One of my goals for this year is to get my house in shape. One of the biggest problems around our house are the piles of "things" that accumulate
all over the place in some parts of the house. The worst is the kitchen counter. There's one corner that ALWAYS has a pile of papers sitting on it. I'm embarrassed to admit that I have a bag of mail sitting there that my neighbors collected while we were gone at Disney over New Year's! Still! I did go through and take out the bills and important "stuff" but it is still sitting there, full of junk mail!
|The Pile - and this is on a good day!|
So...one of my new routines is to bring in the mail, go through it IMMEDIATELY, and either file the important things or throw out the junk. I realized that if I just take 5 minutes to do this every day, I won't need a bigger chunk of time later on to go through everything that builds up. This goes for school papers, too! (Now I just need to get rid of that bag!)
We also have a lot of clutter in general (you would be amazed at what the rest of the dining room table looks like when I take pictures for my blog posts! I'm very good at clearing off a little section to make it "presentable" for a photo!!) I haven't quite figured out an easy way to get rid of this stuff without just going through room by room and weeding it out.
The second thing I've been doing this year is the old "hanger turn-around" trick! I have so many clothes that I never wear (and I know I never wear them, but I always think "maybe someday...") So, before January 1st, I turned all my hangers in the closet BACKWARDS and as I wear something, I replace the hanger the right way.
It's amazing how little I've worn in the first month and a half! Of course, it is winter in Iowa, so some of my things aren't even in the running right now. But I decided that by June or July, I will have a true picture of what I really wear, and the rest is OUT OF HERE!