Happy Valentine’s Day, or not…

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. In fact, if my husband were to buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day I would probably be annoyed.  Mainly because I know he would have paid way more than he should have and for what?  I like flowers but with a household to maintain they have become just one more thing for me to take care of.  Is that terrible?  Also gifts these days mean one more thing to own and take care of and that idea is overwhelming.

Let me explain,  I like having a clean and tidy home and for me that means no clutter.  These days it has become clutter-full and I think it’s starting to affect my psyche.  In my mind I have grand plans to sell and donate a bunch of things and finish some unfinished projects that have been that way for years now.  So far I am off to a pretty good start but with a toddler to entertain and my belly just getting bigger. I think my grand plans need to either get moving quickly or change.  I find myself wanting to do more than I am physically capable of.  I am 23 weeks pregnant and still running.  I also work fulltime, cook dinner almost every night and attempt to maintain a 2,200 sq ft. home.  It’s hard.  But I have to get rid of “stuff” because its taking over and I just can’t anymore.  It seems like a constant struggle and the struggle is real.  Anyone else with me? How does everyone else do it?

I think my main problem is that I am a perfectionist.  I want things organized perfectly but life isn’t perfect.  I can’t just throw everything in plastic bins and throw it in the basement for a later date.  If an item isn’t going to be used again, I cannot just store it.  It affects me to have it but if it’s still useful, I can’t just throw it away.  Especially if I think it has some sort of value. I would rather sell it than donate it. So I think my best plan of action is to make a list of easily achievable goals and start there.  Get those things done and start on the next list of items. So here is my first list:

  1. Frame the print that’s been sitting in my basement for almost 4 years now
  2. Purge some of the 20 sweatshirts we currently own, we literally have 15 too many
  3. Paint the random frame we have in the basement and create an artwork display
  4. List four items on eBay
  5. List four items on the local Facebook yard sale group

My goal for this list is February 1st.  This gives me about a week.  We will see how I do…

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