- Home Cleaning
Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, and get to do all the things you want to do. There’s a still a few short hours to go, but keep your head down and it will be here before you know it.
We’re going on a bit of a purge this weekend, as we usually do every year around this time. Think about it, with the holidays coming and the new year quickly following, there’s really no better time then now to start downsizing. New gifts are going to come in, so it’s time to make room by getting some of that stuff you no longer need, or use.
Where’s a person to start, though, when stuff has been building up all year round? More importantly, what’s a person to do with it all?
We’re glad you asked! Because today we’re going to offer you some tips on how you, too, can start downsizing your living space for the holidays, and beyond!
Start With the Closets
Everything always starts with the closets when it comes to downsizing. Old clothes, old shoes, whatever’s been piling up in there…it’s time to go! Take out what you don’t wear, or whatever’s not in fashion anymore, and set it off into a separate pile. When you’re done, put everything in a bag and donate it, so those old clothes aren’t going to waste, and can help someone else in need.
Oh, and this doesn’t just go for the closets in your bedroom. Take stock of all the other closets in your home, and get rid of anything you don’t need.
Toys, Toys, Toys
If you have little ones at home, this is the time of year (while they’re still in school) to start going through those old toys in order to make room for the new ones that will be coming in this season. Like your closets, set aside anything you know your child doesn’t like, or doesn’t play with anymore, and when it’s all said and done you can donate those toys to less fortunate children.
These days most everything is digital, right? Including pictures and movies. However some of us are still clinging to those old family photo albums and VHS tapes of your fourth grade recital that are taking up a lot of space. Now is the perfect opportunity to have all those photos and movies digitized on a disc, so that you can make room by passing those hardcopies on to other family members, or dare we say: toss them out. We know they might hold sentimental value, but a picture is a picture, whether it’s on your computer, or in your hand.
The Re-Gifting Process
Chances are you’ve received some items this year that you’re never going to use. Heck, some of them might still be in their original packaging. If that’s the case, it’s time to re-gift some things this holiday season so you can clear that space for other, more useful items. Not only that, but you’ll save money by not having to buy a few gifts, because you’ve already got them sitting in your cupboards.
Just make sure you don’t re-gift an item to the person who bought it for you in the first place, because that could get awkward.
We tend to have a love affair with books, right? We read them, put them on a shelf…but why? We can count the number of books on one hand that we re-read once we’ve finished them, so why do we keep all these books around? To impress friends? Ridiculous. Go through your bookcases this year and get rid of anything you know you’re never going to read again. You’ll save a ton of space, and can donate those old books to the library, or local thrift shop, for others to enjoy.
That’s all there is to it. The above isn’t finite, so chances are there are tons of other little things you can get rid of to help you downsize this year. Kitchen gadgets you don’t use, old tools that never see the light of day, and sporting equipment that’s either been outgrown, or has seen better days. There are a ton of areas around the home you can clean out…just use your imagination and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”
Chances are you don’t, which means you can have more space for the things you do need, or just more space in general for a happier, minimalized life.
Enjoy your weekend, Moppers, and we’ll chat with you again next week. In the meantime, stay safe…and stay clean!