I am kind of a no frills kind of gal. I'm not in need of a lot of things to keep me a happy, functioning wife and mother. But, as I look around my house, I feel overwhelmed. Where did all this junk come from!? This is inspiring me to become a minimalist! I recently read that we only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. So, it made me wonder, what else do I use frequently and what is collecting dust bunnies?
When my house is cluttered and messy when I wake up in the morning, I already feel behind and the day has barely started.
For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to clean out here and there. I started in my closet and gave away five bags of clothes. Then, I moved on to the kitchen pantry and cupboards and filled two more boxed for Goodwill. The spare bedroom closet got reorganized. But, that is about as far as I have gotten with clearing out the clutter. As I sit here at my desk I have five piles of paperwork and who knows what else that feels overwhelming to me. The garage gets organized just to make space for more clutter. The bookcase is crammed with books I don't read any more and our linen closet...well just don't try and open it.
When we moved to this house over two years ago, my goal was to always have a clean kitchen table and a spot for everything. I think I can make this happen if I could just get organized. Seems to me that if it doesn't have its own space and you can't make space for it then it needs to go.
Do you ever sit and think about what starts the mess to begin with? I blame the mail. I usually get one piece of legit mail and the rest is junk. Then it sits on the table for three weeks until I shred or recycle it.
So, here are my spring cleaning, home improvement, and organizational goals.
Do you have things around your house that you thought you could never live without and got rid of it anyway (and you managed to somehow live through it)?
What are your favorite organizational tips on a shoestring budget? I think it would be lovely to outfit my entire house with products from The Container Store, but honey, it ain't gonna happen.
I'd love to hear your secrets!