Clutter was never going to be a problem. I was convinced that I was great at purging our house of the excess. But somehow, despite how aware I thought I was, the clutter just took over. Have you ever gotten to that point? So frustrated with the mess. The kids were constantly overwhelmed by their chores. Who am I kidding?!? I was overwhelmed with the chores. The never-ending to-do list. Because of “stuff”. I took the steps to get rid of the clutter and I’m so glad that I did. Decluttering your home today will make you a happier person too.
Noticing the clutter in our home
For a while I tried to convince myself that this was all just a part of life with four kids. And maybe, in another 20 years I’ll look back with starry eyes and remember all the good times we had.
But that’s the thing. We weren’t having good times.
I have amazing children. I have an awesome husband. We are a great family.
But we weren’t having good times.
Clutter was getting in the way of “good times”.
We couldn’t just sit down and have a family game night like we used to. Because we had to find the game. Unbury the table from leftover supper dishes. Fight over getting the dishes done.
We couldn’t get out of the house to have fun. Because we were searching for the missing shoes.
We don’t own “that” much
We don’t have a garage so full that we can’t park our van in it. We can use our basement for anything we want and our oldest girls live in the attic bedroom, our floors are clear of hazards, well except for the LEGO, so we’re not destined for an episode of “Hoarders” by any means.
But let’s face it. With four kids there is a lot of “stuff”.
Someone always needs something. New shoes, new pencils, new clothes. I was constantly in the store buying the things they needed.
AND getting distracted by things we didn’t need.
Telling myself that 17 months ago we moved into a house and we didn’t own any furniture. None.
Because we had lived overseas and moved back with just our twelve suitcases…
A pretty trinket here. New pots and pans there. Oh…look at the pretty craft supplies!!
And without realizing the impact it would have, I was buying things that were hurting our family rather than “making our house a home.”
Recognizing the Need to Declutter
A couple weeks ago, the unsettling in my spirit just kept getting worse.
Realizing all the things that we now owned.
Realizing that we had been drowning in those things.
Realizing that we weren’t actually using so much of the “stuff” we had.
I started boxing up things that we don’t need on a daily basis. And saw how much of our possessions fit in that category.
And instead of continuing to shove it all into boxes I started packing it up to give away. And just kept going.
Trash out the door, bags of belongings headed to the thrift store.
Packing more and more until I got to the things that we really need, love, enjoy.
Start Decluttering Now
So your garage isn’t full of “stuff”. Your basement is relatively empty. You don’t own 1,000 versions of anything (except maybe LEGO).
Don’t let that stop you from getting free of the clutter.
Each day remove one box or garbage bag of “stuff” from your house. Keep doing it until you have only the things that you need, love and enjoy.
And before you know it that feeling of chaos and frustration will start to disappear with the clutter and you will feel happier.
Because instead of cleaning things. You will be enjoying life.