Nothing like a move to light a fire under your decluttering energy!
Josh and I are mostly off this week (he is working Weds-Thurs) as the kids have spring break, and we are spending most of that time prepping for our upcoming move. Our nanny is away, but our kids are attending “spring break camp” from Mon – Weds which gives us some precious time to prep the house. Yesterday I spent all morning changing our address with every important account I could think of (banks, credit cards, investment companies, insurance, subscriptions, and more) and then began our decluttering odyssey.
Decluttering is always a challenge around here, mostly because I would like to get rid of everything always, and Josh/the kids do not always agree. That is an oversimplification, but describes the overall vibe.
The worst culprits are gifts. “No gifts please” has been on 2 of our most recent birthday party invitations, which the (big) kids have actually been okay with as long as we offer them something in exchange like a gift card to be used throughout the year on things they actually truly want. But it doesn’t always work, and we seem to get an unpredictable stream of family items which is lovely in theory but in practice . . . sometimes challenging (what if I don’t WANT a random bag of partially bent cookie cutters from the 1960s?!).
All that said, even with my sparse intentions, I am not an innocent party in our accumulation. I don’t particularly like owning a lot of things, BUT I tend towards overbuyer which necessitates frequent cycles of giving away/discarding — and those do not always happen in a timely fashion Please note, I am trying to be better about breaking this cycle for the sake of the earth, and definitely am in many categories! It is best if I can channel my buying energy into non-tangible items such as experiences/travel etc.
And often I can! But not always.
Anyway, all that said – we have a lot more decluttering to do today! Yesterday was the garage + my books and today is the kids’ toy area/craft room. I can’t do THAT much with the toys (kids would not appreciate it . . .) but I am pretty good at knowing what I can get away with without too much protest — largely it comes down to organizing that toys to keep so they are more appealing and getting rid of random/little used/falling apart items.
It is my hope that in the new house the toys will remain corralled in each of their rooms for the most part — and truthfully, only G has a significant number of true TOYS that she plays with regularly. A has a lot craft supplies and related stuff and C has mostly Legos and some random plastic toys.
Still left to declutter other than mentioned above:
kitchen (not too bad)
my clothes (also not terrible but I need to seize the opportunity!)
Days until packer come: 8!
Days until our rental contract is up: 13!
PS: Since it aired, I finished most of our summer planning — 2 short trips sans kids, 2 longer trips with kids, and almost everything now booked! Plus camp to cover almost every week of the summer for each kid. Whew!