“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” ~ Wendell Berry, Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer
Yeah. I’m there. At least close to there. In fact, I have a yard sale planned for the beginning of June and the wait is making me crazy.
Seven years ago, this house seemed so big. So empty. Seven years, four kids, two cats, a garden, several hobbies, lots of camping gear, and one cow later, I can barely walk through some rooms. The garage failed to hold vehicles long ago. Now, one of the rooms in the basement houses lots of outgrown clothes and baby items. ….and miscellaneous pots, pans, TV’s, books, the list goes on! I thought about posting a picture, but….
It doesn’t seem possible that one family could have so much stuff. Some of these things that clutter our home are needed or at least appreciated. Some of them just add to the stress of cleaning and living in our home. Now that I am past all the pregnancies and my babies are getting to a point where they can occasionally play for 20 minutes without needing my help, I am tackling the clutter that has been making me crazy.
Thought I’d share my favorite ideas and ask for you all to share some of your favorites.
These are the kids’ laundry baskets. Color coded, no less. As I fold clothes, I drop their socks into the bottom of the baskets. Then, I pile in the clean clothes and tote them upstairs. From there, it’s the kids’ job to put things away and mate their socks. Even the three year old can do it with a little help. Then, the baskets are put at the top of the stairs. The baskets also come in handy for “toy sweeps.” I have the kids visit each room looking for anything that belongs to them and kindly take it to their room.
The kids each have a designated towel hook for their bath towel. There is an extra hook in the middle, which makes the kids think we should get another baby. Pretty sure that ship sailed with that fourth c-section! Anyway, this saves me a ton of laundry.
Baby books are so hard to keep up with. This basket has helped me bunches! It’s easy to grab the whole basket and to veg-out on the swing or wherever and add a few things to each book. The big envelopes are a great timesaver, too. It is so nice to be able to slide little keepsakes, photos, pictures they draw, their weight and height from the latest doctor’s visit and birthday party invitations into their envelope and add them to the books later.
These cool storage bins are so nice for organizing meds. I have one for injuries, filled with bandages and Neosporin. The other tote is for sickness. It holds meds for anything from a tummy ache to a sore throat.
When I needed some cheap, yet manly bookshelves for Eric’s office, I found these great gorilla racks. Very rugged. Very manly. Very, very cheap. Let’s hear it for SAM’S Club.
Again, the gorilla racks come to the rescue! I love buying in bulk. It saves me trips to town with four kids age 6 and under. This is very, very valuable. This lovely gorilla rack allows me to see what I have, send the kids “shopping” in the basement, and easily put away my latest coupon/sale buying finds.
So, I hope you’ve found a few ideas you can use. I’d love to hear the organization/de-cluttering ideas that work well for you. I’m really struggling to keep the kids hand-me-downs organized. Craft supplies get me in trouble, too. So leave me a comment and share a tip or just complain about the mess that gives you headaches. I love hearing from you!