Spring is officially upon us and I think that calls for a little spring cleaning. There is no better way to get a clean slate than to get rid of a bunch of your crap. Let’s all collectively admit that we have too much stuff. I’m not saying that we need to purge our houses down to the bare bones but getting rid of some of the excess has a way of helping us realize what we really need and what’s really important. So here are 7 things you can get rid of today.
1.Clothes you hope you’ll fit into someday
This is a hard one. I was guilty of hanging on to those tiny pants for years. Until I realized, one day, that it was just discouraging me. I decided I would get rid of them and if I hit that goal weight again I would buy myself some new pants. That way I wouldn’t look at those tiny pants in my closet every day and feel bad about my body because I didn’t fit into them. Just love your body ladies.
2. Dirty dish towels
I used the same 10 dish towels for the first two or three years that I was married. Once I finally decided to make the investment and buy new ones I realized that they are only a couple of dollars each. Seriously. I bought a new set at Ikea and I spent less than $3 on 4 dish towels. It was so worth it. Keep a few nasty towels for those random cleaning projects but throw the rest away and buy fresh ones. It makes your kitchen look cleaner and feel more sanitary.
3. Nasty kids clothes
I have to remind myself of this one every season when I go through my boys’ clothes. That onesie with the nasty poop stain? You’re never going to use it again. That hand-me down sweater that you keep just in case there’s an occasion where you baby needs an ugly sweater (I’ve for reals had that thought). That’s never going to happen. Sure, it’s nice to keep a few old shirts for them to ruin while camping or playing in the dirt. But there’s a limit to things like that. As a general rule: don’t keep clothes that your children will never wear.
4. Decorations that you don’t really like
We received a lot of home decor items for our wedding and I kept every single one of them. As completely broke college students we didn’t have any leftover money to spend on things to hang on the wall. So I just hung up all of our wedding gifts. It didn’t look awful but I didn’t really like a lot of it and after a few years most of it went out of style. But I still put up all of those decorations in every new place that we moved into. Just because I had it and I felt like every wall needed something on it. After a while we had a little more money to spend and I started to buy a few things. I tried to work around the wedding gifts and I was never happy with the result. I probably ended up spending more trying to make what I had work than just starting over. Finally I sold it all, made $50 and started fresh. It’s taking time to redecorate on a tiny budget but I would much rather have a few pieces that I love than a bunch that are just meh.
5. Text Books
I know some of you will reference your college textbooks again and again throughout your life. But, often times, that’s not the case. Purging my textbooks was one of the best ideas I have ever had. I sold them all on Amazon and made some good money! I kept the ones that I loved and would read again as well as a few that I felt I would need to reference later on.
6. Every single children’s drawing
We all love our children’s drawings. They put so much sweet thought and effort into them. But after a few years you could end up with a pretty gnarly stack of doodles, finger paintings, and collages. Keep the special ones so that, someday, they can go through the while you tell them about how cute they used to be. But, let’s be honest, you only need so many family portraits.
7. Toys that aren’t played with
Toys are another area that’s easy to get caught up in the what-ifs. What if one day he goes through a major Pokemon phase? I should probably keep this Pikachu toy from McDonald’s. It’s okay to throw away all of those dinky toys that were exciting for two seconds and then totally forgotten. As much as I wish it weren’t so, more will always show up.
I am one of the cheaper people on this planet so I don’t say “throw that away” lightly. But I don’t like clutter and I think, at some point, you’re not saving any money by saving useless stuff for years and years. Just think of it as a way of realizing what you don’t really need. Donate your old stuff to charities and thrift stores. There is always someone who needs it more than you do. It’s refreshing, I promise!Nicole