• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 120 (Tackling Clutter… Again)



    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 29.57 miles)

    Day 120 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    Clutter has been driving me crazy because I haven’t felt good enough to tackle it.  Now that I’m feeling better I’m trying to take it in pieces. I found this awesome blog post from The Inspired Room that gave me a going forward plan for tackling clutter.

    I don’t want my house to look unlived in, because a) that’s impossible with children and b) we do live here.  But I can’t stand clutter every-freaking-where either.

    So, following the advice of the post, I identified my five major clutter hotspots.

    These are the top four in my house and one outside area.

    1. shoes/backpack area near the back door.
    2. kitchen counters
    3. kitchen bar
    4. top of dryer
    5. my car

    The first four areas collect a crazy amount of crap every day.  They are the first areas that the kids pass when they get home from school.

    Each day I’ll find shoes, pants, and sometimes shirts in a trail from the laundry room through the kitchen.  I don’t mind that my children feel the need to entirely disrobe before they can proceed with their evening.  I remember after a full day of work the first thing I wanted to do when arriving home was change out of the clothes I wore all day.

    I just wish they’d do it in one place.  Preferably near a laundry basket.

    Backpacks are set on a timer that explodes the second the kids walk through the door.  Backpacks become empty shells to be discarded in the laundry room on top of the washer/dryer.  School folders fly from the backpacks to the kitchen counter only to be stripped clean of school papers which are piled haphazardly on the bar with no regard for organization by grade leaving me confused if Hannah needs a paper bag vest by (eek!) tomorrow or if Connor needs to finish multiplication tables.

    As for the outside hotspot, my car collects papers from the day and all kinds of crap from the kids.  As of right now my car houses more school papers that were due last week, snack wrappers tucked into every crevice the kids could find in the backseat because it’s just too far to carry them into the house, and a Halloween wig from a third grade pumpkin project.

    This is a condition I call Kid-Car.  As in, “I’m sorry you have to get into my vehicle because it smells like feet and an old bag of grapes I have yet to locate.  I have a major case of Kid-Car.”

    Okay, okay.  The wreckage is not just from the kids. I’m guilty of leaving things in it, too.

    But it’s my party and I can blame them if I want to.

    So I’m going to work on decluttering these areas.  Then I can move on to creating five new daily habits that correspond to keeping those hotspots clutter free.

    Today’s silver lining:  I know I’m feeling better because the mess is making me nuts. 

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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4 Responsesso far.

  1. wendy says:

    Organization always puts me in a fantastic mood! I reorganized the kitchen cabinets last week and finally finished all the school paperwork that I needed to organize and put away. Great feeling!

  2. Cindy Smith says:

    Try this for the kiddos – laundry baskets/hampers in each of their rooms with a small non-cash reward (like getting to pick the movie that everyone watches) for changing only in their rooms. Heather had a basket in her room and it worked well in the beginning. Once she became a teenager, she would let it pile way too much and then come complaining to me that she had nothing to wear after I had finished washing clothes. My answer was always something like “well you didn’t get them into the laundry sorter (in the halfway next to the washer and dryer which she walked by 50x per day in our apartment) when I told you to so I guess you will have to wash them yourself.” I also, extremely reluctantly, made her wear dirty clothes to school to teach her a lesson a couple times.

  3. TK says:

    I am glad that clusters bothering again you and you start blaming the kids feverishly, again!! We all do that!! No shame!! It is the sign of feeling better for you, I am glad you have a plan to tackle them. Good luck with that! LOL

    And yep, what the little ones bring home from elementary school sometimes made me ill. I wondered who got access to my children’s school? And how on earth advertises for various business got mixed in with teacher’s notes and homework??! Who got in there to put all those fliers with business agenda upon the school staffs, that make it to my kitchen table every Tuesday night, folders night!!! Whoever that is, must have influential power on the school! See, my children are way pass Elementary age, and I still remember folders night!! Yes, I had a plan to tackle them, too!!
    Recycle bin … my favorite place to be on Sunday afternoon. I am glad those days were long gone!!! For you, enjoy it, but yes please, keep the plan and also the blame going.

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