**This is part of a series, you can find Part 1 HERE.** And if you are working through these posts, this one is all about mindset and how to declutter.
The Right Mindset
I have said often that I don’t want to spend my life moving things around. And what I mean by that is, I don’t want to waste precious hours by picking up things off the floor that have no home, then sitting them on the kitchen counter, only to move them to the table 3 days later, then finally shove them in a closet some time after that simply because I’ve become fed up. It’s just not a profitable use of time.
There have been a countless number of methods, steps, and systems to getting a clean house, but here’s the thing… if your mindset isn’t there, no method, step or system will help.
No amount of 15 minute clean up increments, trash bags or whatever else is out there will make a long term difference. It just won’t. And yes, not even my Elements of Christian Homemaking Course.
A wife may be overwhelmed, perhaps frustrated or feeling bogged down by her surroundings, but until she has the mindset for getting her home in order, it will never happen.
How you view home management and cleanliness in your home is of utter importance and necessary for success.
Starting to DeClutter
Step 1: scrap all the systems you’ve heard about.
You can’t have a clean home if you have too many things.
It is crucial for you to rid your home of items you don’t use. It can be done, honest, I do it all the time.
“Mom, didn’t we once have a food dehydrator?” asks one of the children. “Yes,” I respond, “but we never used it and it took up too much room, so I threw it away.” True story. It’s been 6 years and we’ve only “wished” we’ve had it about 3 times since then.
Just about every town, even small towns, have a place that will take donations of home items. Bless them! Toss the junk and broken things, then bless others with the items your family doesn’t actually use.
This is something that should be done quickly. Don’t drag it out or you may start to have second thoughts. You may even want to rent a small dumpster from the company that collects your garbage. That way, everything that needs to go in the garbage won’t be sitting around your house for several days tempting you to bring it back in.
Once you’ve eliminated all of those types of items, it will be easier to get to things you can donate. Again, do this quickly. For some it will take 2-3 days, for others it may take up to 10 days. And don’t think about it as you are doing this. Don’t wonder if it will make a difference or if you’ll regret getting so much out of your home. Just work on the task at hand, don’t be distracted.
Speaking of distractions… caring for children, cooking meals and general upkeep of your home isn’t a distraction. Unnecessary phone calls, time online, too many errands or fighting with small children about why they can’t keep something is a distraction. Limit the true distractions.
Now that you’ve done all that, you can begin to organize and clean up. In part 3 I offer you different routines to begin the de-cluttering process in your own home.
Also, if you desperately need to think correctly about homemaking, and learn how to be more productive and peaceful in your home, you can sign up for the updates for the Elements of Christian Homemaking Course that will be available again this May.