November 19, 2013

Christmas Declutter-Phase 2

Having the five of us down with the crud last week kind of put me off my Christmas Decluttering schedule.  I’d hoped to have phase 2 done for you last week, but, we had pink eye, wet coughs and runny noses and no one seemed to have the energy to do much extra.  So, I’m a week behind, but that’s okay.  There’s still plenty of time to catch up.

1) Purge your fridge

It’s time to check the dates, wipe it down and throw things away.  My fridge is packed during holiday cooking season and more than that, we have company peeking in and I don’t want it to be gross.  Check the dates on your condiments and barely used items to make sure they’re still good.  We also always seem to have a few jars and bottles with hardly anything left inside of them and they’re just taking up room.

In a little more than a week, I’m going to be looking to thaw and brine a twenty pound turkey so the drips and bits had to go.  PLUS, who doesn’t like a sparkly clean fridge?

2) Clear another 1/4 of your toy storage

I purged the stuffed animals and managed to get rid of about a dozen. This frees up so much space! My kids are a lot like me in regards to stuffed animals, they love to buy them, but they rarely play with them and stuffed animals are bulky, man. Since ours are hardly every played with, they’re in great condition for donation! I was able to set aside some of my sentimentality problems and part with a few that I actually liked or felt attached to that the kids never played with at all.

I also think I’ve nearly won the battle against happy meal toys as well, just a little more to go to be sure.

3) Craft supplies.

Maybe this one doesn’t apply to you, but if it does, it’s time. In the playroom there’s a closet and that closet is full of craft suppies; fabric, yarn, scrapbooking paper and just about everything you can think of. The top of the ice box in the kitchen is full of craft supplies too.

Are you sure you’re going to knit something with that? You bought it five years ago and keep shuffling it to the bottom of your pile. That fabric? You and I both know that you’re not going to do a damn thing with it. Free up some space.

Craft supplies are some of the hardest things for me to part with. I still see the potential in the item and, since I bought it, I probably like it, too, but there’s a tipping point for me when my supplies begin to hand cuff me so I try to purge them once or twice a year to be sure that I only have things that I’m really going to use.

4) Magazines

I don’t keep many of these. I get one subscription. But, if you do this is a good time to go through your magazines and see if it actually makes sense to keep them. I google recipes or craft ideas and pin them onto pinterest and that allows me to get rid of the physical copy of the magazine and saves a lot of space.

And, as a small side project, it’s time to check out your cook books too. Are you really going to ever cook from that? No? Donate it to someone who will and free up some space.

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