My house is full of piles of stuff. It’s not intentional, it just sort of happens. One day the top of the counter is clean, the next it is a landslide of random stuff. This is not hoarders level, but is starting down the path.
Every now and again I get to see my house through her people’s eyes. It is not pretty. That image makes me want to change. Like any issue, you first have to figure out the core issue. Our household underlying cause is two-fold.
- We have too much stuff. A couple extra birthday invites? Let’s keep them! We can use them next year. That sheet of minion stickers still has one left.
- None of our stuff has a real home. Where should deodorant balls (so the smell from my daughter’s shoes does not spawn a competing lifeforms) belong? The island in the kitchen is not the correct answer.
- Purge – You guys with small kids get how hard this can be. That cardboard box you got from Amazon last week is now a dolly bed. And it’s the best dolly bed they’ve ever had when I make motions to get rid of it. For kid stuff, I bag, hide, and purge. It’s not the most efficient process in the world, but it makes it easier to see if they even notice that it is gone. I do something similar for my stuff, which now that I think about it, very rarely hits step three.
- Find a forever home – just like dogs and cats at shelters, everything deserves a forever home. So the family always knows where it is and where it goes.
I’m hoping with these two steps I might get the added bonus of cutting down the ‘Where’s Waldo’ we play when we start swimming lessons or turn on the TV.
What do you do to keep your piles from taking over?