Weed Out Wednesdays from A to Z

WOW stands for Weed Out Wednesdays.  Every Wednesday for the next 26 weeks, I will be tailoring my post so you can weed out your homes and closets without feeling overwhelmed that you have to tackle the whole house in one day.  I will make my way through the alphabet one letter at a time and try to cover every imaginable item in your closet and home. 

You should feel the WOW factor once you start this process and have opened up valuable real estate sections in your cupboards, closets, drawers and other storage spaces in you home or apartment.   

This Wednesday we will begin with the letter “A” – Albums, Athletic equipment, Athletic awards,  Awards, Appliances, Aprons, A-line skirts, Alcohol, Anoreks, Automotive supplies,  Apps on your cell phone –  Start scanning your mind and think of these items that are buried away covered with dust and cobwebs in your basements and attics.  Nordic tracks, stair steppers, ab machines from as seen on tv infomercials,  roller blades,  bread machines, mini fryers,  high school and college trophies… anyone, anyone?

TIP: You may want to consider weeding out the alcohol last after you have tackled all the other A’s that need attention.  The  alcohol effect may impair your judgment and you will dispose of everything.   Hmmm,  that could be good idea.

As you can see, I have selected more specific items vs. broad categories such as accessories or attic.  The goal is  to make this process manageable and less daunting by targeting very specific items you can achieve in a short period of time.

Some questions you want to think about before getting started.  How many (fill in the blank) do I actually need or do I need this item at all? How often do I use this item?   Is the item broken, damaged, discolored in any way? Does it fit properly? Is it still in style? Does it still match my personality?  Is the item age appropriate? Am I keeping this item for sentimental reasons only?

For example, one of the items I have chosen this week is aprons.  I have gathered a total of 13 aprons to sort through.  And I know for a fact that there are a few more aprons stashed away in those holiday storage bins.  So now I ask myself, Do I really need 13+ aprons when I only wear them occasionally when I am cooking something that is going to splatter all over the place.  The answer is definitively NO. You get the drift and that is how the elimination process starts.

Getting started is as easy as A, B, C

Allocate enough uninterrupted time that you will need to tackle your item(s).  Typically an hour or two is enough unless you are a hoarder of a particular item.  And trust me, I know some categories and subcategories may take me days or weeks to tackle. But that’s ok because there is a strategy.

Begin your weed out cleanse by selecting one item from the list above that needs the most attention.  If you have the time to conquer all the items in the list, then by all means, go for it.  I will be creating a spreadsheet listing all of these items by household category so I can check them off my list when I have completed.  If you are interested in obtaining this spreadsheet, please email me in the comment section and I will send it to you via email. 

Centralize all of your items in an area that has enough light and room to spread out so you can start the sort.  Make sure you have full length mirror available if you are weeding out clothing items.  You may want to summon a friend or family member to give you the thumbs up or thumbs down on a particular item. I know it is time-consuming, but trying on your clothing items will help in the decision process.   

Once you have gathered all of your items, it’s time to begin the Weed Out Wednesday with the KATH approach. You will remember this purging process because it’s the first four letters of my name.  You have four piles to work with. Inspect each items carefully and place them wisely in the respective pile.

K- Keep it

A- Advertise on Craigslist, local newspaper, curbside or auction it off on Ebay

T- Throw it out

H- Help another person and the environment out by donating or recycling it

I will be reporting back next Wednesday with pictures of the categories I have tackled. I will be sure to write about my elimination process,  organizational ideas, and storage tips.  Just remember its one letter at a time.  Do what you can do! In time, your house will start feeling organized and spacious.

I would love to hear what “A” items you have chosen to weed out in the comment section. If there is another “A ” item that I missed just let me know.  I will update the spreadsheet with your additions.  Have fun !