Flipping through videos on YouTube the other day, we came across an episode of ‘Hoarders’. The house was filled to the brim with trash, feces covering the floor and it even came with its own pets. Watching that show made my stomach turn. It also caused me to look around my own home.
My house does not look anything like the picture above. It’s kept very clean. Everything is dusted, floors are vacuumed, counters are wiped down and very rarely will you ever find a dish in the sink. Even still, we have clutter. Lots of clutter.
Where does all the paper come from, or the many electronic components found stacked on shelves or in corners? Why are there still books for toddlers, in my 14 year old son’s room? Do I really need bills dated back to 2002 or card envelopes with no cards inside?
Do we ever throw anything away? From the amount of clutter, it would seem that the answer is no.
Although our house is clean, the clutter makes it look messy. Or, should I say “made” it look messy. Yesterday, thanks to the motivation received by watching “Hoarders”, our house was transformed. We spent from morning until close to midnight throwing away stuff and rearranging the furniture in every room, but one. Bags of items from all around the house were packed away for donation.
My son helped out with the giving also, as he picked through his toys. He loves to give items to people who need them. Almost every time I mention getting rid of something, he insists that we give it away. He has such a kind heart.
Yesterday, he was in a selling mood too. He found a 4 inch tall haunted house, made out of foam sheets, that he had made in school. “We can sell it, for a $1”, he said. So if you’ve been in the market for a purple foam house, look no further. We’ve got a deal for you! It comes unfurnished, but all utilities are paid.
Waking up this morning and walking out to see our ‘new’ home, was very refreshing. What better way to start off the new year, than with an uncluttered, nicely rearranged home?
If you’re looking for motivation to rid your home of clutter, along with the items in the “one day I might need that” category, just turn on an episode of ‘Hoarders’. That should do the trick.
Here’s to a fresh start for the new year!