Spring Cleaning

retain remove.jpgStuff – we all have a lot of it.  George Carlin always makes me laugh when he explains that a house is just a place to keep all of our stuff.
 As the snow melts and temperatures rise, it’s time for that annual ritual – Spring Cleaning.  It’s a great time to go through your closets, drawers, and cabinets to get rid of the things that are just taking up space in your home and your life.

Every item requires the decision to retain or remove.  Ask yourself these questions:

• When was the last time you used it?
• Do you think you’ll use it again?
• Is there a sentimental reason to keep it?

You have a few options for the things that you’re not going to keep.  If you know someone who needs it or will appreciate it, you can give it to them.  The women in our family got together and did a jewelry swap.  Some pieces that I haven’t worn for years are now making my nieces happy and I have some new snazzy necklaces that I love.  Another option is to sell it in a garage sale or on Craig’s List.  You can donate it to a charity and receive a tax deduction or give it away to someone on Freecycle.  The last option is to throw it away.

Start with your closet. If you haven’t worn something in 3 years, get rid of it.  Yes, if you wait 25 years, it might just come back in style but will you really want to wear it then?  I held on to a favorite pair of jeans until I finally accepted the fact that I’m not going to be the same weight I was in college :)

 If you are selling your house, decluttering is extremely important.  However, even if you have no plans to move, releasing things that are no longer useful to you is just like a breath of fresh spring air!

Since spring cleaning isn’t that much fun, take a few minutes to relax and watch George Carlin and his bit on Stuff.