Clutter Is The Enemy

Everything has a place and everything in its place.

The easiest way to a clean home is to limit clutter.  When friends come to visit they always ask how do you keep your home so clean with 4 kids?  My initial response is my home is so dirty right now, this response stems from the OCD personality I try so hard to hide.  The truth is I spend a lot of time keeping my home clean, organized and beautiful because I enjoy it.  I remember when I was younger I would be dusting while my family was watching TV.  Crazy right?  Today I have a hard time getting places on time because I can’t leave my house unless everything is put away.  Again, crazy right?  The birth of each child has weakened my strength to see this through on a daily basis and I am so grateful for that because I know how silly this is.

The most important thing you can do to eliminate clutter is…

 Don’t be a hoarder!

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If you are thinking I’m not a hoarder.  There is nothing in my home that can be thrown away.  Think again!  The hardest thing is to eliminate the unnecessary items in your own home and EVERYBODY has unnecessary items.  My advice is to pick one closet to start with and work your way through each closet in your home getting rid of things.  If you haven’t used it in 90 days, eliminate it.  If you haven’t thought about using it in 60 days, eliminate it.  In most cases people keep things because they spent a lot of money on it and they think I’ll use it someday.  Chances are they won’t it will sit there year after year collecting dust and occupying valuable space.  I do not spend endless amounts of money on baskets and containers to organize my closets.  My kitchen cabinets aren’t filled with expensive matching plates and serving dishes but they are neat and tidy.  Less is more.  If something new is bought something old is taken out.  Don’t be a hoarder!  Resist the urge to buy something that won’t be used on a daily basis.  Repair your old items that can be repaired and replace the ones that absolutely cannot.  Try to live by this rule, if I use it everyday find a place, if it’s not a necessity don’t buy it.

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