I'm pretty good about doing a quarterly clean out. Our rule is if it hasn't been used in the last 6 months, out it goes! With five people living in a small house, all having hobbies, collections, toys, and what not, clutter can easily build up fast. The boys had a hard time parting with things the first time, but we always include them in the process and now they actually get excited when I get out the Goodwill boxes.
Now we're getting down to the nitty gritty. Basically, everything we want to keep has to fit into our kitchen and living room. Put's it all in perspective, doesn't it. Today, we made our way through the two hall closets and the kitchen. Now all my dyeing and soap making equipment is in one closet and the other closet is completely empty! I wiped down all of the kitchen cabinets and put back only the essentials. Food, one set of pots and pans, one set of dishes, one strainer....
I think it will be important to have objects be both pretty and functional in such a small space, so I'm keeping a few things I love.
With the kitchen organized, we have two sets of cupboards empty. It feels really good to let go, and I'm excited to see what other treasures we'll find!
Tomorrow... the basement.