It is amazing the difference of focus!
EXAMPLE: I am not a huge fan of cleaning – but if I get a brand new scented candle and focus on displaying it on a clean table in a clean house … Well, that changes everything!
I clean my house in record time and light that thing with pride.
Kids are the same way
So, in the easiest indeaver yet, the kids helped me clear out the extras in their room to make room for Christmas presents. (BOY, were they excited to get rid of stuff!!)
(I think this will be normal thing for us each year! What a great excuse to clear out.)
Here’s everything we cleared from their room. (A lot of it was just out of place, but some will be donated.)
Focusing on the future is my approach to decluttering in general. (And a lot of areas in life).
We get rid of things to make room for the things we want in our lives (whether it’s goals, items, responsibilities, people).
The FOCUS should NEVER be on the clutter – that is the past – past, hopes, objects, and identities.
The focus needs to be on what we are walking toward. (The relationships that we want more time for, the career goals, the ministries, the hobbies…)
I also took the time to apply some of my favorite Julie Morgenstern organizing techniques!
She suggests evaluating a room – then determining what IS working and what is NOT working.
What WAS working:
1. 4 kids’ favorite toys and almost all their clothes in one closet using baskets and shelves.
Working great!!!! Very little clutter there. Easy to maintain and keep up.
2. Top Two Drawers of the Diaper Changing Station – (almost) perfectly organized and contained. Rarely got out of hand- even on our craziest days.
What was NOT working:
I’d noticed that despite the small quarters, 90 % of clutter gathered in ONE spot – right in front of the bed. That told me that the problems were probably right there. Here were the problems.
1. Overstuffed PJ drawer
2. One broken stuffed animal that was spreading
stuffing everywhere (Duck tape should do it…right?)
3. And one organizing system that was not working. (A box with a lid under the bed for my son’s toy swords. He was so responsible with his basket in the closet that we let him have a second toy box in the room. At first he did well putting his toys away, but when we added the lid, it became too hard to pull the box all the way out and put toys away – [especially since clean-up happens with 4 littles and a mom in the SAME room] so the lid will need to be take off for a while. Then he can just toss his swords in without pulling the box out.)
Here it is! Finished product!
Decluttered – Check!
Problem Solved – Check!
(And the kids don’t know it, but for Christmas, I’m going to add all the castle decorations I’ve been collecting for them. Tune in for that in a couple weeks! )
So all set for Christmas!
How is your pre-Christmas decluttering going? (If you don’t have much time, grab a box and spend ten minutes grabbing garbage and donations. It is SO MUCH more fun to declutter with Christmast just 2 days away!)