I’m in a major summer toss and purge mode. So, to keep it interesting, and to model some good clutter free lifestyle habits for the boys–I am involving them in the bag-a-day challenge for June. It really can be fun, slightly addictive, and the results are always beyond satisfying.
At our house, I promised we could go to the splash park (that I’ve already got my Groupon for) if we can manage one bag out of the house a day. A bag means any of the following:
1. Bag of clothes to give away, or to the school nurse (kids clothes–they always need them).
2. A bag of recycled stuff (that pile of magazines from last summer, and the egg carton you are not really going to ever turn into that cool caterpillar thing you saw in the parenting magazine…)
3. bag/box of toys for the preschool
4. collection of clay pots in the garage to the school for their plant sale
A “bag” is a bag’s worth of stuff–loosely. So it also means:
5. The outgrown kids bike to the family down the street
6. the eight paint cans to the school drama department (call first) for next year’s sets
7. The ugly chair. You’ve always hated it. Donate it, or put it on the curb a free sign for a few hours and save yourself a trip.
8. Have the kids each pick out ten books they are done with. Put them in a box, and donate to the library book sale, the head start program, or their own school.
9. Do we really need nine soccer balls? Two soccer balls and one winter coat is worth a bag.
10. Take turns filling a bag. Do more than one in one day, and take a day off. But stick with it for a month.
It’s like putting your home on a diet for a month, and like dieting (if you believe in the practice) it makes you much more reluctant to pull over at the yard sale and bring that nifty plant stand home if you just spent thirty days trying to pawn your treasures off on someone else!
Think of it this way: If someone dropped thirty bags or boxes of stuff in your living room and asked you to merge them into your home you’d decline–I mean who has the space for all that?!?
I’ll try to remember to check in with our weekly list as we go along.
Day 1: Bag of a few remaining very small Marcel things, two baby blankets and a few books for colleague with new baby at school.
Day 2: Summer clothes I didn’t wear last summer, and won’t wear this summer, two soccer balls, and two stuffed animals the kids never ever notice that went in the Salvation Army collection bin today.
Have any inspired words of letting it go wisdom? Pass it along! Come back to this post, and tell us about a bag you got out, a corner you tackled, a difference it made.