Well, it is now official. I am turning into my mother. My family refers to my mother’s house as “the clutter zone”. She never throws anything away and continually adds new “treasures” to her already overflowing stash. I am ashamed to say that my house is starting to look a little like the clutter zone.
This realization first hit me, literally, when I reached for something on the top shelf of a closet and everything on that shelf came tumbling down on top of me. I was again made aware of my problem when I bought some new clothes. I went to hang them in the closet, really it was more like stuffing them in there, when the closet rod broke and all the hanging clothes slid onto the floor. The final straw came when I was trying to tidy up before having guests over and realized I had no where to put the items I was trying to pick up. Every drawer, shelf, nook and cranny was already packed full of things.
It’s time for a major clean up program. I have a three-fold plan to get my house back in order: organize, discard, and exchange. I have armed myself with numerous boxes. I will use them to organize things I don’t use frequently. For example I’ll have separate boxes for games, jigsaw puzzles, arts and craft projects, clothes that are too small, and clothes that fit but I don’t wear. I will continue to organize everything in the house that way. The boxes will be labeled with specifics of what is inside. By organizing everything I should be able to readily see where I have unnecessary duplicates of things.
The second part of my plan, to discard items, is the most important part of my program to decrease the clutter. I need to get rid of things. This can be done by throwing out, selling, or donating. There will be boxes, or trash bags, for these items also. I’m hoping that I will be able to part with enough things to actually fill them.
I have a backup plan in case I am unwilling to discard a significant amount of my clutter. The boxes filled with items I don’t use will be stacked in the basement. Over the next three months I will make myself get rid of something every week. After three months, if I still haven’t used items from these boxes I will force myself to get rid of at least two boxes. For the following three months, my plan is to get rid of something at least twice a week. After six months, if the boxes are still there, haven’t been used, and are not planned to be used, I will take them to Goodwill.
The third phase of my plan will hopefully prevent me from reverting back to my old habits of filling up the house with clutter. Whenever I bring something new into the house, I need to get rid of something else. If I get a new pair of shoes, I need to get rid of a pair. If I buy a new game, I need to give away a game.
Hopefully I will stick to my plan and my house will soon be clutter free. I’m looking forward to having the freedom to move around my house without stepping over things, and being able to take things out of closets without everything toppling on top of me. Now I just need to get my mother to follow the plan for her clutter zone.