The mini decluttering project for this week was our storage bench. I bought this several years ago to deal with the backpack clutter that takes over our “entryway”. We still haven’t established the habit of putting the backpacks in the storage bench during the week. The boys are usually doing homework in the evenings and have their backpacks sprawled across the living room floor.
I’ve come to accept that the backpacks won’t be neatly stored every night, but I do make the effort to remind them to store the backpacks away at the start of the weekend. Sometimes, the storage bench becomes a dumping ground for things I want out of site…which makes storing backpacks in them kind of difficult!
declutter your home: the Storage Bench Before
Here’s what the storage bench recently looked like:
Oh boy, like I said, we haven’t established the habit of putting backpacks away during the week…
The Decluttering Process
Everything that was on top was placed on the floor. Then I added to the pile and emptied the contents of the storage bench onto the floor. There were multiple empty shopping bags, books, notebooks, paper clutter and actual backpacks!
- The bags were folded and stored inside one larger bag in our entryway closet.
- The books were put away into the right bookshelves.
- Library books were returned.
- Papers were recycled or stored in our vertical file drawer.
Most of the paper pile was my middle son’s folders from the previous years’ school work. He wasn’t ready to recycle them at the end of the year in June. I made an executive decision to recycle them in September since we’re in a new school year and he hadn’t touched them all summer.
declutter your home: the Storage Bench After
This is what the storage bench should look like at the end of the week after all the backpacks are put away.
So much better! Clear surfaces and uncluttered space is so pivotal in keeping small entryways and small homes… Click To Tweet Along with our 5 minute pick ups, this is another area that will go on our weekly areas to tidy up. This probably took me about 15 minutes at the most and I did it by myself.
To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been doing much in the basement. Our weekends have been busy and I’ve started reading novels again in my spare time. I read 2 novels in one weekend! Has anyone read The House Girl or The Rosie Project? It’s been wonderfully engrossing…but taking some of the momentum away from the basement!
My husband has been pretty active down there. We rearranged some of the “stations” in the basement and he’s been sorting through all the tools and grouping them in a way that makes sense to him. I promise a photo next time!
Have you done a mini decluttering project this week? What distracts you from decluttering?
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