Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On A Quest To Simplify
For some time now it has been in my head and on my heart to step back and simplify things around here. I think this plays right into the word that I chose for myself this year; BALANCE. I think these two go hand in hand.
I feel like some days I have so much internal "clutter" because there is lots of external clutter. Now, I don't stress as much (emphasis on as much) about the house being as clean as I used to. There is always glue, glitter and paint remnants around here and you better believe that the floors are covered in toys. With that said, though, I feel like there are certain aspects of our lives that could use some simplifying and more organization, which in turn will help to restore more balance around here. Catch my drift?
I don't know about you, but I know I breathe easier when I feel like everything has a place and there is order to most things. If I don't stay on top of things then all chaos ensues and I forget things! Seriously.....if I don't write it down it's not happening. Like forgetting to pay bills...oops!
I went through my house and realized that the main problems I have are keeping our closets organized. Sure...I go through them every few months ,but I have yet to come up with something that just works. I don't want to do a major overhaul every few months. I want something that is going to stay organized and work easy. So, that made me realize we have TOO MUCH STUFF. Really, it is a bit excessive. Why do I keep some of the things that I do? Borderline hoarder, maybe?
The worst by far, though, is the complete lack of organization when it comes to my hall closet which I basically just open and toss things in....for real. If I can't see it, it isn't there, right?!
The other day I started the process of going through it and you won't believe some of the things I have been finding. Christmas presents from LAST year that I never wrapped and gave out. Oops! Restaurant.com gift certificates never used (looks like we will be going out!). So many papers to be shredded or filed. Side note.......I have broken every shredder I have ever owned. Really! I don't know how I do it, but I do. So, I have taken to saving up LOTS of things to shred and then I burn them (legally, of course!).
I have made it a goal of mine to go through this house room by room, top to bottom and get some major cleaning and purging done. I have slowly started the process and have no end date in mind, because, let's be honest, I can be a procrastinator. I am pretty excited about the progress I have made so far, and some of things I found that I forgot I even had!!
I have gotten rid of (sold and donated) so much stuff already and it feels so good!
My goal is to get rid of at least one bag/box of "stuff" every two weeks. Pretty hefty goal, right? I really think I can do it because it is amazing how much stuff a family of four can amass. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty and ashamed.
I hope to keep you all updated on some of the organization projects going on around here and if I can manage to stick to my goal.