It’s that time of year again. The time when the deals on Black Friday are just too good to pass up. When grandparents can’t help but shower your kids with TONS of presents, & suddenly your house feels like it’s stuffed to overflowing. To me, right before Christmas is THE BEST time to start the de-cluttering process. There are about to be a huge influx of toys, craft supplies, & leftover cookie tins that nobody seems to know what to do with, but it’s just SUCH a shame to give them away.
In our family’s effort to seek simplicity in our home & lifestyle, I’ve been doing more organizing, & de-cluttering so we can enjoy more of the simple things in life. I’ve recently learned that the key to having a clean, peaceful home is very dependent on minimizing the “stuff”. The more things we have piled up in corners, on the shelves, or stuffed on the counters… the more stressed I get. Clutter just seems to breed chaos, doesn’t it?
1) Hair Accessories:
I currently have 3 (THREE!) containers full of hair ties, bobby pins, hair clips… & I haven’t used most of them in 5 years. I use a few elastics (when my hair is long), & some bobby pins on a consistent basis. So… why am I hanging on to the hair clips that I’ve had since I was 12? Do you need to save all the bent bobby pins, or the ones that don’t match you hair color? (Why do I have bobby pins for blondes? I’ve never been blonde…) Throw out broken hair clips. Do you hang on to those hair ties that have the elastic break on the inside, but they still sorta-work? Well, don’t.
2) Cleaning Supplies:
Glory. Who needs 12 different sprays, 2 kinds of furniture polish, & a bunch of other bottles full of mystery liquid? At the end of the day, all I ever use is a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Concentrate mixed with water in a spray bottle. It works on windows, counters, bathrooms, toilets… pour a glug in your mop bucket, & your floors will be super-shiny. I keep a bottle of Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, Mrs. Meyer’s, Barkeeper’s Friend (great for cleaning the tub/sinks)!, & a jug of bleach. If I haven’t used the cleaner in 2+ years, I. Don’t. Need. It.
That’s right. Go through your Bling, ladies. I haven’t opened my jewelry box in ages, except to dig through the countless numbers of costume jewelry earrings to find my favorite pair. I just went through my jewelry, & got rid of SO much! My box was full of earrings I’ve had since I was 12, the cheap ones that turn green, & earrings missing their mate. I saved my favorite earrings & jewelry, a few special heirloom pieces, & the rest is going bye-bye. I will save anything that’s real gold or silver to sell, but the costume jewelry can be thrown away!
I have a camera I haven’t used in 5 years. It’s perfectly good, but I have a better digital camera, & my iPhone… so… why do I have it? We have 5 years-worth of chargers & cords to old devices that we no longer use. What do you use on a daily basis? Do you need a phone charger in two places? I keep a charging cord in the car & one in the house. But I don’t need the 5 extra cords from the old flip-phones that we used to have! Clearing out our technology basket is on my next order of business.
5) Winter Accessories:
I know after winter’s over, you just grab all the hats & scarves & winter accessories… only to stuff them all in the attic. What have the kids outgrown? Have you worn that hat in 2 years? Is something out of style, just old & dingy looking? Have people given your Hubs 18 scarves, & he’s just not the scarf-wearing type? These are great things to sort out now, & this is the best time to donate them to help out the community (Try a local homeless shelter!).