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The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and you are finally getting outside for some spring fun. After a few hours of fresh air, you return to your home only to find PILES of things stocked up over the winter. AH!! It’s time to downsize! Time for some SPRING CLEANING!
We’ve all been there. Whether humans turn into squirrels and hoard everything imaginable, or just get bored when it’s cold, the clutter always finds its way into our homes during the winter months.
Today, we are going to give you 5 THINGS to get rid of this spring. It’s always a good idea to declutter the home this time of year so you can get back to enjoying the outdoors.
Onward with the spring cleaning!
If you are anything like us, you love books. You love books so much that you keep every single one you’ve read.
While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to ask yourself whether you will actually read each one of them again.
We say: libraries were created for a reason. You will always have access to your books through libraries or online resources.
If your bookshelf is getting too cluttered, maybe it’s time to donate and give away some of your reads. Keep the ones you will definitely read again. Everything else: PASS IT ON! There is no need to hold onto such bulky items.
Help improve our society and send all of that knowledge elsewhere. You never know who it may help down the road.
Much like books, many of us hold on to the same clothing items we’ve had for years. As such, there are MANY things we rarely or never wear.
It’s time to change that! Not only does a smaller closet help you choose what to wear each day, it makes it a whole lot easier for moving and laundry.
Our downsizing system is this: if you won’t wear it within the next 2 weeks: PASS IT ON! It is absolutely okay to hold onto 1 or 2 special event items. But after that, why bother with the mess?
Challenge yourself and cut back on what you own. Again, you never know who may need those dusty items in your closet down the road.
This one is huge. How many of you have a BILLION forks, spoons, plates, bowls etc.? It is pointless to have so many kitchen items!
Think of it like this: the more items you have in your kitchen, the more you will feel obligated to use them. This means more dishes and more clutter.
For the two of us, we have 3 bowls, 2 plates, 4 spoons/forks, 2 butter knives, 2 chopping knives, and 4 mugs. We also avoid pointless devices, such as apple slicers, cherry pitters, ice cream scoopers, etc. that can otherwise be solved with a knife or a spoon. What else do you actually need in your kitchen?
By having less, we force ourselves to stay on top of the dishes and keep things neat and clean. Get into that spring cleaning mode and minimize your kitchen!
Do you have any food items deep in your pantry that you haven’t used for 3 years? Old spices, cans, flours, sugars, or pancake mixes?
It’s time to let it go! A cluttered pantry means you are buying too much food. We buy specialty items in small quantities, such as sugar and flour, because we know we won’t use them often.
Why take up pantry space and let food go bad when you know you will be back at the market for next week’s grocery run?
Save money and buy what you need!
Admit it. You have one too. We all do.
Junk drawers seem to be a staple household item in America and they are exactly as they sound: JUNK! Most of these drawers have loose nuts and bolts, pens/pencils, old sticky notes, and other items that you say you might need some day but you truly never will.
It is absolutely okay to have a miscellaneous drawer, holding minimal items that you do use regularly such as tools and batteries. But when it gets to the point of JUNK, it’s time to clean it out.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Thanks for checking in, everyone! We hope you found some inspiration to downsize and take the next step into a minimal lifestyle. Let us know if you have questions or need any help. We are here for YOU!
As always, BE WELL! <3
Riley & Cece