For my movie theme today*, I took about ten DVDs out of their cases and put them in a DVD wallet that already houses most of my kids' videos. Then I re-purposed the cases over to my Videography Supplies Closet. (Not to be confused with the Videography Equipment Closet.)
I was able to find three children's videos that we can't watch because we don't use a VCR anymore.
Anyway, it wasn't serving a purpose other than holding assorted crap that I didn't know what to do with. Mostly that crap consisted of pens, markers, crayons, and pencils. (The reason you can't see them is because they're under all the other crap.)
But other crap to be thrown away was a deck of playing cards from McDonalds (huh?), a Weight Watchers food journal (only three pages filled out), and a barette. There were some things in there that were supposed to live in other places as well.
I took all of that out and made it my pet supplies drawer. (Not to be confused with my Pet Supplies Closet—it's complicated to live here.)
I counted the mountain of pens as one item, added that to the three other things from the drawer I threw out, included the three videos, and came up with 7 items.
So, Cara, you say my house doesn't look like a Container Store, huh? I'll show you!**
That's my snack cabinet after I reorganized it today. (And took a trip to The Container Store.) I know I didn't throw anything away, but doesn't it look beautiful and streamlined?
See the improvement you've forced me into, Cara? And look how happy you've made my visiting gerbils. They get to recycle all these boxes for me over the course of the next week.
See the little dude in there drooling?
You'll also see a copy of some small Maryland suburbs yellow pages that I'm getting rid of, because if a listing is in there, it's probably also in my regular-sized yellow pages and I don't need duplicate phone books.
So that brings my total number of items for the day to: 8
* Could you tell it's a movie theme? I was playing on A Fistful of Dollars and Snakes on a Plane. It made perfect sense to me.
** She's right. My house makes pretty much any other house look like The Container Store. I didn't take any offense from her comments.