A family of seven, as you can imagine, generates a lot of stuff over the course of their lifetime. It's surprising how much really. Towels, seem to somehow multiply. Books too. (Not that I mind. I love reading and have raised a family of readers. Knick knacks also multiply as the years go by. Five kids in school means home made ashtrays, clay pictures and Mother's Day gifts add up quickly. Add to that toys, papers, clothes, sports equipment and all those little things that kids need and you have a house full of clutter.
Clutter irritates me. I like to sit on my couch in the evenings after the kids are in bed and get some work done. But if the living room is cluttered, as it often is, especially when the kids are out of school for the summer, I cannot get any work done until the clutter is cleared up. That is the way my mind works. Clutter in my physical world ALSO affects the world in my head. Physical clutter = Mental clutter. I've noticed in the last year, I haven't been able to focus and get my work done. I feel like I haven't been as productive. Clutter is a distraction. Until I can clear my house of clutter, I can't clear my mind of clutter.
Eight years ago when we moved cross country from Michigan to Colorado, we decided to leave a lot behind which was great once we got to Colorado and settled in because it meant less stuff, less clutter and more space. Unfortunately more space means more space to fill and fill it we did. In the eight years we have been here, our house (and basement) has quickly filled up with stuff. Kids still seem to manage to accumulate more clutter. But as my kids are getting older and leaving the next (one is gone, another one is close to leaving) it's time to minimize and declutter.
I'll be having a yard sale in the coming weeks to get rid of some of our supplemental schooling stuff, old electronics, and lots of books and clothers. Anything not sold by the end of the day will be donated to the Salvation Army. That will take care of some of the clutter. For the rest, I'm getting a little help.
I decided to take Joshua Becker's course, Uncluttered at becomingminimalist.com. The course is normally a paid course, but Josh offered a deal. If you buy his book, The More of Less, you get the course for free.
I am SO looking forward to starting. During the course, I will be decluttering my houe and reporting back here on my blog.