I’m not sure what I was planning to post today, probably DIY Day, but I’ve been swept up into decluttering my house. Perhaps it was being stuck in the house for 7 days straight while my son had swine flu, but I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with clutter. I know that part of being a mom of small kids means living with clutter, but honestly a lot of it is mine. I held onto a lot because I was going to sell it at our yard sale, but then the flu kept me from participating. I’ve decided to let go of the idea of earning some money and instead get rid of things through Freecycle and donating locally.
Then, this morning, I read Amy’s post at MomAdvice about Reducing Clutter and it really hit home. I really liked this statement she made:
Sometimes I need to be reminded that having less instead of chasing every deal is part of living well while being frugal. Thanks, Amy! With that in mind, here’s my plan for the rest of the week:
Monday–I cleaned up the yard, weeded, cleaned out the shed, did everything that had been put off for weeks as not a priority. What a difference! Now when you look out the window, you see pretty fall mums and our few Halloween decorations.
Tuesday–Since this is my home morning, I’m tackling the kids’ closets and drawers, switching out the summer shorts and short sleeves for fall and winter clothes. The girls were good sports this morning, trying on lots of shirts and pants to see what fit from last year plus the “new to us” items I picked up at consignment sales. I settled on a small number of outfits (less laundry that way!) and will donate the rest. Wednesday–With the girls at school, I can do something that requires a little more concentration: tackling the computers. I need to move my digital photos to one place (I use a program that sorts them by date and subject). We also have a laptop about to crash, so I’m backing up any essential files and deleting the rest. I will also get the actual desk cleaned up, file my receipts and do any other “paper” chores.
Thursday–I’m hoping to do a baking day with the girls since I volunteered to bring baked goods to a MOMS Club sale over the weekend (note to self–stop saying YES–you need less stress). Since I”ll be in the kitchen a lot, it’s a good time to sort through any cupboards or drawers that need a little organizing. They’re not bad, but if they need it, I’ll use my 3 Steps to Organizing Small Spaces.
Friday–This will be my morning to do any last-minute sorting (like the toys–while no kids are watching) and drop off the donation bags so I can enjoy a clutter-free house over the weekend. Yay!
What do you do to declutter your home, or how do you prevent it from happening in the first place?