Getting rid of the clutter


I have been an inconsistent follower of several minimalistic blogs. I also really like to pin blog posts on minimalism, but never go back and read them again. I have always been one to have too much clutter. My closets, shelves, and cabinets are often full of random items which I may or may not use on a regular basis. Even as a child and teenager I remember having my room filled with stuff.

Fast forward to present day and I am home with my two kiddos, continually cleaning and picking up. With children in the picture, I am finding that less is more. More stuff does not equal happier kids. It mostly just means more things to pick up off the floor. I have made it my mission to declutter and get rid of anything we don’t use on a regular basis. And I will finally have that yardsale, too.

Have you heard of the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It has been a big hit and is on the best sellers list – with thousands of reviews (average 4.5 stars). The basic theory is that you do not keep what doesn’t give you joy. I am almost done reading 10 Minute Declutter – an easy read that breaks down how to make decluttering a habit.  I also just started reading Simplicity Parenting, which I am already very intrigued by.

I have already gone through my drawers and closet. I’m 5 months post-partum ( and I have more baby-weight to lose) and between breast-feeding and changing styles, I had a lot of clothing that I was probably never going to wear again. Then, I tackled the entertainment center and storage ottoman in the living room. I even started going through my son’s clothing and closet.

My linen and hall closets are calling my name to be next, I think.
Anyone else working on decluttering and simplifying your life?