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Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Clutter is Banished From Our House

I have been so wiped out the last few days from a cold that when I woke up today feeling better I was motivated to clean. Of course it also helped that my son thought it would be a good idea to use my fancy wine glasses for chocolate milk and dropped one. There is nothing like the sound of shattering glass in the morning to get you going.

The glasses were put away in a cupboard above the stove. I have to stand on a chair to safely get them. That of course wasn't enough to clue my son in to it being a bad idea to climb up onto the stove and try to reach them that way. He did successfully get one down so I think I may have to move my nice things again. So if you ever stop by and we are drinking out of paper or plastic cups this is why.

I looked at the piles of stuff on the kitchen floor and I HAD to get rid of it. That is usually how I clean. All of a sudden I have to clean. Usually it is in the middle of the night, but when I get that urge I have to clean and I find myself in my "I don't care what it is just get it out of here" mode. I did have the willpower to let my children move their precious toys and stuffies out of the kitchen so I wouldn't toss them.

It is now three garbage bags later and the kitchen looks remarkably better. Sadly there is still a lot of work to do. The floor definitely needs to be washed. The urge has passed to clean without caring what everything is. Now I am sorting things and putting them in a better spot. There is not a lot of storage space in the kitchen. I will have to add some when I can. It is much easier to put necessary items, like pots, pans, bowls, and appliances away when there is a spot to put them in.

Unfortunately there are things I simply can't just get rid of to make more room in our house. Some of the clutter needs to be put away and somehow I need to get area's to put it away in. I keep trying to get bins and shelves but am always told that we can't afford such luxuries. If I had those items when I get those sudden urges to de-clutter I could get so much more done.

Every time I fill up some of those garbage bags my house is slowly being taken back from clutter and garbage. I can't believe I let it get this bad. Its sad when filling up three garbage bags is just a start to getting the house to look better. Cleaning is almost always something that starts a fight with us. We both have very different cleaning styles. One thing we need to do is figure out a way to clean together without arguing. I can't do it all, and if I don't do some of it nothing gets done. I hope I can figure this out.


  1. Good job getting started! Sometimes that's the hardest part. Maybe now would be a good time for me to stop blogging and start cleaning house.

  2. We can blog and clean together. Though I have to say today took a lot out of me. Cleaning while watching two children is not easy. My son definitely took advantage of me cleaning. Soon he will be back at school and I will have the afternoons to continue my quest for a house that I can have company over for a visit with grown-ups.