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Old 12-05-2012, 03:45 AM   #1
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I recently went through all our clothing and purged a bunch, also went through cloth diapers and did the same. My house is in chaos (mostly due to a bathroom remodel taking place) I think today's target will be our board game closet. Just going to empty everything out and try to get rid of things.

What are some other good places to hit? I know I need to go through my kitchen and get rid of dishes too. What are some place you find need to be decluttered? I am p rely happy with myself for cleaning off the tops of my kitchen cabinets no junk there anymore, sadly the fridge is still a dumping ground.

I'm just generally feeling overwhelmed, with two little ones and three big boys I have little time to declutter, but this has to happen. I feel like I am enslaved to stuff! And I want it gone, help mommas I need encouragement!

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:31 AM   #2
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Re: Want to minimize but overwhelmed!

Way to go in purging! We have also been trying to finally clean out stuff for our new baby. Unopened mail from 3 yrs ago, clothes, and the medicine cabinet- which I threw out one-third of very expired meds! Its refreshing, yet a never ending battle. We are trying a "sorting bin" system- where we put misc. things without a "home" to sort once a week, or trash.

Its really hard to let some things go- like books- we love the idea of reading them, but seldom actually get to read them and they have overflowed from the book case into the ...bathroom, haha!
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:32 AM   #3
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Maybe a list would help you out?

Here's a good one... you don't necessarily have to do it a day at a time, or even in order. I've used this list more than once to purge through my house. There's a pdf to download.

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/...ered-home.html

When I need motivating, I focus on a smaller area like a closet, pantry, toy area, etc. because you can see a big change more quickly. Since you're redoing your bathroom right now, maybe go through everything that you took out of there? That way you don't bring clutter back in?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
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Since you're redoing your bathroom right now, maybe go through everything that you took out of there? That way you don't bring clutter back in?
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If it is an overwhelming process I would just do 2 garbage bags a day for a week to start. 1 for garbage and 1 for donate. At the end of the week you will have 14 bags.
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I wrote every room in my house down....then each room had a smaller list of things to purge/organize.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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Re: Want to minimize but overwhelmed!

I purge whatever I'm feeling inspired to do. You could try sitting in a comfortable spot and seeing what catches your eye. I love getting things that are visually unpleasant (like stuff on top of the kitchen cabinets - good job!), that way it looks like you've done a lot and you'll notice it next time you sit down.

Yesterday I did the drawer in the bathroom while baby took a bath and wiped out half the drawer! Just one simple drawer and I felt very accomplished.
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