I love any excuse to clean, so I decided to spend the first part of January busting all the clutter out of my house. I’m trying to go minimalist, and the post-Christmas catastrophe of cardboard boxes, Santa Claus Pez dispensers, and candy wrappers was pushing the edges of my sanity. I grabbed a trash bag and got to work.
I started with the easy stuff: Broken toys and dried-out rubber bands. If you check the back of your drawers and the bottom of your kids’ toy box, you will be surprised at the items you find that are obviously past usefulness but hard to throw away. We get used to looking at things, and that makes it seem like we should keep them. Happy Meal toys, puzzles with missing pieces, and the twist ties off old bread packages all need to go live in the round file.
After I got rid of the obvious things, I ransacked my closet. Shirts that I don’t even like, pants that aren’t flattering on my figure, and uncomfortable shoes all went to the thrift store. I encouraged my kids to donate clothes they don’t like, and they each surprised me with a sizable pile. Now, we can all open our closet doors and choose our favorite clothes each day. They are the only ones we wear, anyway.
It felt good to clear out the physical clutter from my house. Now, I can start the year off focusing on the things I actually want for my family, my life, and the clean slate of 2020.