We almost halfway through the 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit series! I hope you are sticking with it!
31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit – Habit 15
One of the things I absolutely loved about living in a 740 square foot home was that we couldn’t go on spending sprees “just because.” If something was a “deal too good to pass up,” we still declined. If we wanted to redecorate, we couldn’t unless we got rid of current items first. Seasonal items rarely made their way into our home. When we had our first baby, we didn’t have room for unnecessary baby items or large toys.
Everything had to have a purpose…or a dual purpose!
It was hard, but it taught us discipline. And it saved us a whole lot of moola!
We still somehow ended up accumulating more than we needed and now that we’re in a “normal” home the problem has quadrupled! I have no idea how we can accumulate so. much. stuff.
Can you relate?
The remedy to stuff overload is to purge often…daily even. Of course, you may not find something to get rid of every single day, but if you train yourself to look for something to get rid of on a daily basis, you will often find things that you don’t need, aren’t working, or could be better utilized by someone else.
Here are a few tips to make this habit easier:
- Keep a donation box in the trunk of your car. As soon as you find something that you’re willing to donate, take it to the box. When the box is full, stop by your nearest donation center.
- Keep two boxes or baskets in your home: One for items to sell on craigslist, ebay, amazon, or some other online site; one box to place items you plan to give away. Keep in mind that these boxes/baskets don’t have to be cardboard. Make them pretty so you can keep them out!
- Keep your trash can handy. If it’s broken and can’t be re-purposed, throw it out! Don’t hang on to it just for the sake of holding on.
How often do you purge? Do you have other tips that make it easier to let go?