Last week I talked about how expectations can steal peace from homeschooling. This week I am going to share a bit about how clutter and chaos can steal our peace. You see, I kept fighting with the messy house and getting more and more stressed. Because I was stressed the kids were stressed. That’s when I realized that my problem wasn’t just mess. It was about the clutter and the chaos of the house. When I stopped and looked around I realized we just had too much stuff. More than that we had too much stuff that was not organized.
Clutter and Chaos
So what do you do when you know the problem is clutter and chaos? For us the answer has a few parts.
Clean the house –The first thing we did was a big family day cleaning. This helped us to be able to see what was mess and what was clutter.
De-clutter – After doing a simple cleaning on the house we started to de-clutter. This meant filling boxes with things we wouldn’t use and either taking them out for donations or storing them in the shed if we were emotionally attached to an item.
We have loaded up countless boxes so far and we still find things we don’t need. It has completely changed the fell of our household. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you de-clutter your home.
- Do I use it? – Is there an item you don’t use? Is that item taking up space that could be used for something else?
- Do I need it? – One of the big clutter areas in our life is clothing. We have way too much and some of it doesn’t even fit. I put a box where I fold laundry. As I find things that don’t fit I threw them in the box instead of sending them back to bedrooms.
- Does it work? Can I fix it? – If it is an item that is broken and I have “meant to” fix it for a long time and never made it a priority it may be time to pass it on.
- Can this provide needs? – Some items can be sold to bring extra income into the house. Looking at items and deciding if they can provide for a need can change whether you still want that item or not. There is also the question of whether that item can meet a need for someone else. Is it worth storing an item you rarely use that could bless someone now?