A New Year’s resolution for an uncluttered life…
It’s that time of year again when we’re all stricken with a bit of panic—January is here, it’s a fresh beginning and we all want to embrace it. But resolutions are hard to keep, especially when one can reflect on years gone by and some epic failures. Those diets that lasted two weeks? The journal entries which stayed blank? They haunt me, in a way. So here’s my resolution: I’m going to (to the best of my ability) attempt to lead an uncluttered life for 2017.
What does that mean?
It means that I’m going to shed all that extra stuff that drags me and my family down. I vow that at least four days a week, my floors will be cleared, my closets will be organized and my counters emptied when I wake up in the morning. I will do my darndest to put things back once they’re not in use, and will coach my boys and my husband to do the very same. Those sweaters I haven’t worn in years? Scuffed shoes, or that spare pair of boots I just don’t need? Gone to a local shelter (or at least they will be soon). The thoughtful (but unnecessary) kitchen gadgets and gifts my husband and I unwrapped at Christmas? Same fate.
But now here’s the really hard part. Those baby clothes my two little bundles have outgrown? I vow to donate them to a mom who could use them, as much as it pains my heart to get rid of anything of theirs. But the truth is, I don’t need the “extra.” I don’t need boxes of unused items sitting in my mom’s basement, going to waste, just because I can get a little sentimental. I’m going to pick 10 favorites from Kid #1 and Kid #2, package them up in some nice tissue, and send the rest off on a new adventure to be loved by another mom and kid. The same thing for those toys the boys never use—Gone. For every new toy they got at Christmas, I will donate one that has fallen to the ranks of forgotten.
As my reward, I’m going to buy a few extra photo frames and hang some of my favorite baby and toddler photos. I know these will also help keep things in focus, and remind me to emphasize the “who,” and not the “what.” That who is my own family, but it’s also the other local families I can help.
And lastly, I also vow to nurture Kid #1’s uncanny love for vacuuming and toy organizing. Because, hey, if I’ve got to reduce the clutter, let’s keep it that way! Which means Operation Toy Bin Put-Back will be in full force (I’m hoping Kid #2 starts young and follows in his brother’s footsteps), and vacuuming will become a routine, fun, “help mommy” activity. I just need to remember to keep the brush on to avoid scratched floors. Add that to the list.
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