Over the years, I’ve learned that cliches are cliches for a reason. (And no, I have no clue how to do the accent mark on cliche.)
When we had our first house, I looked out the kitchen window one morning at the lawn my husband had spent the entire prior day mowing. When I saw a three foot tall weed, it hit me. That’s what they mean when they say something or someone is “growing like a weed.”
Until I taught 7th graders, I didn’t know it was actually possible to feel your “blood boil.” It is.
So what cliche am I planning to take to heart this year?
A place for everything . . . and everything in its place.
This will be my mantra for 2010.
The picture above shows why. It’s a pile (really only about half the pile) of odds and ends. Things that don’t have “a place.” This is the pile that was left after cleaning the master. This pile was moved into my closet for a Christmas party, and then back out when I needed to get to gifts. This pile is a huge frustration to me.
The pile is not the last frontier either. I have huge amounts of decluttering left to do. I have a long way to go before it becomes natural for me to do my daily tasks. But I am learning that this cute and somewhat trite little phrase is the only way to go.
When our home was at its most chaotic (10 out the 10.5 years we’ve been married), this phrase was a running joke. In those frustrating moments of attempted organization in the midst of piles of stuff, I’d say, (sarcastically) “You know me, a place for everything, and everything in its place.” And then my husband and I would both throw back our heads and laugh.
But now I have hope. The masses of stuff are beginning to shrink. And as I’ve learned the importance of picking up daily, I’ve learned how much easier it is to clean the house when things actually have a place to be.
A normal person might be thinking that they need to find a spot for all of their Christmas loot. But remember, I’m not normal. I need to find places for years worth of stuff that has never had a true home. And if I can’t find it a home, it needs to go.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution for your home?
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