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I am so sick and tired of living in an untidy, cluttered home. Admittedly a lot of the clutter is mine, but 5 kids worth of stuff doesn't help either.<br><br>
We only have a small house - 3 beds, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and lounge.<br><br>
My main clutter problems are:<br><br>
books - some fiction but lots of non fiction (1 bookcase just for crafts, 1 bookcase just for cookery, pregnancy/baby, complementary therapy)<br><br>
magazines - 100s of craft magazines for knitting, xstitch (some going back 10yrs!) and general crafts<br><br>
craft stuff - knitting, sewing, xstitch, cardmaking<br><br>
clothes - kids clothes from 10y to baby (still have some of my 10yo DD baby clothes when my youngest 3 are all boys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> ) all kept hold of for if I have another baby<br><br>
toys - loads and loads of mainly plastic rubbish - again with loads of stuff kept to be passed down to younger siblings<br><br>
HELP!<br><br>
Like the kids I have so much craft stuff its overwhelming and so I rarely use it. I spend more time thinking about projects than actually getting on and doing them. Plus the house is so messy and cluttered I feel guilty for doing anything crafty cos I think I should be spending the time sorting the house out instead.<br><br>
I have no idea which are the best types of toys to keep for the kids, I'd love to have things to encourage them to play nicely together. I have DD 10y, DD 8y, DS 6y, DS 3y and DS 10m.<br><br>
I have no idea where or how to start - all advice appreciated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ha ha ha I am your long lost American sister <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have 4 children+1 DH and almost the same sized house. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath a laundry room, living room and a kitchen.<br><br>
We all have too much stuff. I too have things from my first child, but we are all finished having babies, so it won't get any use here. I find it's just hard to let things go.<br><br>
I have signed up for flylady (again) today we'll see how that goes... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">:<br><br>
I'm subbing anyhow, I'm looking for help too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Me too!<br>
We have the same size house and only 1 baby.<br>
I've been decluttering for 9 mos now and have made some progress. I feel that the only way that I can get a hold on the house is to get rid of stuff.<br>
Our worse room is the most daunting... the guest bedroom/office/music room. So much crap in there I don't even know where to begin.<br>
DH says the only solution is moving (ha ha). He likes to collect stuff.<br>
I am saving all the baby gear and the best of the outgrown infant clothing in case we decide to have another.
 

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Start slowly. Give yourself time. Over time, you'll see an improvement. I'd start with something simple like the cookbooks. Do you really need that many? Most recipes, you can get off the internet now-adays. so, I got rid of most of mine, but my favorites. I got rid of ALOT of books too, b/c I'll just go to the library if I really want to read them again. (and I donate them, so I know they're there!) I keep only the ones I really love or reference alot. To me, that'd be the easiest place to start. and then go from there! I also got ruthless with my crafts stuff. In 6 years, I've never really needed most of it, so I got rid of most of it. Just kept the stuff that I realistically think I'll use one day. Good luck! Have fun with it! Just think... the stuff you give away can actually be used and enjoyed by someone else.
 

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My first suggestion is to live by this motto:<br><br><b>If it takes less than three minutes, do it now.</b><br><br>
For me, that means putting things away where they go the first time, cleaning it now not later, etc etc.<br><br>
And start getting rid of things. You don't have declutter everything at once. Just start somewhere. Start with the obvious stuff you don't want and go from there.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Along with if it takes less than 3 minutes do it immediately I would add:<br><br>
No wasted trips. If you're walking to the mailbox, pick up the newspapers or the pot plant someone knocked over on the way.<br><br>
No wasted time. If you're waiting for the water to boil for pasta, start unloading the dishwasher. Wipe off the fridge front.<br><br>
Don't even bring junk mail inside if you can avoid it.<br><br>
If you can get hold of it read the article by Michell Hermann in the January, 2007 issue of Oprah Magazine, a cautionary tale if there ever was one.
 
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