When our hallway is clear the whole front of the house feels nicer.
My goal is to have that hallway clear.
I even achieve that goal on a fairly regular basis. The thing is that I fill it back up with stuff just as quickly. You see, the hallway is the temporary storage spot for the stuff that is leaving the house.
Right now there's another 2 bags full of stuff to take to goodwill including curtains that my neighbour gave me. That's not even my own clutter, it's someone else's clutter. When she gave those curtains to me I thought I could do something with that fabric. And I totally could, but I've come to realise I would rather spend my sewing time making stuff I love, with materials I love.
Then there is a box full of cardboard packaging waiting to go out for recycling. Our recycling bin is collected every other week so whenever there is a bit extra then usual, it sometimes has to wait until after the bin has been collected before we can fit the extra in.
There is the ugly lamp in the hallway that I finally deemed too old and scary to use. It is as tall as I am and will have to be taken to the waste and recycling centre.
There are fabric scraps that need to go into our regular rubbish (which only takes 80 litres) so also has to be fitted in if there is extra space each week. I do donate fabric remnants but not scraps. I keep fabric scraps until I've finished a project, but a lot of projects don't get finished. That's why UFO's have to go.
And there is a box full of miscellaneous stuff to go that just doesn't fit nicely into a bag.
That is a lot of stuff to shove into one little hallway.
Half that stuff is there because the council is strict on limiting waste disposal and the other half we have to remember to put it into the car to take to the tip or goodwill.
I can't wait for the rubbish man to come. I must be the only person who gets excited about rubbish day, rubbish collection can't come often or soon enough.
But every time my hallway fills up and it's emptied again is simplifying my life. It's making more space in our home. It's another step towards how I want my home to be.