Clutter; it seems to be a big issue in my home. I’m not sure about you, but I am ready to
attack the clutter and get rid of it. It
is so important for me to get my house back to working for me instead of
clutter is because it stresses me out and creates an environment that is not
or a messy surface, I get stressed. Now,
I realize that I have three small children and a husband who are not so good at
putting things away, and me not following right behind them putting things
away. Often I blame it on no closets,
not the right storage solutions, or not having a place for it to belong; but I
think that the real issue is that we have too much stuff.
becomes overwhelming to see the amount of *stuff* that needs a home.
few months now. ‘What have I been
waiting for’ you ask? Well, I will blame
it on life and busyness.
all to get back on the same page after our extended homeschool break for the
holidays. I knew that I would take that
time to evaluate 2015, I wanted to settle into what some of my goals might be for 2016. I
needed the space to be intentional about my time while also using my word of the year – action – to get my home back to normal.
put the pieces back together after a crazy 2 months of birthdays, holidays and
Well, if you want to work the KonMari method, you take everything in
one category out and work through it all at once. Unfortunately, I do not have that amount of
time to work on it, and I would be afraid that if I took everything out, it
might not all be sorted and put away for quite some time. I do love the motivation and definitely the
idea of touching all items to see if they “spark joy” in order to know whether
or not to get rid of it, but taking everything out all at once is a tad too
extreme with three little ones underfoot.
time” method that I have grown to love from Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity.
has been a while since I have actually used it (no matter how often I say that
I *plan* to use it!), to go through my home.
little at a time. It seems to be much
more manageable for me with the kids. I
don’t want to start a house purge and then end up having to stop in the middle
of it due to one of the many emergencies that pop up during the day.
of the main living areas first.
Why? Because those are the areas
that see the most traffic, as well as where we live, so it is what I am
constantly looking at. However, what
typically happens is I will tidy these spaces, and run out of time for the
kids’ rooms. The toys are immense, too
overwhelming for the kids to adequately take care of, too overwhelming for me
to take care of, the amount of clothes is overwhelming, the books,
surprisingly, not so overwhelming, but that is because I have weeded through
going to make the rest of the house a little easier to tackle.
sanctuary – ours is most definitely not a sanctuary. As the only room that has a *sort of* closet,
we end up storing a lot of stuff in our room.
It is time to go through it, to de-clutter, and then organize the rest
of it. I would like to freshen up the
space, and make it a relaxing atmosphere.
project, I figured I would start with the kitchen, but I have changed my mind. It needs a good spring cleaning, and by the
time I get to it, it may just be spring!
The kitchen is the life of my home; I spend an enormous amount of time
there. I love it, but I need it to work
better for me. I need to get rid of old
canning lids and rings that are rusted, my jars need to be more organized for
the coming canning season, and the organization of food and kitchen tools needs
went incredibly well. I thought about
doing that again for February, going down to 29 bags, but I am embarrassed to
think about how many bags we may end up using to purge the home. Instead I plan to update you on my progress
as we go throughout the month.