Living in Florida, Christmas, New Year’s, and even Winter as a whole just doesn’t feel like Winter. There’s no snow, no plow trucks going up an down the street all night long, and the flora doesn’t change all that much either. So it’s just another day in “paradise,” the slightly cooler temperature is the only indication that Winter is upon us. For many people, the first signs of spring might be melting snow that turns into mucky slush, crocus flowers rearing their first blooms from the otherwise dormant soil. In Florida, the first signs of Spring are the coming of Bike Week in Daytona Beach and the flood of motorcycles and tourists that it accompanies, the return of the hot, humid evenings, and the swarm of mosquitoes that for some reason was unable to survive the slight drop in temperature. We do have one thing in common though, when Spring finally arrives: Spring Cleaning commences.
“Spring” Cleaning Plan
Looking around my house, I can pick out at least five things in each room that I plan to get rid of either by sending it to the landfill, selling, or donating. Eventually I’d like to condense my “stuff” down to only what brings value to my life. As humans living in the world today, we have accumulated so much “stuff” that we really don’t need or even think about using after we actually own it. Why do we bring so much crap into our homes and into our lives? Who knows, but I for one am going to try to end the cycle. If my family stopped spending our money on useless items that we really don’t need, we would probably be able to save to pay off debt and purchase a home a lot faster than we currently are able. It’s January right now, so for the next six months– I plan to get rid of at least five items per room that don’t add any value to my life. For example, in my pantry I have at least, AT LEAST, forty jars of peanut butter. Why? I have no idea. But I just keep buying it every month. I don’t even eat peanut butter once a week, so my hoard of peanut butter is definitely on the “donate” list. In my living room I have a printer that doesn’t even work, sitting right next to the new printer that I purchased six months ago. I just never got rid of the old printer, I don’t know why. But my point is that I need to learn to let things go, as soon as they no longer add any value to my life. This month I am getting rid of:
The old broken printer
DVD’s & VHS’s
Artwork that we don’t even like
Helium tank from my son’s birthday party in September
Peanut butter hoard
Dry beans/foods we don’t consume often
Cracked plastic punch/serving bowls
Cutlery we don’t use…ever.
Clothes that are too small
Books they’ve outgrown
A few stuffed animals
Hair styling products I’ve tried but didn’t like
Extra styling tools
Dresses that don’t fit
Clothes I don’t wear
Halloween candy stash
Any bedding surplus of 2 sets per bed.
This list was actually pretty difficult to compile, especially when it came to deciding what could go this month from my bathroom and kids’ rooms. My bathroom isn’t very big–although it has a lot of clutter in the drawers and under the sink area. I also feel that my children should have some, although not all, say so in what from their own bedrooms we get rid of.
What do you do to declutter around your home, and do you go on a spring cleaning spree?