I’ve had a minor break-through in the last day or so. We’re preparing to invite Little Fearse’s nearest, dearest and besties into the house for her birthday, so we really need to start gaining some front in the clutter wars. I’ve noticed a distinct pattern in clutter in the house. We’re much better at keeping some areas clean these days, simply because Little Fearse can reach those surfaces. Anything that is out of her current reach becomes a dumping ground for anything that she would destroy or eat.
In my blog reading I came across this very inspirational post on Slow Your Home. I don’t know if this is a sign that I am now officially ‘converted’ but I actually became excited while I was reading these steps. Some of them are things I think we are very good at – such as being grateful for what we have. We are. We feel very lucky and very blessed. We count these things constantly and rarely wish for things we don’t have right now.
Some of these things we are, quite frankly, crap at. For instance, I have one deadish fern in the house and some possibly dying succulents in the bathroom. The backyard contains two dead former house plants. I am crap at indoor gardening and only marginally better at outdoor gardening. I want to be good at it, I really do. I’m sure I will get better with time. I remember to feed my baby and sometimes myself – I find it difficult to remember to feed the plants.
Anyway, yesterday I performed a “clutter bust” on two surfaces that had been bugging me for months: the top of the piano and the top of the buffet. Here are some before shots (not from yesterday, but you get the general idea):
I filled the laundry basket to capacity and beyond and returned everything to its rightful place. When it didn’t have a rightful place I made one…or tossed the item. It didn’t take much to get things looking a lot better. Of course, nothing is perfect…
Perhaps you can help us with this problem: what do we do with things we want to keep out of Little Fearse’s reach to avoid another clutter bomb appearing almost immediately? A partial solution is this handy box kindly passed on by some past students of mine (thanks Lyn, Jemma & the twinnies!).
This now stores keys, camera & chargers in one handy spot. If I remember to put them there…
Love to hear your ideas,
PS I am keenly aware that we are overdue for a clutter collage update, however every time I suggest it BP says “No, not today. I think that’s a bad idea”. I’m not sure what he’s waiting for…