Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: My Quest for Empty Space

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The prompt for the next two weeks is the quote below:

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My Quest for Empty Space

Take a look at me nowwwwww.... There's just an empty space. I know, I know, I had to channel my inner Phil Collins.

Anyway, I'm not sure that the quote has any relevancy to my life at all. Maybe I'm just taking it too literally. I really feel like every part of my life is filled to the brim. But what bothers me the most is the clutter and the sheer amount of JUNK around my house. It's something I just can't keep up with anymore.

For the most part, the boys' toys (ha, that rhymed!) are restricted to the play room in the basement. But laundry, random junk mail, markers, crayons, the boys' school papers - every useless thing you can think of is just everywhere.

I always have the best of intentions to organize everything into a Pinterest/Instagram-worthy space. But I just can't juggle yet another ball without dropping all the others.

Anybody want to come over and help me clean and declutter for the price of $0? Anybody? Bueller? No?

So, since there aren't any takers, my quest for empty space begins now. Items on the "Empty Space To-Do List" include:

* Donating the mountains of clothing that I never wear.

* Stick to the cleaning schedule that I developed earlier this year (and only followed maybe twice. Sigh.).

* Clean out the kitchen pantry and donate whatever we don't use and isn't expired.

* Hold the boys accountable for their "chores." It's not a lot, but every little bit helps me and my sanity.

* Squeeze in a load of laundry before starting a show on TV.

* Do absolutely nothing with my mountain of unread books, except admire them lovingly. ;)

Do you have any tips of minimizing? Reducing clutter? Sticking to a cleaning schedule? I'm just tired of looking at a huge mess day in and day out! 


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  1. Ah - empty spaces bring such peace at times. Like you, I think we all have too much stuff and clutter!

  2. I love empty space....clutter and stuff drives me crazy.

  3. I thought I was super organised until I had to pack up my house to move. Now I share your frustrations again, not because we have already accumulated too much stuff, but that we haven't got the storage to put our stuff! We need to buy some drawers and that sort of thing so I can get organised. It is driving me nuts. So, I feel your pain.

  4. I thought about writing about organization! Love it! I also love that you'll be donating the stuff you don't use anymore! I love knowing that we are helping other people when we donate stuff. I like to donate my books to the local library too. Pinterest has a great list for chore list ideas!!
    <3, Amy

  5. I used to think I was SO organized and on top of it, but I realized I just know where to find things underneath all the piles of junk. It really is sad. Like you, I need to do a thorough overhaul of everything...at home, at work, in my purse...literally, everywhere! Hope your plans go well...and if they do, please share your strategy :)

  6. Yesss! I'm so tired of the clutter!

  7. Same here. I'm so tired of it. I want order and organization! :)

  8. I need drawers and things, too. A place for everything to go. Instead of just random stuff in random places!!! :)

  9. Ooh, thank you, I'll have to check out Pinterest. :)

  10. Oh yes, my purse, I didn't even think of that one. I definitely need to get that organized, too!!! :)

  11. Alexandra MayhewJune 20, 2015 at 3:30 AM

    I would gladly help you darling! I'll just hop on a plane and channel my inner Monica (from Friends of course!). I love a good de-clutter and clean!! X

  12. My use clothes have been packed and we're just looking for the right location to make a garage sale or donate it to. :)

  13. My biggest complaint is the never ending barrage of junk mail. I always intend on creating a system that manages it as it comes in, but I never feel right about chucking my hubby's mail before he sees it himself. So I ask him, "Honey, can you please throw out whatever mail of yours is junk?" He nods. And it sits there in piles, mocking me, collecting dust...for months...years...


    I hope you find a way that works for you :) Love ya!

  14. Yes, please! I'll be waiting. But we probably won't get much cleaning done, as I would just want to sit and chat with you for hours. :)

  15. Hahaha. Oh, those mocking piles. My husband has several of those, too. Wooo-sahhhh. :)


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