3.23.2010

SPRING CLEANING/ DECLUTTERING

The other day I asked you guys if you do any spring cleaning. Your answers didn't surprise me that many of you do. One answer stuck out to me though. Basically the comment was that they don't spring clean because they keep their home clean throughout the year so that they don't have to bring down such a happy season. That comment got me to thinking. Why do we spring clean every year? Why don't we limit ourselves to only what we need and not what we think we need or have to have because of the price?

To be honest I don't like to clean. When I say don't like to clean, I mean going through my piles of things that I "had to have". My husband asks me all of the time "Lakeitha, do you REALLY need that?". And EVERY time I answer "YES"! Well, this is what happens to the things that I REALLY need


It just piles up on one side of the garage. And really, that's not all of it! My husband calls me a hoarder. I call myself a "bargain shopper". But then I had to answer this question: How is it a bargain if you don't NEED it? That question got me thinking. Then I started to wonder how much other stuff I have in my home that I don't need that I had to have because I thought it was a bargain.

With all of that said, I am going into "Spring Cleaning Frenzy Mode". I plan to go through all of my closets (linen closet, laundry closet, bedroom closets, etc), and the garage and get rid of things that are not needed. And with my next project in mind, I may attempt to do something that I am scared to do. Have a garage sale. I usually donate things that I don't want, but if I have a garage sale, I can use the money to help pay for my laundry closet makeover. Anything that does not sale will be donated to Goodwill.

So, what about you? Do you collect things because of the unbelievable prices (Target's clearance)? Do you have a Goodwill addiction and every time you pass one, you have to run inside to see what they have? Or, do you only buy what you need and is as organized as Martha?!

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11 comments:

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

you know i don't normally get things that i don't need, but if you're having a garage sale, please let me know because that it the place to be!

this reminded me of the last time we were in GW (i can see it so clearly) and i was like, "well, do you need it?", and you were like, "well, i don't NEED any of it!" too funny. i have to say though, that you have helped me to look closer at things i may have passed by, so your "hoarding" spirit has been a benefit to me. :)

Mrs. Chic said...

Good Q's - I love the clearance areas in stores, however I will only buy someone thig if we need it and I will actually use it. Our house is super small so I really dont have a place to store extra stuff just to have becasue it was a good price.

So I'd rather pay more for somthing I'll use, then less for somthing I'll toss later.

Chic Modern Vintage said...

Is this all you have in your garage? Please this is nothing. My garage is full to the brim, no parking. YES, I'm checking all the hotspots...Goodwill, Salvation Army, plus I'm privy to a lot of estate sale previews. Makes it very hard to pass things up.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I am spring flinging stuff out! Because yes I'm ALWAYS stopping by the Goodwill, Salvation Army and hopefully yard sales soon too. LOL

Destination Seaborn said...

My grandmother's idea of spring cleaning was opening up all the windows, cleaning out the closets and ridding the home of anything unused in the past year. All the walls got a fresh coat of paint (every year).
Because my attic is full of "good deals" and "gotta have-its", I try not to buy something unless I have a place for it.
Good luck with the garage sale:)
Lisa

kanishk said...

i have to say though, that you have helped me to look closer at things i may have passed by, so your "hoarding" spirit has been a benefit to me.
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Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

OH, I clean way too much. Is my relaxing tool (yes, I'm OCD). I am determined to donate an entire wardrobe for me and the hubs, plus some other stuff when I'm done reorganizing the last boxes from our frightful move. After last year heartaches, it just made me realize I really don't need that much anymore. But yes, I've been known to get stuff on sale that I have no clue what I'm going to do with it. Good luck in your endevour!

Symone's Mommy said...

I LOVE that pic of the boys and the new (or at least new to me) look of your blog! I do the SAME thing w/ my resale stuff. Can't wait for good spring weather to get back on my resale game! Hope you are well ;)

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Im calling Niecy Nash on you! LOL!

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http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

Tamstyles said...

chile chile chile....lets not talk about my home.

Alma said...

Ughh, I am in spring cleaning mode, too. Not loving it, but somebody has to do it! You are totally right, though. We wouldn't have "spring cleaning" if we limited ourselves to the basics.

I seriously LOL'd @ "Lakeitha, do you REALLY need that?" That sounds familiar! In all honesty, your garage doesn't look too bad< though. Ours is pitiful and I have a lot of work ahead. :|