Banishing Clutter

Clutter and I…we’re like this.

*fingers crossed*

Two peas in a pod. Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly.

I’m not a clutter hater. I can live with it for a short while until I reach my limit. At which point I clean Hyperbole and a Half style:

Then I wear myself out with the crazed cleaning and ignore the clutter until the cycle reaches melting point again. The problem with this method is that clutter multiplies like mad, especially in a home for a family of five. In order for the house and the people living in it to function properly, I have come to the conclusion that clutter is not helping the situation.

The problem is I don’t have an intense hatred for clutter. I don’t even have a mild dislike. We coexist. No biggie except this cannot continue. I found a blog post a couple weeks ago about monthly decluttering that inspired me to make some changes. Jamie at Steady Mom wrote this post making the case for monthly decluttering. Just one look at her pics was enough for me!

I found this inspiration and motivation mid-June. Rather than put it off until I had a full month to dedicate to the mission, I decided to tackle our school room first. Our homeschool group was having a used book sale and I had already begun going through all of our books.

I am so happy to report that my project is complete with two days to spare! Here are my before and after photos.

See the pile of things around the keyboard? It is previously decluttered stuff from other rooms. It needed to be donated, but sat there waiting for me to remember or have time to drop it off. And our school table was in sad shape before. Not only did I sort/purge/put away all that stuff, I also scrubbed a what felt like a school year’s worth of dried paint and glue sticks off.

This last pic shows the less dramatic changes, including the insides of the cabinets. I forgot to take a “before” picture prior to sorting the books for the book sale. I plan to slowly purge even more of the books as we read them.

The last look at the school room.

This is a good feeling, y’all. 

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7 responses to “Banishing Clutter

  1. GO you! I have still not cleaned out the school nook! I really really need to do this! Thanks for the push!

  2. Melissa Ibbotson

    Looks so good! I don’t think I’ve seen your school room look that good since I met you. 🙂

  3. Thank you! It remains to be seen if the room will remain this way. One thing I considered is during the next month, take a couple pics randomly WITHOUT cleaning up and post them.

  4. That looks AWESOME. Great job, T!

  5. Well, see, and here I was thinking your before pictures were the finished product, lol, and I was thinking “Go you! Looks great!” 😆 That is all perspective….. I have to spend a day and figure out what is going and where we are going to put stuff. We never have enough space, and we’re always gaining more books…. think we need to build some or something.

    ^5s!!

    • The books were our problem, too. We have so many and yet I realized the only books we were reading were from the library! Might as well let them worry about organizing them instead.

      Since I posted, I added two small baskets to the room. One is by the door for our library books that we have finished reading. And the other is by the cabinet with all of our story books for me to place the ones we aren’t keeping.

      Now the trick is going to be figuring out how to keep the room looking like that when we are using it every day. I think the secret lies in finishing up the other rooms first so that there is less to wander where it shouldn’t be.

      • *nods* For us, we have a lot of computer work, so everyone is literally all over the house with stuff. I have to get the math organized and really clean out what we’re not using. I have a whole shelf on my computer amoir that has stamps (like “good work” “way to go” and stuff like that) which are not used really at all. When we pitched the one matching bookshelf when we tried selling the house, I didn’t realize how much I was going to miss that space…..

        We ended up buying a lot of stock reading books (classics) because going to the library and finding books (and keeping them in good shape) was really becoming stressful. I think I need to expand into the dining room.

        In the meantime, we need to do some serious weeding out of materials, for sure. It’s just daunting, though- 8 completed years of things to sift through.

        And, now, I have a dining room full of fabric and sewing parts because I’m still fighting with my bobbin. I am really hoping to get time to finish most of that tomorrow, or at the very least determine if I need to send my machine out for servicing. I think that’s probably the big project on my plate right now.

        I’ll be interested to see how it sticks for you! 🙂

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