Becoming Clutter-Free!

As I start this new year I have been thinking about the things that I really want to change in my life!  This year I really would like to simplify a lot of things in my life.  It seems like my days are so crazy hectic and I never even get a break to think half the time.  I really want to change this so that I have more time to relax and enjoy my days.

When I really started thinking about how I could do this I decided that my first step is to de-clutter my house.  I will admit I am a HUGE shopaholic and I LOVE to shop clearance sales and get good deals.  But… its time for me to do away with a lot of my stuff!  I realized that when I look at where my time is actually going everyday a good portion is to housework and cleaning.  Let me tell you a little back story so this all makes a little more sense! 🙂 Last year at Christmas time we moved into a new house.  Partly because we wanted to live out in the country but also partly because we could not take living in our small 1200 square foot house anymore.  We were busting at the seams and thought if we bought a bigger house then it would be better.  So… we went and purchased an old farmhouse that is barely under 3000 square foot.  At first I was in love because the thought of having six bedrooms and more than one bathroom was awesome.  Once we got moved in (which took me 6 months to finish unpacking 🙁 ) I quickly realized that the more house I had the more cleaning that came along with it! I started to get very stressed because it was a lot more work than I had imagined.  I thought that by having the bigger house it would be easier to keep clean because it wouldn’t look cluttered like our smaller house.  After awhile I realized that it was not the house that really was the problem it was the amount of STUFF we had!

I found that we had accumulated way more stuff then we would ever use and decided that it was time to get rid of it!  So… the past two weeks I have been busy going through room by room in my home getting rid of anything and everything that we don’t need.  I decided that with clothes ( a huge problem of mine 🙂 ) if I had not worn it in the past couple of months or if it no longer fit me the way I liked then it had to go!  I will share with you next week what I did with all my goodies!! The kid’s closets were the same way anything that did not fit or I had not seen them wear often I decided to get rid of.  I even went through my cupboards and decided it was time to get rid of most of my dishes.  I had gotten some new glass bowls for Christmas and decided it was definitely time to get rid of the chemical filled plastic bowls!

Becoming Clutter Free

 

I can tell you that it has been a lot of work and at times a struggle emotionally for me to let go of the “stuff” in my house but as I walk out of a room now that I had cleaned it out I feel better and less stressed already!

 

Check back next week and I will tell you what I did with all my “Stuff”!

Comments

  1. January is a great time to clear out all the “stuff” in your life! Great first step 🙂

  2. I always feel less stress and “lighter” when I purge. I have been spending too much time blogging and need to do some soon. #HomeMattersParty

  3. Such great tips!! Too many times we just put it off for another time, and if you take the time to do it, it is definitely worth it! #HomeMattersParty

  4. I have had clean out my closet on my list of things to do for a couple of months now. This week is it. I am going to declutter it. Thanks for the motivation.

  5. The emotional ties to things is the hardest to deal with. That and when someone special gave me something as a gift. I am wanting to do a spring clean out. Thanks for the motivation.

  6. WE just sold our house, so as I’m packing boxes I’ll be de-cluttering for the new place. I look for ward to your future posts!

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