This morning was the last time that I have to wake up at the crack of dawn until after the new year!!!
Since today is the first official day of winter, and the school break is finally here, now is the perfect time to purge. I’m not just talking old habits or relationships (another post for another day) but tangible items like shoes, clothes, purses, expired product, and makeup – yes, those things do expire! This activity can take a while, so the sooner you start, the better. I like to make sure I wash all the clothes and wipe down everything else before I sort through them.
When it comes to my stuff, I make it very simple – donate or trash it. I also invite my husband to do his closet. He hates shopping and has this thing of hoarding clothes that should have seen the inside of a trashcan a long time ago. *rolls eyes* Usually, by threatening to go through his stuff and tossing/donating items of my choice, I get him to participate. Oh yeah, that includes his socks and undershirts!
If you have children like me, go through their clothes and shoes too. They grow so fast that sometimes we don’t even realize how much stuff they can’t fit anymore. If someone (who I won’t put on blast) heard me say this next line, he would scream “NOOOOOOO.” Don’t forget the toys! Especially if this weekend, you plan on adding more to the collection. The season has changed and the temperature is dropping, so it’s time to pull out the winter clothes. This is when I go through the clothes from the previous seasons and sort them into four piles.
- Consignment – This is for my pricier purchases and items that still have the tag on them.
- Hand-me-downs – Since I have two boys, I keep any and everything that is just too cute to get rid of, or staple pieces for when my baby gets older.
- Donate – I try to give to someone I personally know first and then to a shelter or organization that helps battered women and children.
- Trash- These are usually items I wouldn’t dare to give to anyone because they are ruined with stains or holes.
I store all of the clothes I’m saving in clear plastic bins and label them by sizes. Here’s a tip to keep them from getting that stale smell: I put either a cotton ball with a few drops of lemon essential oil or some fabric softener beads into one of those mesh bags, then place in the container. After all the closets and drawers are purged and reorganized, I take a quick inventory and jot down a list of items which need to be repurchased.
I don’t purge the rest of my house at this time, but I do make a list of what needs to be replaced. The spring is when I purchase new furniture and household essentials, and do any touch ups/upgrades to my house. I have a running list of home improvement ideas and DIY projects I would like to complete. I will share that list with you all in another post. If you need any information on places to sell/donate your items, or you want to share your favorite places to sell/donate, feel free to leave it in the comments.
…til next time.