You may have noticed that I have not written as much this month. Part of this is due to the holidays, spending time with family, but mostly because of the massive purge. It is almost complete. Yay!
You may also remember that I have a small problem with collecting clutter. As a preventative measure, because it is all too possible that it will bloom into full blown hoarding as I get older, (as in my Dad’s age–the age of stubbornly getting mad when your daughters throw crap away) I have been focusing on halting this habit in its tracks.
This is not a resolution because my “resolutions” ALWAYS fail! The following are three actions that I am sticking to in order to tame the clutter.
Each day I will throw away something that is utterly useless and unused or shouldn’t be used. This week I have thrown away sippy cups, outgrown toddler utensils, plastic plates and jars and containers that used to hold packaged food. Scandalous–I know. Think of all the crafts that I could have done but never did with all those cans and jars!
If it takes under two minutes to put it away in it’s proper place, then do it now. I have caught myself walking over something in the living room a few times before I realize that bringing it into the bedroom where it belongs would only take 30 seconds. This is a hard habit for me to pick up since I am usually walking to or from somewhere with a purpose. Clutter easily multiplies. The pillow on the floor may not be more important that whatever I am doing right now but leaving it there just adds to the list of things I have to get done. Better to take care of it now and not have to worry about it later.
Don’t buy any “organizational items/tools/containers” until after the purging and sorting process is complete. I have never followed this tip before. I normally buy a bunch of bins, bags, baskets and then start sorting. And what I normally end up with is, a bunch of different bins etc filled with items while others are half empty. I never buy the correct amount so I end up with bins and containers that add to the clutter! It does seem more logical to know how many bins I need and in what sizes before I buy them–I guess.
I didn’t realize how much the clutter was weighing on me until last month when I decided to become a SAHM. I am tired of hearing my son say “but I don’t know where it goes” when I tell him to put his toy away. He has a point and I know the chaos gives him anxiety. The goal is for us all to know where things go.
We have about 30 lawn bags filled with the victims of our purging eagerly awaiting the donation truck or the garbage truck. The next step will be to come up with an organization/storage scheme, especially for the toys. I will be combing the Pinterest boards looking for the answer. Wish me luck!
If you have a toy storage system that works, feel free to link it in the comments. I need all the help I can get!
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