Thursday, December 1, 2011

Decluttering My Life and Home Series Part 1

*This is a repost.  Originally posted earlier this year, I am completing this series to end out the year. 

A few weeks ago a sudden urge to declutter/organize my home came over me.  It all began when I decided I should start planning meals for my family.  You see, I have always cooked for my family but I have not approached meal planning systematically.   While searching for the perfect software to help me in the kitchen.  I realized that I needed help in other areas of managing my home.  As I looked around my house there was a spirit of determination that came over me.  There was too much clutter everywhere.  In just about every room there was an area that needed some attention.  Right then and there I made a conscious choice to get my home in shape.  I needed to declutter and get organized, quickly.

First things first, I needed help for this task.  So I purchased a book Simplify your Life: Get Organized and Stay That Way by Marcia Ramsland.  In addition I picked up the book The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide To  Homeschooling by Barbara Frank.  This book has been sitting on my shelf for just about a year.  While reading these two books I came face to face with my reality.  My home management skills left something to be desired.  I had a aha moment.  Here I am, married for almost ten years with three children.  One would think that I should have mastered the basics of home management. Yet I have felt overwhelmed and ill equipped to handle it all at times.Going through this process I realized that there are many layers to decluttering and organizing my home.  And frankly, there's a long road ahead of me in this battle.But I have a new perspective and I am positive I can do this.

In a nutshell there is a difference between cleaning and organizing. Cleaning is a superficial quick fix while organizing and decluttering is the complete opposite.  Decluttering/organizing forces you to deal with your emotional attachment to the excess stuff in your life and get rid of it.  Remember the layers I mentioned above.  Check back during the upcoming weeks and months because I will be posting about my journey as I go through my home room by room getting rid of the clutter.  If you find that you too are having difficulty managing your home my hope is that this information will be helpful to you.

1 comment:

  1. Tiffany,

    I am here with you right now. I've been menu planning, in my head, for the past year and this year is the first time I've finally considered it seriously. I'm also decluttering, rather than just cleaning. Getting rid of things is sooooooooooooo hard!


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