Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Motivation #10

Every year in January I start to think about clutter.  It just seems to happen each year after Christmas as we put away our new gifts.  I have found January is the best time of the year to clean out drawers and cabinets and toy boxes.  For our family, January is a quieter month with fewer things going on.  The calendar lends itself to some free time and I like to use that time to get organized in any way I can. 

On that note, today's Monday Motivation is SPEND 30 MINUTES DE-CLUTTERING ONE AREA OF YOUR HOME.

The reason I say 30 minutes (and I want you to use a timer here!) is that we women are prone to dragging out all kinds of stuff and spending an entire day de-cluttering.  You know how it thing leads to another and the next thing you know the whole house is turned upside down.  While you may have a lot of areas (drawers, closets, cabinets, etc.) that need de-cluttering you probably have other things you are responsible for, like your children!  We still need to care for our families today and fix dinner and do laundry and so forth so we are ONLY spending 30 minutes on this.  You will be surprised at what you will accomplish if you set your timer and work on this for a focused amount of time.  Just pick one area, set the timer and get to work.  I recommend having a trash bag with you and some other kind of container for things you are going to give away.  If you have a lot of places in your home you want to de-clutter, do this every day this week for 30 minutes.  At the end of the week you will have spent 2 1/2 hours decluttering. 

Clutter can steal our peace and joy.  It does for me.  But when things are cleaned and organized and you can find the things you need the house seems to say, "ahhhhh".  I find children play better when they have fewer things to choose from so clean out the toy boxes and throw away broken toys  and give away the toys they no longer play with or the toys they have too many of.  Or spend 30 minutes on your closet and clean out the clothes that don't fit you anymore or the ones you never wear or have gone out of style.  With each bag of clutter you carry out of your home you will feel better.  It is so much easier keeping a home clean when you eliminate all the "stuff".  The less stuff you have the less time you spend organizing it, cleaning it, arranging it, and storing it.  Get rid of as much clutter as you can and you will find cleaning the house is easier.  Start with one drawer in your dresser or one cabinet in the kitchen and do a little at a time.  You will love the results!


Feel free to comment here if you want to brag about your accomplishments!  I'd love to hear of your success!!

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