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If Someone Uses It, It Can Stay

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I was in a totally random situation having a totally random conversation with a totally random person I’ve met probably three times in my entire life.

That person randomly started talking about stuff he can’t believe someone would ever purchase. Something totally and completely useless and destined to turn into clutter.

His very best example?

A jerky gun.

Yeah. We totally have a jerky gun in our cabinet.

He couldn’t imagine why anyone would ever need one. But we need one. My husband uses it . . . to make jerky.

You pack it with ground meat and squeeze that meat out in flat, jerky-ish strips. Then you jerkify those strips until they’re jerky.

My husband loves that thing. We have had it for years, and he has used it so so many times. My kids love his jerky, and no matter how much he makes, it’s gone within days.

And y’all, have you priced jerky in the stores? That stuff ain’t cheap.

(Please note that I normally avoid using non-words like “ain’t,” but when talking about jerky and jerky guns, it feels right.)

So my point? Clutter is personal. If we use it consistently, even if not daily, it’s not clutter. If it’s a cool idea but we’ll never use it, it’s clutter.

 

Jerky-related affiliate links:

The jerky gun we have is out of stock on Amazon, when sold alone. But here it is with seasonings and a dehydrator.  Proof that jerky is expensive (or a convenient link for those who’ve realized they will never make jerky but want to put in a stocking as a non-clutter stuffer). 

 

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Reviews from Pre-Readers of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

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One week from today, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets will officially be out. “They” (whoever they are) say writing a book is like having a baby. The closer I get to November 8th, the more I nod my head in agreement.

At this moment, I’m feeling like I did in the last month of a pregnancy. By the 9th month, I was always ready to just be done and get that baby out of there.

As feedback has been coming in from pre-readers, I’ve experienced something else that’s similar to motherhood that I didn’t expect.

Kids are individuals. As they grow, they live their own lives, and though I helped write the story, that story eventually goes beyond me and beyond my control.

After seven years of blogging, I’m seeing that book writing is a whole new game. As pre-readers are taking the strategies and making them work, they’re making them their own. My story is turning into their stories. My baby/book is growing up and going out in the world and making things happen.

It’s exciting to watch.

So, what are people saying?

Suzann – “While Dana gives you help taking control of your home, what she really gives you is an understanding of your brain. She peeks into the head of people like me who seem to spin their wheels and never make traction. It isn’t about knowing ‘how’ to clean your home. It is about knowing how to work with your brain. For the first time, I feel like I haven’t been condemned for the brain I have but rather have been shown how to embrace it and use it to make significant difference in my home, and ultimately in my life.This book is a game changer.”

Stella – “What really appealed to me is that Dana understands because she’s been there, she’s lived the mess, she is not the neat freak with no clue what it’s like to struggle with keeping a home tidy. She’s a naturally mess-prone person who has figured out what it takes to keep a home tidy despite her messy tendencies, and she’s put all her hard won experience down on paper so we can all benefit from it.”

Kandi – “I can’t sing the praises of this book enough! I am neat by nature but felt my house getting a little harder to manage with each baby (and all. the. stuff.). I love how this book breaks things down into manageable REALISTIC tasks. I was only a few chapters in when my husband could already tell a difference in our home.”

Reading these reviews is like hearing someone brag on one of my kids!

You can read all 67 (or so) reviews from advance readers over on GoodReads here.

If you decide you need this book, go here for links to places where you can order or look for it in your local bookstore!

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How Laundry Day Helps Me Declutter

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Laundry Day. Oh, Laundry Day.

How I love thee.

I know it sounds a little (or a LOT) over-dramatic, but seriously, y’all . . . Laundry Day is the best thing that has happened to me in this whole deslobification process.

It’s 10 a.m. on a Monday morning right now, and the second load is in the dryer. I’m driven to get it all done so I can NOT do laundry for the next six days.

Lest you think I’m some super-organized person who does things perfectly, it’s actually Tuesday morning. When I wrote that, I totally believed in my heart it was Monday since the kids were out of school yesterday and my allergic-to-schedules brain is all off-kilter. And then I remembered I needed to post about an amazing offer so I won’t get to put this up until Wednesday.

Whatever.

I big, puffy-heart love Laundry Day. There are two whole chapters about it in my new book (coming out in LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS now available).  I blather on about exactly how it works even though it seems like it shouldn’t work for people like me, and exactly why all the reasons I resisted it for so long are wrong.

But that’s not what this post is about.

This post is about decluttering. And how Laundry Day helps me declutter.

#1 – I’m Aware of How Many Clothes We Have

Pre-Laundry Day, I had no clue how many clothes we had. Or how many we needed. I just knew we were always running out of clean clothes. Always. So I was always buying more.

Buying more meant I could wait longer before I had to do laundry. Waiting longer to do laundry meant the piles were bigger (and were more like mounds than piles). Bigger piles/mounds/monstrosities meant I was more paralyzed and overwhelmed at the thought of doing all that laundry, so I waited. So I thought we didn’t have enough clothes because we kept running out. So I bought more.

The first step of Laundry Day is to sort every last piece of dirty clothing in the entire house into piles. If you are against sorting by color (as some are), sort into random-colored piles the size of your washing machine’s capacity.

One look at the piles on the first Laundry Day was enough to break through my Slob Vision and show me we had too many clothes. Way too many.

I also saw, as I worked through those blankety-blank piles, that we had clothes we would never, ever wear. That at the bottom of our hampers and baskets, never to make it into an emergency load, had been outgrown clothes, doll clothes, and other-and-assorted made-of-fabric stuff.

SEEing our dirty clothes all in one place showed me our excess.

#2 – Confidence in My Undies Undie Supply

One reason I couldn’t even consider getting rid of clothing was fear of going commando. I had zero confidence whatsoever that I’d find clean clothes when I opened my dresser drawer. Which meant purging clothes never entered my mind as a possibility.

Once Laundry Day became a consistent thing, I was able to relax. I could finally trust that I would have the clean clothes I needed when I needed them.

#3 – Kids Choose Their Favorite Clothes Without Knowing That’s What They’re Doing

The best perk I experienced of Laundry Day was that my kids didn’t even realize they were identifying their favorite clothes.

When I got to the point I was truly only washing one week’s worth of clothing (which doesn’t happen on the first Laundry Day), I saw clearly what wasn’t being worn.

Clothes left in drawers aren’t favorites. Favorite clothes, when they’re clean every week, get worn every week.

Decluttering clothing was ridiculously easy when I could see so clearly which clothes my kids chose to wear last. Or didn’t choose at all.

 

I’d love to hear about the laundry system that works in your house and if it has opened your eyes to Clothing Clutter. 

If you have no laundry system, or if you’ve tried unsuccessfully (like I did) to do a load a day, I encourage you to give Laundry Day a shot.

Here’s the post with all the links to my own trials, failures and eventual successes regarding laundry. 

Here’s the podcast I recently recorded with my husband. In it, he talks about how the change in laundry has been one of the biggest and best changes in our home.

 

If you’re overwhelmed with laundry and/or your home in general, check out my book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. I tackle laundry and everything else home-management-related in that book.  Go here to learn where to buy or order.

 

 

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