Monday, July 8, 2019

34 Weeks of Clean 2019! Week 26:Storage Areas and Attics

Confession time! I have not done this week's assignment in advance.  Yes, I normally work ahead of the assignments I post, but my mom has been in town and we have spent time just being together.  Didn't want to make her work during her visit- we want her to come back, after all.   So while you work this week you can pretend I am working along side of you.  Just a few states away.  And not in the attic, you are alone on that one because I have no attic.

I share this confession with you to say, things happen.  Life happens.  Not even the Queen of Clean, whomever she may be (not me!), leads a perfectly clean and organized life on a perfectly organized calendar.  I know, can you believe it?  So while we are doing our best to take back our homes, we must also give ourselves the grace to just do the best we can.

BUT, no excuses.  Let's do our best!

On that note- today we are tackling those pesky storage areas and attics.  Well, today and maybe a few more days this week! ;)

So storage rooms and attics, here we come!

  • If at all possible, take everything out.  If that isn't possible,  concentrate on sections at a time.

  • Sweep out the area!  Don't forget the cobwebs in the rafters if you are in the attic.  Boo hiss on spiders!  Have I ever told you I am afraid of spiders?

  • Go through everything BEFORE you put it back.  Get rid of things you do not need (no hoarding), do not use, or are no longer useful.  Remember the "Do I use it? Would I buy it again?" rule!

  • Make a plan!  Please don't skip this step.  Think about where you want to put things BEFORE you do so.  It will save you time and energy.  Ask me how I know this.

  • Be creative in storage!  Not everyone has a separate storage room or attic.  Use baskets or containers you already have.  Is there an extra closet you could use?  How about a dresser that is empty?  Try not to buy things to organize stuff you really just need to get rid of.

*If you have clothes storage in these ares, hold off on that- it will have it's own dedicated week...promise!

Unless you are in transition, I would honestly have to tell you that if you do not have enough room to store your "stuff," you may have too much "stuff."  It has always been my dream to not have anything in storage areas with the exception of seasonal things like clothes and Christmas decorations. Now that we have stopped moving that is getting closer to reality.  One day soon, maybe!  The only thing we can do in the meantime is keep the stuff to a minimum and remember that our joy does not come from things, but in God alone.

And maybe a newly cleaned room! ;)


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