Box It Up, Move It Out {Day 2 to a Renewed You}

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Box It Up, Move It Out {Day 2 to a Renewed You} - a 12-part series to renew yourself on Life as MOM

Today’s assignment is to get rid of things you don’t need.

I love the days between Christmas and New Years. Not only are the kids totally enraptured by new playthings, but I’m highly motivated to get our house in better order. FishPapa typically gets the fever for decluttering at this time of year as well.

We do love a good Do-Over at our house.

Today’s assignment is to look around your house and pick a small area to dejunk. It might be the coat closet or your closet or a kitchen cupboard. Grab a trash bag or a cardboard box and collect some items that you no longer need or want. Discard them and enjoy some new space.

I recently did this dejunking in the kitchen and it’s so much more fun to cook now!

You don’t need to make a big production of it. Just go find a dozen things that you can jettison from your life. You’ll have extra space and breathing room.

PS. I liked this article about unusual ways to declutter.


This post is part of a 12-part series, 12 Days to a Renewed You. You can read through the archives here.

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  1. I’ve just been thinking that I need to use the time between Christmas & New Year’s (and a few days after) to do some decluttering & reorganizing. It’s nice going into the new year with a fresh start. 🙂

  2. I also enjoying doing this, this time of year. This morning I went through all the kids official school papers and got rid of old ones I don’t need anymore, like the rules you get every year. I am trying to do this every day of our vacation, in a different room.

  3. I made a list before Christmas of every little area in my house that is “bugging” me right now. Either because it’s too cluttered, something is broken, it needs a new system…whatever. For each day of break I’m doing at least two areas. What I always find is that it takes WAY less time than I think it will…and I kick myself for not doing it sooner. Crossing them off the list is bliss!

  4. I have dealt with “clutter” by shoving it in a drawer or a closet or a basket. Every drawer is a junk drawer. This past month, I have made my way through my bedroom and bathroom. Surprisingly, those rooms are now easier to manage and keep clean. I actually do have a walk in closet. Yesterday, I went through 4 drawers in my living room and 2 closets. I cried. I can’t believe I was holding onto things that should have been thrown away or given away. It was quite a moment…..healing. I am now looking forward to tackling the rest of my home in 2015 without being overwhelmed.