Sometimes it feels like Mike goes to work so he can make money so we can buy things. And then we spend time cleaning and taking care of those things. It leaves me wondering what the point is.
I know we need “things” in life. In fact, we need a lot of things. But, what about all of that extra stuff? Is everything in my house useful? Does every object bring me joy? Or, is all of the clutter just another thing I need to deal with before I can enjoy quality time with my family and activities I find relaxing?
It’s no wonder I’ve always loved this quote from William Morris:
Something else you might not know about me? Or maybe you’ve picked up on it…I absolutely love organization. I mentioned on Facebook the other day that purging is my love language and organizing bins are my spirit animal.
This applies to all areas of my life. I strive to keep my house clutter free, and I am a big believer in streamlining my days with schedules and spreadsheets.
And I KNOW. I know that isn’t necessarily how life works. That’s what I do these things with an important idea in mind: I can have all of the schedules and charts in the world, but life is unpredictable. So, I consider these things to be fluid and changeable. So yes, I might have a daily cleaning schedule for our house, but if something more fun comes up or I need to schedule a doctor appointment for the littles, scrubbing out the fridge can wait. And, I’m ok with that because it still feels like my head is organized.
I have a soul sister in this bizarre fascination with the orderly. You might know her as the host of #5Faves for the month of May while I get my life, um, organized. Rachel from Efficient Mama is equally, if not more, adept at creating a clutter free, peaceful life.
AND GUESS WHAT!
She has a book out. Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying Your Home. And it walks you through step by step on how to implement her incredible strategies into your own home. I mean, it covers everything. Take a look at the table of contents:
You can snag a copy for $2.99 on Amazon or on her website, Efficient Mama. If you buy through her site, you can use the code LAUNCH for 25% off your copy (good May 11-22). And, hint hint, newsletter subscribers get an exclusive coupon, so sign up here.
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