Simplify and Declutter: Day 10 of 10
February 11, 2013
For ten days this January (and February), we’re decluttering our house from top to bottom. We’re using Tsh Oxenreider’s ten-day plan from her book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. Links to the first nine days are listed at the bottom.
I’m about a week late wrapping up our household declutter. What can I say? Business and kids/homeschooling were a higher priority than decluttering.
We’re all but finished (sort of). Let me explain. Oxenreider devotes day 10 to decluttering your entrances. She also suggests that you stick to it just a bit longer and clear up any clutter from your yard. Our entries are pretty clear as it is. I went outside yesterday and wiped down the windowsills on my front porch, along with the porch light and mail box. It felt great to spiff it up just a bit and clean up the dust and cobwebs.
Here’s the front entry outside.
Here’s the entry off the driveway.
But, our shoe room is part of our entry. It’s a tiny room right off the master bedroom. When we walk in our back door from the garage and driveway, we go straight to the shoe room and store our shoes in our shoe bench.
Our challenge is that our shoe room is also our soap processing room. It’s where soap batter sits while it’s saponifying after being poured into molds. It’s where we keep our indoor supply of de-canted coconut oil and shea butter. It’s storage for packaged soap and for all soap packaging supplies. So, it’s filled with eco shred and boxes and packaged soap and labels and files . . . This is the sticky part of running a business out of a smallish (by American standards) house with no dedicated home office. It’s cozy. With it also being the room where we store our shoes and where the kids are apt to drop their backpacks, there’s a lot going on in this little space.
Getting the shoe room de-cluttered and organized isn’t something that we can tie up right now. We need to sit with it for a bit. We need to see what the rhythm of life is going to be as demand increases for our soap. We need to come to a pain point of seeing what’s not working before we jump ahead and spend money or time on any sort of solution. At this point, I’m observing our work area and thinking about what would be helpful. I’ve created a board on Pinterest to check out what others have done with small home offices. I’ll let you know when we make progress on getting this space squared away. I’m definintely looking forward to it.
That wraps up our decluttering project for now. I’ll warn you- it’s addictive. Clearing our space has felt so good that we’re wondering where we can push a bit more. It feels so good to have the floors clear with no piles that need to be dealt with (other than the shoe room, of course). It’s easier to clean. It’s also such a hassle to get rid of stuff that it’s made both of us much more wary of bringing anything into the house. For now, I’m going to enjoy the clear space and have a cup of tea. Thanks for reading about our journey!