Late last week most of our home was picked over, yard sale items were put into boxes and things too worn to sell or give away were thrown out. We got rid of toys that were rarely used, and some that didn't even make it out of the packaging when Christmas was over and the mounds of stuff were too overwhelming. It felt good to go through closets and drawers, keeping only the things that we love well and use often.
We spent the day Monday re-purposing basically the entire main floor of our home. The kitchen stayed the kitchen, for obvious reasons, but every piece of furniture downstairs was moved to a different room, each room becoming something new. As we went, we found even more stuff that we wouldn't miss if it wasn't in our house. I have an embarrassing amount of clothing ready to give away, and Rowan's toy count is significantly less than it was a week ago.
Clutter is something I can't live happily with, but it's so hard to find the time to fully organize it all between work and family, rehearsals and community groups. I definitely haven't figured it out yet, although a complete home overhaul is a great starting point to getting it dealt with. Getting rid of unnecessary items, things we don't truly care about, frees up our hearts and our space to love well the things we do care about.
If you're looking for more about decluttering or organizing your home, check out these posts from wise, Godly women who I look up to [and not-so-secretly wish/think are my BFFs]:
Do you have trouble with clutter?
What are your best tips to keep it at bay?