It’s the end of September and for the first time in months we are feeling cool breezes here in Maryland. I opened up all our windows, turned off the air conditioning and enjoyed the smell of the falling leaves this evening.
It made me think of how busy we’re all going to be in the next few months with school dances and football games, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and many of the other holidays and special events others celebrate. I also started thinking about a lot of other things including what is happening in the United States and how it is affecting us – as in we the people.
I’m not going to get political because that’s not what this site is about. I’m simply going to say that we all need to start being nicer to each other. The world is a harsh enough place and there is already too much hate out there. If each one of us can take the time to do one nice thing for someone – a friend, a neighbor, a stranger – then maybe we can turn this country around one person at a time with a simple concept – love.
On to my first tip for getting ready for the holidays….
Declutter. Do it now. Take a bag, any bag, and walk around your house for 15 minutes a day and get rid of the clutter. The trash, the water bottles, the magazines, the things that we almost don’t see because their just there. Then take another bag and fill it with the things you and your family no longer love. As soon as its full, take it out to your car so you can drop it off at Goodwill or whichever thrift store you choose. I use GreenDrop.com and they come directly to my house and pick up my bags but I know not all locations are covered so check it out and see for yourself to save a trip.
Have your family join in too. Let your kids do their own rooms. Tell them about how getting rid of toys they no longer love will help to make room for new toys they want for Christmas and how they will go to other kids who will love them.
Decluttering will give you room to decorate, add in those holiday gifts or just SPACE to breathe. It’s very refreshing. Give it a try!