I have declared this to be my Summer of No and Less. My revelation happened when I was cleaning out a wardrobe closet looking for a specific item of clothing for my daughter. I emptied the closet and was surprised by what I found: 6 hand made baby blankets (my daughter is 12), 1 cheerleader shoe from 1st grade, tap shoes from kindergarten, a Hess truck, 3 Halloween costumes, 2 comforters, a beach towel, 2 sleeping bags, a Pooh clock and 4 parasols. Why does my daughter have 4 parasols?
Of course, I did not find the item I was looking for. There is too much stuff in our house. The attic is full of plastic tubs. The garage is lined with storage boxes. My goal for the summer is to go through the boxes and plastic bins and decide what I should keep. One bag of clothes was sent to the Goodwill already. There are two more bags waiting in the hallway. :) I am dusting off my eBay account and ready to sell.
I also need to practice saying "No". I have one "No" on the books already for the summer. My daughter had to choose between softball and soccer as her fall sport. I said "No" to trying to do both. I think it is important for her to focus on doing one sport well. She chose softball. We have been warned that 7th grade is challenging...more homework, science fair projects and Confirmation preparation.
I am looking forward to this summer! I hope I will have more room, less stuff and a few extra dollars in my pocket.