Saying Goodbye to Clutter

Comedian Rosanne Barr used to say her uterus was a homing device. I have used that line so much I should pay her royalties. Why is it at my house I am the only one who can find things that to me seem painfully obviously in plain sight.

“Mom, I can’t find my basketball socks!”

“Honey, don’t we have any ketchup?”

“Where is my I-pod?”

It’s never ending and usually I shout from where ever I am in the house to announce the exact location of the missing item. That is followed by the inevitable, “I don’t see it.”

That is when I drop whatever I’m doing and head into the room only to hand the missing item to the one who can’t seem to find it.

I am sure it must be universal somehow that we all are blindly looking for the stuff of our lives and that sends us each January after the holiday rush is over, searching for a way to become better organized.

There are ads everywhere for organizing systems, and entire magazines dedicated just to keeping our loose ends from coming untied.

I am no different. But this year I really took the organizing to a new level. Inspired by some magazine articles, I dove into the coat closet at the back entrance of our home. I emptied it out from top to bottom, discovering along the way some mittens not worn since my youngest was a toddler, some hats that won’t fit anyone in our family’s style, and a multitude of mismatched gloves, out grown snow pants and winter coats that needed to find a new home.

While it was all out of there, I put together a new shelving unit, bought some baskets, and installed some hooks inside the closet. It’s amazing what that little project did for the back of the house. I’m so inspired I’m planning on make-over’s for all our closets including some new paint colors, bright baskets and several new shelves or repositioned shelves.

I’m also taking the advice of interior designer Leah Salter from Coyle Carpet One and putting away some of the clutter around the house. Her advice is to save special pieces that have sentimental value and bring them out only at certain times of year. The rest of the time, her advice is to remember, less is more.

If you are like me, trying to cut the amount of clutter and confusion at your house, let me know what worked best for you.

About the Author...
Pam Tauscher
Pam works as Executive Producer and Panel Moderator for the MomsEveryday Show, as well as serving as MomsEveryday host in her local market in Madison, WI.
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