Update – Creativity Amongst the Chaos

Happy Friday, everyone!

Recently, I wrote a few posts about things I struggle with (that maybe some of you struggle with too). In the first, Creativity Amongst the Chaos, I talked about trying to cut down on the clutter in my life, and in Don’t Forget to Do What You Love, I talked about how important it is to give yourself time to pursue hobbies and interests. Today, I’m going to let you know how I’m doing with our clutter monster, and I’ll do an update on the other post soon.

Cutting the clutter has been difficult. Have I achieved awesomeness? Well…no. But I am happy to say I’m 50% better.  And, yes, I tossed that number out there on a whim.

What I’ve achieved in the clutter department:

Quick Reminder–I usually write at the kitchen table, so the kitchen was a big part of the problem.

  • I moved most of the appliances under the cabinets so they weren’t sitting on the counter. I will admit a few have come out in the last week as I’m trying to eat healthier, and smoothies are a lot easier when you don’t have to lug the blender around. But things we don’t use every day like the toaster, slow cooker, and mixer are living behind cabinet doors.
  • I haven’t gotten around to planting herbs, but I have several succulents. They are hard to kill. I also have a strange abundance of orchids. They are easy to kill. Somehow, they are all living peacefully…except for that one orchid. May he rest in peace.
  • My kiddos have started cleaning out the dishwasher for me. Before, I was strangely obsessive about this, and I wouldn’t let anyone help (not that anyone offered…).  We came up with the solution that they would unload, and I would load. That way I could be obsessive-compulsive about placement, but I wouldn’t have to do all of it by myself. This has made a HUGE difference.

Things I’m still working on:

  • The kitchen table still gets cluttered with school work and writing.
  • Random stuff keeps finding its way on the kitchen counter (especially since I moved my Keurig and made a cute little coffee nook in our previous clutter corner).

Have the changes helped? Yes, I believe so. Am I still getting distracted? Yep, sometimes. But I think that’s natural to a point.

Now that my space is cleaned up, I’m focusing on nutrition and exercise. I’ll write another separate post on that soon.



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