On Christmas Eve, I posted about hoping to be "stuff-neutral" this holiday, or giving away as much as we received. Today I took inventory of our Christmas gifts and planned a strategy to reduce the amount of stuff in our home. Fortunately, some of our gifts were restaurant certificates or (very exciting!) for a massage. No stuff collected there, unless you count the calories I'll collect in my bottom. I also am not sure that my idea for giving away like items-a sweater for a sweater-will be entirely workable, but I'm going to do my best. Here's the plan:
~Go through each room and put anything we aren't really using in a box.
~Once all of our unused items are collected, I'll sort through the items that my younger daughter might use once she's old enough, or seasonal toys (why there are beach toys still in our living room, I don't know).
~Anything that's marked as going will get sorted into items that will be donated, given away on Freecycle, or given away to friends. I'll save some items for a yard sale, but not much.
Wednesday is our recycling pick-up, so I'm going to make sure that any boxes are flattened and old papers are sorted through by then. I'm happy to report that there's almost no extra trash going out, since we were able to recycle all of the wrapping paper and toy boxes. Any gift bags will be saved for next year.
I'm trying to look past the worry of "what if"-What if my daughter misses that toy? What if I want to wear that sweater? and focus on how much more peaceful I feel when there's less stuff to keep track of.
Hope your holiday was wonderful and that you're able to organize your new stuff!