Clutter, a word we know all too well. OK maybe not you, Miss-I-Put-Everything-Where-It-Goes-At-All-Times. This post is not for you so vamoose and go find a post on how hard it is to be perfect.
There are a few areas of my home that get cluttered on the constant:
- The kitchen island. This area catches school work, mail, toys, paperwork, magazines, books, grocery bags, (currently) a jar of sea shells, and more strange items. Why? Because when we walk in the first place we go is to the kitchen island and unload and seem to never put things exactly where they go. Do you have an area that is your landing zone where you unload the day?
- The laundry room. I can organize this room and clean it up and then once I blink my eyes its cluttered with craft supplies, laundry, and anything else the kids or myself think, “Hmm, not sure where this goes so I will put it in the laundry room.”
- The dresser. Actually, its a buffet that I shared months ago. Currently, it is a clutter catch all. I have crap on it that needs to be gone through and trashed or filed. Speaking of being filed – I decided to eliminate the filing cabinet we had from our lives so I have all our paperwork in a tote beside the buffet. This is a total disaster.
- Our make-shift closet. I keep dreaming I will win the lotto and go buy a new house. Perhaps, I should try to play the thing first? Technically, I do not have a closet in my bedroom. I have two racks and an old linen closet. Both of which are cluttered messes.
So let’s chat about combatting these cluttered areas.
For the kitchen island I have purchased two bins to sit in the vicinity of where we tend to lay any and everything. One bin is for papers and the other is for items. My goal is to go through these bins 3-4 times a week. I will trash what needs to be trashed, what needs to be kept will be go into another bin tucked neatly away, and what needs to be placed (items) will be put away daily!
The laundry room needs more than just bins. It is in need of shelving or and additional table for storage of paints, papers, and some other items. I like the idea of out of site out of mind so maybe a table like the one above with a skirt.
For our bedroom I need a shredder, a trash bag, and a bottle of wine. I can be honest with you and tell you that when I reorganize my bedroom I end up making more “donation bags” and then wondering why I have no clothing. Anyone else guilty of that? The first step in organizing and decluttering this room is dealing with the items that came from the eliminated filing cabinet. I need to purchase a smaller organization item and also utilize our safe to put some documents in. Next up, its time to go through the bins on our buffet.We have the cutest gold speckled bins but lately they are messy with anything we think, “May need this again, better put it in here!” Then its time to deal with the clothing that is just working as a tablecloth on top of the buffet (really?)
The closet is another project. If I do not win the lottery within the first month of playing it then I guess we will have to make a new major project list. Perhaps ripping out the linen closet and inserted new closet hardware. While doing this I think it may be necessary to eliminate the bathroom and regroup on that thing too. Oh my idea bank is rolling now.
So what are your areas of clutter in your home? How do you combat or want to combat them? Do you think we can seriously keep our homes clutter free? I cannot wait to hear your feed back!
Oh and I love this list!
And this is something I want to hang up in my daughter’s room….
Monday’s Challenge: Fit in squats today. Let’s do 20 this morning, ten on your lunch break, ten after school, and fifteen before bed. If you’re not sure what a squat is then I can either write it out or I can give you a graphic. I know…a video.
Just like clutter in your house you can have clutter in your “trunk” – this will help you eliminate it too. (Ha!)