Mess!! Mess!!! Mess!!!

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I have a very embarrasing confesion. I am the worst house keeper in the world. I am a stay at home mom of a 1 year old and a 3 yr old and a full time student, and my house is a wreck. I can't say it's dirty because I do laundry, and dishes, and vacuum and what not, but there seems to be piles of stuff everywhere!!! I have way more stuff then I have room and I need some tips on how to get organized and stay that way. I'm imagining it would be much easier to keep up with once everything has a place. I have recently been going through and getting rid of thing and after 3 huge loads of trash I still have tons of stuff!!! Help!! I don't have a huge house, and the kitchen and closets are really small, but there has to be another way lol.

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Kimberly - posted on 10/30/2011

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Ok so some of the basic things you can do to cut down on stuff is go through one room at a time and everything you dont use or have more then one of and dont need more then one, throw or give away. Then the remaining stuff in the room organize into piles such as bills, keepsakes etc. Then make a spot for them. I am a huge fan of my books and I will not part with them so I went and got a few cheap bookshelves the bottom shelf is where I store other things that are office related so any bills and that I need to keep I have a binder for and put them in, after a year when the new one come in I throw the old one out. Then you have your kitchen stuff, if you dont use it dont keep it. Or have things that can do more then one job, I have a rice cooker which is also a steamer for veggies. Clothes can be given away if not being used or put some in those vac bag and shrink them down that way you still have them but they take up less space. But always finish one room before moving onto the next!!!!! Also remember that places like women shelters and foster home could always use old clothes, books bedding if you dont need think about giving it to someone who can use it. good luck with it all it take a bit to get it all done but once you do you'll see how much easier it is to stay on top of it!!!! and go through about every six months

Kim - posted on 10/30/2011

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I have a hard time getting rid of things too, just because it seems like everytime I finally do then I end up needing it for something right after. I do love baskets though. So easy to just add a couple to shelves, on top of cupboards, fridge, etc. I have certain things that go in each basket but I just toss them in their place and they are always easy to find. I have a shelf by my door that I have baskets for sunscreen, hats, and winter mitts, hats etc. I have one by my couch for remotes, gaming systems, books I'm reading. I will be getting some for the top of my kitchen cabinets for extra placemats and such that I use when we have company. I even just have a big basket on my floor in my livingroom that I toss all my daughters bigger toys into. Each of my kids has a shelving unit that has bins and each bin is designated for certain toys(dinosaurs,cars,cooking stuff,dress up etc.) You can also try finding hanging organizers and stuff so you can use the vertical of the walls instead of just putting things on the floor. Try hanging something with pockets on the inside of a closet door that you can put your extra papers and stuff that need to be filed away.

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My boyfriend might as well be a packrat. It's taken me a LONG time (a year) to get him to come around, but it's worth the stress that will leave your life!

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2011

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Thank you so much! This makes so much sense to me!! Now if I could just get my husband on board lol. I swear he has more then I do lol. But it's deffinately a way to start and if I can teach my kids this way of living early they may not have this problem later in life.

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Have you looked into how minimalists live? I'm not saying become one! I could never. But I read an article about a guy who lived with only 100 things for an entire year. It was very inspiring! He wrote a book about it actually. So I pulled out a piece of paper and wrote down what I would NEED for an entire year.



Here is my list.

Laptop, External Harddrive, Jeans x3, Shirts x7, Socks x3 (it's California), Shoes x (Birkenstocks and Newbalances), Bras x2 (Quality, not quantity), Wallet & contents = 6?, Lancome make up bag, Mascara, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow x6 (colors), Foundation, Lotion, Digital Camera, Journal, Sweaters x2, Sunglasses, Pens x6, Cell Phone, Computer mouse, Rechargeable batteries x4, Charger for batteries, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Razor, Carmex, Cookbookscrapbook, Scrapbook, Important Papers Box (legal and what not papers you have to keep), Spiritual Journal Writing Book, Totem Bag Necklace, Spiritual Animal Totem Deck, Tarot Cards, Rabbit Bag, Hand carved wooden box, Picture frames x4, Virgo plague, Beaded rose, Red glass goblet, Eyelash curler, Hairbrush, Tweezers, Undies x5, Perfume, Deoderant



Total: 82



Granted, I didn't count each totem card but for the sake of this I didn't think it mattered that much....... and I forgot how many are in my totem bag necklace but to me it's 1 thing that hangs in a small pouch. Anyway, I didn't even GET to 100 items and some of that stuff I added I don't even need like the cookbook or totem cards. Really? I was reaching!



Now think about it. How much STUFF do we keep in our lives? Why? Is it really helping, or harming? I've narrowed down my wardrobe FOUR times after doing this. I cannot tell you how many shoes and purses and garmets went to Goodwill but I'm thinking 20 bags in the past 2 years. I haven't bought much new except what I need and in the process of purging, you end up buying less when you go out to shop because you just gave away 50 things, why would you buy another?



I purged my kitchen down to 4 things each - 4 cooking pots/pans, 4 spoons, 4 knives, 4 forks... you get the picture. For my boyfriend and I with 2 small kids, it's all we need. It has made the WORLD of difference when keeping my kitchen clean. Now it only takes me 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. It used to take me 2 hours to do dishes!!!!! Yuck.



It's a very long process but I just kept reading about minimalism, purging, organizing and got inspired by the plathora of information out there. Start with Google :)

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