For years, our lives have been so hectic, we were just busy trying to keep our heads above water. There were so many things taking priority: moves, surgeries, having babies, and Autism diagnoses, just to name a few. Major stuff. We did routine maintenance but organizing, de-cluttering, and projects? Forget about it. We were in survival mode, people!
At this moment in my life I am pregnant with my sixth child, homeschooling three children, and my daughter Willow (who has Autism) is getting back surgery in the near future. Still hectic. It would seem like I don’t have time to de-clutter (again)…wouldn’t it? What I have learned from the past is: if I don’t MAKE getting my home in order a priority during these stressful times it spirals…FAST! I find it interesting that I could not find a single “wildly successful” organizing blog that revolves around a large family. Hmm. Like most women I want an organized, beautiful home. I want to be creative and have a home that recharges, not drains us. For a family of this size, that is easier said than done. So I guess I have found the proverbial and ever elusive “Blogging Niche.” Ironic, since this is my first post since March. Willow decided I needed to take a break from blogging and online. She smashed my computer. It’s was in the shop for 5 months. How’s that for simplifying?
When you are needing to simplify there is only one thing to do: dive in! Because if you don’t, life will happen and you won’t ever get to it. There are several ideas that I have come across that work. They don’t require strict, complicated schedules and charts. I call it, simply, “Purge, Sell, and Buy.” Purging keeps the clutter from consuming your home (and makes your life easier), Selling generates income for your family, and buy only when prices are low. Not waiting until you “need it” helps save you money. This is secret to any well run home. It has nothing to do with income and everything to do with stewardship. My husband comes from a long line of German, Catholic women who run their homes like a well-oiled machine. They have used this same method for generations. Then he married me. Did I mention how I started my blog?
1. 40 bags in 40 days - This is something that historically happens during Lent. Why wait? You just get a roll of commercial garbage sacks and start loading them up. It works. Trust me…
2. Three boxes - Go into each room with 3 boxes. Label them “Keep,” “Give Away,” and “Trash.” Load them up. Just make sure they get out of the house;)
Sell and Buy:
3. Consign - When you are purging it is easy to make a pile of items that you could make money off of. We have several sales here and stores. This is especially helpful at generating income to replenish what you have.
For Furniture, Crafts, and Vintage Items:
Another problem area we have is books and homeschool supplies. I have a solution for that too.
I saved an obvious option for last.
Garage sales. I am going to be honest here. I never have made much money at them with one exception: our neighborhood garage sales. I have found fantastic deals but I usually wait until later in the morning and see what is leftover. People usually want to get rid of items and get back inside by the end of the day. This is especially true of furniture.
I am going to do a series on this, in preparation of Willow’s surgery and the upcoming birth of our son, in late August. I want to be like the quote from Proverbs 31 and “laughing at the days to come.” So, if you are like me, and you are wanting a beautiful, organized, loving home to raise your family in…then join me. If you already have that…this is not your blog and you need to email me for a guest post;)