Vertically challenged, full-time mama of two children; a boy and a girl. Wife to a husband who knows me too well. Past work experience includes interactive marketing, public relations, and teaching. Self-proclaimed worrier and over-thinker. Loves the sun, cookies & cream ice cream, and lounging on the couch with a good foodie magazine.

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De-Clutter in the New Year: Part One of Two

The holidays are behind us (whew!) and January always makes me want to start fresh and clean.  Fresh and clean are not always words I usually associate with motherhood or children, but I’m going to be optimistic and say that you can in fact feel that your surroundings are de-cluttered.  As I’ve gotten older, clutter drives me crazy.  It makes my whole day a little less happy.  And, well, I want 2012 to be happy.

Before Christmas rolled around, I did a stealth operation when the little ones weren’t watching and some toys and clothes disappeared and were donated to a local charity.  It was amazing the amount of stuff I collected as I walked through the house.  My doorstep was full of boxes and bags and I felt a sigh of relief as the pick-up truck drove away.  Don’t you love when you don’t even have to drive anywhere to donate items?  They come to you and I love that!

I felt pretty good about the organization of things and then Christmas arrived and as I expected, a large influx of toys, games, and clothes were added to the mix.  As we put all the new toys on the shelves, closets, and bins, I found a few more things here and there that had to go.  Out with the old and in with the new, right?  Be ruthless, mamas.  I used to be sentimental about letting things go, but that is no longer.

Though I did donate most of our things, which were in great condition, there were a few select baby items that I decided to sell.  With my youngest no longer a “baby,” it was time to say goodbye to some big tickets items.  If you do your research and price your goods realistically, you can make a little extra cash and de-clutter in the process.  Win-win!

I came across a great option in OfferUp, a super option for Seattleites to sell their goods.  Just download the free app onto your Android or iPhone smartphone and you can list things within a few minutes.  It is super easy and you don’t have to list any of your personal information.  All I had to do was lay out my things, take a few pictures with my phone, and then post them to the site.  If you are in the Seattle area, you should check it out!

De-cluttering is one of my goals for 2012 and I’m sure if I take a few more laps around my house, I will find more to donate or sell.  It’s actually quite addicting once you start.

Happy New Year!

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