I have a deep dark secret…I live amongst a lot of clutter. The fact that I have 3 small children, a husband, and a dog, means we have a lot of stuff in our house, a lot. And that stuff piles up and causes a clutter issue.
Now I’m not saying I have a filthy house, or that my house should be featured on the next installment of Clean House on Style Network, it’s not thaaaat bad (although I do enjoy watching this show- it always makes me feel better about my own house issues and I have a thing for before and after transformations!). So I’ve got a clutter problem, not a messy problem.
And most of this clutter piles up in my two favorite places:
1. My bathroom where the beauty magic (overhaul) happens. It takes a lot of product, creams, and tools as you can see above, to get this mom of 3 looking presentable! My counter and makeup drawers are literally screaming for mercy.
2. My desk area in my bedroom where I blog, check email, keep my business records, and all of my kids pictures and memoir stuff that I eventually want to scrapbook- yeh right.
I often get frustrated with myself when I look around my house and there are piles of magazines, paperwork, clothes (clean clothes that haven’t been put in their proper place!), receipts, and family photos that haven’t been put in an album. However, amongst those piles I am somehow able to find everything I’m looking for!! Is clutter how I function and should I just embrace it? Or should I make more of an effort to keep a pristine and clutter free house? Whenever this thought arises in my head and I think about sifting through those awful piles, one of my kids comes up to me and decides he wants to make cookies, go outside and swing, or create shapes out of Playdoh with me! I think I’ll pick the kid over the clutter….
Am I alone in my ability to function in clutter and still be productive?? Or would I be that more productive if I actually had a clutter free environment?!
If anyone has any genius ideas on how to control the clutter, but also not have it control your life in terms of having to constantly clean, I’d love to hear them!! Interior decorators or professional organizers comments welcome!!