Today I went to a park for playgroup. Ken was working at home, so I left Katrina napping, and just took Talia. This left me free to chat with my Mommy friends for the majority of our visit. I was able to chat with two of my most tidy friends about my call for help with decluttering.
Combining their ideas with your ideas from the comments you left on my previous post, and some of the things that I was already figuring out on my own, I have learned some things. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. If you really want to get rid of clutter, you need to hate it. I thought I hated it. But maybe I don't hate it enough. I'm working on that.
2. If everything doesn't have a place, then you need to keep decluttering.
So... if there isn't a place for something, you need to either get rid of that thing, or get rid of something that has a place, and give its place to that thing.
3. Making public statements about your intentions on your blog can be a powerful motivator. I have yet to try this one, but I'm thinking I will. So, watch for a proclamation of my grand intentions for decluttering, and then... HOLD ME TO IT!! Please!!
4. It feels good to give things away to someone who needs them.If you're local & you know someone who needs stuff, let me know. Otherwise, I guess I'll have to go the Goodwill route, which is also good, just not as good as giving it straight to a person you know needs it, y'know?
5. I should probably stop worrying about whether my kids will miss the toys I give away.Notice my language is less "sure" than the previous points. I'm trying to convince myself. And once I've truly convinced myself, I should be able to get rid of a lot of toys that we don't need. And hopefully the kids will not hate me for it. My friend Jenn assures me her son Ben is ok with it when he asks where a toy is and she says, "Oh, we gave it to the children who didn't have enough toys." (or something along those lines.)
Do you have other ideas that have been really helpful to you, in decluttering?
Please share them in the comments! I would love to hear about them!