Last week I told you about my goal to declutter, clean up, get back on track. And today is the day I am to report back to you, my readers, with a progress report. What have I accomplished this week? Did I tell you I was going to tackle the Master Bedroom first? Well, if not, that was my original plan. But when I stepped back and took stock of all that was going on around here ~ re-entry following a Christmas high, hubby home on vacation all week, a holiday mid-week, decorations still decking the halls ~ I changed course.
To tackle my decluttering projects, I am taking tips from an ebook I’ve been reading an eBook called Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie! Drain the Ocean! by Dana White. This quote pretty much sums the whole declutter/organize dilemma for me:
“Organizing is problem-solving. Decluttering is decision-making. Each is daunting. Together they can be too much.” pg. 13, Drowning in Cutter?”
Last year I bought 2 of these terrific semi-transparent bins to help store my holiday decorations. They were even green for Christmas, that’s how ‘on top of things’ I was feeling. These bins would solve my problem. Ummm, not quite. I did utilize them, shoving this and that, randomly filling the bins. My usual tactic. Which hasn’t proven to be all that efficient. I used up more space than necessary and couldn’t find pieces and parts when I needed them.
This year, I decluttered the ornaments and decorations as we took them down and packed them away. If found things were actually getting more organized, without me even thinking about it, as I made decisions about what to toss, giveaway and keep. WooHoo!! Feels so good!! Can hardly wait till next year when I can pop open this one bin and totally trim the tree with out getting lost in mountains of paper and packaging.
My wrap up for this week: The tree is un-trimmed, the ornaments are tucked away, the garlands are stored in their appropriate and newly labeled bins, we said good-bye to the old year and welcomed the new, and I am PUMPED to get on with decluttering in 2014!!!
And this totally counted toward school hours for the kids – critical thinking and problem solving were definitely practiced this week as we sorted, sifted, stowed things away. Now that’s what I call multi-tasking!
Now it’s your turn. Please share in the comments your best declutter tips. How do you store your holiday items? I’d love to hear, I can use all the help I can get!
Edited to add: My current favorite decluttering resource is The 5 Day Clutter Shakedown (that’s my affil link.) This video course from Dana K White (A Slob Comes Clean.) She walks me through Decluttering Strategies for Real Life in a way the helps me make progress without getting overwhelmed.