A few weeks ago Zach and I went shopping. We are strolling through Target and I see them. Ankle Cut Boots. They are suede and I am in love instantly. (Ok not really in love but about as in love a person can be with an inanimate object).
I have a 20% off coupon, and they are only $30.00. That means I would be spending $24 on a pair of shoes I will most definitely wear all the time. I grab the last 8.5 left on the shelf (it was obviously destiny) and almost get them to the cart when Zach’s hand stops me.
“If you buy these you need to get rid of two pairs of shoes that you have at home.”
You would think my world was crashing down around me. 2 pairs of shoes! That isn’t fair. I thought about it, weighed my options, and decided these adorable ankle cut suede boots were totally worth two pairs of shoes in my closet. I am sure I have two pairs of old flip-flops somewhere, right?
I still have yet to throw away two pairs of shoes in my closet. Oops.
I walked into my closet this morning trying to find a pair of shoes and realized, I only wear a few of these on a regular basis. My justification however is totally logical, some of these are for summer and the others are for winter. It is not my fault that in Texas you most definitely need both.
It’s that time again– I need to set aside my materialistic, sinful heart, and start uncluttering my home. Starting with my closet.
The truth is that having a ton of stuff is often overwhelming. It means that I have more to put away at night. It means there is more stuff that needs to be dusted. More laundry to fold. More, more, more. Uncluttering doesn’t always mean throwing everything away, it does however mean going through everything and deciding what you do or do not need.
It seems strange, but removing the clutter from your house is just a small way that you can better your home. The state of you house will affect you, your husband and ultimately your marriage.
In our Simplify your life series, uncluttering your home is the next thing we are looking at. Here are a few steps to removing the clutter in your home.
- Plan for It
Take that trusty calendar we talked about last Monday and find a day where you can set aside a few hours to go through one or two places (Notice I said places and not rooms). I would do this over the course of a month. That gives you enough time to finish the task without feeling overwhelmed by it. For me, I will focus on doing this every Sunday afternoon in November.
- Enlist help
This may be the most difficult part of the entire project! Ultimately you need help. I will enlist my husband, possibly a good girlfriend who I know is great with these kinds of projects. You may want to enlist your daughters or best girlfriend. It seems weird, but an unbiased, unemotional, and unattached opinion will help you sort through the things you do or do not need. If you are anything like me, you will need this. You may thing “I work better on my own”. Hear me when I reiterate, you need this.
- Make Four Piles
I would grab four laundry baskets, boxes, or trash bags. Keep, give-away, storage, and trash. I would make your storage bin a plastic tub or box, so you can easily close it, label it, and store it away. I would also make the trash bin a trash bag or a throw-away box. Everything needs to go in one of these places. I would focus on one thing at a time. For example – all of the shoes first, then move onto hanging clothes, all dresser drawers, bathroom drawers etc.
- Divide and conquer.
I would probably ask my husband to go through the clothes while I do the shoes. I may have him do the book shelves while I work on the office closet. If you divide and conquer you will work faster.
- Don’t leave any stone unturned
This is the other hard part. Look at everything. Look at the items on your walls, look through your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Clean out that pantry. Go through the DVD cabinet. Go through all the video games. If you decide that a room (like your living room or office) is already uncluttered then pass over it, but at least you thought through it.
This may seem like a huge project. It could actually be a huge project. You can make it fun, or you can make it grueling, but the outcome will ultimately be found in your attitude. I will choose to take on the attitude that I am bettering my home for my husband and for myself. It doesn’t mean it will be easy, but I know I will be satisfied with the outcome and glad that I took the time to do it.
Do you have any advice on uncluttering your home? Is there something you do on a regular basis that helps you keep up with all of the clutter?Read More