As I picked up the house before bed last night, I started thinking about cleanliness. I took my purse off the kitchen table where it tends to get thrown, and placed it in it’s new home of a small corner table in our dining room. My Grandma P. used to do this exact same thing with her purse. She kept a meticulous house. I can remember summer sleepovers at Gram and Gramps and she would be up early with the feather duster sweeping over her collection of singing nuns and photos of us Grandkids.
Some of are scared when we see ourselves as our Mothers. I’m scared that I am becoming my Grandma, but maybe this is a good thing.
I would not say that we are the cleanest house, but I would say that I have seen more cluttered and less clean homes. We try to live minimally-no microwave, no extra throw rugs, no toaster oven. But, we do have our fair share of things that we don’t need or should go through-especially outdoor gear.
Two nights ago I was picking up again, this time it was folding and putting away laundry. For the fourth time this year, I stared at my closet with my hands on my hips and thought to myself “what don’t I wear?” And again, for the 4th time this year, I started a pile of giveaway clothes.
Some people are doing something about this minor average person hoarding issue.
- “A Year of Buying Nothing.” What this girl does make sense-don’t buy unless it is a necessity, such as gas, food, or a windshield for your car. Or if you are replacing something, like your one travel mug. Seriously, who of us has one travel mug?
- The 1000 item challenge. Over the summer, try to reuse or recycle 1000 items in your home. Sounds tough, but think about that junk drawer in your kitchen with pens that don’t work or broken elastics.
- Ask yourself if you have room for it before buying it? Or consciously think about what you have that might be similar before buying.
- Instead of buying tupperware, tin foil, saran wrap, or baggies, we reuse produce bags and all jars from things like pickles, pasta sauce, ect.
If you need me, I will in my clothes closet, paring down once again, and hopefully not dusting a singing nun collection.
Are you a fairly neat person? why? I go through stages. Right now I am trying to be because I am so frustrated with not being able to find simple things on a regular basis-like my keys. I also try to pick up every night before bed or before I leave the house in the morning.
Any tips for how to separate ourselves from our goods that we think we need?I need help with this-big time. I have separation anxiety with clothes I paid $1 for and have holes in them or I don’t wear any more.
How often do you go through your clothes? Do you give someone first dibs before donating? I try to do it anytime I buy some new items or new season. SoulSista gets first dibs.