No, not like the cayenne pepper and lemonade detox – blech! I’m talking a top-to-bottom physical stuff house detox!
In only 3 short sleeps we’re headed home for the holidays, and it’s times like these that I wish we didn’t have an SUV. I don’t know about you, but my visits home always culminate with mom sending me back with bags of cute clothes and shoes that she no longer wants (score!), plus 7 tubs full of my old stuff (one of these times, she’s going to force the 4ft tall Barbie house on me!), boxes of presents from Santa, 20 tins of Christmas baking (that I force on my co-workers, even though everyone is in a sugar coma still), and a partridge in a pear tree. If only we drove a Smart Car, there would be no place to put it all, and I would have to say “NO!!”
So now, I’m already panicking, thinking “Where the heck am I going to PUT all that STUFF?!” Not to mention, my house is a disaster zone right now. I feel like there is just clutter and junk all over, but I can’t even begin to put it away because there is other stuff that is taking up the space where the regular junk belongs. So, it’s time for a household detox.
Here’s the gameplan: before we leave this weekend, I plan to acquire all necessary detoxing supplies – containers and boxes, drawer organizers, caddies and shelves, hooks and over-the-door hangers…all of it. Then, when we get home on the 30th, it’s time to get ruthless in these few steps:
1) Out with the old. 3 year old eyeshadow that I never liked? – Gone. The set of hot rollers that I never use? – Out. The 17 black cocktail dresses that I never wear? – Buh bye.
2) A clean sweep. Somehow, there always seems to be a bunch of garbage stashed away in corners of my closets and cupboards – clothing tags or empty medication boxes that never made it to the trash bin, 20 million safety pins from race bibs, and a bunch of sequins that have fallen off all my princess-y clothes. Time for a vacuum and big black garbage bag.
3) Set up for success. Time to install all the new items that are going to improve my efficiency and help to make “a place for every thing.” This list of new supplies includes many, many totes and caddies. There are also a few items that I plan to re-purpose in our house – eg: the current recycling bin is too small, as is our master bath garbage can. Old recycling bin becomes new and improved garbage can, and I will acquire a bigger and better recycling bin.
4) In with the new. Finally, the new stuff can claim a purposeful and coveted space in our house. And, if the new stuff doesn’t serve a purpose or doesn’t deserve to be coveted, for whatever reason (see: re-gifts, hand-me-downs, or gaudy stuff that someone lovingly chose for me…), then it’s going right back out the door to charity or for sale.
Do you do an annual household detox? Any tips for staging a successful one?! Let me know in the comments!