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Alright, let's get down to it. I had a messy basement, once. It was oozing with boxes of junk. But, inspired by some recent organizational successes, and the fact that I searched for 10 minutes trying to find some books I meant to give my sister but actually donated and forgot I donated, I decided to tackle the Pile of Doom. Here's what it looked like before:
The Pile of Doom was slowly seeping to areas of the basement I actually walk around, mainly the path from the washing machine to the clothesline. It was starting to really stress me out. So, this Monday, thanks to the sacrifices and heroism of our Veterans, I actually had a day off for once in my life, and I spent it cleaning. Yeah, I know. Fun.
Here's what the Pile of Doom looks like now!
I think I shall call it the Neatly Stacked Boxes of My Past, because everything is neatly stacked and most of these boxes contain memorabilia and holiday decorations.
Honestly, this wasn't too much of "organization" as it was "getting rid of all of the empty boxes from products I have purchased yet saved the packaging from for some odd reason." I took a trunk full of cardboard scraps to the recycling dumpster, and suddenly things seemed a lot more manageable.
You may notice that one box slightly seperated from the Neatly Stacked Boxes of My Past. That's the one I have left to go through. Seriously, some boxes were just full of JUNK that I threw in wherever I could find as I was moving out of my apartment a year ago. Things like old pencils and receipts. I didn't even have the energy to throw them in the trash at that phase of packing.
You may also remember that I had several empty paint cans sitting near the old winter boots and torn up tarp. Those are gone--properly disposed of, I should say--thanks to my helpful Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and their helpful YouTube video. The old boots have been thrown out, too. Don't worry.
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen Ye Olde Tweet after I was done:
I didn't end up having time today, but I expect some more time this weekend (because I actually don't have to work on Sunday! WOW!) to go through the remaining box, and maybe delve further into getting rid of some of my stuff. The Greateth Purge, I say. I have my reasons for minimalizing... *secret agent eyebrow wiggle*
Have you recently done some purging of household junk? Please share, so I don't feel alone in this despicable chore!