I took a proberbial "page from a family member's book" --- if something hasn't been used &/or enjoyed within the past year, it goes out of our home --- the exception of things belonging to our grown children. Slowly we are getting those things into their right homes! It is hard when those "right homes" are states away & mostly we do our back & forth visiting by air.
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I am slowly working on this because it's creeping into my life and driving me bonkers. I plan to hit the storage room very shortly because I can't even walk in there. I needed a container for my nephew, didn't have time to deal with the stuff I took out of the container, so it's scattered on the floor. It's the first thing people see when they come into my apt, so I am going to focus on getting that clean and organized first.
I did take a pile of stuff to the local thrift store and other stuff hit the garbage (as it was badly damaged). It's getting there slowly.
I wear the same clothes year round, so I don't have anything to put up for the different seasons. Even when I had money, I had no real interest in clothes, drove some of my friends crazy. haha!! Winter is still hanging on that far south, wow. It's sure been a long winter, especially in areas that don't have much cold to begin with, in the winter. Up here in northern BC it's down to -10C at night, we are still getting spring snow (snow that doesn't really stick, just blows around) and the river is still frozen. I did though manage to open up the window on Sunday and let some air come in, which sure was good. :)
I am working on actually putting away my winter stuff this week since I never really put it up, it has been sitting out and so now I have to put all of this stuff in bags and pull out the summer stuff. Of course since it is still trying to hold onto winter even in Atlanta, I am going to hold on to a week's worth of sweaters. YUK!
That's a really good start, good for you on taking that first step. When it's that overwhelming it's best to take one step at a time, then later, you look back and go 'wow, here I am, I'm really doing awesome, did I ever do good work." You will get there. :)
I have to agree that clutter leads to disorganization with your life to include your finances. Right now my whole life is out of control and it shows with my weight and fiances. But I have taken a step forward and have cleaned out two very messy places and have another 6 to go before I feel like I have made progress. I used to be healthier, happier and financially more stable.
I don't have many possessions because of living poor for many years. It surprises me how quickly though it can build up, even with little stuff. One area I do need to go through are some boxes I've put into the closet when I moved. I've also cut down my library, given many books away - many I inherited from my grandfather. I've read them and it was time to move them on.
How is everyone doing with this goal? I admit that I'm sitting in a mess, so tomorrow is D-day, or shall I say cleaning day. My energy level is increasing, so it's time to hit the apt and start cleaning.
I've heard of the book and people I know who read it, really liked the humour. It's hard to stay healty when you are dealing with clutter and chaos. It doesn't mean that the home has to be spotless, it simply means that you are not in a state of stress over not finding things, not knowing where bills are, not having to wade through garbage to get to the kitchen Ė so instead you run out and buy quick premade food. Itís also each individual, what is clutter to them . I know myself, when Iím feeling really stressed out, cleaning helps to move through the energy. I also know that if Iím feeling overwhelmed, I sit down and escape through movies, allowing it to pile around me. Or if I feel I have no control in my life, I will scrub down to the last bit of dust with a toothbrush, in attempt to gain control. I find it really interesting.
I recently read a book called Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? that suggests a correlation between the clutter in our lives and weight gain. The author maintains that in many cases the two are related and that by reducing our clutter and getting organized we have a much better chance of getting physically healthy as well. It was interesting.
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Mind the Gap! between what we know we should do and what we actually choose to do.
One goal that was created by members was decluttering the home weekly. The reasons that members asked for this goal was that many found that budgets and bills were being lost in piles of clutter. It's often true, our home reflects the chaos we experience, therefore, if we clean up our homes, organize and sort things out, we can track our money easier.
Let's use this board to share tips and ideas on organization along with tips on decluttering a home. Some folks use this time to put together items for sale, making a little money through cleaning. Other folks use it to organize books and reciepts, while others use it to organize meals and daily schedule. Whatever your reason, let's work together as a team to clean up and organzie our homes.
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