Last night I began the, ummmm, “process” of cleaning through my room and sorting through a good majority of my stuff. I swear, I am a hoarder of everything and am truly surprised I haven’t been injured by “stuff” falling all over me!! There won’t be a “before” picture because, although I believe you can sometimes shame yourself into action, I am in no way prepared for that level of shame and embarrassment. 😉
With my yearly (at least, that’s the goal) summer trip to Europe just over a week away, I felt the need to go through things, find clothes, find travel stuff, etc. I’ve already filled a 30-gallon trash bag with magazines, papers, etc., and am already filling another bag! I’m finally letting go of some of my shoes that have been worn out and kept for far too long and am throwing away electronics boxes of things I no longer have or won’t be selling. It’s tough, but it’s also refreshing! I can already see the floor of my room and am so pleased about that. 🙂 I think I will have to go on a shopping spree (oh, darn!!) since I’m now in a new – smaller, thankfully – size and don’t think the rest of the clothes will work for this trip. What a damn good excuse to go shopping!
For me, one of the toughest things about going through stuff is thinking I could sell these things at a garage sale… But will I really be doing a garage sale, or am I just prolonging the inevitable and keeping more clutter in my life? In all honesty, the likelihood that I will have a garage sale is slim to none given my sometimes hectic schedule and my knowledge of the worth of the things I’d want to sell and being unable to let them go for much less. However, that being said, things need to go, and I am proud of myself for really letting go and getting rid of crap last night! I’ve learned that simple is sometimes better, and there is no way in you-know-where that I am moving with all the stuff I have now… It simply ain’t gonna happen.
So, I just had to share this “cleansing of clutter” with someone, and I figured my blog would be a good place since I haven’t been on here for a while. On another note, I planned on going through, processing and sharing all of my pictures from Europe last year, but that’s just too overwhelming right now… Everything is happening so quickly: I’m making lists, making sure I have my travel documents in order, rush-ordering everything I need but have been putting off, and making sure everything goes smoothly… You know when you’ve had a couple nightmares about not having your passport or enough cash/no plastic while abroad that’s it’s time to start getting things put together and staying on top of things so you don’t drive yourself more crazy!
Unfortunately, I passed up going on a trip to Arkansas with my parents this weekend for a graduation (the first time in recent history I have foregone a family trip). Since we won’t be able to attend the family reunion they have down there every summer, my parents are using this opportunity to catch up. I have started in a new role with new responsibilities and lots of changes at work this last week and am working on several projects that I didn’t feel I could leave, plus I have to get my sh*t together and extra $$ never hurts when travel and photography are a couple of your main hobbies!!
Well, I think that about sums up my week. I will try to update more with travel stuff as I get closer and more psyched!! I’m excited for the almost two weeks in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland… but most especially for my beloved Paris! It will be a wonderful trip and I have a very good feeling about it and think it will have a more independent spin than the last. We’ll be joining another group from Iowa and I’m actually quite excited to meet some new people and travel with some of my favorite friends.
|There’s a reason I love Paris and look so
happy in this picture – I love this place so
much and really feel at home there! GORGEOUS!
If you have managed to make it through my novel to this point of my post, have a wonderful weekend, everyone!