Spring Organizing Challenge: Day 8

I was inspired by a blog post I ready yesterday about a couple who only have 4 glasses in their whole house.  You read that right, 4 glasses. They are part of the minimalist movement that is sweeping the country in the last 2 years. Give us a recession and we dig deep to figure out what is important to us. We are discovering that it is our loved ones, and not our possessions that make us complete. If you can remember where you bought each of your possessions, but can’t remember who your child’s kindergarten teacher was (Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Helmstetter and Mrs. Kruckenberg for my boys) you may need to readjust your priorities.

One of the trends of the minimalist movement is people trying to get down to 100 possessions.  Sorry, that is not me. I have 3 kids, a dog and a husband. But I can buy less and be a better steward to what I do purchase. Now when I buy something it is never an impulse buy. I never buy things just because they are on sale. And for big items I need to save for them, not charge them.

Back to the challenge for today however. How many glasses do you have in your home? For me, I would be well over 100. I have 3 cases of martini glasses as we have an annual martini party. We use to buy plastic martini glasses that were disposable, but let’s face it, that is bad for the earth. Added to the cases of martini glasses is now a case of white wine glasses and red wine glasses. We also have our wedding crystal; water and wine glasses in a set of 8. Plus the everyday glasses in which we probably have 30. Yikes! I think I am worried that I will run out! But seriously, how many glasses can you take out of your cabinets? Last month I took out a set of 8 Christmas wine glasses….never used.  I have also taken out the odd champagne flute and put it in my donation pile. I think I could probably remove another six from the cabinet.

Why so many glasses in my cabinet you may wonder. I have a family of water drinkers. Each time someone gets a glass of water they take a new glass out. Often the top of my dishwasher is full of glasses on the top but not yet full of plates on the bottom. I think I need to implement my moms philosphy where each person had a cup that they used for the whole day to drink their water from.  Her cup was the brown tupperware one. My oldest did take a set of glasses to his shop class where he learned to etch glass and he came home with 6 glasses. Two with his name and two with each of his brothers’ names.

When I work with clients I find cabinets full of fast food plastic cups that their children received while dinning out. Also stocked in the kitchen are the souvenier plastic mugs that people receive at country concerts.  How many mugs and cups could you remove it you pulled out all of the plastic ones? Try and see if you can just have glass in your cabinets and get rid of all the plastic. I got rid of all the plastic ones about 2 years ago. When I “win” a plastic water bottle it goes right in my donation box. I am a drinker from glass or stainless steel now. I could give you information about how drinking from many of those plastic water cups is bad for you, but you already know that stuff. I know there are plastic cups that are now safe of all the bad stuff, but that is too hard for me to keep track of. So today, see how many cups you can get rid of. Remember to recycle, because it is the right thing to do!

Wondering what this challenge is all about? Here are the details:

Before you can tackle your Spring Cleaning you must first get your Spring Flinging done, or as I like to call it “Spring Green Fling”, because I want you to be green as you are getting rid of the items that no longer are going to be in your home. I am going to challenge my readers and followers on facebook to join me as we get organized before we start our Spring Cleaning. This challenge will last 10 days and will close at midnight CST on March 30, 2011. I even have a prize at the end of the challenge. The winner will receive one hour of my organizing services. Don’t live by me, no worries as we can chat on the phone or via Skype or even do your organizing through email.

To be entered in the challenge you need to post a comment on my blog or post a comment on my facebook page. Each comment you get one point. Each point will enter you in the drawing for the free organizing hour. Invite your friends and family to join and tell me you invited them and you will get 2 points! For example if you get 50 points, you get 50 chances to win!

Remember to share with your friends and family, as you know if you send this to your mother she will spam all her friends with this…..go ahead, they wont mind!

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at www.ididit-fargo.com . Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at melissa@ididit-fargo.com. For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

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