Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t

Hi friends!  It’s been entirely too long since I’ve worked on the blog.  It started out with sick children, and then I had a little spell where I was extremely tired but not actually ill thanks to the Epstein-Barr virus.  I’m sure I’ll write up a little post all about that one day.  In any case, I’m finally on the up and up, after missing most of April and all of May!  So let’s catch up, k? Continue reading “Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t”

Finding Surprises While Decluttering

My month’s goal for April is to get rid of all our excess stuff.  I’m starting with the main level of my home.  Once I get that under control, I’ll move to the upstairs.  The upstairs has a LOT of problem areas:  my room, my older girls’ shared room, and a playroom/guest room.  Honestly, I don’t even want to think about those rooms, but I know that if I get them done, I’ll feel a weight lift from my shoulders.  Oh, and I also have the dreaded garage.  Why is it that everything ends up in the garage?!  I know why:  Because we don’t have a basement. 😊 Continue reading “Finding Surprises While Decluttering”

What Better Time of the Year to Refresh by Clearing Clutter While Spring Cleaning?!

It’s April!  One of my favorite Spring months!  The weather seems to be warmer.  Flowers are blooming, and the trees are starting to bud.  It’s a season of new growth and new beginnings.  It’s the perfect month to focus on something that makes me feel SO GOOD inside:  DECLUTTERING and SPRING CLEANING!

If you’ve known me for a very long time, you know that decluttering and cleaning is NOT something I’ve always been into.  When I was younger, I probably could have sat in a hoarder’s home and not been bothered by the stuff all around, as long as it was clean-ish.  I’d be bothered if there were bugs or if everything was actually dirty, but being just plain ol’ messy did not bother me in the least.  Somewhere in my home, I have a photo of my dorm room from freshman year.  In that photo, my side of the room looks like a bomb went off.  My roommate’s side of the room was perfectly polished.  It must have been torture for that poor girl to live in the same room with me!  For the most part, I kept everything contained to my side… I think.

After getting married and creating a family, I starting to get an itch to go minimalist and to be more organized.  When it was just me, my things were somewhat manageable.  However, with each new person we added to the family, our stuff grew more out of hand.  One morning I woke up and took a good look at the zoo I was living in.  I could feel all those brightly colored toys taking over my soul.  That was a moment of clarity.  My family had way more things than we needed. Continue reading “What Better Time of the Year to Refresh by Clearing Clutter While Spring Cleaning?!”