Cleaning out as you clean up

January 17, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

I highly recommend keeping a “give-away” bag in your closet. How many times have you tried on something when you are getting ready and realize it doesn’t work for you anymore or there is something wrong with the item? Throw it in the bag! Or maybe you have worn something and had to fight with it all day. Throw it in the bag when you take it off!

Do they same things with your kid’s clothes and shoes. Do the same thing when you run across items in your kitchen that you no longer love or that no longer serve your needs. Throw those items in a box as you go along. Keep it in the pantry or laundry room until you fill it up and then drop it off at your local charity.

Cleaning out as part of your daily life will help keep your mind clear as well as your house. It will also be helpful to your community as you become a regular donor to your local charity. When it is time for spring cleaning or time to move, you will be so thankful you have been doing a little along the way.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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