It’s getting to be about that time again… The time where I get rid of a bunch of stuff because I can’t keep my house clean. It’s honestly been about 2 years since I last did that, so it’s really not surprising that I need to do it again.
There are probably many ways that you can keep up with it, so you don’t have to do a big purge every year or so but when you have a baby you kinda throw all your routine and habits to the wind and enter into survival mode. And that’s usually when things pile up for me.
People give us clothes for the kids, and instead of switching them out it’s added to what they already have. I’m always telling myself I’ll get to it once I get another area clean, and it never happens because I can never quite get that one area clean. So all the other areas go neglected and get piled up until it’s a chaotic mess.
In Western Culture, we honestly just have too much stuff. My mom was saying that when she was young you didn’t have a lot of stuff if you were poor, but now there’s so much plastic and cheap junk that anyone’s house can be overrun with clutter.
I even read an article about a study that said if children have too many toys, it overwhelmes them and slows down their imagination and learning. Especially if the toy is a character from something and they’re not using their imaginations to create a character/story.
I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying up by Marie Kondo, and I really do recommend it! She says to start with your own personal belongings when you start purging. So this time around I’ve decided to apply that and tackle the area that brings me the most stress. Which is laundry.
I used to only have to do about 3-4 loads to have all our laundry clean. But now we’re back up to about 8 or so. Which is ridiculous… Yes, we’ve added another person into our family. But that’s still no excuse for being a slave to the constant mountain of laundry.
If you can never seem to get your house clean or your laundry done, then it’s time to get rid of stuff.
Not only will it feel relieving, it’ll make your house so much more manageable and it’ll free you up to have more time to do the things you love. More time to spend with your spouse, your children, your family in general.
It’ll also help your children to learn how to pick up after themselves. Whenever my oldest who’s 3½ has too many toys, he’s overwhelmed and can’t manage to clean his room without me pointing everything out and telling him where it goes. It’s usually just easier to do it myself while he wonders around the room and plays. But that’s not teaching him anything, other than “mommy will clean up all your messes.”
Whenever I first purged all our stuff, it really only took me 20-30 minutes to clean the whole house. And most of the was just washing dishes, sweeping, and vacuuming.
I have quite a few goals for this new year, resolutions if you will. And getting my house under control is definitely a big one!
There’s so many resources out there to help you get to a more minimalist lifestyle. You won’t regret it, and you’ll never complain about needing more to pick up and clean. Trust me. 😉
Less is more! You’ll have more time, more energy, more peace, more patience, more joy. 🧡
I’m going to go through the process of eliminating clutter, and I’ll share with you the steps I take one room at a time.