I am about to take you into a room of my home that no one ever sees. I keep this room hidden from guests and am always afraid of someone seeing it. Perhaps this cluttered room relates to me emotionally and represents the cluttered part of my mind that holds resentment, fear, and negativity. The book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston explains the clutter-mind connection very well and I highly recommend her book.
The room I am referring to is my storage room in the basement and it took me a good day and a half to clean it. When I was finished I had a large pile for trash and a very large pile for my Yard Sale. Yes, I was able to let go of a lot of things. It is a very emotional experience to go through your life and for me this storage room held a lot of my life. I ran across old year books, journals, clothes my kids had outgrown, and many memories. At one point I became so emotional that I broke down in tears. This is why this room doesn't get organized and cleaned out very often and I usually just keep the door closed. In the end I feel energized and like a new woman.
I can finally walk into my storage room without having to leap over stuff. It is easy to find what I need and even thrifty since I won't go out and buy duplicates of things I know I have but cannot find. Whenever I needed an extension cord I would spend tons of time searching and wouldn't find one. I found about 10 hiding out in my storage room! So yes, getting rid of clutter and organizing is very thrifty.
Here are the before and after pictures (oh, I am so ashamed of those before pictures):
I was so happy to use my new wide-angle lens that I got in my "chunk of junk"!
This project was a metamorphosis of room and spirit so I am linking up to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.