Day 166: The Never-ending Battle of Clearing Clutter From High-Traffic Areas of Your Home, and Motivating Tips

This morning I was feeling anxious and overwhelmed again with the clutter. It doesn’t seem to matter how many hours I spend decluttering, throwing things away, recycling and putting things in their place, the space in the high-traffic areas fill up again so quickly.

Take the kitchen and dining room as an example… after going for a walk this morning, I started tidying the kitchen at the same time as trying to cook a roast chicken dinner. I suppose you could say that I spent more time cooking than clearing up, but we have to eat.

I need to get to the bottom of how this stuff accumulates. I had it so under control a few weeks ago. It’s not like we’ve bought much into the house. It must just be that things are just moving around like chess pieces on a board as I declutter other areas.

I decided to make a list of what makes me feel less overwhelmed and more motivated, and then pick something from the list to kick me into action…

  1. Tidy something that’s annoying me
  2. Empty the bins and sort out recycling
  3. Walk around my garden seeing the progress that I’ve made
  4. Talk to my mum and dad whilst I’m pottering about the house, or sit down to Skype them
  5. Exercise whilst listening to audio books or music

My progress today

Some photos from my walk this morning

I had already done point 5 from my motivating list above Exercise whilst listening to audio books or music, which always works for me. After Sunday lunch, I picked point 2 Empty the bins and sort out recycling and this gave me a good start in the dining room.

One whole bag of rubbish out of the house

I was able to deal with the bags of stuff by the back door and add to them by emptying the bins from around the house. This motivated me further and I ended up doing some vacuuming, cleaning and putting items away in their designated places.

At 10pm I actually felt like I had earned a rest. My kitchen and dining room are still not how I would like them to be, but I felt like I’d been productive enough to have a rest.

Being kind to myself and asking for help

I must be kind to myself and remember that this week wasn’t a typical week as it was my husband’s birthday and we camped in the garden for two nights. There was bound to be more to deal with than normal.

I was also very good during the day and had short breaks when I needed to, and also sat down for an hour to Skype my mum and dad. I even had a long chat with lady next door when I went to put some empty shopping bags in my car.

I also need to get better at delegating. The girls were busy all day with homework and but they still helped a bit. I also found a couple of small jobs that my husband could do.

The main thing is that I now have my list above to motivate me to make a start, whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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3 Responses to Day 166: The Never-ending Battle of Clearing Clutter From High-Traffic Areas of Your Home, and Motivating Tips

  1. You have a beautiful area in which to walk. There will be times when you just can’t figure out where all the crap is coming from, maybe a trash audit or a room audit, Take each item that has accumulated, figure out where it is supposed to be, how it got there and maybe there is a better place for it. I found this helped me figure out my kitchen table problem which was a dumping ground for everything (it also helped me figure out that I was not the worst offender).

    • Thank you. I’m applying the room audit to the utility room today. I’m picking up one item at a time… I think that most of it doesn’t belong in there but I need to find a permanent place for it all or throw it away.

      • I was surprised to find so many things could have been put away as I walked in the house in just as much time as it took to dump them on my kitchen table and once I started the habit of doing that a lot of other things fell into place.

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