This past week, I went into overdrive on the baby stuff. I have bins and bins of clothing that I had been saving. As you know if you have been around here for a while, Dh and I had been waffling a bit about whether there would be a third baby around here. Much as my heart would love another and I wish we had a bigger family (I have always had dreams of a big family!), based on our finances and our lifestyle, being a family with two children works for us. Now that I have come to terms with that, it was time to get rid of stuff.
Luckily for me, I know wonderful people who are perfect for the stuff. Pk's music teacher had a baby boy a month ago (his birthday is one day after Little Bean and he was huge like LB so LB's stuff is perfect for him), a friend at church just had a little girl and her other child is a boy so there isn't much pink in her house and we have a friend with a gorgeous 4 month old who is the perfect recipient of the 6 month stuff. I had fun sorting through the bins and pulling a few sentimental favourites to keep forever and then packing up for the recipients. Everyone has been really grateful (I remember how much I loved the lending/giving of clothing to us when money was so tight and growth was happening so quickly) and I think that in some ways, it has been more fun for me than for them. I also have a huge pile of stuff to either be sold on Craigslist or to go into a yard sale later in the summer.
The recipe binder also has gotten some attention although it isn't done yet and I have cleared numerous surfaces. Our house is not anywhere near as clean as I want it to be but it feels good to be on the right track.
This aspect of The Happiness Project is definitely working for me (although the fact that I am off work for the summer also really helps).