We dropped a small load off at Goodwill and then took some very nice cookbooks to the ASPCA bookstore and those white dishes to their thrift store. I really like taking the nicer stuff to the Pet thrift store. They seem to have a very nice collection and seem to be doing well. I already have a few more things loaded into the van and if I’m up to it , I’ll go thru some more stuff in the barn. I know I’m going to get rid of more Christmas stuff and Life magazines but when is the question.
My daily routine started when I did Flylady. It’s still the same for the most part. having a daily routine ,morning for me, but some people do morning and evening,keeps the house and laundry tidy and organized. If you do a daily routine it really helps in the flow of the day. I make the bed(of course), empty the dishwasher if it hasn’t been done the night before, take out laundry and wipe the bathroom with Costco wipes. If I need to prep for dinner such as crockpot Thursday I do that in the morning too. I make sure the counters are clear and things put away. Also, put things away that might be out of place. Of course, we don’t have young children so it does make it easier.
Minimalizing has been a huge part of how simple my daily routine is since there’s not a lot of things to dust, or put away or maintain. I would completely advise minimalizing your things so as to simplify your life. It’s certainly a journey and a process. But as I go layers of stuff and layers of my self a lot is revealed and let go of. It’s interesting how different decluttering books speak to different parts of oneself. the Don Aslett books are really fun and kinda quirky, but they Do get the message across. You really don’t need 12 rusty screwdrivers. Or that family heirloom you think one day will be valuable. Then, of course, the Kondo way of does it spark joy. Then now I’m working on the concept of ,if we moved would we take it. It does force you to look at things differently. Of course, some things we wouldn’t take but still need now. So it’s all a process.
For me, the bottom line is I want a minimalistic home, lots of white space, and more room.