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Clearing the clutter

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Officially a Houzzer

I often like to scour the web for blogs and websites to help me declutter and organize my life. Today I came across one that had good tips and beautiful, inspirational pictures.

Houzz is one of those websites that constantly makes you say, “I wish my house looked like that!” You can browse photos of any room in a house and add the photos to your Ideabook. The photos have tags on certain parts of the room that will tell you what type of material it is and/or where to purchase the product. You can browse discussions on various design dilemmas you might be having and even pose questions and include photos so that others can give you their input.

One of my favorite parts of the website is the Ideabook section which includes decluttering tips and pictures. One particular article about pilers and filers has the potential to change my life.

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I am most definitely a piler who has thought that the only way to be organized is to be a filer. This article makes it ok for me to be a piler and still gives me ideas for how to make my life more manageable. I’m hoping to put this idea into play before the end of the year. Stay tuned for an update!



letting go of clutter: organizational tips

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I have to work (and work, and work, and work) at being organized. What works for me are things that I can implement easily and right now.

I came across Becky Higgins’ (creator of Project Life, a scrapbooking system I die for…totally changed my life) blog today and she had a guest poster give organizational tips for the home. I thought that they were super simple and easy to follow. Totally would work for my lifestyle and accomplishing my goal of letting go of clutter. I especially want to try a couple of her tips for doing laundry (Remember my post about laundry? I need this in my life.)

  • Do laundry only 1 day a week.
  • Fold clothes out of the dryer.
  • Sort into baskets belonging to various family members.

Go and check out the post! Hope some of you will find it useful!



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Yes, that is a blurred picture of my toddler’s bedroom. Yes, I only have 1 child. No, laundry day wasn’t today.

It took a lot of courage for me to post this picture. I’d like to say that this isn’t a regular scene in my household, and that I spent time accumulating this mess for the purpose of writing this post. But, this is my reality. My daughter sleeps in our bedroom and plays in the living room. She hardly spends time in her own room, so we have been using it as a holding cell for clothes. All the clothes you see are clean. See, my husband and I have a problem with laundry. We do our laundry on a regular basis (We may be messy, but we’re not dirty!), but we aren’t so good at folding it. Why fold it if we’re just going to wear it, right? And therein lies the problem.

In a previous post I mentioned that I am someone who doesn’t like to start a job unless I know I can finish it. It’s the perfectionist in me, and it has been the way I have always worked. Over the years, this trait of mine has become a bad habit. It has spewed over to housework, my job, and my social life…

I won’t clean the bathrooms because I have to clean all of them at the same time and it’ll take me over an hour.

I don’t have time to sit and do my lesson plans for the whole week. I’ll do it tomorrow when I have time.

I want to call her, but we’ll end up chatting for over an hour on the phone. I’ll wait until I’m not busy.

How quickly these small things pile up under the “Things That Never Get Done” list. So today I resolved to tackle the clutter in my daughter’s room and decided that I was just going to do as much as I can. It took me almost a couple of hours (with breaks in between) but I think I made a pretty big dent.

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I also put away all of babygirl’s 9-12 month clothes and took out the rest of her 12-18 month outfits. Another task checked off my list! Yes!

So, while I let go of most of the laundry clutter for today, I am also working on letting go of bad habits. If I do a little bit each day, the task won’t seem so daunting, and maybe I’ll start getting things done around here. Only time will tell!

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