Monday, March 21, 2016

40 Bags in 40 Days {Update}

 

 

I am proud to say that I have emptied fifteen bins of items that I will either be donating or selling at a garage sale in May. It has been an emotional process, but I feel lighter and seeing my storage area in my basement with so much more room, makes me happy. I tried to go through at least one bin each day during Lent and I did accomplish that; sometimes even more. It was emotional at times, as I found memorabilia from my daughter's school years. There was a bin full of gymnastics medals from both of their years of gymnastics meets (twelve years worth) and while hard to part with, it was time.

 

 

I saved primarily holiday decor, but may need to pare that even further, at some point. I have only one bin of miscellaneous decor and feel good about that too. I did save the two American Girl dolls and their many, many clothes, but picture a granddaughter having so much fun with them someday. The American Girl sized furniture will go, but that was hard too. I couldn't help but look back and see my girls lovingly putting their dolls to bed every night.

Another thing I had an emotional connection with were the tea party sets my girls and I had so much fun with over the years. On rainy days we would have tea parties on a big blanket spread out on the floor. We would fill the tea set pitcher with pink lemonade, cut peanut butter sandwiches into heart shapes and serve strawberries on a pretty platter. The girls had three different tea sets and I forced myself to keep only one.

So many memories in those bins and boxes.

 

40 Bags in 40 Days 2016

 

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13 comments:

  1. Wow! I don't know if I will ever have what it takes to part with all the things that have sentimental value.

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  2. Wow! I don't know if I will ever have what it takes to part with all the things that have sentimental value.

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  3. We too went through our basement the past few months. I still need to go through all our photos, and the girls school papers. We do have many bins of the girls things left, but the things I know they will want to pass along or we will want to have for future grands to play with at our home. I host the children's team on occasion and have pulled many of the items out for the kids and they love playing with them.

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  4. A worthy project and one I need to tackle. When we used to move every few years, stuff didn't accumulate. We have been in our current home for nearly 27 years. Yikes.

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  5. Good for you! When you move like we do you tend to pare down as you go : ) Happy Spring!

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  6. Speaking as a grandma of 2 granddaughters, hang on to the AG stuff:-) I'm so glad I did, they are loving it. I am attempting to do what you are doing, but I do have trouble. I know if feels so good as the stuff goes out the door.
    You did a great job.

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  7. Well I am amazed at you . . .
    I am not surprised at your 40 bags/bins . . .
    Or the melancholy . . .
    I felt for you in the tea sets, American Girl Doll things . . . and the medals . . .
    You are a trooper!


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  8. Its so hard to let those things go. My kids are in their late 30's, but I still have a couple of boxes of their childhood things including a box of small cars which my grandsons loved playing with when they were younger.
    Congratulations on accomplishing this big task!

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  9. Good for you! I SO need to do this! My storage area runneth over:( Have a blessed and productive day dear friend, HUGS!

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  10. Ooooooh.....think twice about those tea sets Vicki! Me, who raised 3sons and really had no clue what to do with a tea set, now has 3 granddaughters. And I have bought 3 brand new tea sets to play with when they come to my house. Will make u so happy to play tea party with future grands....remembering doing same thing with your own babies. My grandsons even love to play with them!
    I'm just sayin....

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  11. But hey!!!! Yay for you on your big clean up. You've got to feel great about that! I kept saying this winter that this would be the yr I did that. Ooooops...now it's spring. Oh well...as I try to cram shut closet doors 😳

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  12. Clearing things out can be cathartic but, as you said, also emotional. I have saved American Girl dolls and a tea set too but so far have only grandsons. Good luck as you wind down your 40 in 40 days project!

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  13. I am (as usual) way behind on the 40 bags, but I did make some progress and got past the 'wall' of the childhood awards. So hard to part with and for no good reason in my life. I hope to get a few more bags out in the next day and again, appreciate your helping me get on track. :)

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