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A #ClutterFree Living Room

Items to nix from your living room to stay clutter free
This entry is part of 6 in the series #ClutterFree Journey

This #ClutterFree Journey is really getting to be fun!  I am starting to see my house the way that I want it to look.  It really helps after removing all the clutter.  I am starting to see the potential in our various rooms, to think about the things I would really like to do in those rooms.  In short, it is giving purpose to my home again!  And I love it!

Along the way I have been discovering the pit falls for clutter, the likely clutter places and I am addressing the specific places with specific solutions.  This week, I worked on our living room.

As with a few of the other spaces I have worked on, I thought initially there wasn’t much clutter in our living room.  We have been working on a remodel of this room for a LONG time (pictures coming soon, I promise!) and throughout the process, I have been removing things that simply do not belong and carefully placing things that do. Continue Reading


#ClutterFree Journey, Week 2 Entryway

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series #ClutterFree Journey

As you know, I am on a mission to regain all the quiet I can this year.  And part of that process has been starting with an uncluttered home.  As I have begun to strip away the messes and the clutter in our home, I have discovered a peace and a joy that is unmatched.  My husband mentioned yesterday that he just doesn’t find the “joy in cleaning” like I do.  I asked him, but don’t you like the results?  He said, “Yes.”  I said that is what motivates me.  I LOVE the feeling of a clean, well-organized space.  So this week I am focusing on our entryway as part of the clutter-free journey.

Our entryway is not actually used the way that most entries are used; meaning we come through a different entry when we come home (through the laundry room from the garage).  So, it doesn’t get as much typical use as in other homes.  Our entryway consists of three main spaces: the entryway proper, a coat closet, a side entryway that leads to a bathroom and bedroom/office. Continue Reading

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#ClutterFree Journey, Week One

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series #ClutterFree Journey

One of the things I am pursuing this year is quiet.  And one of the more tangible ways I am pursuing it is by attempting to get rid of much (if not all) of the clutter that seems to scream at me from the moment I wake up.  The very first thing I do in the morning is walk downstairs and look into our laundry room.  I usually get the laundry started and grab a cup of coffee and head back upstairs to my office.

And my office:  what shall I say about my office?  It is the opposite of neat and tidy.  It is the dumping ground for all those projects to get to, bills I will never look at again, random girls clothing and straight up junk.  And what do I do in my office?

I have my quiet time!

Isn’t that so ironic?  I sit at the feet of Jesus surrounded by a couple hundred random bits and bobs of junk.  I attempt to read His word, meditate on it and pray for the day ahead surrounded by the very stuff that gives me the least peace I can think of. Wow.  I am getting really convicted about cleaning up my office, just from writing this!  Stay tuned to this journey, as I gather up the courage to show you pictures of the worst clutter spaces in our house (we have 3)!

Any-way… Continue Reading

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Hope for Homemakers, 28 Days, Day 25

This entry is part 24 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers
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I love this 28 Days to Hope challenge and what it is doing to my mindset about my home.  I am seeing things that I haven’t seen before that need a good scrubbing.  And what is more, I have the time to do the cleaning because I am not discouraged by a mountain of housework.  Here is the to-do list we have worked our way into throughout this series: Continue Reading

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5 Minute Decluttering Tip

This entry is part 22 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

How did you spend your 5 minutes yesterday?  Were you able to remove the first layer of junk in one room?

This will be a real short post because I have to get ready to teach Bible study this morning.

Set that timer again and this time focus on a specific goal.  Dana White suggests picking up things to donate.  Grab a box or some large receptacle and put all the items you no longer use that would be a blessing to another person.  Place them in the box and put the box in your car by the end of the 5 minutes. Continue Reading

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Cleaning Up Clutter Fixtures, March MAIDness: Day 9

clutter fixture definition, keeping your master bedroom free from clutter
This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series March Maidness

Yesterday’s challenge really helped to get some clutter cleared and made me breathe a little easier about the state of my home.  Whew…so, I am still on a clutter reduction kick and want to use yesterday’s tip about efficiency to inform today’s tip.

I know I cannot be the only one who has clutter fixtures in my home.  But for purposes of clarity, let’s define a clutter fixture. Continue Reading