Attic Decluttering Update #2

I started this part by hauling most of the luggage downstairs. I gave a bunch of bags to Eric, claiming I'd never seen them, only to have him hand two back, insisting that I bought them. Unfortunately, I think he's right. 

If you're buying stuff, then forgetting you bought it, you might have too much stuff. 

Before and after

Before and after

Besides some luggage, I got rid of the pet bed, a ferret cage, a medium-sized pet carrier, and a few miscellaneous things. 

Eric's childhood, in boxes. 

Eric's childhood, in boxes. 

Eric had even more childhood stuff in that pile, so I added that to his collection. He's going to have to go through it at some point, but I can't do that for him. It's a bunch of stuff his mom saved, but made him take when she moved into her new house. Can't say I blame her, but I hope he goes through it soon. 

I got rid of an old enclosure for hanging clothing. It was falling apart and generally not doing much that was useful in the way of enclosing. We ended up keeping just four things that had been in it: my wedding dress, the shirt Eric wore to our wedding, and two coats that don't fit, but that I really like. I know, I should get rid of them, but I'm not ready yet. Also, I might lose weight. :)

Speaking of losing weight (and hopefully not of gaining, but I'm prepared for that, too), I organized the extra sizes of clothing I have, so it will be easier to find what I need. I also moved all the travel/camping/hiking equipment to the same area. I need to do some more organization, but it's a start just having it all in one place. 

Happy holidays! Or something...

Happy holidays! Or something...

What I didn't organize yet is all my holiday stuff, which is mostly Christmas decorations and wrapping supplies. I will go through that next. I know it's going to be difficult because a lot of the Christmas stuff has sentimental value, but we don't use it. We put up a Christmas tree once in this house. When you don't have kids, it's just not all that exciting, I guess. 

Perhaps most importantly, I found the most important part of my Willie Nelson Halloween costume - the bandanna with attached braids. I had no idea where it was, and I've wanted to wear it every single Halloween. It's easy to dress up as Willie, because he wears jeans, black t-shirts and tennis shoes. 

Here's a picture of me and Eric eons ago, when I first wore that costume: 

I'm not wearing my wedding ring because Willie didn't wear his. :)

I'm not wearing my wedding ring because Willie didn't wear his. :)

So cleaning the attic was worth finding that, if nothing else. Next up: going through Christmas decorations. 

Week 37: Household - Attic Decluttering