Category Archives: Household

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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Procrastination is my middle name

And I’d rather it not be.  So tonight I took care of a ton of paperwork and re-organization of stuff for the nonprofits who get a lot of my volunteer time.  I have too many kids and not enough time to not keep this stuff organized.  I have made a big mess on the floor around my desk, but I have a lot of stuff trashed and filed in addition to my sorted piles around me.

Looking forward to having this long overdue “to do” D-O-N-E.

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New Floor!

We have officially recovered from the flood incident. Papa llama and I spent Saturday and Sunday completing the floor replacement in our bedroom.  And, nightmare that it was, we are actually thankful for the flood.  It forced our hand on finishing this never-ending project.  We were talking about it as we neared the finish line, and this project was so discouraging.  We had installed similar laminate flooring in our previous house and it was time consuming, but not difficult at all.  Even though it was laminate, it was a different brand and was very difficult to install due to poor engineering.   Nevertheless, we are so thankful it is completed.  This weekend we will put the baseboards, trim, and closet doors back on and the room will be completely done!

I made a 29 second slideshow of our progress.   We are so happy with the end result.  I rearranged some furniture.  My husband doesn’t know it yet, but I am turning part of it into a sewing corner.  Co-sleeping all these years with our little llamas kept me from using the space for my projects.  Looking forward to having a dedicated space for it!

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