Part of what I have been doing over the past year, in addition to preparing for my weight loss surgery and dealing with the aftermath of said surgery, has been trying to deal with things that I have ignored for a long time. I have taken care of a lot of financial problems that I had. I gave up video gaming. I started taking care of my overall health, which I have had trouble dealing with for years. So many things.
Before my surgery, I cleaned out my big walk in closet. Cleaned out all of the remaining boxes I had not unpacked except for one that I cleaned out after the surgery. I reorganized the closet, bought more hangers, hung up all of my clothes that I didn’t have room for, threw away or gave away a lot of clothes.
In the same spirit of purging and reorganizing, I cleaned out my hall closet yesterday. Anytime I would order anything online, or if my mom sent me a box of supplies, or if I bought something that came in a box like my new coffee maker, I threw the box into the hall closet. I’ve wanted to clean this closet out for a long time and clear out these boxes. So, I did this yesterday.
Most of the boxes, I flattened and took out to the trash room in my building. Some of the boxes, I discovered were filled with old bills, books, and other things I just did not know what to do with. I created a bag of stuff to shred. I then ordered a new shredder online. My old one broke, you see. I put the books on my bookshelves. The other stuff, I sorted through. I chucked a bunch of stuff and threw it into the trash. I did keep a couple of useful items, which I then put away.
I feel so organized.
I have two more cleaning projects on my list. One, I need to clean out the cabinet in my kitchen that holds all of my plastic containers. Currently, my cupboard looks like the “before” picture in one of those commercials for better products which has the ancillary benefit of keeping you more organized. When I put another plastic container in there now, I open it and quickly toss the container in and shut it immediately to keep anything else from pouring out of it and onto the floor. God forbid I actually have to take one out. I’m so ashamed.
The second project is cleaning out from under my bathroom sink. I cannot find anything under there. I know I have soap, lotions, shampoos, vitamins, etc, but your guess is as good as mine as to how I find these items.
I’ll probably throw a lot of stuff away in both cases. Although, I am kind of a fanatic when it comes to recycling, so I will probably put most of the plastic stuff into the recycle bin, whether it’s recyclable or not. In either case, the organization and purging must occur.
Organizing my life is not nearly as much fun as binge eating an entire bag of Cheetos or Doritos or fantasizing about pizza, but I feel so much better afterwards.