Since Eric is working 10 hour days I'm forced to do a lot of this packing business on my own, and man oh man is it exhausting! I'm struggling with not feeling overwhelmed right now but it's tough.
Yesterday I started tackling the spare room. Mainly because that's where a lot of our boxes are and they were mostly full. So I went to work, going through each box and sorting everything into keep, donate, toss piles. I got all but one box sorted out and that last box will be easy to do so I'll do it first this morning. I ended up with 8 empty boxes to start packing with. In my hallway right now are 2 full garbage bags of trash and 7 garbage bags and 3 small boxes packed full with stuff to take down to Goodwill. And that is mainly from ONE room! Granted, this room has been essentially untouched for the last year so I knew most of it would be going. It feels so good! I'm a little scared to tackle the garage but I think I'll work on that this weekend with Eric.
Actually, I prefer to declutter without Eric around. He's much less ruthless than I am. I can't get through to him that if we haven't used it in 2 years then we obviously do not NEED it. We can't take it with us when we die and I really hate to think of leaving a ton of junk for my kids or relatives to have to sort through. We have been dragging around these stupid baseball cards for what, 10 years now! They are just throw into boxes, not protected at all and it drives me insane. Eric refuses to part with them and I just hate them. They take up valuable space, and for what? Do I think that Eric will EVER go through those boxes to see if there is anything of value in there? No. I've tried so many times to get him to get rid of them but to no avail. Oh well. I guess I'm stuck with them.
I was so tired last night. I really did work pretty much all day while Eric was at work. I know I overdid it. I went to bed at the same time as Eric which doesn't happen very often on a work night. I'm glad I did though, since the girls woke up at 7 this morning. So today is another day. I plan to finish up the spare room, clear a space for boxes and small furniture in the living room, and clean the spare room. That's the plan. We'll see how far I get. I also need to go to the store, make some important phone calls/plans, take Jen to gymnastics and take care of dinner. All while keeping the kids from going crazy from boredom. Wish me luck!