Declutter with Toddlers

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Yesterday a had a note in my planner to make a blog about decluttering with kids. However, I chose a different topic to write about yesterday, then something interesting happened.

I’ve been reading the book: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo and I finished the book yesterday. While flipping through Netflix I saw that she has a series on Netflix that came out yesterday. Crazy right? But wait… the title of Episode one: Decluttering with Toddlers!

I struggle with an anxious mind due to the amount of just “stuff” I feel like accumulates in our home. Boxes of random things, samples packets we’re never going to use, baby towels that we hate, random happy meal toys, and books that the kids have destroyed. I will be the first to admit that I struggle to toss some things, what if I need it one day? News flash: I won’t!

Yesterday I cleaned out my cabinets of expired food, today my fridge is next! I walked through my apartment with a trash bag and picked up all the random happy meal toys, papers, tissues, snacks that my kids seem to leave trails of and tossed them all! It was such an awesome feeling. One bag down, many many more to go!

Friday I’m going to do step one and throw ALL my clothes on the bed and only keep those that bring me joy! I need a drastic overhaul of my stuff anyway so this is perfect! I’m sick of the piles of stuff that I’ll sort through later. I have to keep this energy going and get everyone on board. We’re leaving our apartment at the end of our lease for more space. This is a great catalyst for sorting through and eliminating items before we have more space to fill. I want my home to bring us joy and not anxiety. I want to be able to relax at the end of the day instead of anxiously wishing my table was free of clutter.

This is another part of writing my story. I would scream at a book if the character constantly talked about the anxiety her living space brought her but never made a step towards doing something about it. Time to do something about it. Declutter, declutter, declutter!

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