I hate clutter. I really do. I love to purge and organize--when I have time. And that's next to never, it seems, because homeschooling takes time--time which perhaps I'd spend purging and organizing if the kids were in school. I think many other homeschool moms accomplish these tasks during the summer. Living at summer camp for ten weeks every year makes it difficult for me to do it that way.
I grew up in a cluttery house. And that's okay. Some people find comfort in clutter. That's fine. I'm not here to judge. I simply don't happen to be one of those people. Instead of finding comfort in clutter, clutter finds the crazy in me. And it ain't pretty.
However, on more than one occassion, I've found myself thinking, "Wow...this is a really nice box/container/egg crate. I bet I could use it for something...." SCREECH. Grinding halt. Okay, so I may not like clutter, but I definitely carry a recessive gene for clutter-comfort. So, I need some help sometimes.
I came across an e-book the other day and downloaded it today: 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. It's more about the why of having a clean house than striving for perfection. We clean our homes as a way to show love to our families. When I get all crazy from the clutter or start cleaning in an angry frenzy, then I am definitely NOT showing love to my family. And it's not the clutter that's the real problem. It's my attitude. See, as a first-born child, perfectionism runs in my veins. Sometimes I feel like I need to wait for the perfect time to accomplish a task (which is almost never), or it has to be done perfectly, so the job only ever gets half done. I also have trouble delegating, because I usually think I can do the job better. This slight obsession leads to procrastination, discouragement, and/or exhaustion. Does this mean I give up on de-cluttering and cleaning? Oh, I wish. ; ) No. It's more about letting go of the perfectionism, and keeping an actual mission statement of why I want my home to be clean and organized to be at the forefront of my mind. In fact, that's the first assignment--making the mission statement, printing it out, and posting it where I'll see it often. So, after I get the kiddos to bed tonight, I'll be working on that.
I'll keep you posted. I think it'll be an interesting journey. And when I'm done, I'll be all ready for company, so come on over! = )