Are you ready for a purge and clean your homes challenge?! I sure am!
Yesterday I said ‘cya next year’ to my Christmas tree. Sigh…
It was a fleeting moment… I hadn’t really planned to take it ALL down yet… but did it anyway. I’d like to fire up some messy renovations soon again so I figured may as well do it now vs. later.
But I admit, I was nervous about not finding room for the big new tree box. This is a new tree and I was already tight for space. Turns out, I was actually successful in stuffing it inside the under-the-stairs closet!
I honestly didn’t see that coming. Oh, it took removing a bunch of stuff and fitting it back together like a Tetris game, but I did it without some big purge!
But looking around the other rooms didn’t make me feel nearly as proud. Goodness… what bomb went off that I didn’t even hear?!
Are you feeling it too? Christmas was so big… and then we were so busy… and then it was over so fast. Who had time to keep up with it all?
In my paint studio downstairs, I actually intentionally put stuff on surfaces so I had easier access to them. I had turned the room into a santa’s workshop of sorts… but now with that season over and a new one emerging, it truly was time to put it all away. And there was lots.
I had visions of firing up some kind of big cleaning and purging plan, but feeling too overwhelmed for that, one word kept rising to the top…
With surfaces looking like that, I was no where NEAR ready for some big purge that would have me creating a mountain in the middle of my home that I couldn’t even fit out a door!
Survival to me means putting stuff away to the point of being able to function normally again. Improvements can come later.
Yech… the paint studio needs help!
So I rolled up my sleeves, and just started. Everything on any given surface found their way back to their original home, and one by one, the table tops appeared again. It felt so good!
Now know, some of those things didn’t land in a ‘good’ home. Some landed on piles of other things, or in a pile on the floor.
That’s ok I mused… that just means those piles indicate where the real problem areas are. Good to know.
As my surfaces appeared once again, my stress immediately eased, making me feel like I could be creative in an instant once again. Yay!
So… are you spinning circles on what you should tackle first?
I’d like to suggest something really, really simple to remember…
Week 1 – Clean off all your surfaces.
Clean off every surface you own, and put the stuff away.
Give yourself a good week! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a race… it’s meant to bring you peace.
If you have some rooms that will require more time than that, I suggest to stick to the areas you use all the time for now. Survival first… then productivity.
If you know immediately something has to go, throw it in a big empty box destined for either the thrift, to sell or dump. Divide it up if you wish to start that now.
But… I’d like to suggest to focus on JUST surfaces. Every surface. Clean them off, then give them a good wipe down.
All I know is, I felt nearly normal again after doing most of mine today. I can’t wait to continue tomorrow!
You already know I’m good for some good befores and afters… but would you yourself like to be encouraged or challenged in a manageable way to clean your homes as well?
I’m debating on picking up the Marie Kondo book once again and going full throttle but in small, obtainable steps. I really REALLY want to do the whole house this year. Even if it takes me a full year!
(if there isn’t much interest here on the blog to join in, I’ll just update once I’ve done something significant. Otherwise, I can share a little more often to help encourage)
The Marie Kondo Theory
Are you familiar with the Kondo theory? The book is a quick and easy read and the theory is good!
* Hang onto only the stuff that actually serves you and you appreciate. (*sparks joy)
* You purge in a sequence, starting with clothing first. Theory is, it’s easier to relinquish, so she’s training you for the harder stuff later on.
* Stuff is grouped together first, then put back in one place, so it’s easier to keep track of what you have.
Would it interest you to follow along with the concept and go at it together at a slower pace?
If you have interest, I’ve resurrected the Crap To Clean Facebook group if you care to join in! It’s a friendly, supportive community of Funky Junk readers in a private group setting giving you a way to share your own success and encourage others. We’d love to have you!
Ask to JOIN HERE if interested!
So where are you at with the big cleaning thing? Do you have lots to do too? What are you hoping to work on first?
Need some inspiration? Below are some pretty significant clean ups to get things started… and yikes…
My now dream workshop! (oh my goodnesssssss)