C is for Clutter vs. Calm

We’re having our best year of home schooling yet; partly because my kids are getting more and more independent, and partly because of my year-long de-cluttering project.

Here’s a list of what we’ve gained by losing the clutter:

    • Library space – We moved our youngest daughter out of her bedroom and converted her tiny room into a reading room.
    • Sleep – She now stays in her own bed most nights, instead of joining us in the Big Bed. This is very good for all.
    • Cooperation – She now shares a bedroom with her older sister, so they’re learning how to get along together in that space.
    • More library space – We got rid of our TV and put bookshelves in our living room. Can you tell we like to read?
    • Cooking – We cook and bake more often… because the kitchen counters are clearer than they used to be. (There’s still plenty of room for improvement on kitchen clutter, but it’s much better.)
    • Art – I say ‘yes’ to art projects much more frequently when there’s space to work and good storage for the supplies.
    • Generosity – We got rid of several old pieces of furniture at our church tag sale. That gave us extra space AND extra cash. We donated our proceeds to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative… enough to purchase ten bed nets for people in Africa!
    • Calm – My oldest daughter just told me she’s noticed I’m much calmer when there’s space in our living space. That’s a good thing. I had no idea it was noticeable!
    • And all this without purchasing anything extra… we’ve just found things we had forgotten about (like storage tubs) and made room for the things that are most important (like books).

Want to know more about those independent children? Just ask. (They’re my favorite topic.)

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About Heidi

I'm a pastor's wife, striving to live generously. I'm also a homeschooling, gardening, knitting, cooking, reading mom.
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4 Responses to C is for Clutter vs. Calm

  1. good for you Heidi and very inspiring…we can all live with a little less

    • Heidi says:

      🙂 Thank you, Cathy! I could have added “more space for having friends over”… E was just telling us about how well she and G get along. Very cute. She’d love another play time!

  2. Naomi says:

    Great job! I’m the same way… I get “testy” when things are cluttered and when there is no room to work! I can’t stand it when things are lying around and not in their “home”… 🙂

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