Clutter here, clutter there, I have clutter everywhere!
The clutter I have in certain parts of my home is embarrassing. I do not have a basement or an attic so we have a hard time finding places for storage. The master bedroom especially becomes a dumping ground in my home. If someone is coming over to our house and I have clutter in one space, inevitably the clutter just gets moved to another room, most likely the master, because that door remains shut and we don’t take guests into this space. We have an extra room over our garage that I use for a craft/storage/cat room. That room is rarely not a mess. Honestly, my craft table is so messy right now that there is no way I could do a scrapbook layout there until I remove layers of pictures and paper and scrapbook tools. Even though I have a bookshelf in that room and many Rubbermaid containers for storage and organization, things just get thrown in there when no better place can be found.
I am ashamed to admit that I have clutter, but I’m guessing I’m not alone. I have two acquaintances who have organizing businesses so obviously people do need help with this. I love getting inspiration from their business Facebook posts showing how they whip people’s spaces into shape. I do like to be organized, but I just don’t take the time to be organized in certain parts of my life and my home. Also there is the problem of simply having too much stuff. I am sentimental and thus, I hold on to a lot of things. Do I really need to keep that ugly pottery piece I made in 7th grade art class? Probably not. I should take a picture of it and throw out the pottery. Also I have a hard time finding a “home” for things within my home, especially items that I don’t use on a regular basis like certain kitchen tools or gadgets. Then when I do have a specific place for things, I often get lazy and don’t put them back where they belong and that just makes things messy.
I realize that I save too much and I’m tired of moving messes from one room to the next so I have been in a clean out mode for the past week or two. I have gone through my closet and gathered enough clothes for one large trash bag to be taken to Goodwill. I am not completely Marie Kondo-ing my space, but is helpful for me to be asking myself things like “Do I actually love this?”, “Do I ever wear this?”, “When was the last time I used that?”, “Will I use it again?” “Have my kids outgrown that?” and as Marie Kondo asks “Does this bring me joy?”
The only thing that is going to make all of my spaces usable, organized and pretty is to get rid of a bunch of crap that we don’t need or use. I will try to stop telling myself things like “Maybe I will use that one day”, “Maybe I’ll find another use for that”, “Maybe this shirt or those pants will come back in style”, “Maybe I’ll fit in that again some day”, or “Maybe the kids would like to keep all of these toys from their childhood so they can have it for their kids”. All of those thoughts need to stay away or I will never get rid of things and my house will remain a disaster.
I need to clear out all of the clutter not just so that all of my space is usable and functional, but also so that I’m not embarrassed to have anyone go in any part of my home at any time. I have seen TV shows when someone famous surprises a fan at their home or comes to give them a makeover or the Publishers Clearing House just shows up at the door with a big check (not that any of this will happen to me), and every time I see that I think “I’m glad they didn’t come to my house because it is such a mess right now”. I want my home to be a simple, peaceful haven for myself and my family. If anyone wants to come visit in the near future, it will be guest ready. Amos Lee, if you want to come and surprise your biggest fan with a visit or if Publisher’s Clearing House wishes to give me some cash, I will be ready soon. Time to get rid of the mess! My goal is:
Pretty here, pretty there, I have no clutter anywhere!