Fair warning, the title is deceiving.
When we were building our house I heard so many times that we needed lots of closet space. I even remember My father-in-law saying a family needs about 600 sf of living space and 3000 sf of storage! So, I made sure we have lots of closets! After all, this is THE house – built on family land – it’s ours to keep and take care of forever – no “in our next home” here.
As is turns out, though, I’m a pack rat – and I came up with this master plan to de-clutter this home over time – because I’m very short on that always. I decided to give myself approximately one week per room (depending on the room) – a few minutes here and there to go through everything, clean and purge. Then on Saturdays I’d take everything I’ve gathered and donate it to a local charity that helps women in abusive situtations. Sounds good doesn’t it. I even got my home binder out (which is really a skeleton of a home binder) and wrote out most everything I wanted to accomplish in each room – that way I could check it off because who doesn’t love checking things off a to do list?!?!
Guess how much I’ve got done? I dusted the master bedroom and donated some clothes that I had already gathered – it’s been a month. I was hoping to have about four rooms done.
Also, as it turns, the planning actually wore me out – the thought of everything I’d have to actually do in the midst of all the other day to day obligations like work and laundry was a bit overwhelming. So, I’m taking it easy and choosing not be beat myself up over a timeline. Sure, I still want to do it and I will … sometime. I’m taking everything I do one step at a time – asking my Heavenly Father for help in it all – even cleaning my house.
How do you handle it all? Work, Meaningful Family Time, Laundry …