Chris was away all of last week and I was so busy that a lot of clutter began to accumulate in our house. On Wednesday when I had the afternoon off, I looked at the mess around me. I was exhausted and had no desire to deal with it. I ended up having a pretty uneventful afternoon and then the next 3 days were jam packed and exhausting. On Saturday evening I came home, looked at the mess and went to bed at 7:45pm!

The next day I woke up at 4am finally feeling rested and ready to tackle:operation clean up. It’s not something I wanted to spend my one day off of the week doing but I was too determined to continue until it was all clear. With the house in order, I felt better, freer and even more energetic. Instead of doing a workout I decided to take everything out of all the cupboards in the kitchen. It took two hours to empty them out and wipe them all down. It took another two hours to organize the cupboards in a way that will make my daily life A LOT EASIER. At the end of day, I felt elated. That has continued through to this long Tuesday that usually kicks my butt.

Here’s my advice:

Take a few hours to tackle an area of your house, whether it be a drawer, a desk, a closet. Start small because once everything is out, you need to work on discarding and organizing. It’s time consuming to do big projects but once you start a small one, you’ll be on track to doing more.

If you live with someone try to do organize together. I didn’t do this but wish I had, as I had to spend more time training Chris on the new kitchen arrangement.

If you’re unsure about what to throw out and what to keep, I ask myself how does this fit in my life? If I haven’t needed it or used it for more than 2 years, it gets chucked/recycled/repurposed.

You will sleep better and feel optimistic with life when you have more space. I guarantee it.

Cupboards now are more organized. I feel lighter, happier and more energetic!
Saturday evening. Was nice to come home from work before dark. Wasn’t nice coming home to clutter. Glad I don’t have to deal with that anymore!
With all this extra energy and enthusiasm for decluttering. I helped my friend clean up before moving into her new home.