We have made it to the area I have been dreading on this challenge...Day 8 is Kid's Stuff/Sports Equipment/Hobby or Art Supplies.
Kid's Stuff is not a problem because my kids are older and are responsible for their own stuff.
Sports Equipment is not a problem because my kids never really participated in sports.
Which brings us to Hobby or Art Supplies...I think part of the reason I have so much of this type of stuff in my home comes with where we live. When we first moved to this area, the closest big box store was about 30 minutes away. This was before Amazon and internet shopping. So as a homeschool mom, and someone who likes to work on craft projects and do a lot of sewing, I would stock up on items in case we needed them. Who wants to pull out everything for a project just to find out that you need something and the closest store that carries that type of item is over half an hour away?
The other reason I have been dreading this day of the challenge, I tend to consider this room in our home as a dumping area. If something doesn't have a 'place', it gets dumped here. If people are coming over, I can dump clutter from other areas of my home into this room and close the door. And pure laziness of just not finding proper homes for these items with the 'I will find a home for it later' and that later never comes around.
So, here is what I started with...
...yeah, it is kind of a mess. But, with Kathi's help, I knew I could make progress!!
I found a whole bunch of stuff that just needed to be thrown away, and started a pile of stuff to give away. Little by little, things were starting to look better...
Definitely not finished, but so much better!
All of this stuff didn't find its way into my house overnight. And the stuff that doesn't need to stay is not going to leave overnight either.
Kathi's method is working for me. And by dedicating time to work through this challenge, I am learning to keep things in my home that I love and use.
Next up...the family room!