Hello, New Year! Welcome to the year of getting organized! This is my year. I just feel it!

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I had to go to the store the second week of January. It was my first shopping expedition since the New Year has begun. You wouldn’t have even had to tell me a new year had begun; it was obvious from the headlines on every magazine at the checkout: lose 20 pounds in two weeks! Get organized with one simple trick! Refresh your home in ten minutes a day! Look younger in 2015! How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions! Grow your hair twelve inches in January!

Every single magazine was emblazoned with something related to self or home-improvement now that 2015 is in full swing.

I agree that a new year feels like a fresh start and presents the perfect opportunity to make everything around you feel fresh and new. I’m feeling that way about my own house. We’ve lived here going on seven years now and have added children and too much random paraphernalia over those seven years.

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It no longer feels spacious and clean to me. Not that it’s dirty! Gracious, no! I am constantly cleaning and vacuuming. It’s the clutter and lack of organization that comes from having a full schedule with four busy kiddos and their invisible Lego Monster who vomits all over the house on a daily basis.

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At least that’s the only conclusion I can come to when I survey the fresh piles of Legos spilling across the floor! I mean, the KIDS don’t do it, you know. That’s what they tell me anyway… So it MUST be an invisible Lego monster…

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There are also the stacks of papers and handfuls of crayons spreading like a disease all over the table and available surfaces in my kitchen. At least the kids admit to leaving those treasures lying around; they’re drawing pictures for me : ) But seriously, an entire ream of paper in two weeks?! Are they eating it?

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Then there are the clothes. Sometimes they’re clean and waiting in laundry baskets for me to fold them, and other times I find dirty PJ’s and socks strewn down the hallway! Hello?! Who is getting dressed in the hallway? Seriously…

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I can’t be too hard on my progeny because I’m guilty too. I have stacks of magazines in various rooms, a pile of jewelry-making supplies on the living room side table, and paint cans lined up on my kitchen counter. Don’t ask me about my kitchen island; I haven’t actually seen it in several weeks. It is completely enveloped in my painting projects. And– Wait. Is that my kitchen bar?! …I don’t even want to talk about it…

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So anyway, all that clutter not only makes the house feel messy, but it is infuriating to clean around every week.

Part of the problem is lack of storage for all of our clutter-habits. We need bins for Legos (and maybe a bed for the Lego Monster since I can only deduce that he’s been sleeping on the couch as evidenced by all the throw blankets and stuffed animals I find piled there every morning!).

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I could use shelves for my magazines (although, I kind of like the look of a neat stack of magazines in a decorative place. Have you ever seen magazine side-tables? Coolest things ever! I could’ve written that blog post, by the way…).

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The laundry needs to be on a consistent rotation (and actually folded when it comes out of the dryer). And someone needs to tell these kids that it won’t kill them to be alone in the bathroom for the ten seconds it takes to throw clean clothes on… and toss dirty clothes onto the laundry room floor–or maybe even into an actual laundry basket. There’s a novel idea!

The kitchen island… well, that just can’t be helped unless/until I can build my own studio in the backyard. I’m always dreaming…

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But there’s a second factor to our dilemma…

Maybe we simply have TOO. MUCH. STUFF. It is a very large and very real possibility with six people, and I’ll be the first to admit it! I abhor clutter. It makes the house feel small and visually busy. I like space and calm. Even bookcases crammed full of books and knick-knacks sitting around and walls covered in pictures often makes me feel like the house closing in on me. When I find myself retreating to my mostly-uncluttered bedroom more than usual, I know it’s time to do some major clean-up in the main part of the house.

So off I go! Follow me as I get my house organized this year.

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What areas of your house need some attention to get the new year off to a great start? Please don’t tell me I’m the only mom with a Lego Monster hiding in her house…

 

8 comments on “Get Organized in 2015!”

  1. Have you read anything by The Minimalists or Joshua Becker? You may want to check out their blogs. Joshua Becker in particular, because he does have children.

    • It is ALL in the photography 😛 In real life, when I’m hopping on one foot after smashing it down on a Lego, it is NOT bright and cheery 😉

    • Because those books didn’t fit on a living room bookshelf, so they had to go on the one shelf on the fireplace in my bedroom, and I do NOT want to look at mismatched book spines while I’m relaxing in bed 😉 Plus, half of them are in French, and French book spines are upside-down from U.S. book spines! You think you’re OCD about them all being turned backwards, try staring at book spines that are upside-down no matter WHICH way you turn them! LOL You’re not the only one with OCD tendencies… 😉

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