How to tackle storage spaces in your home.
This week, let’s really consider what we are keeping in the remaining areas of our home. Are the things we store actually necessary? Are they truly purposeful to our daily lives?
Once we take a hard look at the rest of our spaces we realize a lot of it we don’t actually need after all. These spaces might even be large sources of frustration. This week is the time to face items that we maybe never needed in the first place!
It might feel scary to face some daunting spaces of indecision. But I want you to think about how far you’ve come in this challenge. You’ve made it FOUR WEEKS! You have tackled some of the busiest spaces in your home.
You’ve been flexing and exercising those decision making muscles for quite some time now.
So trust me when I say, you’ve got this!!!
We’ve made it through bathrooms, kitchens, clothing and toys. But are you thinking, “Amy, there’s so many spaces left untouched in my home!”
Well… here’s the deal.
The rest, it’s just storage.
And as we go through this week, reconsider what those storage spaces can do for you? Can a little closet turn into a play nook for your littles?
Maybe you can convert a cluttered corner into a much needed office nook?
Or a basement space can be turned into a kid friendly fun zone!
Think about what you want your home to do for you. And this week, let’s make it happen!
Step One: Write it down.
So to get you through week five (and potentially a few weeks thereafter, as it may take you that long!), I want you first to jot down every room in your home, based on its order of daily purpose.
Because storing items in our home is not limited to just our basements or attics. Storage + clutter finds its way into the corners, surfaces and drawers of all of these remaining spaces in our home!
This list of spaces is your task list for week five.
My Personal List of Remaining Spaces:
- Dining Room
- Master Bedroom
- Laundry Room
- Living Room
- Guest Bedroom
Step Two: Get to work!
In the coming week (or two), tackle one space at a time. Tackle each random drawer, closet, shelf and corner you encounter. And as you go into each space, make quick, purposeful decisions.
GOING SIMPLE TIP :: Don’t know where to start? Walk into a room, face the door, and work your way around the room, clockwise, until you are finished.
Step Three: Keep it simple.
- Does this item prove useful in my life today?
- Does it make me happy?
- Does it serve a definitive purpose?
- Do I have this item because I love it and need it? Or because I’ve acquired it?
If you keep requirements simple, you may find a LOT of what you’re holding on to doesn’t need to be held on to after all.
You’ll start to notice patterns of indecision you’ve repeated time and time again. For me, sorting through these spaces I realized I hang on to a lot of decorative items that no longer bring me joy.
Don’t be afraid to take everything down that you own, and start with an empty palette. Slowly add in what feels right to you.
Paper Clutter, be gone! To see how I utilize Google Drive in the management of everything paper in our home, click here!
My areas of weakness?
- Unfinished Projects
- Small Tasks
It’s okay if it takes time to grow your space into something you love.
We have this empty corner in our master bedroom, and instead of filling the space with a dresser that was mostly empty but easily collected clutter, we opted to leave it empty for now and start dreaming up a nook just for Eric and I. It’s taking some time, slowly coming together piece by piece. And that’s okay! The real life transformations in our home don’t happen with the snap of a finger!
Adopt a new habit!
I realized a lot of really simple tasks get left untouched, and lead to clutter. my new rule, if it takes less than a minute to do, then just do that thing!
Keep these behavioral patterns in mind as you move forward into your newer, simpler space + life.
You have the ability to stop the behaviors that got you here in the first place. And I think as you finish this process, you’ll start to make better choices for your home and family by default.
Sorting through past indecision creates a clear purpose for the choices of your future. And what a great new pattern to build upon!
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You are the gatekeeper of your home!
This is your chance to start over. Start fresh. Be ruthless. Think about your end goal, your why. The freedom you’ll feel when ridding spaces indecision will make so many other aspects of your life feel lighter, I promise!
I cannot wait to see your progress in the coming weeks. Hearing how Going Simple has, and continues to, better your family and personal life means so much to me. I honestly can’t wait for you to find a more clear, simple, purposeful version of you! It’s all I’ve ever hoped for you, after all.
Keep me posted and continue to share your progress, struggles and support in our private Facebook community.
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