Unstuff Your Life

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Do you want to unstuff your life with me?

Andrew Mellen's book Unstuff Your Life was recently recommended to me.  I picked it up from my library the other day and I have to say, I'm impressed.



I've been on a de-cluttering crusade for a while now, but recently decided that it was time for me to take my mission a little more seriously.  

A couple weeks ago I was looking around in horror at the total disorganization of my oldest daughter's toys.  Toys everywhere and even I didn't know where to put them, so how was she supposed to know?  I realized that with Christmas less than two months away (say what?!) organization has to start happening in this house, or it's only going to get worse from here.  

The arrival of our youngest baby girl three months ago certainly has not helped our organization situation, but cute tiny babies really aren't the problem.  Too much stuff is.

Last night as I was working my way through the first chapters of this book, I was reading about creating new habits (yeah, I need to do that) and starting by making a place to put your keys.

Moments later my husband comes upstairs and tells me that he can't locate the van keys (I had them last).  I then spent the next 20 minutes of my life searching my whole house for those stupid van keys.  Oh, the irony.  Message received, universe.

So, today I begin again in earnest my journey toward less stuff and more organization, starting with the drawer in my entry way.

At first glance it looks innocent enough, but this should be a place to easily find things like car keys and chapstick, and instead it is filled to the brim with God-knows what.

Seriously, what is all this stuff?  I don't even know.  And you know what?  That's a problem.

So, today I conquer this drawer.  Tomorrow?  Who knows what.  Will you join me in my quest to get organized?
Nov | 2014

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, this post struck a cord with me. I've never liked clutter and I like it even less now that I am living temporarily with my daughter, son-in-law and their 5 month-old baby. I have the luxury of a relatively large guest room and I retreat to it often to give the young family their "space." Living in one room -- even if it is bigger than the space many families call home in the non-First World world -- means that I have to keep clutter to an absolute minimum. It has also taught me how few things I really need. It will be a real adjustment when our new house is finished and I move into a much large space!

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