Getting rid of clutter is the quest that I am on lately to re-organize my life and bring some much needed zen to this humble abode. As you can see from the picture below I am in need of some much needed de-cluttering. That's my table out in the patio which Is the side room where my son and I do most of his homeschooling in the daytime. My three other boys are now in regular school and I really need to get this room organized.
Than hopefully keep it that way.
We use this room for everything, family bible studies, art, even for guests to eat at when they want to get in the pool during summer. Having this room this way and looking like this has really been bothering me lately and I have to get it under control. I'm that person that hates to fold clothes, and just the sight of paper pile up causes me anxiety yet I can't seem to get it under control.
My husband and I have to much stuff in the closet I can hardly walk through it and just the thought of start of doing my closet is overwhelming. ;-(
My only worry is that once it's organized, I don't want to go back to the my same old pattern of not keeping it up.
So for the past month, I have been on this de-clutter mission to get rid of clutter in my home and I think I am doing a good job so far. I have been going from room to room closet by closet first and getting rid of clutter and children's things.
Minimizing and cutting back is what I'm after and trying to find balance is my ultimate end goal.
Yes, so developing HABITS is the key…
However, I will have to say even for us clutter head's it might be a sign of creative genius -;) Well even Einstein once thought it.
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” -Albert Einstein
I will have to say that organizing your home and getting rid of clutter when you really never took the time to make it organized. Can be a challenge. When you first start can be time consuming and if your really not a neat freak like me it does take a little bit of a push to get going .
However, once I'm complete with my project I hope to keep up with it!
That is why when I watched doctor oz the other day there was a really great section on it that spoke about de-cluttering and simple steps to help you keep your home de-cluttered and free of mess.
A few of those steps included:
- Getting the kids to help out with the clean up process – my boys are spoiled I have to say. The younger ones at least I tend to clean up after them way too much. However, they do know how to cook. If that's says anything. I believe in teaching young ones to cook early on.
- Chose a Disorder Zone – Chose a zone that is okay to be out of order each day and not worry too much about picking it up right away and stressing out about it. However the others ones do pick up.
- Spend 10 min each day picking up stuff, organizing things, putting things away. I love this step and already started applying it in my home. I even went a litter further and now I spend 10 minutes three times each day through out the day when I can and pick up things.
- Use a Shredder to help get rid of that paper each day and keep a throw away basket like this heavy duty paper shredder with pullout basket to help with keeping the paper at bay!
I'm totally on a mission to get this patio in tip top shape along with other areas for home, I'll keep you updated so stay tuned. -;)