Greetings from Shorter Designs! My husband and I just moved, which is nothing new for us. We have moved nine times in our seven years of marriage, so we have it down to a science. Relocating is a great way for us to keep the clutter to a minimum and only hold on to the bare essentials.
The reasons surrounding our moves are always good, but at the same time, moving is never easy. Each time we changed cities, we had to find new friends, a new church, adjust to a new job, and learn our way around a new place. Moving is stressful, but we’re always surprised how quickly a new town and new house can become “home.”
Even if you are not moving this summer, choose one area in your house, like your kitchen or linen closet, and pretend you are moving. Get rid of anything you rarely use and would not want to pack for a move. This is a good way to prevent clutter. And you’ll probably even find some things you forgot you had!
Here are some great things to do in May:
- Finalize summer vacation plans. Make sure you have hotel reservations, rental car, airline tickets, etc.
- Clean your gutters to get all of the pollen out and prepare for summer rains.
- Review your gardening and yard inventory. Make a list of things you need to buy to make yard work easier. (Check hoses, shovels, garden gloves, change the oil in your mower, buy spring flowers or herbs, etc.)
- Go through you bathroom cabinets and throw out expired toiletries and medicine.
- Look in your household files, and now that tax season is finished, shred any papers you no longer need from the previous tax year.