Thursday, July 12, 2007

The De-Clutter Challenge

I was watching Oprah the other day and they had an episode about "De-cluttering your Home". It was fascinating and had many great tips. Looking around my own home, I see many problem areas, which could use some attention. I am a pretty tidy person. I really do enjoy a clean house, but now that there are multiple "living areas" and multiple children, it's been a bit difficult for me to maintain. I know JB really appreciates a clean, organized home. We would both like it to return that way. However, thinking about tackling the entire house gets so overwhelming, I don't even want to think about it. So I don't. I sit back down on the couch and watch more clips of other people's messes and how they get cleaned up. haha.

No more. Today is the day! I'm starting with the kitchen. Is it the center of your home as it is ours? It tends to be a dumping ground for everything: shoes, soiled clothing, receipts, books, tools, etc. JB is out out of town until Saturday, so I have a few days to get it done (mental deadline, you know?).

Look out kitchen, you are getting a makeover! Okay, maybe not a makeover, but I'll finally put things away where they go and toss things that I'm not using, followed by a deep-clean. There was a cool tip on Oprah that talked about The Magic Triangle. Basically, helping you organize your kitchen, by placing the tools you most use within the triangle (stove, fridge, sink) and everything else outside the triangle. I'll be testing that out, too. Wish me luck. Over and out.

*that is NOT a picture of my kitchen. It's pretty though, isn't it?


laurenthequeen said...

Believe it or not, I would love t be there to help. I'm totally envious! I've given up the fight for the moment. The ghetto apartment doesn't seem clean no matter how much effort I put into it. Knowing that we're moving again in 8 weeks or so, really takes away any motivation to get stuff organized. I am excited to get it all into the new place and be able to make it home.

Amy said...

I don't blame you, Train. That's EXACTLY how I felt when we lived in the basement of our old home. It was so squished, dark and uncomfortable and to clean/organize it was to somehow tell it (the basement), "I like living in you." Hang in there. It will get better.

Onthego Family said...

I was convinced that was a picture of your kitchen! I liked my quaint little kitchen 'til I saw this one. How you could not enjoy cooking in or cleaning that?

Amy said...

Yes, it is a beautiful kitchen and NO, mine does NOT look like that. :)