I love reading books and articles on becoming more organized, or clearing clutter, or simplifying your life. I love books with cleaning tips, and cleaning schedules and challenges.
I own Organized Simplicy and 31 Days to Clean.
I have read through most of Organized Simplicity, and skimmed 31 Days to Clean. I completely agree with each book. I would love to practice every tip in each book!
Here's my problem: I can't figure out how to do these things with two young kids tugging at my leg! Or on most days, one kid at me leg, the other on my hip :0)
I have finally given up on doing the whole house declutter in a week thing, and realized that organized and cleaning challenges are not for me at this time.
Instead, I have implemented a simpler, slower de-clutter routine. One that can be done slowly, with the kids in the house.
Here's my first step: Linen Closet. As I was folding my huge pile of laundry, I realized that I could not fit the stack of clean towels into the linen closet because...it was already too-full with towels! I brought the kids upstairs with me, took all of the towels out of the closet, and only put back the 4 best towels. I then pulled out 4 extra towels for the spare bathroom. Hopefully they will stay "spares"!
I boxed up the rest of the towels, and they will be donated. I have to admit, I considered saving the towels for a future project! I didn't, and they are boxed up and waiting to be loaded into the car.
It is my hope that by eliminating all the towels that I did, I will be saved from a huge laundry pile up. Or atleast have a smaller pile! Even if I have a pile of towels to wash, I will put that off, knowing that my linen closet is full of clean towels I can use. Now that we have 4 towels for us, I will hopefully be more inclined to wash and fold the laundry sooner, knowing that we will need those towels.
I will be sharing more simple ways to slowly eliminate clutter and time wasters soon.
What is your most dreaded task in the home?