Have you ever walked through the door of your house after a LONG day, and took one look at the place and felt completely overwhelmed? Yep, me too! I’ve been there so many times. Our homes should not be a place that stresses us out or overwhelms us. Our home should be a place of peace and refuge, and a place we go to decompress.
Clutter Equals Chaos. A big misconception most of us have is that we need more space so that we can organize our stuff. When in reality, we just need less stuff. Organization will never work if you have too much clutter. If you want to have an orderly organized house then you have to get rid of clutter not just move it around.
I hate clutter, but some how it always seem to sneak up on us. Before we know it we have brought more useless stuff into our homes. One thing I have realized over the years is that stuff takes up our time. The more stuff you have, the more time you have to devote to cleaning it, putting it away, organizing it, etc. Let’s be real, nobody has time for that.
Mindset plays a HUGE part in de-cluttering and preventing useless stuff from coming into your home. You have to change your mindset if you want to create a peaceful home that is free of clutter. Having stuff and material things will not make your life better. All this stuff that you hold onto, will one day mean nothing. If you hoard all of this stuff until you die, it then becomes a burden for your children to sort through and clean out. I know that is a little morbid, but it’s true. Having so much stuff is completely pointless. Just get rid of it. Donate it to someone in need.
Clutter causes chaos for your family. In a cluttered house you waste time looking for things you can’t find. You get aggravated trying to do everyday chores because there isn’t a place to put things. You can’t put away clean clothes because your closet and drawers are too full. You can’t put away dishes because your cabinets are too full. You leave your self-care products on the bathroom counter because your bathroom cabinets are too full. You see the pattern. You get stressed out when people come to visit because your house is a mess. It then makes you not want to practice hospitality. The clutter then starts to affect your schedule. You are late because you couldn’t find the dress you wanted to wear, or your car keys, or your shoes. Then when you are stressed from all of this chaos it affects how you interact with your family. Is that useless crap really worth all of that?Clutter just makes everything more difficult. It steals your time and your joy.
With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start clearing out some of that clutter. Carve out some time in your schedule to devote to de-cluttering. Hire a babysitter if you need to. If you just feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, start small. Pick one drawer. Empty the contents and either donate or trash the things you don’t need. Designate a location for the items you do decide to keep. Then move on to other areas of the house. Just remember, if the item does not bring you joy or does not serve a purpose then get rid of it. De-cluttering can be an on-going process, so give yourself some grace and just make steps in the right direction. I promise you will feel like a giant weight has been lifted off of your shoulders when you clear out the clutter.
The bottom line is:
- Too much stuff equals stress and chaos for you and your family.
- You have to get your mind right so that you are ready to get rid of stuff.
- If it doesn’t bring you joy or serve a purpose get rid of it.
- A clutter free home is a place of peace and refuge.
- Creating a peaceful home for your family should be a priority, so make the time for it.
- You have to constantly be aware of what is coming into your home, or the clutter could easily build back up.
My goals: One of my goals for this month is to do a “fall cleaning” and clear out any useless junk. My husband’s birthday is in October, my birthday is in November, my daughter’s birthday is in December, and then we have Christmas. Now is the time to get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new so that it doesn’t pile up. We have a small house, so it is essential that I stay ahead of the clutter. One way I am doing that is only asking for a family photo session for my birthday. I get beautiful photos for Christmas cards and no clutter from material things. Win win for this Mama!
Comment and let me know your goals for de-cluttering and creating a peaceful home!