Good morning, everyone.
As some of you know, when Peter and I married in 2002 (2nd marriage for both of us), we both sold our houses and had a new one built. Unfortunately, we both brought many things that we didn't end up using... duplicates of most things.
We've had yard sales, donated lots of things to the Salvation Army and local hospital thrift store, but still have way too much "stuff".
To make things more difficult, Peter is a big collector... model trains, Dinky toys, coins, stamps, postcards, etc. etc. etc., and his collections have outgrown the house. The worst part is the newspapers and magazines to go through "someday", and the piles of clippings he has already cut out to be organized... again "someday". They've taken over his "office", an extra bedroom, the basement and the garage.
I've nagged, pleaded, cried... nothing worked very well until I discovered the "40 Bags in 40 Days" method of cleaning. I found this on the SP Hoarding Team. Yes, I call Peter a hoarder sometimes, which he hates.
The 40 Bags, which apparently started as a Lenten project through some churches many years ago, challenges you to fill one bag a day of things to be tossed, donated, or otherwise culled. For us it's been a lot of big recycling bins full of paper, but also more donations to the hospital store, and North House (a homeless shelter). I've also put aside several boxes of books to be donated to the next Friends of the Library book sale.
It's a start, and I feel good about it. I've also used some of the Covid lockdown time to finally make scrapbooks from some of our trips, crochet prayer shawls for people in hospitals or nursing homes and bring photo albums up to date.
Now if I could only convince Peter to donate a bunch of coffee mugs, wine glasses...
Thanks for reading; any tips will be appreciated.