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Clutter Management

I hate clutter and we have it! At night I run around picking things up, putting things away, and as soon as I feel like everything is somewhat under control, we get mail with magazines, other toys pulled out for Q, pots, pans, and food hauled out to start dinner and in under 30 minutes it doesn’t look like I did anything.

While doing some research I found some sites to help declutter your life. That was when I realized that we definitely have acquired more stuff than we need. I really love to organize, but there has not been enough organizing time and we’ve accumulated even more now that we have Q so our home is just cluttered.

We started this decluttering project in our laundry room since it’s also a mud room that collects numerous un-laundry type objects. First, I trashed the junk and took out everything that needed to be deposited to another room like the garage, shop, or basement.

That cleared out quite a bit before I made piles to recycle or donate. Strong cleaners for tools, pet brushes, and dog shampoo all went to the garage, paint supplies under the stairs, etc. All of that and more is just from our laundry room which needs more room for baby detergent and stain remover for Q.

Items that stayed were reorganized. More convenient space was made available for actual laundry items. I can now reach the extra detergent without standing on my tippy toes. It’s the little things.

If you end up with piles to get rid of actually TAKE the items to donate, recycle, trash or wherever. Don’t leave them around your house! Otherwise, if you’re like me, you’ll second guess yourself whether you need it or not and keep it which defeats the purpose. The first decision is usually the best.

So as of now the laundry room is the only room I’ve had time to make it mostly through and it’s already accumulating other junk so I’m working to keep it clutter free. It’ll take some time to go through the whole house but you just need to start somewhere. I am really looking forward to the end result!

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