If you read my blog post a couple of weeks ago on Maximizing Minimalism you know that I am tackling the summer project to get rid of 1000 things in our household. The Memorial weekend sparked week 1 of this 15 week challenge, which ends with Labor Day (1 day before our 13th wedding anniversary). For those of you not so savvy in math, that’s 67 items for each of the first 14 weeks and 62 for the final week. Thankfully, the trundle set that hit the curb in Maximizing Minimalism got us off to the fantastic head-start of 6 items, so we had 61 to go by Memorial Day!
I mentioned to my husband J. that he could get in on this as well (if you are married to someone in IT, you know the ridiculous number of computer parts that end up lying around your house), but I know that this has to mostly be for me. I need the personal satisfaction of cleaning my own slate.
As luck would have it, we decided that weekend to also purchase a new mattress. We are moving to a 1940′s brick bungalow and our king bed will not fit into the master bedroom. We decided, in preparation, to purchase a new queen mattress and move our queen guest bed set downstairs, allowing the delivery guys to haul off the king. This purchase gave us the prime opportunity to clean under and around our bed. Oh my.
Have you ever heard the expression “multiply like rabbits?” Well the dust bunnies under our bed had multiplied, no doubt because they were allowed to hide amongst all kinds of things shoved under there in our “out of sight, out of mind” storage space. Note to marketing representatives…STOP GIVING PEOPLE BAGS AND BACKPACKS AT TRADE SHOWS!!! If you are sitting in a marketing meeting and someone says, “Hey, let’s have a cool backpack made with our logo on it and hand those out,” stop them immediately!!! Your money will be better spent on a Starbucks® card, otherwise I’m basically going to stick your twenty bucks under my bed and then you’ll really tick me off when I pull it out from under there eight years later covered in rabbits.
Under our master bed…8 bags ready to set sail: 2 pieces of luggage with broken straps; 4 of the infamous “marketing” bags; a denim backpack I’m pretty sure I got in junior high school; and my brother-in-law C.’s club soccer bag (I have NO idea how old that one is). Under the upstairs bed…2 more logo bags. That’s a total of 10 bags!!!
It was that soccer bag that ended up doubling us over with laughter as J. started to unload it. The collage of contents included: (1) Two pens; (2) One random blue sock; (3) One luggage hook (not an apparatus for bondage, as it might appear at first glance); (4) Three golf tees; (5) One U-Haul® self-storage ticket; (6) One old contacts’ case; (7) Parts to a pen; (8) An old bottle of Renu® contact solution; (9) An old tube of Estée Lauder® body scrub; (10) An old bottle of Hawaiian Tropic® SPF 30 Sunblock; (11) A broken drywall mud spreader; (12) One furniture foot protector; (13) Two random tooth brushes (which must have been used for something other than teeth); and…drum roll…One cleaning tool for a Wagner Power Roller™. 18 items!!! We were crying, we were laughing so hard. What the heck???
Don’t believe me…here’s the proof.
We had so much fun with that little number, we decided to clean out the cubby in the nightstand next to J.’s side of the bed.
We got rid of this…
All in all…48 items OUT!
The last remaining items that we decided no longer needed a home in our home…one mattress pad that had been shredded by our Yorkie scratching on the bed; one old VCR; one satellite receiver left by a tenant in a rent house; a set of Doggie Steps; and J.’s leg brace from his rehab when he shattered his knee cap (I think in 2000).
When it was all said and done, we had a fantastic new Tempur-Pedic® Allura mattress delivered to our bedroom and we eliminated 81 items from our lives (20 items ahead of schedule)!
Trust me, if you want to sleep a little easier at night and you missed your Memorial Day mattress sale opportunity, start digging things out from under your bed and throwing away junk from your nightstand. Odds are, you’ll be amazed what you find and it will make you wonder what you could uncover in other rooms if you start looking.
One thing I’ve also noticed is that I have a lot of other people’s stuff. So, get ready all you folks who know me out there. Your treasures are comin’ a knockin’. (And, oh…what treasures they are!)