So my house is a mess along with my messy life. The latter, I really can’t do anything about--these are God-given messes in my life. The first one, I probably can.
I keep saying to myself, “when this is over” (like my daughter’s wedding) or “when I get this project done” (like painting the kitchen) or “when the weather gets nicer” --”I’ll get my home in order again!”
But it just hasn’t happened.
With my recent purchase of the Homemaking Bundle--there were several courses and ebooks in there about decluttering, cleaning the house, and even organizing your life. I probably spent a couple hours pouring over all of them--and really, there was nothing new. This was all the stuff I’ve written about and blogged about in the past. I thought the fresh reminders might be helpful, but what I found out was that reading about decluttering and cleaning, doesn’t get it done.
Also, neither does writing about it. (Darn!)
I just need the discipline and final push to start.
This is where I need your help.
I need some commiserating.
And I need some accountability.
I am going to do my own 16 week challenge to declutter my home!
If you want to join me and want some accountability, I’d love to have you.
It’s not a complicated or difficult plan. I am simple going to declutter one area of my home per week.
My goal for that area will be that every single item follows this criterion: (And if possible--cut everything down by ⅓. In some cases, even more.Yikes.)
It’s really not simple, yet it is. Decisions have to be made. This can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll need that virtue of detachment and wisdom.
And I’ve got one week for each area.
By August, my house will be decluttered and simplified. I’ve got to keep that end vision in mind.
Along the way, I will post some pictures, some motivational sayings, etc. I will also talk about my failures, I’m sure, like things I just can’t throw away or closets too full to even begin.
Right now in writing this, I’m having some signs of anxiety and a panic attack. My heart rate has increased as I think about the spaces in my house that are just too much--of everything--to declutter.
But now that this is in writing--like a formal contract or something, I hopefully will be able to complete it.
Follow along on Facebook! I will post some on my website, but will definitely be more up to date on my SmartMartha Facebook page. Just follow me there. https://www.facebook.com/SmartMarthaMinistry
One area per week!
Like I mentioned, join me!! You don’t have to do all of the areas that I do at the same time, but maybe do some of the rooms/areas that I am doing. I’ve posted my schedule below.
But sometimes things come up. . .
I’m starting with my home office. Ugh! For example, this is my desk drawer.
Is this something you feel you need to do? Is it hard to get motivated? Do you feel like you just don’t know where to start? Come over to my Facebook page and we can cry together: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMarthaMinistry
As always, I’ll put this whole project to prayer (because it’s going to take a miracle to pull this off!)
St. Martha, pray for us!
St. Mary of Bethany, pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Frances of Rome, pray for us!