Friday, August 8, 2014

Take Care of the Pennies and the Dollars Take Care of Themselves, Part Four, De-Cluttering

Do you go out into the world and race around running errands, picking up and dropping off the kids, working, grocery shopping?  That's just what life is today for the average woman with tons of responsibility.  When you reach the final destination at the end of the day, you want to plop in a chair with a good book.  But, you aren't able to.  There's dinner and bathing the kids, a load of laundry and lunches to be made for the next day.  There's no energy left to pick up the house, let alone organize things.

I remember. It's something that is burned into the memory.  Always tired.  Will it ever end?

Yes, it can.  There's a bit of effort we put into the situation, but yes it can end.

The first thing I did was take some vacation time and dedicated it to de cluttering.  If that's not possible, put aside an hour on a weekend day to de-clutter you home.  What does this have to do with a hectic life?  It brings order and peace into your little hide away.  Even if it takes three months, it's three months you will be walking the earth anyway.  You may as well benefit yourself during that time.  You could say it's a way to show yourself some love.

De - cluttering will also have a calming effect on your family.  When your environment is orderly, spirits tend to become calmer and more relaxed.

How do you begin?  Small.  You can start with a kitchen drawer.  Whatever you have not used in a year put in a box and put it in storage in the garage or whatever area you have designated for storage.  Leave it there for a couple of months to see if you want to use it.  If not donate it.  Go to the next drawer.  Keep going each day until the kitchen is the way you are comfortable working in it.

The next small area would be magazines and books.  How often do you really use them for reference?  Donate what you can part with to the library.  They can decide what they want and often have book sales to make extra cash.

Clothes and toys can be next on the list.  Just systematically go through items in each room in small spurts, when you are motivated.  I promise you, you will be happier and more relaxed when you end your day at home.

Areas to consider de-cluttering are; bathroom cabinets, linen closets, (do you really need four sets of sheets per bed?) clothes closets, toy chests, kitchen drawers, garages,  paperwork, books, magazines, kitchen cupboards, pantry, and the refrigerator.  These are all areas we put things in 'until we can find a place for them'.  Ask me how I know.

Where does saving money come into this?  Have you ever known you have an item, but can't find it?  Then buy it again?

Let's say you have done all this and your spouse doesn't seem to be on board.  Watch the video below from a young mother who has a husband, a baby, and works full time.  She is wise and has answers on how to handle this situation.

A word of wisdom here.  This process takes time.  It depends on how much time you have to put into it.  But, I Know the results will be glorifying.  Peace will begin to enter life, if not outside your home, in your home.  Good luck.

Stay safe.

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