to the food pantry.
Day 6 – Lest this start sounding like “The 12 Days of Christmas”, we’ll change things up. Workout pants, a candle, two travel toothpastes, a face wash, and a hair conditioning treatment. The last four items, I actually used up since they were opened.
Day 7 – A bunch of books. Even though I have probably another hundred or so stashed at my parents’ house. One house at a time. One house at a time.
Day 8 – Two pairs of shoes, a winter coat, another candle, a door wreath, slippers that still have tags on them, a digital photo frame, and an apron. A lot of these were well-meaning gifts. But let’s be serious. An apron? If it doesn’t go in my crock pot or a cereal bowl, I’m not cooking it these days.
Day 9 – Nine scarves. Teacher or not, it’s still probably not reasonable to own 17, so I should revisit this.
Day 10 – Gift bags, bubble wrap, and tissue paper. I wrapped two gifts and then recycled whatever else I could.
Day 11 – I’m currently in the process of culling my sock drawer. Do you remember when it was fashionable to buy mismatched neon ankle socks? Don’t look at me like that. It was. How do I know? I still own probably 20 pairs.
What I’m doing well: I’m actually getting rid of things. I’m not walking around making empty promises to myself to list the items on Poshmark one day. No, no. These items are out of here. Though, I will likely need to do several selling challenges one day.
What I’m doing terribly: There’s no real rhyme or reason to what I’m decluttering. I had grand plans of going room by room, but it’s basically wherever HP will spend
time 17 seconds before he demands to be entertained. And let’s be serious, I’ll take playing with him over anything any day.
What I’ll do differently: Next time I test my willpower with this game, I’m going to alternate high and low (31, 1, 30, 2, etc.). Because the thought of finding hundreds of items to donate or discard in the next two weeks is a little daunting.
So Tell Me…Can you believe I’m actually decluttering? To make me feel better, what’s one thing that you held onto for a while that you probably shouldn’t have?