So I mentioned awhile ago that I was going to tackle the basement. I've been telling myself that babysteps are better than no steps, so if I just go down and do 15 minutes a day, then I'll be taking steps toward my goal of having a tidy basement. Well I kept putting it off and putting it off. On Saturday night, my husband was out for the evening, my kids were sleeping, and I was bored - so I decided to take the plunge! I spent a good 2-3 hours down there, and made a really, really good dent! What I realized is that a LOT of it was garbage (I know, I'm trying not to create any more garbage, but this was already down there, and I need to get it OUT OF MY HOUSE). A ton of it was recyclable - lots and lots of boxes, and plastic packing stuff. And the vast majority of what was left can be sold or donated. Very little of it is actually anything we actually need to keep - the exception being seasonal stuff, like Christmas decorations, which I'm going to move up to the attic where it's a little drier, and there are less spiders. :) I turned one side of the room into a yard sale area - I had some shelving and a couple of tables in there, so that's where I'm going to start storing all of the stuff that will be going in our yard sale. That will make decluttering the rest of the house easier as well, because I know that the stuff I no longer want or need actually has a place to go.
I've listed a few bigger items on Kijiji, mostly baby items, that I'm hoping will sell. Otherwise I'll either save them for the yard sale, or else participate in the annual "Mom and Baby Sale", where you can purchase a table and set up and sell your baby stuff. I've been listing books on Amazon as I come across them. There are still a ton of CDs down there that my husband will have to deal with - they're his CDs, and he needs to deal with them (he's a little attached to his music!).
Overall, I feel really, really good about the progress I've made. I think I can manage my 15 minutes a day goal now that I'm off to a running start. At least I have some direction, which I didn't have before, and I'm sure contributed to why I was procrastinating about going down there. (Not to mention it's cold and creepy). :)
I'm sad to say I didn't take any before pictures...perhaps it's just as well, the few of you who do come and read my blog might get scared off! But I'll be sure and take some "after" pictures to celebrate my successes. :)