Boy Scouts garage sale was a WONDERFUL chance to purge
My two older sons' Boy Scouts troop has a MEGA garage sale the 3rd Saturday in August every year. It is HUGE - they made $14,000 this year! We accept donations for 3 months before and spend a full week setting up (thanks to the church who turns over the building & parking lot to us for a week!)
This year I had the most awsome time decluttering that set up week. I took 3 vanloads of clutter down. I litterally purged 1/2 my clothes and 1/4 of my shoes. I got rid of dishes, housewares, linens, books, magazines-- just everything!
My house still has a LONG way to go - I should have taken 12 vanloads instead of just 3! But at least I can see a difference now. It gives me hope. I feel like for the first time in years, I made a dent in the hopeless mess. It's not good enough to invite my mom over, but it's not as bad as it was a week ago.