Cleaning Out the Clutter

Even the most orderly of homes has corners and nooks collecting clutter…even mine. I’ve talked a lot on this blog about getting rid of the clutter in our homes. And, for the most part, I’ve done a good job of practicing what I preach. If you could walk around my house, peeking in the closets and under the beds, chances are there is little you would see as unnecessary clutter. For the most part.

Even though I don’t have a lot of “clutter”, the fact is that I live with an excessive number of possessions. “Excess” is probably subjective. What one person views as excessive another views as inadequate. I get that. But for our family, we have excess. So, I’m going to do a little project to trim down the number of items we live with.

Each week I’m going to try to eliminate one item. It may be something I would truly consider to be clutter – something completely unnecessary for our lives. Or, it may be something that I just think is excessive – something we don’t need but perhaps someone else does.

This week, I found some clutter hiding high in the pantry. Mikayla has been sick and I finally got desperate enough to look for some medicine for her. What I found was this huge box that used to hold baby medicines (baby tylenol and baby motrin and baby gas medicine) but, since Mikayla is nearly 4, we’ve used all the medicine and all that remained in this huge box was a random assortment of used syringes. Clearly, this is unnecessary clutter.

I kept a couple of the still useable syringes/medicine spoons and threw away the ones with worn off numbers that you really shouldn’t use. For now, I let Mikayla have the box. She’s been carrying her toys around in it. I expect it to only last a few days as it is not nearly sturdy enough to survive “toddler treatment” for very long – at which point it will also be removed from our home.

I’m excited about this little project. I think this will be eye-opening for me. Excess is pretty easy to spot once you start looking for it. I think it will be interesting to see how my definition of the word changes – things that I see as necessary now may seem excessive six months down the road. And, I think it will be good for Mikayla too. The younger she learns to live with less the more appreciative she’ll be of those items she does have.

Question: What’s one item you can remove from your home today?


10 responses to “Cleaning Out the Clutter

  1. Laura McClellan February 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    How about the box of stuff I’ve been meaning to take to Goodwill for months? I’m terrible about taking forever to do that sort of thing. I do like, one step per month. Month 1) decide I need to give away clothes. Month 2) put the clothes in a box. Month 3) put the box in the guest room out of my way. Month 4) decide I really should take that stuff to Goodwill….

    haha 🙂

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  4. Jeanette Brewer March 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Good thinking! Motivates me for “Spring Cleaning”! I need to keep it simple, start small, 1 thing at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed! I love the way you write!

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