Updated: May 2
*This post is sponsored by Gameday Moving Services Houston*
You know those parents that put up cute little tidbits on their social platforms or on their doormats that say, “excuse the mess, we live here,” or something along those lines?
I am not that mom. I wish I was that mom. But I am just not, nor will I ever be, that mom. I have no chill, y’all.
Messes give me stresses.
Now don’t get me wrong… Do I let the occasional pot and pan pile up in the sink for a bit? Or leave toys out during the day? Yes. I do. But eventually, those things go right back into their designated space.
I don’t do well with clutter or messes. I’m not quite sure why, but it just makes my anxiety SKYROCKET.
Anybody else? Please tell me I’m not alone?
Well, my mess stress friends unite (can we make that a thing?) because it’s Spring time and you know what that means? It’s time to get to Spring cleaning.
If you’re like me then you always have big plans to do a serious Spring purge but don’t ever really know how to start, or you don’t have the manpower to move everything you decide to package away out of the house and into the storage unit. (Have you tried doing ANYTHING with two kids two and under? It’s impossible, y’all.)
I have found myself being even more overwhelmed by the amount of crap we have around the house ever since the tiny humans multiplied, so this is my year to actually follow through and move some of this stuff out of the house.
So, I started AND figured I’d look for someone to do the moving for me so that I don’t have to bribe my husband to give up one of his weekends. And guess what that someone exists! Someone exactly like Gameday Moving Services Houston! I’ve never thought about using a moving company for my Spring cleaning, but guess what y’all? They’ll move your stuff to a storage unit, so why the heck not, right?!
So, how did I get started with my actual purge?
The first thing that came to mind was my closet. Since becoming a mama, I have a ton of clothes in my closet that just don’t make sense for this phase of life. And honestly, all they’re doing is just taking up space and adding to the clutter that seems to be taking over.
Into boxes they went! But, where do you start with deciding what to get rid of?
It’s simple. At the beginning of the year, I turned the hangers on my clothes the wrong way. When I have worn something, the hanger then gets switched the correct direction. Now that we’re in the thick of Spring cleaning, anything that is still facing the wrong way gets taken down and packaged up in a box.
Although, this year, I did have to use a little bit of my judgment, too, considering the only things that I’ve worn thus far have been sweats and t-shirts, because you know, mom… in a pandemic.
The other thing that came to mind with my purge were the kids’ toys. We have an entire toy bin full of toys, and you know what rarely gets touched? The whole dang toy bin and every single thing inside of it. We don’t have a designated playroom, so the living room gets used as the play area. It’s one of the biggest reasons I feel like our house is such a wreck lately.
The problem with totally getting rid of or donating toys right now though, is we still have people close to us that haven’t begun this parenting stage of life yet, so we want to hold onto some of these things to pass onto them when they’re ready.
I decided to recruit Addison’s help. She helped me decide what to keep and what to get rid of, as well as what she thinks Meredith will ultimately like playing with the most. Everything else got moved to boxes.
But you know, if I’m being totally honest, everything in that toy bin could have been moved straight into the boxes… because really… kids love playing with the boxes more than the toys themselves.
It hurts, but you know I’m right.
The next thing that came to mind was the garage. The dreaded garage. This has come to be a bit of a landing spot for the stuff we don’t know what else to do with, but we’re not ready to get rid of just yet. One day, I’d love to have a space that has a playroom (see section above about living room- I’d love to shut the door and just NOT, ya know?), so I’m not entirely ready to get rid of some of the furniture we have because it would be great for that. BUT we also want to convert the garage into more of a hang out area/home gym, which means, this stuff has got to go.
The final step? Moving everything out. Piano movers in Houston, enter stage right.
This company will come in and move everything to your storage unit for you. And truly, how great is that? I decide what needs to be moved out and stored away and someone else does it for me? No loading up tiny humans that are melting down or a husband… also melting down? Check, check and check!
So, tell me, are you inspired? What are your tips and tricks for doing your own Spring purge?