Friday, December 9, 2011

Part 2 - Notes from Homekeeping & Homeschooling Book

Chapter 3 - Clutter, Clutter Everywhere and Not a Spot to Think
Things are only useful when they don't hinder relationships with people and when they help you enjoy and serve the people around you.
  • Balance - Clutter is the largest reason you and your family can't clean quickly or well.  It slows you down and drains energy and joy from your life.
  • Clutter Quiz - 18 question quiz; #18: If the Lord called you home today, would you be horrified if your spouse accepted help from friends, relatives, or especially your mother-in-law to sort through your things?
  • Functional Neatness - A comfortable place between (1) an obsessive neatness demanded by a mother who doesn't allow for a mess of any kind and is overworked trying to maintain that standard, and (2) slovenly conduct by family members.  *Neat enough to be peaceful and messy enough to be happy.  Everyone in the family functions better.
  • The Good News - There's a difference between destructive, chaotic clutter and happy messes.  Hobbies and living life are happy messes or creative messes.  Know the difference between clutter/junk and happy messes.  Creative messes are temporary or useful.
  • Junk Journey - List areas that need attention, number by priority or check them off as you complete them.
  • Small is Better - If your overwhelmed, choose one small area first to give you momentum.  Finish one area before moving onto the next.
  • Gather Containers - Plastic bins hold small items and look neater.
  • Don't Rearrange - Start with an empty space clean it, wipe it, wash it, vacuum it, etc.  A clean slate helps to end clutter effectively.
  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - Decision-making is the most difficult part of decluttering.
  • Sort, Sort, Sort - Use three containers: Necessary, Nice and Never.  Store nice items in area's outside your home's usual daily traffic areas.  Nice = Special or occasion items; Annually; Christmas decorations, etc.
  • Location, Location, Location - Put items in a place that is near where you frequently use it.  Put a game cabinet/shelf where you normally play them.
  • Dispensations & Exceptions - Luke 12:15; PASS box = Parting is Sweet Sorrow; Give items time and then see if you use them or still want them later.
  • Saving Sentiments - Take a picture of things that are hard to get rid of; picture saves valuable space.  For homeschool projects and special things, have a display table and agree on time to display items.  Take a picture of child with project/creation, etc.  Use an art folder or box for child's special papers or drawings.
  • Wise Warning from the Word - Easier to keep a home clutter free than it is to make it clutter free.

Luke 12:13-34
1 Timothy 6:6-8

Related: Part 1 Notes

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6 comments:

Tricia said...

Bev,
I think I need to read this book, especially thinking about MY mother or my hubby's mother helping him sort through my things! YIKES!!! I am horrified!!
Tricia

Tay said...

I am so glad to read that happy messes are ok! We have an area in our apartment for our happy mess where I put our creative projects in progress :)

Megan said...

I have been on a journey to live more minimalist and clutter-free. It definitely makes it easier to keep the house clean and tidy, find things when you need them, be much more organized and therefore have more free time to spend with people and doing the things i enjoy. Also family and friends comment on how relaxing our home is which i believe is due to the lack of clutter.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comments ladies! :)

Tricia - you and me both LOL. When I read that it horrified me as well.

Tay - we have a lot of happy/creative messes around our house, so it was awesome to hear how she described it in the book. That is just living life you know? Now, garbage on the floor and trash everywhere is a different story haha but a in-the-works science experiment is just a norm in this home!

Megan - it does free up time knowing where everything is and having a place for everything!

Ruby Rose said...

Boy is this timely! I'm working on my issues and the Lord is dealing with me about my home and clutter. I don't want to be like that but having grown up in the house that I did with the people that raised me, I tend to have hoarder tendencies and don't realize it until it's too much and overwhelming. In fact, I just posted a blog about this myself!

I think this book would work for me, thanks for sharing it, and to be honest, I'd be more mortified if my friends offered my husband help, not my MIL.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Ruby Rose! :)

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