Decluttering – The Traditional Post Holiday Purge

Decluttering – The Traditional Post Holiday Purge (image by nkzs @Stock xchange)Every year after Christmas, I look around at the carnage of my house.  Usually, the carnage results from us bringing home the presents after a day at my in-laws’ house and then putting them down when we get home and collapsing.  This year, we had Christmas morning at my house.  That made it even worse.  I do, however, have another post-holiday tradition: decluttering.

That’s actually why I’ve been so quiet for the last half of December: as soon as Christmas was done, I started on the post-holiday decluttering.  I started taking down all of our Christmas decorations on Boxing Day.  I’ve gotten rid of a couch.  I’ve sold off outgrown baby gear.  My Bumbo seat and jumperoo are now being used by other families that had a need for them.  Some of Eudora’s adorable outfits have also been rehomed.  Norton’s excessive quantities of Mega Blocks are also gone (we’re moving into Duplo blocks), and so is our Guitar Hero collection.

I’m not just decluttering my house.  I’ve been decluttering my body, too.  I gained back all of the weight that I lost after having Eudora.  Since I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, I didn’t bother waiting until January 1 to start exercising again.  I’ve been putting my treadmill to use and started meal planning again.  And tomorrow, my first Moving Over the Hump post about my body decluttering journey will go live!

It’s about time that I start getting back into the habit of decluttering and simplifying.  When my home and my body are in better shape than they’ve been, I feel better about myself and am more productive.  I already look around my cleaner, emptier house and feel relieved.

Have you done any decluttering?  What prompted you to clean up?