I honestly don't know for sure how many bags I cleaned out, but I'm calling it a success anyway. The back of Cameron's Escape was full of things to donate and that's after taking a couple of trash bags of things to my parents to put in a yard sale, a couple of grocery bags of clothes to a friend, some things thrown away, a large box of things taken to a book sale and then several things that didn't really fit into a bag at all. It wasn't just a success because of the quantity, but because Cameron and I got rid of things that we still liked, but just had to be honest about when it came to storage and practicality.
I'm not bad about keeping a lot of things because I think, "We might need that one day." My problem is that I am ridiculously sentimental. Things that belonged to my grandmothers, things given to the girls by their grandmothers, anything bought while we were in China, those are the things that I have a really hard time getting rid of. So there are a few more things that could have been taken out the door, but I do have my limits.
We gave Kate the Fisher Price Little People airplane for her 2nd birthday and the camping set for Christmas or maybe her 3rd birthday. She has never really played with them that much and definitely hasn't for a while. Are they gone? Nope! Are they going anywhere any time soon? Probably not!
Anyway, this was a good exercise and I hope to do a little more in the next few weeks. There was one closet that I didn't get to finish that I think I could come up with some more things to get rid of. Also, we didn't even touch the barn.