Like most families with small children, our house is full of STUFF. Lots of it. Since we have twins, a lot of our baby stuff came in duplicate: 2 carseats, 2 high chairs, 2 ride-on toys, etc. And since Mister & Missy are a fraternal boy/girl combination, they don’t wear the same clothes. Except for one day when Mister insisted on wearing Missy’s Dora shirt to daycare. (Mr. Mama was not impressed even though the shirt was blue)
Being the sentimental one, I want to keep most of this stuff. Being the organized one, Mr. Mama wants to toss everything they have outgrown and half of their toys. So instead of getting rid of the stuff, it goes into our basement until we figure out what to do with it.
Our basement now looks like a Toys R Us warehouse.
I once read an article about freeing yourself from clutter and not allowing your possessions to hold you back. In recent years there’s been a huge increase in people using storage rental services. Problem is, once something is neatly stored away, you will forget about it which means you didn’t that stuff in the first place.
One great way to give your gently loved items a new home is to give them away to friends or to consign them. Twice a year, I participate in our local “Twice As Nice” Twins Sale and more recently, I took part in a Swap event in our neighbourhood. That was the catalyst I needed to do something about clearing up the basement!
One evening, after the kids were in bed, I started my task. First, I set out boxes for donation, for giving away to friends, for keeping, and for consignment. Slowly, I sorted through each pile and chose a box for it. The donation boxes went to Value Village while the consignment boxes were arranged by season so it would be easier when it comes time to tag items for the next Twins Sale in September.
When I was all done and needed help in bringing some of the boxes upstairs, Mr. Mama got into the mix. He brought up the very good point that we still had lots of large, empty boxes which came with the twins carseats and highchairs. These boxes are just taking up air (I never thought of it that way but he is right). So those came up too and are now waiting for the next black box recycling day.
Getting rid of clutter feels good!
Do you find that the more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate?
Ambereen Rahim is a senior analyst, part-time blogger and mom of three year old boy/girl twins. In her spare time you can find her travelling, exploring activities with the kids, trying new recipes and blogging about it. You can follow their adventures on twitter @2cuteblog www.2cute.intiaz.com