Monday, April 18, 2011

Clutter Clearout

For the past few months, The 4 B's have been trying to clear out all the clutter in our lives. This is actually a New Year's Resolution from 2010. And while I wish it could all just happen overnight, it is a slow process, and frankly, a never-ending battle. But so worth it!

The little B's and I started our decluttering last summer by going through the remaining boxes in the shop that were from the Big Move (when we moved from our trailer house to the shop to the new house). That felt so good! And we've been working really hard to get rid of all the things we don't need. After the shop, we worked on the pantry and a couple of drawers and the cabinets over the washer and dryer. Truly, I have no idea how we've accumulated so much crap! Where does it all come from?

One great thing about our big move a few years ago is that my beloved mother, bless her heart, cleared out my kitchen for me. If you know me at all, you know how much I despise cooking. So it is a mystery to me how I collected so many unnecessary cooking items over the years. So my mom and I decided she would pare things down to what she thought I needed, and it is a decision I have never regretted. Three years later, I have yet to miss anything she disposed of. And I have to say, even though I am not a master chef, the kitchen is now one of my favorite rooms in our house, because it is organized! And even more surprising is that I have become a better cook... That right there is a miracle in itself. Truly!

So for more than a year, I have been trying to keep the clutter out of our new house. Obviously, I am a Type A personality, and worse than that, a Capricorn, so it is in my makeup to want things to be in order. Even so, I strongly believe clutter breeds chaos, and not just in your house and on your place, but in your mind.

Over this past spring break, I think I mentioned the kids and I were able to go through their area of the shop, and I was so proud of them for how much they put into our yard sale pile. And they were thrilled with how spacious and organized their play area was! Then, Brady and I went through our attic in the barn and slimmed those contents down, as well, and it feels like we have a new barn! Truly, it is amazing the sense of peace that can be derived from a little organization and paring down.

A few weeks ago at mass, Deacon Matt was giving the homily, and he talked about how attached we get to material possessions, and how ridiculously hard it is to let go of that attachment. Of course I agreed with him, because I am on my big roll of clearing things out. I didn't realize Brailey was listening to him, as well, though, until this weekend...

She has been unhappy with her room ever since she moved into it, really, She has a beautiful log bed, but it takes up a lot of room. And she also has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of stuff! So this past Friday, we tackled her room, and completely overhauled it, and at one point she said, "Deacon Matt was right! It feels good to get rid of stuff!" It was sort of hard for her in the beginning, because not only was it completely overwhelming, she was pretty attached to all her things... Once she started understanding how necessary it was to get rid of some of it, though, she actually enjoyed the process. She kept saying, "Wow Mom! This is fun!" And now? She loves her room! And not only that, her room being cleaned up and decluttered actually made our entire house feel better! I'm glad she was so steadfast in her complaint - she normally doesn't complain about anything. So I'm proud of her for sticking to her guns and I am elated to have her room organized and clean.

The 4 B's clutter clearout goes beyond material possessions, though. We've been working on simplifying other areas of our life, too. Like our schedules. Time is always a major factor for us, and like everyone else, we never have enough of it. We've made some changes to ensure that we have one family day per week, and we aren't overloading our daily schedule with activities that aren't totally necessary. Like playdates and sports that we don't absolutely love.

We've even cleared out the clutter with certain people in our lives. I've said it before, and I'll say it again now - the only people we need in our lives are the ones who need us in theirs. Brady and I have been making sure to spend our time with people who truly love us and care about our life and well-being, and it has made a huge difference in our hearts. Why waste precious energy worrying about people who don't have our best interest at heart? Clear them out...

What can we say? There is always room for improvement. And it is an ongoing battle. The pantry needs going through again, as does the game closet and my own personal stash of clothes. But the feeling of freedom and peace that comes from the process of clearing the clutter is worth every sacrifice. Trust me!


  1. Can you do my house next? lol

  2. love getting caught up on all of the 4 B's action...hope all is well...
    love to you all!


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