Stuff, Stuff, everywhere.

I had planned on posting about my Christmas Binder this morning. That post will now be Monday’s post. Hopefully.

You see, I am waking up in the middle of the night with panic attacks of the I-have-too-much-stuff-and-it-is-overwhelming variety.

Hello, my name is Susan and I have a serious addiction to stuff.
Hello, my name is Susan and I am one step away from being a certified hoarder.
Hello, my name is Susan and yes, that is a dumpster parked in my driveway because I am Cleaning This Place Up.

I’m starting with the dining room today. I am pretending I don’t see the Great Dane accommodating dog crate taking up exactly one quarter of my dining room space. I think My Girl will be moving it to the basement today and the boys can deal with it down there. Or, My Man just suggested My Girl move it back up to her room. It is her puppy, after all. So that is the current plan. And it will be done TODAY.

My mantra for this cleaning-this-place-out endeavor is the following:

1. Do I have emotional attachment to this? (as in did it belong to someone I love or does it have special meaning?)
2. Do I use it?
3. Do I have a place for it right now?
4. Can I replace it if I have to?

Finally, for every one thing I keep, I am getting rid of at least one thing and, ideally, two things. What will I do with the things I am cleaning out? If it is something that one of my darlings really wants, I will pack it up for them. If not, it will go to one of two places, depending on what it is. ECHO or Treasure Trove.

How do y’all keep up with the stuff? Do you do regular stuff-culling sessions? Decide as you bring it in where it goes and what, if anything, goes out because of this new item? Does anyone else keep lists of what ornaments they have? Ignore that last question if it seems too OCDish for anyone out there.

Okay, I’m off and running to the dining room. Send reinforcements if you don’t hear from me in a day or two!

Love you guys.