Over the years I started collecting aprons. before our big move to Hawaii I got rid of maybe 1/3 of my collection, so now I only have thirty or so left. I hardly ever wear aprons, it’s one more thing I have to wash and my clothes only stay clean for the first hour I put them on anyway. Inevitably Eliza will come and hug my leg leaving a trail of snot, not that Maria or Enzo are much better. Not that I’m much better, I am pretty careless with my clothes.
I like the idea of my children growing up and finding a box of my pretty aprons and reminiscing about their childhood and how their mother cooked wonderful food for them and wore floral aprons (because memories are often better than what really happened). I romanticize my offsprings’ life. But, most likely if I save my aprons for my kids then they’ll end up with a box of aprons they never bought or cared about. I don’t want my kids to have to deal with my clutter, not now and definitely not later.
We have every intention of living in this house if not forever than for at least a very long time. It’s a functional house for a family of five. We fit comfortably sharing three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as long as we downsize the amount of stuff we have. Soon my kids will be older and will be buying their own stuff. I get anxious just thinking about the influx of things coming in and very little going out. Maybe if I show my kids that it is possible to live a clutter free life then they will adopt similar habits.
Less clutter p-l-e-a-s-e and more time doing things instead of wasting time trying to find things.
I want my home to feel: LIGHT! Light as in sunlight and light as in not heavy. I want there to be light and I think we can achieve this by getting rid of the excess and beautifying with functional objects.
The Room I Want To Focus on The Most This Year: I call it the common room, it’s the living, dining, and kitchen part of our house.
4 Home projects I’d Like to Work On
- Vertical garden in the living room
- Building an outdoor shower
- Building an outdoor pizza oven
4 Areas I want to Organize or Declutter
- The kitchen
- The girl’s room
- Hallway closets
- My room
A Bad Home Organization problem I am Going to Break this Year: Yelling at my kids or speaking unkind to them when they don’t clean up. The only thing worse than a messy house is a clean house with very sad kids. It is possible to get my kids to clean up (I’ll post about that later) without being mean to them, it takes an insane amount of patience which I often lack.
New Traditions or Memories I Want to Make in Our Home: Host regular dinner parties at least twice a month.
How do I plan on achieving these goals? Slow and steady! I have taken the 12 months of decluttering challenge, and every day I make a bag of things we don’t want/need and am donating, selling, and throwing it away.
I’m starting with the kitchen. Wish me luck.