I always thought that decluttering would make life less stressed. We own bigger homes than decades ago just so we can fill it up with stuff. I think half of it is the thrill of shopping. Buying something new makes us feel good. These things clutter our lives and add stress.
So my husband and I had a rummage sale and tried our best to rid our lives of as much stuff that wasn’t needed. We definitely could have got rid of more. But, by even doing this…we continue to get frustrated by how cluttered and messy our lives are even with less stuff.
We had an ah-ha moment. Yes, it’s nice to get rid of things and declutter, but it’s more about our home is organized. We made a plan. We figured out what frustrated us the most and drilled down to see why it was a problem. Here is what we discovered and how we made it better.
1. We always had garbage all over our counter top. We decided that the location to our garbage can was not working for us. We originally had it in a closet…out of sight, out of mind. Having to open a door every time to throw away something was a hassel By buying a new garbage with a lid, and putting it out in the kitchen has kept our counters clean.
2. We always misplaced our keys. I didn’t want to install a key holder because our sun room had nice wood paneling (not the 80’s style – more like cabin style) and I didn’t want to mess it up. So I installed those adhesive hooks that you can pull a tab and it releases. This was an efficiency that requires a new habit but so far it’s working.
3. We put a garbage in the bathroom. This made a huge difference. I didn’t realize how much garbage we created in this room.
4. We put a laundry hamper in the bathroom as well. We would always have piles of dirty clothes on the floor and just putting it in a bin has made our house so much cleaner.
5. We always had issues with one of us opening mail and leaving it all over the table. We are still working this one out. We need to find a way to remove consistently putting waste in the recycling. This will require a new habit.
We do have a long way to go, but we are finding ways to make our household easier to live in. So far, it’s making a huge difference.