Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Days to a Less Messy Cottage- Day 5

One of my favorite topics happens to be what we are talking about today.
The Garbage...Your Best Friend

Before you think I have lost it let me explain!

 There is always one room in our house that contains the odds and ends that don't fit anywhere in our house.
My bedroom at its worst!  Just kidding......kind of.  There are no tires in our bedroom!

 I can have a really clean house everywhere else...but absolute chaos in that ONE room.  It drives me nuts because we happen

So every three months or so I weed out what ends up in that room.  I go on a chucking spree and either throw the extra stuff in the garbage....or I put it on the curb for some lucky soul.
 Remember one woman's junk is another woman's treasure!

 Today's tip is to find what you absolutely don't use or love and goodwill it or throw it'll be able to breathe easier!
When my house has less thought process feels less jumbled up!  Aaah...peace!  Completely worth the sacrifice!

Are toys taking over your house?  How many toys could each kid possibly play with or maintain interest in?

 I know someone who had surgery and told her kids that they could keep 100 toys between ALL of them!  She said she wasn't able to clean while she was recouping post surgery....but her house stayed pretty much put together with very little clutter!  How would that be??

Start with the room where the junk ends up. That one would be my bedroom!
               Clean up will be so much faster with less stuff!

When trying to figure out what to get rid of remember the 80% rule.  Whatever container being filled for organization should be no more than 80% full.  It may sound dorky but it works!

By the way.....I used to be OCD about cleaning now I am trying to find a happy medium by dejunking every so often.  If you really are good about getting rid of stuff on a regular basis you can get a large garbage can and label good will.  Put it in a place where it is easy to access.  Every time you come across something that doesn't get used put it in the "Good Will" can and when it's full haul it to the DI or put the stuff on the curb for someone to take.  Who doesn't like free stuff?
For extra inspiration read the post from The Nester!

Off to put my money where my mouth is!  Stay tuned for a brilliant clean bedroom picture tomorrow!

What room in your house collects the clutter?


  1. I did this today! I keep getting more stuff and always struggle gettting rid of older stuff to make room for the new (that's the hoarder in me I guess). Today I put so much in the garbage and my DI bag and it felt great! I can actually use my bedroom again (that's my junk room too!) Thanks for the tips and the inspiration!

  2. The Toy room is where stuff accumulates in our house. I only have 2 kids...but have enough toys for 8. I wish I was joking!
    This is my next step to tackle 'That' room! Great advice Julia! Thanks!

  3. I love the 80% rule, I am going to have to try that. Another de-junking rule I learned as a kid, If you haven't used it in the past 6 months, and don't plan on using it in the next six months (besides a few treasured items you can't get rid of)then get rid of it. Thanks for all the great tips!!!

  4. So excited that I can help in any way! I hope I have as much success as you guys!