So, I”m on a declutter & “put things back where they go” mission this week. We spent the first 5 years of our marriage in apartments, and I felt like I was constantly having to make do with the little space we had. Along the way I became something of a minimalist, and that mentality has stuck with me even though we are in a bigger house now. There are a million blog posts & websites with the “how-to”s” of decluttering, so I thought I”d just give my spin on the why.
1) Because I”d rather spend my Spring Cleaning time outside!
Ah, Spring Cleaning. Oh, wait a second, who actually wants to be cleaning when it”s beautiful weather outside? I do a whole house declutter twice a year, and it”s always in July & December-the times of year that we can”t be outside all day to the extreme temperatures. Oh, and, the fact that my kids birthdays are in the late summer and Christmas is in December might have something to do with it, too. Let”s just say they have 4 sets of grandparents who spoil them rotten with toys. You get the idea.
2) Because Pinterest really is a useful tool
Like Rachel, I try not to pin stuff that I won”t actually use. I”ve seen a few ideas that seem easy enough for my husband & I to DIY, so I”m going to add it to the honey-do list as I go through each room. Just some ideas are making a chalkboard on the wall in the playroom, creating a spice rack on our pantry door, and making a memento box for each kid.
3) Because I need a game plan for the kids fall wardrobes!
<a title="Shifting Gears for Buying online casino dgfev Kids Clothes” href=”http://www.peachstatemomsblog.com/ages-stages/shifting-gears-for-buying-kids-clothes/” rel=”nofollow”>I”ve already talked about how my buying ahead doesn”t work for my big kid”s wardrobe anymore. I do, however, like to have a list for each kid of the things they need and go ahead and get rid of the stuff they outgrew this summer. Or in Little Brother”s case, the stuff that is too stained to save…..why are little boys so messy?
4) Because I like to pay it forward
Since I try to declutter twice a year (and not go crazy shopping in the meantime) I rarely have enough stuff for a yard sale by myself. I usually donate our stuff to Goodwill or an appropriate resource (Pregnancy Resource Center for all the outgrown baby items) and if it”s something I think I can easily sell, I just post an ad on Craigslist or on my facebook wall.
5) Because I never want to be on an episode of Hoarders
I think that speaks for itself!
What about you? Do you like to declutter your house from time to time? Or am I the only crazy one out there? 🙂by