I am rubbish at keeping on top of things around the house. It does not come naturally to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it when it is tidy and I am on top of things. I’m just not organised enough to keep it there.
Kids don’t make it easy either. One of them needs me, or food, or changing, or somebody to play with. Constantly. I’ve now reached a point where I don’t have a little tiny baby or a big pregnant belly for the first time in three years though, and with Iris spending two mornings a week at nursery and Astrid sleeping much better, I finally feel I can tackle it.
We need a massive declutter. Our house isn’t cluttered enough to make it on to one of those TV shows about hoarding. I’m not naturally a hoarder. I used to move house a lot when I was single, and it made sense to travel light. Trev has been in the house a long time though, so has acquired quite a lot of stuff. Plus there’s all the baby stuff, the outgrown clothes, and the toys. Oh, and my craft stuff. I own a lot of yarn.
So I’ve made a start. Trevor doesn’t really know what to make of it, but I think he’s enjoying the results. I didn’t really start out with a plan, I just started. The toys in the living room were the biggest hurdle so I started there. We had so many toys in our alcove (that kind of acts like a teeny tiny play room) that nobody had played with in years. Three huge bin bags full actually. I’ve snuck them out to the charity shop to avoid any children claiming that something they never play with has become their most favourite toy ever. The baby toys and rattles filled another bag which went to my sister for my tiny niece. Broken toys, of which there were many, went in the recycling.
Next came the various other piles of junk around the room. Some things were kept, but moved away. I’m trying to sell some stuff.
My living room looks great! We actually have bare surfaces, and a place for everything to live. I can see the pictures on my mantelpiece because there is no clutter in front of them. The children can easily get to their toys and can find things quickly as they know where everything lives.
Now I’m addicted.
I keep coming across things that I didn’t know were bugging me and just doing them. Not putting them off.
Seriously, it’s amazing. Try it! I want to get the whole house done by Christmas, but that’s probably not realistic!