Out of My Control
I hate doing housework, but LOVE a clean house. Well, I don’t really hate the housework, but I don’t like to spend tons of time on it. It’s not the journey, but the end result that I crave.
I feel calm and grounded in an organized and neat environment. At work and at home. It’s my personal ritual, I guess. My entire life is kind of out of my control. Babies are born whenever they want to. Quickly, full force, screeching into this world. Or slowly – hesitant to budge. There is nothing I can do to make a baby come faster, or more slowly. They don’t usually come when I am completely ready for them. I am usually in the middle of something.
My teens have insane and busy schedules. We finally posted them on the refrigerator like a normal family. Everyone coming and going. We are beginning the college application process. SAT tests. Now my hubby is in Nursing School for his next career. His schedule is busy. In and out. Wild.
If we had massive disorganization in the house, I might just die. Seriously. I couldn’t take it. So slowly, slowly, we are getting to a place where everything has a place. Counters are clear. Excess is eliminated. Gone. Dumped in the little green boxes in the supermarket’s parking lots in town. Or taking to our local community shelter. They will have more use for it. Not me.
I’ve been reading lots of minimalist blogs and it feels good. I am definitely on the right track – even my daughter is downsizing.
So – how to do it?
- “When in doubt, throw it out.” It’s a mantra. If you aren’t absolutely sure you need it. You don’t. Probably. (And of course I am not advocating adding to the landfill. Recycle it. Reuse it. Donate it. Give it away.)
- Don’t Buy. Really, really think about what you bring into the house.
- Use it up! When you are de-cluttering make sure you know what you have so that you don’t have more than you need. Don’t buy a new conditioner until your other one is empty. Do you have four tubes of opened toothpaste? Know what you have, know what you need. Don’t buy more.
- Get rid of it. Again. You probably don’t need it. It won’t enhance your life. If you don’t love it, need it or use it often. Get rid of it.
What do you do? What are your three tips for de-cluttering?