Are you living in a house full of clutter? Do you feel constant stress about cleaning your house? Girl, I’ve been there. The truth is that I tried to seriously purge my life when we moved cross-country, but I didn’t even have a clue where to begin. I didn’t even declutter enough after reading the KonMari method. I was afraid. I was afraid of not having enough. I was stressed that I’d need/want something that had gone into the giveaway pile. I sound a bit like a hoarder now, huh? I’m not, though. I’m actually not that attached to the stuff. I was just a new mom who didn’t have a size yet. I had changed sizes 3 times since my son was born so it was nerve-wracking to go through my closet. I was in between stages with my son. Did he still need the mobile or just the playmat? It was hard, ya’ll. Then, of course, there is this obsession most moms have with saving clothes/toys/other thingamabobs for baby #2. I gave up the last one pretty easy until I had a house with actual storage. But what I found was that I didn’t need all of those things.
Yes, you heard me correctly. I didn’t need #allofthethings. I just needed a few staples. I’m still fighting a few battles with an overfull sock drawer, but I’m one step closer to sanity. I’ve got less clean up daily. I’m able to get up in the morning and get dressed quickly. I’m finally able to feel good about having an organized space! Doesn’t that sound amazing? How did I do it?
I did it by taking the KonMari method to heart first and foremost. I literally ditched everything that didn’t bring me joy and happiness. Then, I dumped some more. I found that some things still brought me joy even though I hadn’t worn them in over a year. Why did I need to keep those things? It was generally some sort of sentimental value or I just thought they were pretty. It was time for them to go. I’m still working through certain areas of my home with this method. Do we really need 50,000 ink pens? Probably not! It’s time to really consider what you use and keep only those things you love.
I’m not talking about buying a bunch of systems that they sell you on TV. I’m talking about looking at how you live your life and organizing to suit your needs. This will make clean up easy peasy every single time. For me, it means that my son’s backpack hangs right outside my kitchen. Our kitchen/living space is open concept so I need to be able to pack his lunch and stuff it in his backpack on my way toward the door versus away from it. This minimizes the amount of extra steps in my morning. My Fitbit can’t believe I just decided to forgo extra steps but trust me ease of use in my house in more important. I’ll get extra steps by going to the furthest bathroom.
Check in when you get new things
This only works if you’re checking in after the holidays or any other season where you get new items coming into your house. You have to be able to part with the old to make room for the new or regift the new to someone else. Otherwise, you’ll just end up right back where you started.
Why do you need to do this?
Less cleaning. You won’t spend your entire day/life feeling like you’re cleaning constant messes. You’ll be able to put away fewer things much more quickly. The only exception I make to having less is clothes because I only want to do laundry 1 time/week. This means I need extra clothes for my son because he’s the most likely to need multiple changes a day. If doing laundry every day works for you then minimize this as well.
Your house is company ready ALL THE TIME! This is so important to me. I want my house to have an open door policy when it comes to visitors, but I don’t want them to walk into my chaos. I want them to see a clean house. I don’t necessarily care if my child has his toys strewn across the floor in the middle of the day, but I don’t want it to look like a war zone either. It’s all about balance and learning to put things away.
You’ll have more time. You’ll spend LESS time trying to find things. You’ll spend LESS time trying to make decisions. You’ll be ready to take on your day. This is a beauty.
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