Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Declutter One Room at a Time

Now that the beginning of school is around the corner, it is a good time to do some decluttering. Maybe there are clothes that no longer fit your kids. Maybe there are toys that they have outgrown or aren't interested in playing with. Maybe you have some things that you have collected through the year. For some of you, it may be better to wait until the kids are in school to do most of the decluttering. That way you have time to yourself and won't be worried about where the kids are and what are they getting into. I am decluttering one room at a time. I started with the easiest room today, our guest room, since I didn't have a lot of time to devote to it.

What I got rid of:

1. Donated all bags for wrapping gifts and got rid of the container in the closet.

2. Went through our school supplies and kept what I thought I would need. I will donate the rest to our High School. They have a room filled with school supplies for kids who can't afford to buy them. What a great opportunity to help someone else out.

I took mental note of what clothing items need to be replaced that are in some of the drawers. Since they aren't the top priority, I will use them until I can replace them in the future.

I have some genealogy documents, pictures, etc. that I will ask one of my kids to scan to a website for the family so anyone can have access to the information whenever they want.

I have some photo albums and some pictures in a box. I am not going to deal with them right now. This sounds like something good to do on a snowy winter day.

We gave my daughter the bed and night stand we had in there before. I would like to replace the armoire with a chest of drawers made out of cherry to match the bed. It will be a while before that happens, but I can keep a look out for one if I go to garage sales some time.

I find that it is easier to focus on one room and do what I can. Things that will take a lot of time, like organizing photos, etc. will be left for later. I am doing the basics now like: wash bedding, dust, vacuum, and get rid of anything we don't need when I go through this time.

An organized home is easier to clean and feels more peaceful.

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