Clutter happens. Even for the most diligent of us it creeps up and before you know it there it is. A pile of crap!
How, what, when and why did that even happen?
Paper clutter is my biggest issue. With kids bringing home stuff from school and a plethora of junk mail arriving every day it doesn't take long for it to pile up on my desk or the side table next to my recliner. It drives me nuts!
I try my best to keep it at bay by going through my mail as soon as I bring it in. Most of it ends up in the recycle bin and the bag I keep in the garage to collect "shreddables". The rest is then placed on my desk to be dealt with. Usually bills or important things that need to be filed. On Sunday mornings I go through it all and deal with it. I've gone paperless with most of my bills but I still seem to get a lot in the mail anyway.
When we get busy and our schedule is overloaded it is much easier to have clutter accumulate. Lately we have been really good at staying on top of it so Mama doesn't lose her mind. Every night each of us does a walk through the entire house to collect and put away our items that have been left out. It really makes a huge difference.
Recently we've started going through all of our stuff and culling out the items we no longer need or want, bagging them up and hauling them over to the thrift store near our house and dropping them off. Since are big purge and downsize I really don't want to fill this house back up again so we are doing our best not to accumulate a bunch of junk.
A lot of you have shared with me how you are clearing out and purging your houses of items and I love to hear about that. To those of you still working on it I encourage you to keep at it. And for those of you looking around your homes and thinking about it, just DO IT! It will feel so incredibly good, you won't believe it.
For those of us that have completed the journey, the real work begins.
Now we have to keep it that way. Every day, walk through your house and simply put things away. Collect items that need to go in the trash or recycle bin. Then every so often purge an area of your house and take a bag in to donate so you stay on top of it. Good habits to develop that will keep you sane and make your home a sanctuary.