We’re enveloped again by a new year, and yet we’re enveloped still by the old stuff. Kitchen rags abound, and we have so many articles of clothing that would be appropriate during an archaeological dig in Egypt but not here, at home or in the office during 9-5. The question isn’t, “When does the vicious cycle cease,” because that answer is simple. If you’d like to cut the clutter, say, today but are wondering how it’s possible to power through emotional attachment and exhaustion, listen to what these five bloggers have to say about moving on and never looking back.
First off, Relax
“If you’re imagining cute bins and baskets storing all the thoughts in your mind, you’re sort of right. Purging your mind and getting it organized is very much like decluttering your house.” – Nicole
We need to apply this principle of cleaning out the home to cleaning out the mind before we begin. Nicole Etolen of the blog Pretty Opinionated is not big on the pressure that accompanies your new year’s resolution. Instead of stressing over the ghastly sight that is your current abode, Etolen suggests clearing your mind and picturing nothing. If that’s difficult to do, you could analyze this “Relax” sign hanging on your wall. Otherwise, we should simply sleep, she says. And the sound of water coming from a water fountain does the trick.
Is your bed covered with clutter? Don’t bother with it. Just tell your loved ones that you need this hanging chair nailed into the ceiling asap. I’m sure they’ll understand.
Rally the Children (And Their Things)
“Set clear physical boundaries. If your kids have one bookshelf, you should limit the quantity of books to what fits comfortably on those shelves.” – Shira
Shira Gill in the mastermind mind behind keeping a home clutter-free with kids living there. Her approach is to set clear, well-defined boundaries. If a bookcase can hold only so much, don’t add more. Refrain from stacking items on top of it, and store them in a bin instead. I also love her rejection of mass-produced junk. Gill is all about encouraging children to play with the wooden or classic toys that don’t congest our earth, like this Yahtzee game.
Take Advantage of Small Spaces
“Don’t overlook small corners or hallways in your home as you are getting organized for the new year. Put those spaces to work!” – Melissa
A small space in a big home is easily declared pointless, which makes it a haven for the collection of pointless things. We all own those items that have no purpose outside of one week of every month, like rain coats, for example. Rather than tossing then on the floor of a designated corner, Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room recommends making the most of that space with something like a
standing coat rack or even a hanging coat rack. For the everyday duties, like the organization of mail, consider investing in a small writing desk that looks neat and purposeful.
Keep the Magazines Tidy and Together
“I have a goal to purge and organize the entire house. I even cleaned out the magazine hoard in my nightstand!” – Marian
We understand that your New Yorker collection is the best ever, but each magazine has been read numerous times and no longer informs or entertains your immediate family. What’s the solution? Where do they go? Miss Mustard Seed says to tackle one room at a time. Once you’ve removed them from your nightstand or coffee table, and you’ve found a special spot on the floor, try stacking them nicely in a decorative magazine rack. We also love this wool rack if you’re feeling a bit edgy.
Use a Caddy for Cleaning Products
“Instead of putting cleaning products away, have them on a caddy that you can take from room to room. This will make cleaning each day so much easier.” – Lauren
This is a simple solution to a grave problem. No longer will you get distracted by tea time upon reentering the kitchen for a different cleaning product. Lauren Roney of Sand Castles & Paper Crowns taught me to keep all cleaning tools together and mobile so that the roll is never broken. You could take the idea literally and invest in this mid-century modern caddy, or you could get creative and use this picnic basket as a cute addition to your laundry room decor.
Do you have any tips on how to buckle down and get started (the easy way)? Let us know in the comments!