I realized this morning that all it took was a few episodes of 'Hoarding-Buried Alive' to push me into cleaning out cabinets and closets for the purpose of purging. An artsy friend of mine noted that crafty people are often the worse. We tend to hold on to bits of string, bottles of paint, and various other materials with the thought that we will eventually use them on our projects. I have noticed that many of the hoarders on the program mention having craft supplies...yarn, fabric, Popsicle sticks, etc. Last night's episode was a 'scared straight' moment for me. After my first cup of coffee this morning, I began to clean and purge. I have compassion for individuals who are compulsive hoarders. I know several, and they are not happy people. Compulsive hoarding is a beast that is not easily conquered. I want to get control before the beast decides to take up residence in our home.
I decided this morning if I don't absolutely love something I am not going to keep it. Some of the things I put into the plastic bags are perfectly good (a little dusty maybe)...small lamps, books, figurines, country items, but I don't love them anymore. Hopefully, someone will see them at the thrift store, love them, and take them home. It is a win-win situation. I have purged, someone wants it, and the thrift store makes money to help the handicapped.
These bags of goodies are already in the trunk of my car ready to be delivered to the thrift store. While I was loading my car I noticed several of my flowers had bloomed.
National Scrapbooking Day is Saturday. I will be at Sassy Scrapper with the May Sassy Kits. Here is a sneak peek at 2 of the layouts.