Declutter Your Home is a series of mini decluttering projects while we continue decluttering our major project, our basement. This weeks mini decluttering project was our “off-limits” shelf and part of our kitchen counter.
The “Off-Limits” Shelf
We started calling this the “off-limits” shelf when the boys were toddlers. This was the place we put anything that was dangerous or “off-limits” to them. They couldn’t reach it but we could easily get to it if needed.
This shelf and the part of the kitchen counter that isn’t used for food prep, has become the dumping ground, as most flat surfaces eventually become in our home. Whenever the boys are asked to clear the table before dinner, they usually end up sticking anything left on the table here.
The papers, receipts, chargers, small toys, cleaning supplies, random smaller items find their resting spot here. This is one of our “hot spots” that needs constant attention or else it becomes…like this, or worse.
I have mentioned how we have more than enough pens from all the free things we have picked up in the past. The majority of the pens and markers have a home in a plastic drawer organizer, next to our unfancy command center. If we’re not mindful, however, this area becomes a graveyard of pens and wires.
The questions and statements I’m using to declutter are:
- Can I throw this away?
- No, really, do I need to keep this?
- If yes, then find a home for it – immediately! Do not put it in the box and tell yourself you will “sort it later” Angela. Sort it now! Anyone else have boxes of things around the house that need to be sorted?
Ahhh…so much better. It really does make a difference not having the dish dryer rack up on the counter all of the time. I may eventually find a place for these items that I have on the counter now, but for now they feel essential to keep in this place.
This project took me less than 15 minutes.
One of the things I’ve noticed while spending time in the basement is the large amount of art work being shoved into corners. I was sharing with my husband that it felt wrong to have these pieces down there gathering dust. One of the tenets of minimalism that I love is: if it’s worth keeping then show it, don’t store it. He agrees with me.
We are talking about a few ideas to get the art work out of the basement and into homes that will appreciate them. Etsy shop? Massive giveaway with local friends and neighbors? Donating them to local fundraising auctions?
What are your “hot spots”? Can you spend 15 minutes today clearing that space?
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