December, Declutter

Ah December.

A time of Joy……… and a time of clutter!

Paper, boxes, decorations, more toys and food!!  I find that everyone’s garbage days in December are over-flowing. It can be over-whelming, and most times brings un-needed stress into the family.

There was a day when this season put stress on me, it threw me for a loop. But now…… I’ve learned to conquer it. I conquer the clutter every December, and every season.

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Decluttering brings simplicity to your home. It’s true – less mess, less stress! You can have this peaceful simplicity too. Here are a few ideas:

Start small …….

Take an afternoon, or an hour to go through a closet, a room or a cupboard. Start in one place (so you are NOT over-whelmed) and choose to throw out 1-2 items that you don’t use anymore, and then move on.

If you do this at least once a week, you will eventually see a big difference in the state of your home.

Every November, moving into December, I take a scheduled day with our kids, and we gather items to give away. NOTE: I schedule this!  I put it on the calendar so that nothing else gets in the way of us working together to get it done.

I give every child a garbage bag, and they start in their rooms. We go through their drawers, closets,and under their bed. Eventually, their bags are full because we’ve found clothes that don’t fit anymore, toys they’ve grown out of, and some items that they just want to bless someone with. And yes, this happens each season.

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This brings me to my next point – Involve your children in the process! I am a big believer in “filling other people’s buckets”. I find it’s especially important around Christmas time to show the children  that this season is NOT about them, but it’s about Jesus and others.

This year, we had the opportunity and honour to take several bags, food and items to the Hamilton Dream Center, and Bibles for Missions. This is what we want our kids to see – giving to, and supporting  local charities are huge!. When children are involved, they see it as part of our lifestyle.

Next step – organize the areas you eliminated from.  Cleaning these areas and seeing the space, will make you feel like a million dollars!

There are so many benefits to decluttering your home! It’s not only healthy for your home atmosphere and family, but it’s great for peace of mind.

To summarize:

  • Declutter = simple
  • Simple = peace
  • Go slow
  • Eliminate items/clothes frequently (every 2-3 months)
  • Let go of items you don’t use any more
  • Get your kids involved
  • Establish a habit of removing the old, and making space

This wonderful season doesn’t have to be stressful, try decluttering your December!

What are some ideas you do to declutter?

 

Just make the bed!

Today, I thought I would re visit a post I did earlier in the year.  Since most of us are getting ready for back to school, this might be a good read.

MORNINGS …..

As a parent, what comes to your mind when you hear this word?.

Crazy?,

Out of control?

Unenjoyable?

Some mornings don’t go as smoothly as others, can we all agree with that?  Some mornings can be just plain frustrating, unorganized and messy, which makes us wish we had never woken up!  This probably will speak  to a lot of moms out there since  we usually  do the morning routine over and over each day.

I will be the first one to tell you that I LOVE routine!  When things are scheduled, smooth and organized,  I do my very best.  But,  how many know that this is not always the case each day. Things can get flipped upside down at any time when you have young children.

I’ll never forget during my first year of having a child. Something happened one day….. it messy bedwas mid-day, as I looked around my house with a crying baby in my arms, and I saw that every room was messy!. I hadn’t got up early, and I hadn’t even read my bible that day (thus the sleep deprivation!).  I was actually shocked, because this was not like me at all. I was overwhelmed. Even my bedroom was a disaster. So, without moping, I went to my bedroom, and I at least made my bed.

Just that simple act made me feel so much better!.  I then, continued to tidy up my room, and the rest of the day seem to go smoother.

I was reminded of the verse in Proverbs 31 that says  ‘She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the days work‘  vs 17.  It was from that day, that I started getting up early (or earlier) to plan the day, set the atmosphere, and of course….. make our bed!

Knowing that our bedroom was clean and organized, actually put a peace in my mind.  As we  kept having more children, this became more important.  I know this may seem very simple, but it worked for me. I didn’t get as overwhelmed just knowing that I at least had a clean peaceful sanctuary to go to if I needed to breathe.

If you are struggling with having a smooth morning routine,  here are a few things you could do.

  •  Get up before the rest of your family  (it makes a huge difference)
  •  Prepare the coffee maker the night before
  •  Make a  list for the day  (one of my favourite things to do!)
  • Get out any breakfast foods or items the night before
  • Pray, Pray, Pray (mom’s… this is a must!)
  • And of course, ……. make the bed

I know that as we try and set the course for our family’s day,  things may not always go as planned. The more we, as wives and mother’s try to put order in our home, everyone benefits from it,  and it may be as simple as just making the bed!.

made bed