Time to Declutter and Organize

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 11, 2013

For quite some time now I have wanted to purge, declutter, and organize just about every area of my life, especially my house. There seems to be less and less room for us to live and enjoy life, due to the stuff that keeps piling up around us. Stuff ends up in corners, in half destroyed boxes, or just out of place. I am just tired of the stuff.

I know the problem lies with me. I have always put off organizing and can safely say it’s simply been because of lack of time and energy. Being pregnant or nursing for almost eleven years solid, and having lots of little ones has always taken a lot out of me. It was easier to drop something in a box or tuck it in a cupboard.

My babies are no longer so little. Books aren’t pulled off the shelves so much any more. It’s all the hidden places that need help.

With little bursts of energy I have began plowing through my house. My master bath and closet were among the first to declutter. It seemed to take more and more time each day to find clothes (that actually fit me), and hair products (that really worked on my hair), and I knew I needed a major purge. FOUR garbage bags full of clothes, handbags, and shoes dropped off at Goodwill and my closet is now manageable. I’m embarressed to admit to how many boxes of toiletries were either thrown away or given away, but there were several boxes of stuff I didn’t need or couldn’t use!

my organized closet

My kitchen cupboards were next. Too many chipped and cracked plates, bowls, and mugs were tucked behind those we could actually use. Out went all of the glass dinnerware and in came the more durable, non-breakable pieces.

With Zach, Julia, and Josh’s help, I tackled our shoe and coat closet today. Not only had all of our Christmas decorations just been thrown (literally!) in to the closet, every single day my children are heard complaining of not being able to find their shoes or jacket, no matter where they remember placing them the night before.

messy closet 2

We first removed every single item from the closet. Because the space is bigger than the nursery we created for baby Joshua years ago, we found Christmas decor, snow play gear, shoes, bags, and even some missing socks! Nothing was to go back in to the closet that didn’t belong.

I found some great organizational pieces at Walmart for our shoes – a fabulous shoe rack, a beautiful basket, and a table. I planned to repack all of the Christmas decor in the plastic storage containers I already had.

organization

{1} Better Homes and Gardens 16-Pair Shoe Organizer

{2} Honey Can Do Urban Table With Storage Basket

{3} Willow Basket

Once we bagged up the shoes that no longer fit or wanted by any of the nine of us, we were left with a basket full of flip-flops and sandals, a couple of pairs of boots, and a shoe rack full of shoes! We can actually walk in to the closet now, and even have a place for the vacuum cleaner.

organized shoe and coat and storage closet. 2.jpg

As I continue to purge, declutter, and organize other areas of my life, I’ll press on in my home – cupboard by cupboard, closet by closet; a little at a time.

What areas of your life – hidden and visible – need to be purged, decluttered and organized?

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart lit the fire under me to get my multi-purpose closet a much-needed makeover and has provided me with compensation for the time and effort spent creating this post. 

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melinda January 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

umm our basement needs help decluttering!! but i guess i will tackle that before we move into our new home! i think that is one thing i love about moving — getting rid of stuff to make room for MORE new stuff haha!!! :)

good luck with the decluttering! least your family participates with this — mine shout “don’t touch my stuff, i want to keep it all,” as they all sit and watch tv or play!

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