What To Do With All the New Stuff You Got This Holiday Season
With Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, and Festivus for the Rest of Us 2012 now behind us, it’s time to take a time out for some household rotations. What exactly is a household rotation? Out with the old and in with the new, of course. And why am I advocating for this? Because as unlikely as it may seem to you, in my tour of over 7200 Orange County homes as a local realtor, I have unstatistically supported data that says there are way more pack rats in Orange County than there are neat nicks. So here’s my suggestion for rotating out the old and finding an appropriate resting place in your home for the new things you received as gifts this holiday season.
The Top Three Items to Donate or Toss Out
- Clothes – Did you pick up some new items of clothing this Holiday Season? Here’s an idea – adopt the two for one plan when it comes to your new clothes. Donate or toss out two similar items for every one new piece of clothing you received. Did you get a new Ugly Christmas Sweater this year? How about purging your bursting closet of two old tacky Christmas Sweaters to make room for the new one? Use the same process for the pajamas, socks, ties, hoodies, and mittens and all of your closets will look so much better.
- Games and Toys – All the toys and games your kids wanted last year are probably now scattered over the house in various stages of disrepair and disuse. I’m suggesting the five for one rotation here. Grab five old toys for every one new toy your kids received. Donate the three story dollhouse, the big wheel, the razor, the Hello Kitty playhouse, and the Rock Band Drum Kit and find a nice spot for the new IPad Mini and charger. Or dig really deep into the treasury of board games and pitch out the Monopoly with missing money and hotels, the Cribbage board with toothpicks as pegs, the Uno Cards that you can’t even shuffle any more, the Candyland (really? When was the last time anyone played that?), and the Taboo with the battery-accident frozen buzzer and find a cozy spot for the new Awkward Family Photos. Maybe right next to the Apples to Apples you still get a kick out of playing.
- Kitchen Items – Strike a happy medium here between the five for one and the two for one plan – you’ll get great results with a three to one rotation. Did you get some new dish towels in your stocking? Throw out three old, ratty, holey, bleached, albeit soft towels for every new one. Did you get new bowls? Knives? Hot pads? Pots? Pans? French enamel cookware? Go through all your drawers and cabinets and find three old items before you put one of your new shiny kitchen accessories away.
Why take the time and effort to do this? Because here’s what I know. At some point, you will move. And whether you have to do it yourself, your family and friends have to do it for you, or your company pays a packing crew to handle it, wouldn’t it be nice to purge before you have to face the inevitable?
I’m Leslie Eskildsen. Keeping it Real in Orange County Real Estate. 949-678-3373. Let’s make your dream home a reality.