Spring is here and for some of us moms that means tackling Spring cleaning! This task can be tedious if you’ve really left it up to do it only once a year (eek!). Don’t fret! I have this handy dandy little list that should help declutter your house in no time by getting rid of items you need! All about divide and conquer right ladies?
1. Old pots and pans.
Have a sauté pan that you love but it’s basically on it’s last leg? This is a good time to go ahead and get rid of it and get a new one. If you cook quite a bit, you want to have the right tools and having an eight year old pan because it holds memories is not really a reason to keep it. Invest in something you know you’ll love for another 8 years!
2. Toys that don’t have a purpose.
Eventually children will grow out of toys and some of them take up quite a bit of room. Especially those giant baby toys! Have a friend that’s having a baby? Give them to her! If not, donations at adoption agencies or different child consignment stores is always a great option!
After two babies, I keep thinking that I’m going to fit into my old clothes (or I keep wishing!) but the reality of the matter is that even if I did lose the extra weight, some of those items are no longer in style or trendy! Or maybe not even part of my wardrobe any longer! If you’re a stay at home mom, do you really need all those suits/coats/slacks that don’t fit you anymore? If and when you do return to work, do you think you’d want to wear those again? If they are classic black pants, then ok. But what about the rest? Let’s go ahead and stop kidding ourselves and get rid of those items. Make room in your closet for the things that you actually will use! Reward yourself after cleaning out your closet with something new that you actually have been wanting and now have room for! It’s really a win-win folks!
4. Old magazines and books.
I’m such a magazine fiend. I’ve always had a thing for them. Flipping through them is such a calming activity for me. BUT, that also means I’ve got stacks upon stacks. I always say I’ll come back and read them, but I don’t. So, I basically go through them and either scan the article I want or tear out the page and keep it in a binder that holds other articles I’ve found useful. And then off to recycling! If not, you can always see if any nail salons or doctor’s offices needs them.
I also collect books. I’m becoming better about only purchasing books on Kindle, but I’m old fashioned and love holding a physical book. That smell of a book? Oh so wonderful to me! Anway, once a year, I weed out the ones that I thought weren’t nearly as good or not worth a re-read and send them off to half-price books to get credit to buy new ones. It’s a cycle… what can I say?
Yup. I’m going to go ahead and say it. Clean out that pantry if you haven’t. Throw away all the cans of food that have actually expired. That specific flour you used to bake that one type of cookie that you’ve never used again? Yup, toss it. Keeping your pantry organized will help meal planning (if you’re into that!) so much easier since you won’t have to go through the extra noise to understand what you have on hand! And let’s face it, anything that saves us moms time, I’m all for it!
Are you still hoarding jewelry from college days? Some pieces are definitely classics but lot changes with time and trends, and it’s time to get rid of the earring and necklaces that you think you might wear again but never will. Get new fashion statement pieces that fit your current style!
The ever changing electronics game. How many Iphones are you currently housing that are outdated? Or have an old laptop that just happens to be in some drawer? You can donate of course, but why not make a little extra cash? Sell them on gazelle.com or nextworth.com. If not those, default to eBay and Craigslist!
Keep that medicine cabinet clean. Take a look and clear out anything that has expired or has been in there way too long. Make sure you read up on the proper disposal methods or mix them with used coffee grounds if you’re unsure. It makes less appealing if they are trashed in that manner.
I hope these tips will help you get started to a better Spring Cleaning fix! Cleaning can be cathartic if you let it. Decluttering helps understand what we have and what we don't need, and makes day to day life much easier! I guarantee, you're going to be so happy once you've tossed these things and realized how much more space there is in your house! HA.
Happy cleaning friends!