An Organized House by Friday
I am currently suffering from an ailment I like to call "Too-Much-Stuff-Itis"I am desperately trying to simplify my life. Everywhere I look around my home lately there is just so much clutter. So much stuff around all the time. It's making me claustrophobic. I don't know if any of you can relate but it just seems like I am always cleaning and everything is always messy. I have a 6 month old baby and the house is always a mess. I can't even imagine what it's like for those of you with multiple kids and pets in the home. We live on a farm out in the country so there is a fair bit of dirt and leaves that get tracked into the house. I installed a dog door to help with the mess that the dogs drag in and tried to implement a "no shoes on in the house" rule but I think I am the one who breaks it most often.
Around Christmas time I just decided that I cannot live like this anymore. I have been on a mission to just get rid of everything that we do not need or use anymore. I am only one woman and I am at my breaking point. It's tempting to just light a match, burn the house down and start again fresh but I think that may just be a little too drastic and over dramatic. Maybe...
So I present to you 5 days of Organization. In 5 days I am going to get rid of all of our crap. I will go through one area of the house every day this week, donate the stuff that we no longer want and throw out the stuff that no one will want. An hour and a half a day for each task. Here's how it's going to work:
Day 1: Go through the clothing, shoes, coats and linens. I already donated 3 bags of my clothing earlier this month. I am going to go through all my stuff again...and Rob's stuff and Chloe's stuff. Also, do we need 16 bath towels for two and half people? ( baby Chloe only counts as a half person although based on size she is more of a quarter) Time to get rid of all those extra towels and linens that sit in the cupboard and never see the light of day. I am hoping this will help with the laundry issue that we have.
Day 2: Media. Old magazines, books we will never read again, dvd's like season 9 of the TV show Frasier that we ended up with and I don't know how. I want them OUT.
Day 3: Kitchen crap. Like most people we have an excess of miscellaneous Tupperware and containers. There is also a ton of food in the cupboards taking up space that will never get eaten ( 12 cans of mandarin oranges that expired last year I am looking at you) It's time for a big kitchen and refrigerator clean.
Day 4: Craft Supplies: This is my weakness. Need a ball of baby blue yarn? I have it. Seven different types of crazy glue? I have those too. I have a horde of pretty much every craft supply under the rainbow. My entire craft room is a crazy mess. I need to get this under control.
Day 5: Bills and paperwork. I don't have a filing system in place and it is time. There is paperwork all over the place. I need to get this organized once and for all.
Also on day 5 will be the bathrooms. The drawers are just full of old makeup and toiletries that will never get used again.
I think the key to success will be making daily trips to Goodwill to drop off the unwanted items to make sure that they actually get out of the house. It's easy to make pile of unwanted items and then have the pile just sit there for eternity.
By getting everything out of the house it will enable me to actually clean the house. I actually don't mind cleaning- it's organizing and putting things away that I loathe.
I will check back next week and let you know how it went. Did I follow through and actually get it all done or quit after day one? Wish me luck! Feel free to follow along with me!
Are you doing any pre- Spring cleaning?