Honest....Spring Cleaning can be fun! My sister has "fond" memories of she and I cleaning out the toy box. It was my "Big Idea" and I guess I got bored and she was left to finish the job. Of course, she wasn't very happy about the outcome but it's turned into fodder for a good family story and a way for her to give me hard time decades later.
This is traditionally the time of year for Spring Cleaning. Going through our homes and getting rid of things that are no longer useful to us. It could be clothing, toys, household items, anything that clutters our space. Keeping items that we no longer need not only takes over our living space but it can be emotionally messy as well. I know how good I feel when I have decluttered and restored order to my home. It's like a breath of fresh Spring air and a lift to my spirit.
I have a two story house with a storage basement so I begin my Spring Cleaning at the top and work down. Along with the actual cleaning I use plastic bags or boxes to separate items I'm getting rid of into four categories.
Throw Away: Anything that is truly garbage, of no use to anyone. Make sure it is really garbage. Remember: "One man's trash is another man's treasure."
Give Away (friends and family): Often I come across items, especially clothing that would be of use to friends and family. (Just the good stuff. You don't want to offend anyone.)
Sell: Garage/Yard Sale, Consignment Store, Ebay etc. I have a storage space in my basement where I keep the things I consider good enough to sell at a yard sale, which I have every couple of years or when I have enough stuff to make it worthwhile. If you are so inclined it's a great way to get rid of stuff but also recoup a little of the cash you spent on it originally. Whatever is left after the sale is over I either arrange for a charitable organization come for a pick-up if I have large items or I drop the items off. Which brings us to the fourth option. (See later blog for Yard Sale tips)
Give Away (Charity): We all have organizations in our communities that would be happy to take our good, usable items off our hands. And don't forget to get a receipt so you can deduct the donation from your income tax.
I have a double punch, one and two year, rule about clothing. When I go through my clothing and realize I haven't worn something in a year but I'm not ready to give it up I put it away in a box in the basement. If I haven't missed it in another year's time it gets sold at a yard sale or given away. If you have the one year leeway it's not so hard to get it out of your closet. You know it's not gone forever and you can retrieve it if you want. But if it's gone unnoticed for two years you probably don't need it and someone else could benefit from it.
This type of cleaning is easy to put off and always seems worse in theory than it actually is in implementation. It certainly is not Big Fun but the results are worth it. You feel a weight is lifted when you clear out and simplify your living space. It's a wonderful way to celebrate Spring when we're anxious to get outdoors again but often the weather isn't cooperative. There's nothing better than staying in and cleaning the toy box. Just ask my sister....