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[BLOOM] Decluttering Our Home

So I’ve been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I’m extremely eager to get started decluttering my own home. Before A was born we did some frantic rushing around the house and the result was transferring all of the junk in our storage room turned master bedroom to the basement. It is like a box maze down there — when my mom and her partner were here, Eric literally coughed and a pile of cardboard toppled down. Add in an overstuffed, small master bedroom closet, eighty million preschooler toys that doubled between a birthday and Christmas, and all of the stuff that we just never got around to unpacking the first time we frantically renovated prior to having a kid, and it’s just too, too much.

One of the things in the book that resonated was the fact that physically clearing unwanted items away, and organizing the rest, makes room for the life you actually want. I find that I spend a lot of time in our bedroom feeling peaceful, because we haven’t had the chance to put anything in there yet so it isn’t too overstuffed, so I can see how that works!

And, I often am doing the same tasks over and over, without getting anywhere — when I clean I just stuff things in different places, because we actually don’t have any organizational systems set up. There’s too much stuff, and not enough places to put it. Matt finally realized that and agreed with me after he had to bring everything downstairs in November, so he’s on board with thinning our belongings; a huge boon to actually achieving it.

I’m not sure if the actual KonMari mechanisms will work for me — I’m waiting ’till M goes back to preschool to see if I can tackle the closet with only ONE kid needing me during the day, not two — but my end goal is to seriously, ruthlessly get rid of stuff so that when we’re together as a family, or having individual time, we can just focus on what is fun and good and useful instead of the weight of things.

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4 Responses
  • Erin
    January 9, 2017

    This is my goal this year too for the same reasons! With a soon-to-be 3 year old and a 6 month old, I’m in a similar boat as you, so I am hoping to find the time between now and summer to thin things out drastically.

    • Shayla
      January 10, 2017

      Good luck with it! I feel better already with what we’ve purged and it’s only four bags’ worth.

  • Liz
    January 9, 2017

    It really is a challenge to declutter with a little one running around and wreaking havoc, but once you get going, you will feel lighter. It is indeed a burden to be surrounded by things that don’t bring you joy, and letting them go is freeing. I hope you find some time soon to accomplish your goals and start tackling the closet!

    • Shayla
      January 10, 2017

      I have M into the idea of “keep or throw out” now, at least!

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