i have fallen out of my blogging groove. it's not that i don't love it or you but i feel like my posts lately have been here's what we've been doing, xyz, and it's just not hitting the blog sweet spot for me.
this week i conquered our bedroom and actually decluttered seven yrs (how long we've been in this house) worth of crap. i have no idea how so much stuff came to live in our bedroom. a little bit here, a little bit there. i watch house hunters all the damn time so i can safely say our closet is large, it is not a small room, but it's pretty big. before clean out you couldn't step a foot in it. after clean out i discovered in 7 yrs the hubs has amassed a suitcase full of porn. he's in the convenience store business so the guys that stock that stuff in the stores would give him a dvd here a magazine there. really, how much porn does one couple need?
the closet also houses boxes of old game systems, wires, speaker cord, etc. the hubs' job tomorrow is to go through all of that and see if there's anything there that even belongs in this century. we are a family of four and each of us is a pack rat of one thing or another. for my part in the closet there were way, way too many saved gift bags; so much so that they were crumpled and torn and totally unusable. tossed em. clothes neither of us has worn in 5 yrs or more and clothes so worn out nobody should ever wear again.
i had two tote bags living in the corner beside my night stand. and this is why i save shit---within those tote bags i found calendars from 05, 06, 08--where i wrote appts. or events (mostly work stuff but lots of other stuff too). i found homemade cards from my kids, pictures tucked away, brochures from places we've been. i have a trunk full of things like that from more than 20 yrs ago. that trunk is heavier than shit but if our house burned down i'd try like hell to get it out. so many memories in that trunk. letters from my grandparents when we lived in germany; a birthday card my cousin gave me when i turned i--i can see the card now--it's a big 8. a piece of coal from a school field trip i took in 3rd grade to a power plant. all of my high school journals and some school projects and senior memories book, etc. there's a sweater in there that belonged to my great grandma, i used to wear it in high school.
(i have no idea where this post was supposed to go and certainly don't know how i got off on this tangent!)
friday i finished our room. it is clean. it is decluttered and it feels twice as big. that might also have to do w/ the fact that the hubs removed a huge piece of furniture (entertainment center) that i didn't want to part w/ 7 years ago but didn't know where to put, so it ended up in our room. now the hubs and i each have our own dressers and i like our room. except the color. but painting is on the to do list---i just have to pick a color. any suggestions? it's a soft green now and i'm over it.