This part of home life is different from others because it involves all the senses and can make people feel a wide range of emotions.
Decorating is more than just a hobby or a pastime for many people. It’s a way for them to relax from a busy world by living in a place that looks nice and is comfortable.
But it’s much more fun to have a clean, well-decorated home than it is to just decorate it.
Organizing and decorating go hand in hand to make a house a home.
Use these tips to help you get your home in order this spring and summer. The goal is to get you to act.
A lot of paper
If you’re like my lovely mother and still have newspapers from 1978 that you haven’t read, RUN to the sanitation department and rent an industrial-sized dumpster to leave in your driveway for a week.
You can touch your mail and papers more than once, but only on the way to the trash can.
Do you have a list of “things to file” that never ends?
Well, guess what, toss that, too.
You can always get a second copy printed or look up the information online.
Twice a year, my mom made me try on clothes for the next season.
She would always try on summer clothes on a cool morning and woolens and flannels on the hottest day on record.
(If your kids criticize you for trying on clothes in the air conditioning, you can use this as an example.)
If you haven’t worn something since before you had your second child, it’s probably not worth keeping (unless, of course, the dumpster is full).
Use this great advice that I just found out: Pick three nights a week to try on five things from your closet, and then do the same thing with your dressers. At this rate, the average American woman should be able to wear out all of her clothes in about 3 years, 9 months, and 14 days. Don’t worry, because by then it will be a different season!
Toys for kids
To give your kids a variety of things to do, you might “limit” the number of toys they can play with each month and switch them between the house and the garage.
That’s too much trouble. My boys were recently told that if they left their toys on the floor when they went to bed, they would be thrown away the next day. After you do this twice, you’ll be able to control this hot zone.
I hope that these ideas have given you new ways to look at the problem of clutter and made you want to try some new solutions.
Given how much fun you’ll have with this dumpster, you might want to rent a second one for the husband’s things.