Every year in March or April I get into the Spring Cleaning mode. This year was the same though it started a little later and is going to a whole new level. I am decluttering like I have never decluttered before. I had that spring cleaning bug... but it was a bigger bug than usual - partly I think because my youngest is 4 now and I'm not as worried about him getting into things and he can play more happily nearby and isn't as demanding of my attention this year and partly because my spring cleaning hasn't been up to par the last few years and I was really getting tired of the clutter and disorganization around me. I just don't perform my best in chaos. I need organization. I thrive on it.
In addition to my youngster's ability to entertain himself and not cause me quite as much worry, I bought a book. It came up on someone's Goodread's list I think...or maybe it was another blog? Anyway, it's called "Clutter Free With Kids" by Joshua Becker. It's a rather simple book but highly motivational, teaching a better way to live and demonstrating true joy can come more easily by owning less and spending more time in quality activities rather than pursuing the latest toys, fashions and gadgets and spending too much time reorganizing the constant clutter. I'm not sure that I will soon, if ever, go to the 'extremes' as Joshua Becker, but it certainly has helped me 'rethink' my thinking on owning and holding onto 'stuff'. I will certainly never do the challenge of 33 (Project 333)... (use only 33 items of clothing over a 3 month time period to completely eliminate excess clothing) but I certainly am looking at even my closet with fresh eyes and eliminating a lot of excess items! Woot!
To further the motivation, we have decided to move. (Don't ask me how many times we've done this... too many, but hopefully this WILL be the last!) My DH has signed a contract with a new work place and while we can still live in this house (It's only 25 minutes away for him), a move would allow us to get closer to friends, church and shopping and all the other activities that we rarely do because of the daunting drive (I greatly detest driving 30 minutes just to get to the grocery store...that's an hour in the car that I always think could be spent writing or reading or.....so much more!) So with the idea of moving in mind (We're not counting on it happening too soon as our current home is sort of out in the middle of nowhere) I'm more motivated than ever to get rid of the clutter and NOT take this unnecessary stuff with us. And a yet further incentive to this, I've discovered the online garage sales for the area on Facebook - so not only am I getting rid of 'junk' or unnecessary clutter, I'm making money in the process! Who would think one could make money cleaning their own home?! Woot! Woot!
In case you're in the mood to do some decluttering yourself, or want some sources to help find some motivation, I've put together a few sources below to help you out! I'd love to hear your own decluttering stories!
- FlyLady (good for decluttering SLOWLY)
- Project 333
- 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
- Declutter 101: How to Cut Clutter At Home
- Decluttering Doesn't Work Like That ( a good article on needing to know the WHYs behind the clutter)
- 34 Proven Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter Free