I must admit – when we bought our house almost eleven years ago, the Mom Command Center was the selling point for me! I loved the idea of having a place just for me! A place for our computer, a place for me to go through the mail, a place for me to write cards and on and on and on! What I didn’t think about was how easy this place would be to gather clutter!
Today’s pictures don’t really show just how bad this space was cluttered (and complete CHAOS!). I had to pull in a picture from pre-remodel for you to get a true sense of just how bad things can get when you don’t deal with the mess!
As I was clearing the clutter yesterday, I kept thinking to myself, “why do I let this get so bad?!”. And I quickly came up with three reasons.
THREE REASONS YOU (AND I!) HAVE A HARD TIME STAYING ORGANIZED:
- Items aren’t returned to their designated place.
- You started a vertical pile.
- You gave up because it was all too much.
I’m guilty of every.single.reason I listed above and so many more! While the picture below doesn’t look bad, I can tell you that there were items on this desk that I hadn’t dealt with since the Christmas holidays! #nomaam
Here was the same desk this time last year! YIKES! Can we talk about 1) not putting items away, 2) vertical piles, and 3) giving up because it was all too much?!
The calendar stuck on January 15th should be a small indication of the last time I thought about tidying up over here!
The Mom Command Center is also home to our junk drawers – yes, we have two! When we moved back to our house after the remodel, I was very intentional about putting items away. I grouped like items and only keep them in one spot. When you use this process, you quickly realize how much stuff you actually own – hello, 20 highlighters! No one needs twenty highlighters – but for now, I will keep them here and we will use them all up before purchasing any more!
The other junk drawer is more of a supply drawer – label maker, tape, stapler, mini screwdrivers, crazy glue, etc.
I also have a small magnetic strip on the wall behind the desk for artwork, calendars (obviously needed to take down the 2017 one!), invitations, and other important papers from school.
Yesterday I spent about an hour and a half and re-evaluated this space. I went through every piece of paper, put away my books, and dealt with items that I had been putting off. It felt so good to see the top of the desk again!!!
No fancy art pieces in our house – just lots and lots and LOTS of kids artwork. Each kiddo painted one of these plates when they were 18 months old. Such sweet memories of tiny fingers covered in paint!
Happy to say that I didn’t purchase one single thing for this organizational overhaul. I’m guilty of wanting to buy all the pretty containers to put our stuff in when I should first go through all our stuff and de-clutter. Most of the time once you de-clutter, you won’t even need those pretty containers!
Just one vertical stack – and it’s a reminder of something I need to get done! December was a crazy month and I wasn’t able to pull off Christmas gifts for the kids’ teachers. Instead, I’m gifting them with New Year goodies and need to include our card. Hoping to cross that off my list this week!!!
I’m a firm believer in only keeping things that bring you joy or serve a purpose. I was going through a rough patch a while back and a friend put together the sweetest gift and this cup was in the basket. I can’t help but look at it, think of my sweet friend, and smile!
How do I tackle the problem of vertical piles with the thousands of pieces of paper that come home with the kids? I created a file system on my desk with just the basics – each kiddo + a folder for all their activities. Now when something comes home that I need to reference at a later date, I just slide it into the folder. Bonus – no vertical pile starts!
I tidied up the junk drawer – tossing a few pens and relocating a few items to a space better suited to their size.
When I first started decluttering, I had a really bad attitude. I didn’t want to spend my Sunday afternoon cleaning – again! But, it really didn’t take me that long and the result was worth the effort. I’m really going to make an effort to keep this area clean and clutter-free.
How do you handle the dump zone of all things paperwork, mail, and anything else that comes into your house that is a breeding ground for clutter? I could use some tips and encouragement in this area!
I’m joining up with Jaclyn, Keri, and Kate for their Clear the Clutter Challenge. Hop over and check out their spaces! So much inspiration and encouragement to continue clearing the clutter! Don’t give up! It’s so worth it!
Be sure to stop by the other areas I’ve de-cluttered: