De-Cluttering

On Wellness Wednesdays, I post about something related to wellness.  Today’s topic: clutter.  (I know a LOT about clutter.)

Photo Credit: Doree Weller

Photo Credit: Doree Weller

I’m no Suzy Homemaker.

In fact, I’m so not Suzy Homemaker that sometimes I look around and think, “Who lives in this mess?”

I mean, seriously, sometimes people apologize for their homes, and I just can’t figure out why.  What, there’s a glass beside the sink?  My dog hair has its own labor union, that’s how bad my mess is.

When we moved into the house in Texas, I swore it was going to be better.  I don’t think I’m suddenly going to turn into an excellent housekeeper or anything, but I wanted less clutter.  I know that de-cluttering is good for me.  Mentally, there’s something very positive about being able to look around a neat home, or being able to find something when I’m looking for it.

Over the past several months, I’ve been working on making sure there’s a place for everything.  See, it’s easier to put things away and keep them clean when you know where everything belongs.  I’m a fan of Ikea’s Kallax shelves.  They come in multiple colors and you can customize them with bins or doors.  We started off with a few for the kitchen with the overflow small appliances (like my food processor and juicer), and we liked that solution so much that we now have one for the living room.  Living rooms seem to be huge clutter magnets, aren’t they?

3M hooks are my other savior.  I used them to hang things like a step stool from the side of my kitchen cabinets, a funnel on the back of the pantry, a small bin with dry erase markers.  I’m feeling almost organized!

It feels really good to be able to have pretty things out in my house instead of clutter.  We hung up a ton of pictures this weekend and got out my Dia De Los Muertos paper machie dolls.

Pinterest has a ton of wonderful ideas that can be customized to meet your needs.  Because, the fact is, that what works for one person isn’t going to work for every person.  I really think that having less clutter around is a mood booster.  Even though I don’t like to clean, I feel good when my house is cleaner.

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