Even if there is still a wicked lot of snow on the ground all through the month of March we’ve decided spring is in the air. On Fridays this month the Wickeds are celebrating spring by talking spring cleaning, for the home for the body and for the mind.
Jessie: I keep a bag in my laundry room for clothing to donate. Every few weeks when things come out of the wash I give them a once-over and decide if they are outgrown, unloved etc… When the bag is full we take it to a donation site.
Julie: I so wish I had better systems in place. Working on it. I am really, really trying to keep table tops clean, but it is a never ending battle. This week I have been going through a cabinet a day, tossing, sorting, and purging. And my best clutter busting tip was to get electronic versions of the Boston Globe and New York Times, and some of my magazines.
Edith: Countertops are tough. When the junk mail comes, mostly charity appeals, I tear the envelope in half through the name and address and pitch it and the catalogs directly into the recycling bin. I know I should sign up for no catalogs but that’s just one more thing to do. We have a fun little vertical file thing for the bills (which I still pay with a paper check and a postage stamp!). The two daily newspapers (also paper) go into the recyling every night. But I am terrible at cleaning out things like desk drawers. Never get to it.
Liz: I usually try to deal with mail right away, but sometimes that just means moving it to a different place and piling it up. As for clothes to donate, I usually have a bag going of things to ditch and add to it as often as I can. Every now and then I get the overwhelming urge to clean out a drawer, especially when I’m looking for something and it’s too cluttered to find it. But really, I let things pile up way too long and then go on a major clean out/clean up expedition.
Barb: I’ve gotten better and better about clutter as I’ve gotten older. My mother was the opposite of a hoarder (I was constantly walking into her house going, “Where is…?) and having emptied two houses of hers, even her leanish life was so full of stuff. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, has heavy hoarding tendencies. Not like the TV show, but just a step down. Bill and I have fought I constant rear guard action against her piles and piles of stuff and it has not only cured me, it has pretty much assured I will never get any pleasure out of…stuff.
Sherry, when my daughter worked for O Magazine, I got to attend O University and saw Peter Walsh, Oprah’s organizational guy speak. I thought it would be an interesting talk about closets, but it was really about life. His point: Whether you are holding onto stuff because you might need it in the future, or because it reminds you of something in the past, you’re not living in the now. I have tried to take that to heart.
Readers, do you have any clutter busting tips to share?