Two Thoughts On Clutter Build Up, and A New Cleaning Routine

(1) I still have too much stuff that I ought to get rid of

(2) If I get rid of something that I later regret, I can always buy it again

Even though I spent 366 days eliminating clutter from my home, my garden and my mind last year, and got rid of 40 charity bags full of stuff and so much rubbish and recycling, the fact is that I still have too much stuff. Stephanie Bennett Vogt defines clutter as…

“Anything that gets in the way of experiencing our true nature and best life”

A Year to Clear, Stephanie Bennett Vogt

I’m on Day 4 in her book A Year to Clear, and she describes that clutter comes in many forms, for example… physical, mental and emotional. The exercise at the end of today says to think about how clutter shows up in your life and also what it stops you accomplishing.

I jotted down that it comes into my life in the following ways:

  • Recycling
  • Things to return to shops
  • Unwanted clothes
  • Items with no home
  • Items to sell/donate
  • Things that require a decision
  • Rubbish

Lots to think about to stop the clutter building up again. How does clutter build up in your life?

Waking up early this morning to a new cleaning routine

I don’t know why I woke up so early this morning. Maybe I was excited to be starting the The Orgainsing Mum Method approach to cleaning. I dowloaded the app and got to work on Monday’s task which is the living room and then I started the level 1 daily tasks.

By the time I had to start work at 9am, I only had a quick wipe around of the bathrooms left to do and also to mop the floors which I have literally just done so that I didn’t fail on the first day!

Additional tasks that I added to the mix today was taking the recycling out that had been building up in the conservatory over the Christmas period… such as cardboard, wrapping paper etc. It’s all out ready for collection for tomorrow morning. The only thing I would say is that it’s freezing out there and my hands took ages to thaw when I got back in! I think that snow is on its way.

Lockdown 3

Boris just announced another lockdown in England so we will continue to stay in. The girls won’t be going to school so home schooling starts tomorrow. We’re not sure how long this lockdown is for, but predictions are that it will be until at least mid February. There needs to be enough time to get the vaccines rolled out.

I’m going to try and have an early night tonight and get up nice and early for tomorrow’s cleaning tasks. I think it must be a novelty at the moment because I’m actually looking forward to it, and normally I prefer decluttering to cleaning. I’m also hoping it will help with keeping the clutter at bay on a daily basis which will stop the build up.

Until next time…



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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9 Responses to Two Thoughts On Clutter Build Up, and A New Cleaning Routine

  1. Our lockdown is getting more restrictive too here in Toronto. Both my kids are learning at home via screens. Ugh.

  2. Sheree says:

    Looking forward to cleaning? You need to get out more! Oh, you can’t. Well, the cleaning then makes more sense.

  3. Good luck with #teamtomm…I LOVE it! Clean sheet Tuesday here we come 😉 x

    • Thanks Vikki. It’s really easy to follow isn’t it? I’ve only used the app for one day and I love it. Thanks for the tip a few weeks ago… and to think that I read her book a year ago and never took action 🙄 x

  4. I break my cleaning down to certain tasks on certain days other than the daily things like making beds and cleaning the kitchen. It has worked for me because I knew that it didn’t take long, I could finish most tasks in under an hour, thus having the rest of the day for other activities.

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