Could this year be the year you de-clutter and get organised?
Guest blog by Fiona Bennett from Mumtherapy.com
“I guess it’s that time of year when a good sort out is in order. You and your family have probably recently acquired a LOT of new stuff over Christmas. Toys, clothes, books etc. But where is it all going to go? How will you find the time, never mind the motivation to have a good sort out? Besides, how will you get your partner and kids to part with anything?
We have moved house four times in the last ten years and have been forced to have a good look at what we own, mainly because we didn’t want to have the hassle and expense of carting it all with us (packing it up and then unpacking it all again at the other end needlessly). Quite frankly we were horrified at the amount of stuff we’d acquired over the years. We’d gone through the process of getting rid of stuff each time, actually quite brutally each time too! Yet still we were obviously continuing to acquire stuff, too much stuff, because our house was still full. I reckon we actually used about 30% of what we owned and the rest just kind of loitered there like a polite but uninvited guest.
We’ve got twins, they’re eight now and my goodness how much stuff can children attract?! This together with what we mindlessly bring into the household because of external messages and internal yearnings can result in a whole load of belongings that, left unchecked just seem to reproduce spontaneously of their own accord. Just trying to keep a house tidy never mind clean with all of this in it is nigh on impossible and then trying to locate an item of said stuff is equally as impossible.
What we need is to OWN LESS STUFF!
My family started on this journey of simplifying a while ago and the benefits we’ve felt have been huge, I wish we’d done it much sooner.
Now we only own and wear our favourite clothes. The toys we have are loved and played with regularly, we only have a few ornaments and the ones we do have are special and have positive significance. We now value our space over stuff. Everything has a place, the house is easily tidied and the cleaning and dusting is so much easier now I don’t have to go around picking everything up beforehand. The kids find it much easier to keep their room tidy. My whole family are on board, husband and children; they (NOW) happily part with things and no longer want to keep hold of everything they own forever!
The most significant thing we’ve learned is to stop mindlessly accumulating stuff, instead of de-cluttering and then acquiring more. We now think twice about whether we really need all this stuff or whether we actually value the serene space more.
It’s particularly hard when you have little ones, the most helpful thing at this stage is to set up systems that keep everything organised, the ultimate one is everything having a place, it’s far more likely to be put away if it actually has a place to go and it’s less likely that every surface ends up covered in clutter.
We need to de-clutter, minimise, simplify, by going through a strategic, process of asking ourselves questions and making decisions. It’s actually very simple and very satisfying if done in the right way, it doesn’t need to be stressful or time consuming.
It helps to have some support in this process, whether it’s a family member, friend or professional.
I can help you to:
• De-clutter easily
• Simplify painlessly
• Take you step by step through organising your life