When I started this yearlong project, I didn’t know that I would be getting such a big motivation to reduce our lives to its bare essentials. Nine weeks is not a lot of time to pack up a house and clear out the clutter.
I’ve been taking lots of little steps, which is all good and fine, but it is time to accelerate that process….
So today, I tackled a particularly chaotic corner of our overly-chaotic basement. Or more precisely: I took a sledgehammer to it.
Ever since we moved into this house eleven years ago, we have had an old kitchen cabinet and countertop down in the basement, ostensibly serving as a work and storage space. The reality is: it’s just an ugly, old kitchen cabinet with tons of stuff piled up on it. I am not really much of a handyman, and I don’t think I’m going to dedicate the time and effort to become one anytime soon.
So today, I broke down the cabinet and hauled it away. I have to admit–there is certainly something satisfying about taking a sledgehammer to a disaster area and making it disappear!
In the process, I also managed to fill up two large trash cans with assorted, useless clutter–mostly bits and pieces of things that I’ve held onto, thinking that I might find use for them some day. I also laid out on the curb a bunch of useful things–various household repair and improvement items that are better off going to someone for more handy than me (all of that stuff disappeared from the front of my house within a half hour.)
I’m sure I can and will refine even further the tools and whatnot that I held onto, but for now, just clearing out that musty old cabinet was victory enough.