I am committed to a weekly clean sweep of excess clutter. It's addicting! My formerly messy, cluttered, ugly house is on it's way to becoming comfortable, beautiful, and functional.
I no longer feel like I need a bigger house. 1100 sq ft feels perfect now for the six of us. I could go even smaller...but now I'm finally content.
I can tell you one of the greatest feelings in the world is loading up a truckload of useless stuff and watching it go away... forever. And seeing the delightful, empty spaces where it used to be.
One thing I still have to work on is letting go of things with some sentimental value. I don't care but I don't want to hurt the feelings of the giver. I also need to work on DH. His man lair in the basement is full of useless crap -- old HTML books, stuffed monkeys, Pillsbury Dough Boy cookie jars, old ticket stubs, about three dozen baseball caps, a box of old computer cables ... just CRAP! I hate it. To me, it makes the space unusable because I don't want to ever go down there and therefore it subtracts from our available square footage. What a waste!
Also, I'm finding that decorating our small house is making me like it much more. In the past year or so, we've painted all the rooms and now we're hanging up pictures and decorations to add the finishing touches. We bought a new couch (our stained and worn out old couch really bothered me), and that's also made a big difference. It's amazing what a little decorating can do!
Book-lovin', relaxed homeschoolin', dog snugglin' mom of the best kid EVER! AND...waiting for baby #2, due 5/9/14!
Ugh, all of the mushroom stuff that dh inherited from his step father's mother. Yes, he likes mushrooms, but what good does it do us to have orange and brown mushroom themed containers, teapot and such on shelves that could be used for toy storage? They do not serve any purpose or enhance the beauty of our home. Another plus to making the attic livable is at least banishing the mushroom stuff to a dh area in the attic, if not getting rid of it...
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The one room I am going to put focus on is the master bedroom. It is usually the one I never get to and becomes the catch all for everything. I want it to be my beautiful retreat from a hard day. One thing I am finding works for me right now while I begin is to start tossing things from the floor onto the bed. Makes me actually put them away so I can sleep at night, though I have to be careful, if I put too much up there I just push it back on the floor, so it is a balance. I have also been sorting laundry for keep or good will as it comes out of the dryer. I just took 2 green garbage bags out to the van tongiht for goodwill. It's not going quickly, but I have decided to think of it like losing weight. It didn't gather this clutter and my habits overnight, it's not going to be fixed overnight either. (especially as a singel homsechooling momma of 4, I only have so much energy and time in a day)
It's so freeing.
DP has gotten into it lately, too, which is awesome.
I've been paring down my stuff, but I don't feel right making decisions about his belongings.
We have an entire room that's been piled up with boxes and random stuff since we moved into this house. DS is getting to an age where he should have his own space (we cosleep, and his clothes are in our room) so our goal is to hoe out all that junk and set it up as a bedroom. A clean, organized bedroom you can simply walk through without having to step over/around things.
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This is so so true. Its funny - but after I started Decluttering and actually giving myself permission to let go of "my things" ... I "saw" stuff in my house that I needed to get rid of that I wouldn't have even considered getting rid of before... infact I don't think I was even seeing it! Now I Look for stuff to get rid of!
Someone posted in another thread their best advice is stop shuffling your stuff and piles around -- get rid of it!!
Katie, mama to Katherine 19, Christian 17, Johannah 15, Nicholas 10, Genevieve 8, Matthew 5, Andrew 11/16/09 10#6oz home waterbirth and madly in love with my husband, Scott
Though we have a ways to go, as I'm just not an organized person, I've really made a difference. I've de-cluttered quite a bit of stuff (every month, I donate to a charity drive that comes around) and really taken a load of my mind. My husband has been working on getting rid of everything possible from the basement and if we have a girl this time around, we're getting rid of all our son's baby clothes (I have them in totes in the basement.)
Every once in a while, we make sure to clean up our son's room as well and get rid of things he doesn't bother with. It can be seen from the front hall, so it needs it!
My tips? Clean up every few hours. Try to keep up with the dishes. When your counter is clean, the house feels cleaner. Don't hide clutter. I feel so much better now that the basement has been taken care of. Get rid of anything you don't need (still working on that one myself.)
wife to wonderful mama of three-DS1 born December 30, 2005 and DS2 born September 27, 2008 and one lovely little girl born September 7, 2011
There's three of us living in a small (read no separate kitchen, no hallway, no entrance to speak of except for a door) one bedroom apartment, and I just can't bear the look of it anymore. We have very little money now, and in the past we've had zero money, so almost all our furniture is either stuff we've been given by my parents, or my husband has taken from the curb. Not a lot anyway, there's only that much you can fit in here. I've started decluttering areas of the apartment, and the most amazing thing I've noticed is: We can actually make this work. As so many have said here in this thread, the size of our apartment is just an excuse. We might be able to move soon, but I really want to get this under control before we leave here: I know now that I just need to change my attitude, and if I don't do that now and here, there won't be any better reason for me to do it elsewhere.
I'm sure if we had had another bedroom, that office would still be here dragging me down. It is possible everyone! All that stuff you think you need - you really don't need it. We now have one corner armoire for the computer and related stuff that now lives in the family room. We moved the filing cabinet and the pinball machine (cough!) to the garage. We got rid of a couple big desks. I sold a very pretty rug on Craigslist (because there was nowhere else for it to go). Um... I can't even remember what else was in there! Now it is a beautiful and spacious girls' room. Yay!
We had two garage sales during that year and at both people asked if we were moving because we had so much stuff. We also did a lot of Goodwill runs. It has totally paid off and what used to be my least favorite room is now my favorite room in the house!
I know exactly how you feel. My family of five are in a two bedroom two bath apartment. Our place doesn't have a laundry area either. Our washer and dryer are in the kitchen. I suffer with Bi polar disorder and it's really hard to deal with all this stuff and I rarely have help from the fam. I am also a caregiver for my sister who is special needs. I have to clean for her as well. I'm hoping we can move soon. It's really hard to find a nice place with the amount of space we need for an affordable price. I'm so stressed out. But what can you do?