If you are in the middle of tackling the clutter in your home, it can seem like the end is way beyond your reach.
If you’re up to your elbows in “stuff” – take heart.
If you’re taking action, you’re making progress.
I was really thrilled to share my story over at Thrifty Frugal Mom. In telling my story, I realized that I’ve made a lot of progress. I don’t take enough time recognizing my progress and celebrating it. It’s too easy to just go on to the next “project.” We will never be done decluttering, but we’ve moved to maintenance mode with the clutter in our living areas.
So this is me, encouraging you to celebrate in the small or large progress you are making on YOUR decluttering journey.
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Hey Thrifty Frugal Mamas! I’m Angela from Setting My Intention and I’m excited to share four key questions to ask yourself while decluttering your home. These are questions that I’ve asked myself repeatedly (too many times to count) since I’ve been decluttering my home with focus for the past two years.
You might be thinking, “you’ve been decluttering your home for TWO years! Are you a hoarder or something?” Nope. I’m not a hoarder. We’re a pretty normal family of five with three growing sons with rapidly changing interests and hobbies.
My Clutter Story
We’re not huge consumers who buy lots of new things. We tend more to the side of accepting items given to us by well meaning friends and family because “that could come in handy someday.” If you’re frugal, you know what I’m talking about. People are going to throw away some “perfectly good (fill in the blank)” and you take it because you don’t want to see it end up in the landfill.
For us, this became a problem when my youngest son was born. There is a six year gap between our middle son and our youngest – we thought we were done with babies – so we had given everything baby related away. Then we were blessed with our youngest son.
We accepted all the baby things that my sister was done with: swings, exersaucers, bouncy chairs, clothes, toys, books – you name it we accepted it. My thought was – if we don’t use it, we’ll pass it along to someone who could.
The only problem was…I didn’t have a system in place of regularly decluttering our home. So things that were outgrown were stuffed in closets or put in the basement and the pile just kept growing…and growing…and growing. Add on to this, school papers, mail, presents, and the normal stuff that kids and adults bring in the house on a daily basis.
This stuff usually grows slowly and it’s easy to ignore. It can sometimes be referred to as “clutter creep.”
My Decluttering Story
For many years I just ignored the overflowing closets, the growing piles, and the out of hand basement. After all, there were meals to be made, clothes to be washed, children to play with, and jobs to go to. I conveniently turned a blind eye to all “the stuff.”
I finally started dealing with the clutter when my youngest went to a full day pre-K program when he was four years old. I suddenly had several hours on the two weekdays that I had off. I had grand ideas of volunteering my time or writing more – but I found myself spending a lot of time picking up, cleaning, and working through the mountain of laundry.
Things had to change.
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