• Family, Stress 19.09.2009

    Well it has been a busy month so far. Back to school, college and university for four occupants and a new degree course for me has meant a lot of time spent shopping, sorting, driving and working so I have decided now is the time for a major clutter sort out.

     I really need some more space in the study so that I can work whenever I get some time so that will be my number one priority, the kitchen is okay for now as it is quite new but the kids lounge and all the bedrooms could do with some attention so they will be tackled one at a time once the study is sorted. The garage also needs major de-cluttering but I hope that task will fall to my husband!

     We are major hoarders in this house so not only will we have to let go of some things which are rubbish but also those things which one day may come in useful and those which conjure up memories when we look at them. A lot of the children’s old stuff falls into that last category but as three of them are now grown up I am going to be strict with myself.

     Clutter not only looks untidy and makes it difficult to clean but it causes emotional stress too. It is frustrating to have to search every time you need something. I know it will take time to get the clutter under control but I also know it has to be done. So I am going to make a start by clearing the pile of papers on the right hand side of my computer. I knocked my coffee all over them this morning so they are slightly damp and have to be sorted NOW.

     If you have any tips or strategies to help me I will be grateful to hear them. I will keep you posted as I go.

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    Posted by Catherine @ 12:41 pm

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    • Hi Catherine 🙂

      I also have the same problem, I heard of a website once called flylady.com and you can subscribe to their tips and tricks which are handy.

      They advise the best way to declutter is to get containers, one for give away, one for throw away and one for put away.

      Take these containers into the room, set a timer and start at the left of the door working clockwise around the room. Don’t miss a spot, don’t pull more out than you have time to put away/get rid of and just get on with it!

      It was really great advice which helped me, and it is an excellent website, here is the article on decluttering, you will need to read it as I have only picked a bit out and all the good advice is on the page!:

      http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_Declutter.asp

      Good luck and enjoy!

      Abby.

    • Hmmm, I get stressed about the many “piles of crap” around our house. Every now and again I amalgamate them into just 1 “pile of crap” and try to sort through it a bit. Now I’ve introduced a “basket of crap” so it doesn’t look as ugly. At least we know where all the stuff is, if we actually need it. In theory, we are going to sort through when we get to the stage where the basket of crap runneth over, however I may just have to get a second basket of crap.I’m sure I have not been very much help here, but baskets do look better than piles.

    • Wow, you sound so much like me that I had to shake myself to realise I wasn’t reading my own comments!! My house desperately needs de-cluttering – I don’t think I lack any strategies for it just TIME! After that good storage is the other key – even when I de-clutter it can still look messy coz things don’t have proper homes! I have a great book from the “Life Laundry” series which has loads of ideas/tips in – you may be able to find it in your library (or get them to buy it for you!).

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