Even so, it feels like a success for at least three reasons.
1. All the stuff we didn't want or need will go to people who want and/or need it.
2. Proceeds from the sale of our donated items will go to charity.
3. It's gone! I feel lighter. The house feels lighter and it is definitely tidier. Those are three reasons right there.
The biggest gift of this Tidying Project for me is the feeling of freedom. Our house is so much less cluttered, so much more orderly. Less mess for me means less stress. The things we have are the things that bring us joy and that we want to have.
Plus lots of unfinished projects are off the list either because I accepted I wouldn't finish them and let them go, or because I did complete them. All that remains of my tidying project is going through sentimental items, then spending some time reflecting on what Tidying Up has changed in me.