Thoughts on Thursday | Clearing the Clutter
I know it has been a little while since I posted! I have been in the midst of my last two weeks of school, so I’ve been focusing on that and of course everything else that comes with being a working mom of three. Thankfully, I finish up on Sunday and most of my work for this last week is completed, so my head is clear enough to pump out a good ol’ blog post here for ya!
Speaking of clear head, on a recent Target spree [read: splurge], I picked up the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. It is about the KonMari method. While I consider myself a pretty clean and organized person, I can willfully admit that I keep around a lot of things that go unused or unworn for years, for one reason or the other. I’ve been great about finding pretty and functional ways of storing things, but if I would force myself to let go of some material things, I wouldn’t have the need for all the storage. Case in point: my garage. I don’t know if we’ll ever get to the point of getting an actual car in there. Mind you, there’s a gym in there, but I could still creatively get a car in one side if I toned down the amount of crap we have out there. In the book, it talks about how clutter around us keeps our head from clearing. It makes it hard to concentrate, i.e. ever sit down to study or do something and you can’t seem to get started, and suddenly you find yourself cleaning things instead? This could just be adult ADHD, but I do think it’s related to clutter distracting us. We naturally want a clear space to work in.
So last night, in preparation for the cleaning lady to come today (no, I don’t have a regular service, but I just needed it this week – and hey, working mom of 3 also going to school, so I think it’s allowed) I was tidying up. Yes, I’m one of those “cleans before the cleaning lady comes” types, but I don’t really CLEAN…I just get the crap out of the way so she can clean and not have to work around a mess. Otherwise, what’s the point? I find that it takes so much time just to get the general crap that my kids and husband displace back into their spots that by the time it’s clear enough to actually get down to the nitty-gritty and disinfect things, I’m all worn out or just plain out of time. It gets done, but it’s seemingly never done in every room of the house at the same time. Ugh. Anyway, back to last night – I ended up with six trash bags full and some other various larger items to put in the garage until next weekend’s garage sale. And that was just going through my kids’ rooms. It felt really good to finally just get in there and do that. I knew they had old toys that they didn’t use or were not really age-appropriate anymore. I shifted a few hand-me-down toys and books from my 7yo to my 3yo, but mostly things went in the sale pile.
I feel like this is a fall thing. Do you ever find yourself wanting to clean and organize after the crazy-busy summertime? I think I do it in spring too, but mostly fall is when I try to get my sh*t back together. However, this time, I think I’m going to really try to follow this method – down to the junk drawer(s). I know I have so much random hidden “out of sight, out of mind” crap that could be tossed.
I’ll also share some cleaning and organizing tips of my own, or ones I use throughout this “clear the clutter” process. Do you have any great tips for keeping the clutter away?