The other day I was looking for a decluttering project that I could finish in a fairly short amount of time. I had a chunk of time, and was wanting a finished product. I still need to work on the kids’ clothes (and many other things), but I want/need a bigger chunk of time for that. So I wandered around the house looking for the right project.
Here’s where I finally stopped:
This large box of junk is in my kitchen, next to the toy organizer that should be in the basement, but can’t fit because we haven’t gotten rid of our old TV and stand.
I have a little confession about this box. It’s an unfinished decluttering project… from when Mr. ReadySetSimplify cleaned out the minivan. And I already posted the before and after pictures! Yikes! When I posted those pictures I had in my mind that the project was finished. But really there was this box sitting in my house.
This is an example of how sometimes I don’t even really see or think about the clutter in my house! By the way, Mr. RSS did get rid of a lot of stuff from the van when he cleaned it out. But this box was left.
Now on to the finishing of the decluttering! First I took everything out and sort-of semi-grouped things together:
I got the kids involved and had them put things away and help make decisions about what should stay and what should go. About half of these things were simply put away in their proper place, a bunch of stuff went to recycling (including that big pink blow-up dolphin that has a hole in it), a little bit went to the trash, and these are the things going out the door:
See how I already have them in a bag ready to go into the car? I’m trying to be a good girl, and not let them escape back into the house.
And here is the box, being repurposed as a temporary caterpillar home:
- My island is now 1/4 covered with stuff – need to fix that before it gets out of control.
- I did my Bible reading/prayer time and unloaded the dishwasher before the kids were even awake this morning! Yay for progress!
Do you ever struggle with not really “seeing” the clutter in your house? I wonder if it’s a subconscious ignoring?
I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing.