Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Conquering Clutter


DISCLAIMER: This photo is NOT my house..... (thank goodness...)

Did y'all see Oprah today? I think I'm going to do this. Not that my house is as bad as Marin's was (oh my GOSH!!!!) but it definitely could use some help.

How do you guys stay on top of clutter? Do you find that clutter affects your mood? Your motivation? (It definitely affects mine!)

Do have you have an area, like me (my basement) where you just dump stuff, close the door, and forget it? (Then when you go down there, you look around in abject terror, and then FLEE!!)

10 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

I have not seen the show yet,but I will watch it soon. Clutter to me is an easy thing to tackle. We sometimes get backed up around here in different rooms, but when we (I) take about 15-30 minutes I can take care of it. Mostly things need to be filed, trashed or recycled. I DO have a terrible time doing anything in a cluttered room. That is how my brain works, or lack there of.....
really, it disturbs me. And to think, I grew up in a mess most of my life. I need everything to be pretty orderly now.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

I don't like clutter. Therefore we don't have knickknacks and stuff. We have a really small apartment so that helps, I suppose, but we don't collect ornaments and we don't think twice about throwing things away or donating to Goodwill. We both hate dusting! =)

Boquinha said...

I didn't see Oprah, but I just looked at the slides. I did see someone spreading a huge tarp in their yard! Hmmm . . .

Do you watch Friends? That room you're talking about where you close the door and ignore it? It's the Monica closet!

Bella said...

OMG. Clutter is one of my pet peeves! I'm constantly fighting it!

I also consider myself a "fly baby". If you haven't read the book by The Fly Lady, you must!!! I love her system.

flylady.net

Oh...I did watch Oprah! =)

karengberger said...

Yes; it's the loft in the top of our house. It was supposed to be an office/craft room, but "life" intervened. The good news is, I just learned about www.flylady.net a few weeks ago, and her coaching is helping me to de-clutter my house. One of the motivators is that David wants to turn the loft into a "teen hangout," so he is going to organize his stuff...I think. I moved mine! Shredding documents, making new files, and then "throw away, give away or put away." It is so invigorating! God bless you.

My Little Stories said...

I hate clutter but I can't help having them. It will start with an unfinished filing task, or some books taken from the shelf and left some place else. Later on I'll feel that there are so many little things around the house that are not in proper places. I feel bad, but when I'm tired from a day's work, I'll just schedule a day to clean up. Problem is... the schedule might be next month, or next two months, etc..

Busy Bee Suz said...

Watched the show last night w/ the girls. They were (and Jeff) appaled by how people can live in such messes. Apparently my girls have blinders on in their rooms. :)
I would lose my mind in a cluttered/messy house. seriously. I would be medicated.

D'Arcy said...

I DID watch Oprah today...yes. Wow, that was crazy!!! Unfortunately I have a bit of OCD, so all of my things are crazily organized. It's a curse/blessing.

Smileygirl said...

When I first saw that pic my eyes popped out of my head! Then I read the disclaimer. Phew!

I am going to do the Oprah thing too. Since we are moving AGAIN in less than 6 months I can't keep carting this crap with me everywhere I go.

However, right before we moved here I was in a purging mood and got rid of a bunch of old sheets and towels that we haven't used in the last 6 years. Well today as I'm making the bed I think, "Oh let me grab those warm fuzzy flannel sheets." And yep, they're gone. So that's part of why I hesitate to purge a good majority of my "just in case I'll need this one day" stuff.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Smiley,
In just a couple of days, I've gotten rid of a fair amount of junk. Nothing like the folks on Oprah, but enough to make me feel "less burdened", if that makes sense. It really does give you a certain sense of peace. I'm going to keep doing it.

The basement of course, will be my "Mount Everest".... it will have to be done last. And I may need the help of a team of sherpas to get me to the summit. :-)