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How We Cleared out our Clutter…Temporarily

Overcrowded house removing clutter

A few days ago, I told you all about my New Year’s Resolution to live more simply. I also touched on the fact that our family of four has moved into my mother-in-law’s house. It was initially supposed to be a couple of weeks between closing on our house and finding a new one and closing. However, plans change and here we are with another 5 months to go before our new house is set to be completed.

Each of the children has downgraded to a bedroom about half the size of their old one. This initially meant having them decide on what toys and books come to the house and what go into storage.

For Mr. DomesticallyChallenged and I, we’re relegated to a tiny children’s bedroom with an even tinier closet. It’s been a learning experience and really an eye opener as to how much stuff we’ve amassed.

A few days ago, I reached a breaking point. I can’t take living in this tiny room, surrounded by our possessions like an episode of Hoarders. So I began the big clean up. First, I removed the obvious things: The Christmas wrap and boxes from our decorations. Then I removed the bin of birthday gift wrap: if anything comes up, I can run to storage and get this stuff or I can just pay the $2 at the store to pick up a new gift bag. Then the hard part came. I went through every item in our tiny bedroom and closet and asked myself the following questions:

  • Have I used this in the past 2 months?
  • Do I see a need for it in the next 2 months?
  • Does it serve any sort of noble purpose?

Asking these questions, I removed unused binders and office supplies, out of season clothing, newly acquired Christmas gifts, luggage, decorative baskets, extra sheet sets. All of it has to go.

Holiday clutter piles up. How we removed it and why

Honestly, there will come a point where I go through these items again and make decisions on whether or not to sell any. For now, all these things are just leaving the house we’re in, headed for the black hole that is storage. And hubby and I are enjoying our new-found breathing space. Clearing out just a bit of clutter creates a calming feeling in your subconscious.

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