So I don't know if it's the combination of me not being pregnant and finally getting a full nights sleep or what, but MOMMA IS ON A RAMPAGE.
Seriously. I've been on a major decluttering spree and I'm so sick of stuff. Do you ever have those times where it feels like the walls are closing in around you because of clutter and piles of junk? Yeah. That's where I'm at.
My goal is to go through every closet, corner, and pile of clutter until I know that I have gotten rid of everything we don't use. And then give everything a place to go.
I'm also trying to be realistic here and give myself a fair time frame. I do have three small children who need constant care, so I am starting small. But hey, I'm at least starting!
I worked on the boys toy box yesterday as a starting place. Toys are the thorn in my flesh. Not because I don't want my children to have fun and play with them, but we have SO. MANY. And my kids have lots of people who love them and want to bring toys, which is very sweet. But it's also makin' momma a lil cray cray. (ha)
I have tried to be good at keeping the toys at bay, and many times have taken brand new toys that the boys don't need and brought them straight to our local crisis pregnancy center. (Shhh. Don't tell the grandparents.) But even with me doing that, the lid on their toy box would still not close.
So I said enough. I went through the whole thing and instead of keeping six trucks, I left them three. They don't need two tractors so one will do just fine. I bagged up half of their blocks and put them away. A two year old does not need 40 blocks! (And my feet don't need to keep stepping on them! ha)
I then split those remaining toys in half and put one half in a box and one half back in their toy box. My plan is to switch the two out every month or so to keep things "fresh" without accumulating more toys. We'll see how that goes. I also organized and did the same thing with their bookshelf. Books mean so much more to me, so I kept most of them and will just continue to rotate them so they feel new to the kids.
My next project is all of my kitchen cabinets. I've already worked through over half of them and I have two boxes of glasses and plates we never use packed and ready for Goodwill. It feels so good to open my cabinets and see that they are not packed to the brim.
So I'm making progress, little by little.
I just want to simplify our life. We have so much going on with just the little people who occupy our house, much less all of the junk we've accumulated. I want to be able to focus on and enjoy my husband and children and not be stressed by things that have no meaning.
So I'm doing something about it.
I'll keep y'all posted on how I'm progressing and if my new little system works well with the toys. I'm learning as I go!
Now I'm off to enjoy a family lunch at Cracker Barrel and drop off a car load of junk to Goodwill!