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Cluttered Space, Cluttered Spirit: One Week Later

It’s currently storming in North Carolina and I’m sitting with my feet kicked up feeling pretty proud of the work I’ve put in this week.

I talked in my previous post about how Clutter can feel so overwhelming – that was 8 days ago.  I typically try to post a few times a week, but it was necessary for me to take a break and really get to the source of some of my clutter.

I’m sure you can understand.

As someone who has NEVER been consistent at housekeeping I really had to think about why it is SO DAMN HARD.  You want to know what I came up with?  I have TOO MUCH SHIT.  Point blank.

I took a look around and literally there was piles of crap everywhere I turned.  On tables, dressers, bathroom counters, kitchen counters, closets, etc.

My idea of cleaning was always a surface clean… as long as everything was piled up in the corner and things were wiped off then it was cool, right?

Well, yeah… but the problem with this method is that it is too easy for the clutter to spread back out.  Nothing has a place and shit becomes hard to find.

Can you relate?

And as someone who suffers from anxiety and depression I can assure you that when I am having a bad day it shows in my home.  Things don’t get picked up or put back.

To be fair, I know this about myself.  I can’t change the fact that I will have bad days, but I can make the most of my good days and rid myself of the unnecessary shit around my home.  By doing this I make it easier on myself to maintain a clutter free space, and easy is definitely what this girl needs.

I was talking to my boyfriend for some input on where to begin.  His suggestion?  Start at the door, dining room, kitchen, and move around the house from there – do your bedroom last.  This worked extremely well for me.

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I spent one day cleaning off my dining room table, organizing the arts and crafts supplies into a plastic 3 drawer container.  Moved a piece of furniture crowding the space out of the room and added a small console table for décor and my Cute Scentsy Owl Warmer.

That was about all I had in me.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, or something like that.

Before:


After
How does my daughter have this many art supplies?!?!

The next day I didn’t do squat.  Literally.  I opened up my Miracle Morning Book and dived in.  Highlighting and shaking my head a lot.  I resonate so much with this book that I have scribbled my pages with notes and ideas.

I downloaded Amazon Audio and picked a few free personal development audiobooks to listen to.  The benefit of audio is that I can listen while I am doing other things like cleaning or driving – and on days like this day while I’m taking a hot bath.  hehe.  My favorites: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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I spent my whole day in and out of reading and napping bliss.  And guess what?  I didn’t care.  This is not a race.  I am doing this not just for a clean home.  I am doing this for my peace of mind.

Next up on the list… my kitchen.  I don’t know about you, but this was a HUGE undertaking for me.  I have downsized about 3 times since my divorce in kitchen space, but not in kitchen gadgets and appliances.  Not cool.  I got rid of 8 BAGS OF SHIT between my dining room and my kitchen.

I wish I had taken a picture of ALL the bags together, but I got trash happy and started throwing them out the door

I told myself I would start with the pantry and move to cabinets and lastly the fridge.  I repurposed some old baskets, cut some box bottoms to use as seasoning storage, and let go of anything I hadn’t used in 6 months.  (Except the ice cream maker – what? It’s almost summer.)  I found so much expired food it was ridiculous.  Just. Kept. Tossing.  And I was super proud of the results!

I sat down and went through the pile of mail and artwork and randomness that was piled about a foot high.  (OH PLEASE, don’t tell me you’ve never had that pile.)  Finished cleaning the counters – repurposed a couple of glass vases and re-organized my space.

Before: 
After
Grabbed my daughters oversized ball she got from Dave and Busters and rolled around organized and tossing pots, pans, mixing bowls, cleaning supplies, etc all in the lower cabinets.


While there I went ahead and emptied my fridge of everything expired, cleaned with a magic eraser and put everything back.  I found a cool idea on pinterest to use an egg carton to store bottled sauces upside down.  (It’s the little things that make me happy.)  Did the same to my freezer and then sat and marveled at what a difference it made.


I IMMEDIATELY felt 10 times lighter.  I got rid of years worth of shit and only kept the essentials.  The great thing?  Since I have done this I have been able to not only cook in my kitchen again with ease, but it has been super easy to keep clean.  So even on the days when the sink is full of dishes because I’m not feeling it, I know that everything else is in order.  It feels good.

Since the kitchen I have managed to re-arrange my living room, rid myself of the dozens of broken electronics/toys around the house, and I’ve just begun working on my room – even though as I’m writing this it is not completely done.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have 10 bags of crap to get rid of from there.

Project Declutter is becoming a success.  I am now understanding the Minimalist Attitude.

What’s the saying?

Get rid of anything you don’t find to be useful or beautiful.

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Lifting this weight is just the beginning.  Creating a space for me that is cozy, safe, and calming I can focus on other areas of my personal development.  I am on a path to becoming the best version of myself that I can be.  In doing so, I am creating a woman who I am proud for my daughter to look up to.  We all have limitations and struggles, but learning how to work around it, knowing our limitations, and creating a life that allows us to succeed despite them is incredibly liberating and freeing.

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Sincerely,

One Flawsome Momma

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RN, Inspirational, and Mom(mish) Blogger: Reflections on Life and Remembering I'm Human.

14 Comments on “Cluttered Space, Cluttered Spirit: One Week Later

  1. Thank you for being so real about this process!! Many articles I’ve read on the decluttering process make it seem like it’s so easy and you’ll be done in a snap. I also really appreciate the before and after photos!

    1. Thank you! It was a hard truth to face! I’m happy to say that even after dealing with the flu, my living area has maintained cleanliness… prior there would be stuff everywhere! Hahaha

    2. I totally agree with this. And the after pictures are often so unrealistic, they seem beyond reach. Why bother, if the house is still going to need remodeling afterward just to meet the standard? Your home actually looks like someone LIVES there!

  2. Wow…I’m impressed. Truly! I lie to myself and say that I thrive in the craziness of my home…but I don’t. I’ve just started reading about minimalism and decluttering, but know that it is something that I must tackle! Thanks for posting, and especially for including pictures. So motivating!

    1. Thank you! It takes a lot of hard work, but I am definitely glad that I did it. Keeping things tidy has ALWAYS been a struggle for me. The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t need a lot to make me happy. Just toss the shit and move on. LOL. Thanks for reading. I appreciate the feedback!

  3. Clutter, clutter, clutter. I can relate to pileups around the house. I have found that clutter makes me crazy. It affects how I think and feel. Keeping things organized is a must for me. Your before and after pictures are amazing, and your house looks great.

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