I am persevering in my Lenten/spring cleaning. I might be behind already, but I am not giving up! (That would be too easy!) The work isn’t going anywhere, and neither am I. It might not all get down in the amount of time I have allotted, but no matter what I get done, my home will be more clean and organized by Easter—God willing.
On that note, I have some questions for you, dear friends. Perhaps you have been in this predicament yourselves and can offer some guidance or even a bit of encouragement.
How do you determine what to do with all the stuff? As a family of seven, I understand that we are naturally going to have more stuff than a family of three. But how do I—how do you—keep it under control? At what point do you toss or donate items? For how long do you save outgrown toys for a possible new baby … or don’t you?
Even though I don’t think we have a ridiculously cluttered home, I personally would like it to be a bit less cluttered. I think this would benefit everyone in the long run. Less stuff = less clean up = more time for other, more special things that tend to fall second or third to cleaning up!
Yesterday, Regan beautifully talked about leaving a legacy for our children. I don’t want mine to be, “Mom was always cleaning,” even though I do want them to appreciate the importance of cleanliness and order, and that there are seasons where deeper cleaning is necessary. Does that make sense? Finding the balance …
Anyway … I also don’t want to act hastily and get rid of something that will serve our family in the future. (I don’t want to have to keep buying items when I could have saved them instead.)
So, do you have a good system? What works for you? How many toys do your kids have? Is it too much, or is it a good amount? How do they keep their treasures picked up? How do you know when it’s becoming too much? And what do you do about it?
These questions could be applied to clothes, too (i.e., saving certain sizes of clothes when all your kids have outgrown them … How much do you save, if at all?)
Thank you for your understanding, for any tips you may have or even for a simple prayer for peace of mind! I appreciate it all! God bless you!