Weekly Goals – July 15, 2012: Clearing and Decluttering for My Sanity

Ever feel like the walls are closing in?  Yeah, me too.  It has to do with me being able to walk into a room and see the floors that need to be swept and vaccumed, the windows cleaned, the ceilings cleared of spider webs, the shelves cleared off, hot spots taken under control, plants watered and repotted, toys put away, newspapers recycled, and those last few crumbles that were missed by the rag needing cleared away.  Now that we have covered the dinning room let’s move on to the next room.  I feel that way when I walk into a room and it all happens within a few seconds.

I then proceed to mental beat myself up for being ‘lazy’, ‘distracted’, ‘unprioritized’ or some other such label.  It is usually at this time one of the kids comes in begging for me to play with them or to read a book.  If I agree, I feel guilty for not cleaning or doing other household jobs.  If I say ‘not now’, I feel guilty for not taking the time for them.

Yes, I tend to be a Martha.  How did you know?

So, what is the answer?  Grab a book and sit on the porch of course.

A better course of action would probably be to start with the current week’s zone work, add some 15 minute pick up’s, and fully do my morning and bedtime routines.

So, this week, those 15 minute pick up’s will be decluttering and clearing sessions.  A bonus to this is that a local church’s teen group is having a garage sale on Saturday to raise money for the upcoming year.  They stopped by yesterday and picked up a few boxes of items that I had already gathered in the basement.  I hope to have more for them in a few days.  (Actually, I just thought of another one that I sat in a different place in the basement.)

I am also going through toys to trim down on what is there and make room for any new ones we want to bring in.  A few weeks ago I was able to pick up a bag of play kitchen items.  The kids have seen them, but not been allowed to play with them.  I am using these as the motivator for going through their current toys.  It is working!  They are also learning to think through this process:

  1. Have you outgrown the toy?
  2. Is it broken?
  3. When was the last time you played with this?
  4. Do you have another one like it?
  5. Where will you keep it?

By now they can pretty much skip several of the questions and answer them for me.  It has really shown where their loyalties lay, as when we come to a toy they play with and love their eyes light up and they can answer the questions with excitement.

When we are done going through their toys I am going to label the bins in the playroom with pictures of what goes where.  So far it has worked for the three bins I have labeled.

As for right now, I need to go unload the dishwasher, reload it, and wash up the items that can’t be put in there.  After that I can spend a few minutes just picking up the floor in my bedroom.

I do plan on letting you all know how it is going.  Pictures would be a great addition, but that won’t be a possibility for a few days at least.  Our camera’s memory card finally gave out last week.  It won’t let pictures be saved or deleted from it.  I went to a local store and got the smallest one they sold, it has 4GB of storage available.  Our old card had 52MB.  Just a bit of difference.  Our camera would not accept the new card, which I was told might happen.  This is due to our camera also being old (be bought it 4-6 years ago).  Until I can find a smaller storage disk or get a new camera I won’t be able to post newly taken photos.

And for those of you who like lists and more specifics:

Previous Goals:

  1. Water daily, unless it rains.  I actually found out that I was watering my cucumbers too much after one died.  When I putted it out the roots were rotted away.  Perhaps this too is the reason my other cucumber plant died; not insects like I thought.  The rest of my garden looks great though, so it was worth it.  Yesterday resulted in a large rain event, finally.  I don’t plan on watering for the next few days.
  2. Divide the aloe plants – don’t ask
  3. Get up before 6 a.m. every morning. – this went very well.  Yesterday I didn’t wake up before 6, but it turned out okay.  There were a few days where it was 10 after, but only because I laid there for 15 minutes before getting up.  Thankfully, every day, except yesterday, I was able to get up, dressed, water the garden, put out the produce stand and start breakfast before anyone else was up.  It was a great way to start the day.
  4. Declutter my stash closet.  – It is looking so much better.  Not completely done, but much less cluttered looking.

New Goals:


  1. Clear off the top of my dresser
  2. Clear off my bedside table
  3. Clear off the kitchen counter
  4. Clear off the shelf in the kitchen
  5. Clear off the shoe rack of all but one  pair of shoes per person, except my husband who also can keep his work shoes there.
  6. Clear off the counter of our built in cabinet
  7. Clear off the landing to the basement/pantry floor


  1. Shred one paper sack’s worth of old papers
  2. Go through the extra toys in the basement.  Box up those we don’t want.
  3. Go through bathroom closet for unwanted items
  4. Straighten shelves in dinning room
  5. Go through closet upstairs for unwanted items
  6. Set out a box in the basement for future unwanted items, and label it as such

What are your goals for the week?  Leave a comment or link to your post below (please remember to provide a link back to this post if you leave your link).