Marie Kondo says, “If something doesn’t bring you joy, toss it.”
In the art of Munkensmat, you only keep ONE thing in an area and set the rest on fire with a flaming arrow. (Any Brooklyn 99 fans out there?)
In our house, we tend to just hold on to things, well… forever. We don’t really have a system. But, for the sake of my sanity, here is how I plan to get a little spring cleaning done considering I have 2 small children who exhaust me and don’t leave me with too much free time. This is like, dumbing it down to the extreme, but that’s what a mom’s brain needs sometimes. We are smart. We are capable. We are brave in the face of poopy diapers and pint-sized dictators. But man, are our brains tired.
Step 1: Come up with an overall goal. What does spring cleaning mean to you? Is it just a little more floor space opened up? Is it totally reorganizing your closets? Is it scrubbing every last inch of your house til it glistens? What are you trying to accomplish?
Example: For me specifically, we’re moving some time this coming fall/winter, so I want to begin the weary process of decluttering, room by room.
Step 2: Make a list of all the rooms/spaces/closets in your house. Simple enough.
Example: Don’t think that really needs clarification.
Step 3: Start with one space on your list, write down specific goals for that space, and set aside even 10 minutes a day until you can considered it accomplished. Then cross it off with pizzazz and move on to the next space.
Pro-tip: THIS IS CRITICAL. I am saying this because my heart overflows with love for you, and doing this will come back to bite you in the ass and lead to nothing but frustration. I am all about the temporary shifting around of clutter and things, but do not, and I repeat DO NOT move clutter back to a completely decluttered room. That shit has to go somewhere. Maybe designate one closet in the house you don’t care about, or a crawl space/attic, or start a donation pile in the garage. But ultimately, like I said, that shit has to go somewhere. If you reclutter a decluttered room, why we even doing this, buddy?
I AM going to declutter my house. But it takes baby steps, and checking things off lists at your pace. I mean, my house isn’t on like some tour of homes for rich people. I have an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old. And damnit, I’m tired. So give yourself some grace, make a to do list you can live with and stick to, and just take it 10 minutes at a time.
Let’s face it, in the time you spent reading this, you could have sorted through some toys, am I right?