De-Clutter to Make Room for the New

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De-cluttering to Make room for the New

I took some time to de-clutter my home recently.  I kept the de-cluttering simple…just two kid’s art supply cupboards.  That ought to be simple, right?  Let me tell you a bit about these cupboards. They contain all of the wonderful supplies my children used to create while growing up. Stickers, pens, paints, paper, odds and ends, glue…do you have a cupboard like that?

My children still go to these cupboards from time to time to get a glue stick here, a piece of paper, a marker, or a crayon. But they are moving in to different types of creating and need the materials in these cupboards less and less, *sigh*…

As I went through each cupboard, I took a moment to look at some of the supplies within and remembered so many of the projects that were created! I got to thinking about relationships and about how each of us in the family is so different at each stage of our lives.  There was glitter from creating amazing cards for grandparents and friends, old coloring books with scribbles, scratch board with names written in a lovely youthful penmanship and a letter from a trip the boys took to the pumpkin patch from Grandpa!

Continuing my “de-cluttering”, I pulled everything from the cupboards out onto the floor. I took a look at what to save, what to dump and what might be used by other children (Goodwill). When noticing the millions of markers, I discovered that many of them were dried out. But the crayons remained a steadfast reminder of past projects and will last forever in the coffee tin where they will remain. Lots of dried out glue and yellowing paper was in there…four trash bags full!

It was easier than I thought to get rid of the old “junk”. I must have picked just the right time to go through these cupboards. No old nostalgia to hold me back (because sometimes, the old feelings and emotional “attachment” to stuff can make the de-cluttering task take a bit longer than planned!). Plus, the cupboards were not being emptied entirely, just a clearing out of the old and unused to make room for the new.

Here is my list for de-cluttering to make room for the new:

  1. Overwhelm-Many, many places need to be de-cluttered! I pick out all of the places in my house that need to be de-cluttered. I write each room on its own note card. Then, I put the cards into a stack and set them aside.
  2. Allow the overwhelm of SO many tasks to dissipate by taking a walk and leaving the cards (above) out of my sight for a few days.
  3. Come back to the card/lists and choose ONE location. Circle ONE small space within that room or area to focus on. Keep the task small and do-able (How long will this de-cluttering take?)
  4. Look through the weekly schedule and pick a time-slot to complete the de-cluttering task.
  5. Set the date/time into your calendar. Start small so that the job will be completed within the allotted time-frame.
  6. De-clutter! Clear out that space!
  7. Step back to look at your newly cleaned out and organized space
  8. Celebrate!

Now I can see that the cupboards hold just the supplies we need for the “now” of our lives. They are all so much easier to access for future projects. This also creates a sense of peace for me as I know just what is behind each cupboard door.

De-cluttering small spaces brings in a calming. A clearing away of that which is no longer needed and an opening to the possibilities for the future is gained. Breathing and enjoying this moment. Then, on to the next space to be cleared that is listed on my note cards. I wonder which it will be…
What will you de-clutter this week?

De-Clutter to Make Room for the New

IMG_5192 IMG_5193 IMG_5194 IMG_5195

 

De-cluttering to Make room for the New

I took some time to de-clutter my home recently.  I kept the de-cluttering simple…just two kid’s art supply cupboards.  That ought to be simple, right?  Let me tell you a bit about these cupboards. They contain all of the wonderful supplies my children used to create while growing up. Stickers, pens, paints, paper, odds and ends, glue…do you have a cupboard like that?

My children still go to these cupboards from time to time to get a glue stick here, a piece of paper, a marker, or a crayon. But they are moving in to different types of creating and need the materials in these cupboards less and less, *sigh*…

As I went through each cupboard, I took a moment to look at some of the supplies within and remembered so many of the projects that were created! I got to thinking about relationships and about how each of us in the family is so different at each stage of our lives.  There was glitter from creating amazing cards for grandparents and friends, old coloring books with scribbles, scratch board with names written in a lovely youthful penmanship and a letter from a trip the boys took to the pumpkin patch from Grandpa!

Continuing my “de-cluttering”, I pulled everything from the cupboards out onto the floor. I took a look at what to save, what to dump and what might be used by other children (Goodwill). When noticing the millions of markers, I discovered that many of them were dried out. But the crayons remained a steadfast reminder of past projects and will last forever in the coffee tin where they will remain. Lots of dried out glue and yellowing paper was in there…four trash bags full!

It was easier than I thought to get rid of the old “junk”. I must have picked just the right time to go through these cupboards. No old nostalgia to hold me back (because sometimes, the old feelings and emotional “attachment” to stuff can make the de-cluttering task take a bit longer than planned!). Plus, the cupboards were not being emptied entirely, just a clearing out of the old and unused to make room for the new.

Here is my list for de-cluttering to make room for the new:

  1. Overwhelm-Many, many places need to be de-cluttered! I pick out all of the places in my house that need to be de-cluttered. I write each room on its own note card. Then, I put the cards into a stack and set them aside.
  2. Allow the overwhelm of SO many tasks to dissipate by taking a walk and leaving the cards (above) out of my sight for a few days.
  3. Come back to the card/lists and choose ONE location. Circle ONE small space within that room or area to focus on. Keep the task small and do-able (How long will this de-cluttering take?)
  4. Look through the weekly schedule and pick a time-slot to complete the de-cluttering task.
  5. Set the date/time into your calendar. Start small so that the job will be completed within the allotted time-frame.
  6. De-clutter! Clear out that space!
  7. Step back to look at your newly cleaned out and organized space
  8. Celebrate!

Now I can see that the cupboards hold just the supplies we need for the “now” of our lives. They are all so much easier to access for future projects. This also creates a sense of peace for me as I know just what is behind each cupboard door.

De-cluttering small spaces brings in a calming. A clearing away of that which is no longer needed and an opening to the possibilities for the future is gained. Breathing and enjoying this moment. Then, on to the next space to be cleared that is listed on my note cards. I wonder which it will be….
What will you de-clutter this week?

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