Beating the Clutter Monster

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One of my goals this year, much to the delight of my husband, is to get all of the clutter out of our house. We are planning to buy a bigger home within the next year and a half or so, and getting all of that out now will make the moving process that much easier when it happens. Besides, my poor husband is a minimalist and having a counter full of papers drives him absolutely mad.

Now, I keep a pretty clean house. Especially considering we have kids and animals. Most of the time, if someone stops by unannounced, I have no reason to be embarrassed by the condition of our home. Every once in a while, however, life catches up with us, and there are dishes in the sink and piles of laundry waiting to be done (or at least folded). My husband is a good sport about these moments, but I know it drives him crazy. There are certain areas of the house, however, that are never completely cleared. The counter behind the kitchen table which is always covered in random school papers and mail is one, the plastic bin in our bedroom that always has clothes I don’t want to hang up is another. The little one’s playroom, which is still littered with unpacked boxes from when we moved in and my desk are other points of contention, but they are in the equivalent of our basement and are not seen all day every day like the other spots.

My goal over the next few months is to declutter these areas. Once I do that, I need to work on how to keep these areas clean. I’m sure T (my husband) will be grateful (he doesn’t know that this is the plan yet). I’m going to be honest with you and myself and say that the clothes will probably never be hung up on a regular basis. You know how there’s that one chore that you absolutely despise doing? The one thing that is SO easy but you avoid at all costs? Hanging up clothes is mine. I will wash, dry, fold, and put away clothes without a problem. The ones that need to be hung up are treated like they have the plague. I don’t know why, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to change in the near future.

Now for the big dilemma… How the heck am I supposed to do this?

 

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Well , I bought these hanging mailboxes for in the kitchen. There are three of them so that we each have a place for our own mail and papers. Ideally, that will keep the papers to a minimum and everything off the counter. Ideally…

The goal for the downstairs spaces is simple. One box a week until they’re all gone, and one (or two) kid free weekend(s) where I attack the desk and throw out everything from 2009 and before. LOL. I wish I was joking. I moved into a new apartment right before I had my peanut. I was only in the new place a year before I had her and decided to pick up and move to PA. Things that never had any business being packed in the first place were hurriedly thrown in boxes and have now been packed for over 6 years, taking up space in my home rather than at the landfill or recycling center where they belong. It’s time they moved on to their forever home, somewhere far, far away.

What spaces in your home need to be decluttered? Or what tactics do you use to keep your home clutter free? Inquiring minds want to know…

Have a great night! Talk to you again tomorrow!

-C

Author: Candice

I am a wife, mom of 1 1/2 (it'll officially be 2 in May), part time waitress, avid reader, and an unpaid comedian, chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, and cuddler. I love my family more than anything and as scared as I am to start over on this whole mom gig, I'm so excited to do it again.

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