Importance of De-cluttering Your Home to Remain Stress Free – A Guest Post!

I have a hard time, sitting still around the house. I really do. Part of it is that I’ve always had a hard time sitting still, and part of it is that when I sit down, I notice something that needs to be done. So I get back up to take care of it, and one thing leads to another, and by the time I’m able to sit down again, it’s time for bed, so there’s really no point!

See, I’ve never been much of a procrastinator. Unless I’m in a funk. Which is not very often. I like to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and I’m not really one to put things off until tomorrow.

Why do I do things in this crazy manner, you might ask? Well, I tend to function much better and much less-stressed when I know that my home is clean and my workspace is organized and I don’t have a list of things a mile long that need accomplishing. I also tend to have a much better day when all my ducks are in a row, and part of that comes from the fact that I really despise CLUTTER. It makes me feel like this:

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Clutter is messy, and disorganized, and takes up space, and is overall unnecessary. I have always felt that when  clutter begins to stack up, it prevents me from being the best me that I can be. So I work hard around our home and around my office to make sure that there is no “stuff” that can “clutter” any particular area. As a result of this, my husband would say that he takes out the trash far too often! But I don’t just throw things away. I re-purpose and give to others who can make use of items that I am not using. Because after all, if it’s going to just sit around at our house, why not give it to someone who will really use it?

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On Organizing the Infamous Junk Drawer

When we moved into this house, I was thrilled with the amount of drawer space in the kitchen. Mind you, our apartment only had three tiny drawers in the kitchen, so there was no room for extra stuff. (There was no room for anything, really!) In my current kitchen, I have two large drawers, a medium drawer and a small drawer. That’s heaven for me!

Anyways, I swore up and down that we would NEVER have a “junk” drawer. You know the one I mean. The one that somehow everything from paper clips to flashlights and everything in between gets thrown into. And you can literally hurt yourself trying to find a singular item inside those drawers. I HATE those drawers.

But guess what. I ended up with one anyways. And really, there’s no one to blame. Well. There IS someone to blame. And that person is ME.

Because I like clean counters. I really do. I don’t like lots of stuff sitting out around the counters. It really bothers me, and it’s hard for me to cook in the kitchen when there is too much clutter everywhere. So, like happens around my house when I don’t have an organizing system in place, things get out of hand. And I had taken to shoving whatever was cluttering my counter into this one drawer that had a little extra room in it. HAD. HAD a little extra room in it.

But the other day, when I found that somehow one of our bills had made it into that drawer, and I had almost missed paying said bill, that was enough. I knew I had to organize it.

Here’s the drawer before:

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