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!