Yesterday was Spring Cleaning day at my house. I have been planning it for months and thankfully my mom and my aunt helped me pull it off.
Now both my new walk-in attics are perfectly organized – holiday decorations, luggage, keepsakes – you name it, it’s organized. All my daughter’s toys are finally out of boxes (yes, we moved exactly 7 months ago. Eek!) and placed in drawers and bins so she can enjoy them, her closet is in tip-top shape with only the things that really fit her remaining inside. Her bathroom and desk are purged and pristine. In fact, every inch of the upstairs of my home is ship-shape and I am planning round two for the downstairs and the garage in May. It’s on the calendar. It will happen.
Living with a place for everything and everything in its place is my sanity. It is one of my favorite forms of self-care. It isn’t optional for me if I am going to have quality of life.
In my last home, there was almost nothing that I couldn’t put my finger on within five minutes (usually five seconds) if I needed it. All the things I own were ready and available to actually use without too much trouble accessing them, including all my china, serving dishes, small kitchen appliances, crafts and more.
I am a person that believes if I’m not using something, then why have it? There is definitely someone who could be enjoying the things I don’t really love or really need, and just storing them and moving them from home to home isn’t my idea of fun. I am a person who organizes and purges my home of things that aren’t important to my family and me at least 3-4 times EVERY year.
Just before I moved into this home, I did a MAJOR organization of our last one and all our storage spaces like closets, cupboards and the attics. I did this BEFORE we moved so I only brought things to our new address that we actually would cherish or find useful and functional. It was my biggest organizational feat to date. It was VERY hard work on some hot days last August. But it was SO worth it. It’s what allowed me to completely organize my entire upstairs and attics in just 6 or 7 hours yesterday. We are living pretty lean and mean and boy does it feel GREAT around here. I feel at least 10 pounds lighter and so much happier today.
So what about you? Are you living with clutter or “things” that just weigh you and your home down? Do you spend hours looking for things that you need, wishing they were organized and easy to access? Do you have a hard time getting rid of things, even things that you rarely or never use, because you are sentimental or you practice the “what if” mentality meaning “what if I need this later”? Well let me tell you, if you haven’t used it in a year or two (or ten) then chances are you aren’t suddenly going to start using it now.
Visual, mental and physical clutter can really take a toll on our stress levels and our ability to relax. And for me, nothing feels better than shedding myself of lots of things that I just don’t want or need and sending them along to someone who does. If you aren’t already organized and you are constantly feeling stressed out in your household – please, get it a try. Organize your way to a happy home and a happy life. It ‘s one of my favorite forms of self-care.
Happy Organizing, Y’all!