One of the best things about moving is that you have to “touch” everything in your house – both to get it out of the old one and into the new one. That means sorting through all your stuff, consolidating, organizing, throwing out, selling or giving it away, and, best of all, knowing where everything is once the move is completed (until and unless you let it get out of hand again).
My goal, of course, it to NOT let it get out of hand again. My goal, in fact, is to actually use up all the stuff (which isn’t necessarily junk) that we had unintentionally accumulated, so I get to the point where I only have enough for “now” and the reasonably immediate future.
So, today, when I wrapped Christmas presents – I knew exactly where ALL the wrapping paper, bows, bags, etc. were stashed. Over the years, some ended up in a bag here and a box there. I would think I was out of labels and buy more, only to discover two unopened packs a week later. I had accumulated enough Christmas paper to get us through a few years and, as a result, I didn’t have to buy any last year. I don’t have to buy any this year. And I’ll bet I’m good for next year and beyond.
All my wrapping stuff is “together”. When I run low enough, in a year or so, I will be poised to buy more supplies when they are on sale after the holidays (saving money in the process), in order to be ready for the next year. And I will keep it all “together”!
Other areas where I’d accumulated stuff and am now happily using it up (and therefore not spending money unnecessarily) are:
– lotions, makeup and bathroom products
– paper plates, napkins, cups, cutlery
– stationery and office supplies
– garbage bags and cleaning supplies
– unwanted gifts that I can regift as hostess gifts
We’re using baby shower napkins instead of buying new ones. I’m using up all the samples and hotel sized lotions that were gathering dust in six cosmetic bags under the bathroom sink in our old house.
I love it!