Let It Go

With all of the cleaning and organizing that I’ve been doing lately, you’d think it was Springtime. I’ve mentioned before how I cannot stand clutter, but despite my best efforts, it always seems to creep back in. Such is life with a little one, I suppose.

Of course, us big kids could always stand to get rid of some stuff, too. That’s why my new motto is “Let it Go“.

Clothes that haven’t been worn all year, and likely won’t see the light of day again? Let it go. Random junk in drawers that serve no real purpose, other than to make me crazy? Let it go.

I don’t want to come back from Bulgaria to a messy place at the end of September. Usually when we leave for trips, our bedroom looks like a tornado ripped through it. I’m going to avoid that this time.

I know it probably sounds like we have a lot of stuff, but I swear we really don’t. Living out of suitcases and traveling across the ocean for several years will quickly turn you into a minimalist. I start to twitch every time we acquire some new household item, no matter how necessary and useful it may be. In any case, I’m determined to have a clean, organized space to come home to this fall.

If you’re a travel lover, or just enjoy reading about different places, please check out my recent posts on Travel Blue Book:

What to See When Exploring Krakow, Poland

Family Friendly Daytona Beach Attractions

…and my post on the 4 Best Zoos in America for Families got noticed by the Cape May County Herald. Very cool for me, as a South Jersey summer regular since childhood!

Recently Enjoyed Posts by Others:

Great Trash Finds: The Mom Edition from the Frugalwoods

Unthinkable: I Quit My Job from Dear Debt

Have a great weekend, frugal friends!

18 comments on “Let It Go

  • Ryan @ Impersonal Finance , Direct link to comment

    I saw something once that said “organized people are just too lazy to look for what they want.” Definitely not true, but made me laugh. Aaannnndd…. I’m going to have that song in my head all day now!

  • Melanie @ Dear Debt , Direct link to comment

    Thanks for the link love! 🙂 I feel like getting rid of clutter is a huge part of changing your mindset and getting out of debt. Congrats on your zoo post, that is so cool!

  • John @ Sprout Wealth , Direct link to comment

    While I absolutely HATE that song 🙂 I love the connection to getting rid of clutter. We’ve been doing a lot of that this summer as we just felt overrun by crap. Thankfully we’re starting to see some significant progress.

  • DC @ Young Adult Money , Direct link to comment

    Before reading this I just got done going through some of my drawers of clothes and found stuff to get rid of. I have a lot more to go through but I’m getting rid of stuff too. I love coming home from vacation to a clean and organized house. I actually took a day off before and after our next vacation to make sure that I have time to relax and get everything clean.

  • debt debs , Direct link to comment

    Hey, congrats on your Travel Blue Book posts, Lauren! My son just came back from Krakow (he was in Germany, Poland and Latvia) and so we are going to hear all about it when he comes home for his birthday next weekend.

    I hate clutter but I won’t say I’m that great at keeping it at bay. I am a fantastic detailed cleaner though when I put my mind to it. I agree, getting rid of stuff makes it easier, so I need to Let it Go and stop trying to hold on to it in case I need it. I think being a child of a depression kid has made me this way.

  • Addison @ Cashville Skyline , Direct link to comment

    I desperately want to get rid of some of my clutter. Why is it so hard to say goodbye to items of clothing that I know I’ll never wear? Toiletries that I know I’ll never use? Sigh.

  • Shannon @ Financially Blonde , Direct link to comment

    Thanks Lauren, now I officially have that song in my head and I don’t think it will ever get out. 🙂 I love a good spring clean any time of the year. I was thinking this morning that I will probably indulge in a mini one this weekend because the clutter situation around here is starting to mess with my brain. I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

  • Kassandra @ More Than Just Money , Direct link to comment

    I really like my environment to be neat and organized but I don’t live alone so I quietly pick up after DH’s clutter in order to make my ordered self feel less stressed lol.

  • Nicola , Direct link to comment

    I’m trying to do the same – we’ve got stuff still packed from when we moved over a year ago! We clearly don’t need it… 🙂

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods , Direct link to comment

    Thank you so much for the mention, Lauren! I really appreciate it! I’m right there with you on clutter, it makes me crazy. I’m like you, we don’t have a ton of stuff, but a messy drawer or closet sends me into an organizational frenzy :). P.S. I enjoyed your article on Krakow–we went a few years ago and LOVED it. Truly one of our favorite spots on earth. Have a great weekend!

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