Hey everyone, Krista again. I know there are a lot of people snowed in still, but it has been pretty warm out here in the western desert. My irises are even starting to poke their little green leaves toward all that sunshine. Having spent the last few months mostly inside with my kids and everything we own has me ready to get rid of some things. Ok, a lot of things. I wish I could just get rid of it all and start over. But, since that’s not actually an option, I’ll stick with decluttering. With the influx of stuff from Christmas celebrations, our anniversary and my middle buddy boy’s birthday, we are getting a little crowded over here.
I don’t often have a lot of time to spend on deep cleaning because my kids are young enough they are still pretty needy. And they are messy, there is definitely such a thing as “too quiet”, it usually means a toilet is overflowing, or maybe someone is drawing on the walls. In any case, I have my work cut out for me. I have to cut things down and pick one or two areas and focus on that. Sure, there are piles of dishes all over the kitchen and dining room, BUT the laundry is mostly done and everyone can wear clean clothes tomorrow. If I can get even just one little area crossed off my list each day, that is a major accomplishment.
Do you ever get overwhelmed with the cleaning to-do list? I definitely do. So, I broke my home into rooms and then I broke those rooms into areas. These are the things that often get overlooked or passed over and called good enough. Now, when I (think) I have ten minutes, I can find a task that will take about that long and actually get something accomplished.
I hate leaving a cleaning task half-finished because you usually have to make a bigger mess before it starts to be clean and then it’s just worse than if I’d never even bothered. So, that’s my goal, one area at a time. I’m sure, by the time I get to the bottom of the list, I’ll need to start all over again and my house will probably never be completely clean at a single time. But, that’s alright because there is more to my life than cleaning and sometimes it’s the small victories that count.
I’ve pretty much come to the realization that until my home is no longer full of little boys, there will always be a certain level of chaos present. And I happen to like having a house full of little boys, even if they are messy. Someday, I’ll miss this. Or so I’m told… Would you like to declutter your home?
Maybe you’ll be able to conquer the whole list in just a few days. Maybe not. For me, it’s a place to start when I feel like I’m being overtaken and don’t know where to begin. Do you have any decluttering secrets? Please share! This girl can use all the help she can get! Until next month…
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