Last Friday I started working on Jack's room as the next phase of project paint.
Then, exhausted, standing in the pantry hunting chocolate, I saw a moth.
I nearly died. I was so tired and all of my inventory is stored in the pantry.
I am still working on the finishing touches for Jack's room (he starts middle school tomorrow!), but the moth problem would not wait.
Two exhausting days later:
Inventory side before.
Food side before.
Inventory side after. I have one different bin there because my shelf is too short, but I am too tired to care about it right now.
Side by side.
So, I've uncovered loads of unlisted inventory, Donated a whole car full of stuff, updated shop inventory, donated a whole trash bag full of personal care items and samples that had never been used to the food pantry, and filled the entire trash toter with random who knows what.
I've been doing the same with every room I've painted too. I have not read this mythical kon Mari book, And every year I find the need to own less and less, but this time I have been doing some serious gutting of things we've held onto for various reasons.
We still have a lot of stuff, but it's my dream that every room can be tidy in ten minutes no matter how messy the kids have been that day. I will be bluntly honest and just say it feels like a complete waste of my life to have to spend it cleaning up all the time. (And yes, I make the kids do it, but they have to be managed too.)
Anyway. I'm tired and need a break from it, but it's also an obsessively motivating transformation that's taking place room by room.
P.s. Grant asked me today when I would paint his room. Send reinforcements, or painters, or the goodwill truck, okay?