For me this post marks the near halfway point for finishing 31 days of organizing! I’m behind for the month but still chugging along! I am so ready to finish with the basement but have a few more spaces. Today I started tackling this area…
This space by the furnace consists of bins of holiday decorations (not much to happen there except some better labeling), childhood keepsakes that my mom sent, bins of old scrapbooks and keepsakes, and a couple under-bed boxes that held old tax returns, old planners, and childcare paperwork from my daycare business.
I started with the under-bed boxes, but first got some photos of storage items so that I could list them to sell on Facebook. I tend to keep stuff like this because typically I can find SOME use for them. But I’m in the market for less stuff and more floor space, so it was time to purge!
I’ve already sold the above drawer units…yay!
I had this and several other baskets left from my garage sale to list.
Once I had those listed and bagged some clothes to go to Goodwill and the kids’ consignment store, I got to work on going through these under-bed boxes…
A couple months ago I emptied a similar box that was holding old planners. I don’t know why I keep them and eventually I may decide to recycle them, but for now there’s room in a filing cabinet downstairs so I moved them there. The filing cabinet is empty since I got one for my office space upstairs, so it will be a good storage place for archived things like the old planners, former tax returns, daycare documents, and our home info that is legal sized and doesn’t fit in the filing cabinet upstairs. I also have old scrapbooks in the bottom drawer.
I went through the boxes, stacking the daycare documents. Those went into the filing cabinet in a pile. I will purge the entire pile when I quit doing daycare. For now they’re out of the way, in a place that I can easily retrieve them, and they’re off the floor! The tax returns were already in plastic folders or manila envelopes. I kept the last seven years’ worth of returns per IRS guidelines and will shred and recycle the rest. There were some things of Brad’s that I wasn’t sure about, so those are awaiting his arrival from work to be sorted through. I also have a small pile of bank account info to go through and shred or file.
When I was done, I had three empty boxes and more floor space!