Saturday, March 7, 2015

Decluttering our House

Mike and I are messy people. As a type-A person, this bothers me a lot. However, I am "organized" in a messy-fashion and can find anything that I need to find with relative ease (except for Mike's birth certificate and social security card that we JUST found after being lost for almost 4 years, whoops).

I found this "40 bags in 40 days" challenge for Lent and I was intrigued. I don't celebrate Lent, but I do have a yearly goal to get rid of 10 things in our house (by either throwing away, donating or selling) that we no longer use. I also have this grand idea of deep cleaning our house and getting rid of everything that we don't need anymore.

Lots of magazines!

The first thing I did was go through a lot of magazines and recycle them. I don't need years of Runner's World magazines (though, I should have gone through them to take out any workouts or recipes that I might use in the future, oh well).

Some of these clothes are 11+ years old

This morning, Mike and I went through some of our clothes and got rid of one small bag of stuff that we threw away and three big bags of clothes that we are going to donate. We both need to buy a few new items of clothing (especially considering I haven't bought any "real" clothes in a few years), but we won't completely replace everything that we are purging.

My goal over the next few months (because, let's be realistic, with training, work and life in general this is going to take awhile), is to go through every room/space in our house and get rid of what we don't need anymore and organize what we do want.

I am often embarrassed of our house. Granted, this is a "starter" house that we have been living in for almost 6 years now. I don't want to be here for 10 years. A new opportunity in our life will make it a lot easier for us to buy our "forever" home in the next few years, which is a good thing.  Even still, I would like to be able to have our friends and family over without feeling like we are being judged for how we live.

Will we ever be extremely neat people? Probably not. But, when I envision how I would like my house to look, I think of my parents' house. My mom doesn't do clutter. Everything has a purpose and is put away in an organized-fashion.

I want to be more like that.  


  1. Anyone who judges your home and "how you live" sucks.

  2. I'm on a declutter rampage! I've named my efforts #OperationGetRidOfShit. With working, training and mothering, it's slow going...relentless forward motion...the clutter is outta here! Best of luck with your journey!

  3. Cleaning out the house has always been a job that I hate doing. I don't think of myself as a pack rat, but after a while, all of the clutter really adds up. I really liked your suggestion about getting rid of 10 things every so often, so we tried it and the house looks a lot better. Thanks for the tips!