A clutter free environment is probably the staple for everyone (unless you’re the type who actually thrives in untidiness or mess). As a mum, we deal with an endless stream of toys and so, so, so much crafting, I’ve actually fantasised about having a super clean and clutter free house. My fantasies have changed over the years!
Having different items scattered here and there isn’t helpful for my mind and emotional well-being.
So the question for mothers is how can we effectively deal with clutter while managing a job, family and kids?
Here are some things to consider
- Be mentally prepared and believe in the benefits:
I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind to de-clutter/ Loud music pumping also helps!
So I need to be mentally prepared. It’s like the universe is telling me I have to really be invested in the job, otherwise it won’t work. Some people find it difficult to de-clutter- possibly owing to hoarding tendencies. This really goes back to being psychologically ready to let go of mess.
- Break it into baby steps:As long as you are consistent, you can achieve this goal. Perhaps going gradually at a particular task at a time, will help. Or just think of one room at a time. Or even smaller steps such as the bookshelf, or the office desk, or the doorway.
- Schedule Decluttering Sessions:
Having a specific time to declutter can be really useful. It might be that you deice to declutter every Saturday morning, or maybe twice a month. Scheduling time usually has a higher success rate. For me, a less cluttered house usually helps to get a less cluttered mind. And who doesn’t want that?
- Take a break from buying stuff:
Question if what you want to buy is really needed. If after some consideration, the answer is no then why get it? You’re probably better off saving the money instead. Add it to your budget!
- Create a laundry routine:
If like me, your washing machine is on every other night, then there might not be lots of space to add more loads in. I choose to run it at night time because I don’t like the noise when I’m working from home during the day. Also- running it at night allows me to use the proper full wash setting so that it cleans clothes properly. I used to use the 45 minute wash and it just didn’t really clean very well.
It may help to decide on specific day to any big item laundry like duvet covers and throws.
Marie Condo method
Marie condo (a Japanese organising consultant) has a predefined way to declutter and her method. The KonMari method gives you six basic rules. They are:
- Commit yourself to tidying up
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle
- Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose
- Tidy by category, not location
- Follow the right order
- Ask yourself if it brings joy
In addition, the five essential categories to tackle:
- Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
- Sentimental Items
Marie Kondo’s ways have been useful in decluttering over time. She has created her own breakdown of things that when followed, can achieve a fantastic result.
Let’s face it though, the kids may or may not trash the house in a relatively short space of time- but I’m willing to stay on this decluttering train! Once you’re done with the decluttering, you may want to create a great home office.