Friday, July 31, 2015

Large Family Tips - Simplifying Your Home Once and For All

When you have a large family it is easy to get quickly overwhelmed if things in your home are not in order. I have always been a very visual person and I don't function very well if there is clutter or too many things out of place.

This can also true of smaller homes. The more that clutter gets a chance to reign the more chaos and disorganization there is. We need to take control of the situation quickly before it can get out of hand!

Our family was going to move this past year so we had everything in boxes ready to go. But through a series of circumstances God kept us here. With most of our house in boxes we really realized what we truly needed to live with and what we could live without. 

It was quite an eye opener to see what little we needed and everyone was still very happy. Now we are going through the boxes one by one and getting rid of tons of things that we had packed. We didn't really need them to begin with and we just needed to get rid of it. I don't like to clutter up our space with more things that don't need to be there. Our family runs better if our living spaces are more efficient!

So today we are sharing some tips to help you simplify your home once and for all:

1. Get rid of clutter - Make sure everything you own has a home, In our home we are able to put things away quickly when we know where they are supposed to go. Get rid of those things you don't need or have more than one of. Throw away broken items, trash,  and clothes that are damaged. Be shrewd. I usually have to be in the mood to do this or I can get soft and try to start keeping things. It is good to have someone with you when you are declutter who can remind you that you don't need those items. My son is good at that and will say, "Mom, you don't need that. We never use it, just throw it away! "

2. Simplify everything--drawers, closets,cabinets, you name it. Go through it and ask yourself hard questions. Have you used it in the past year? Do you love it? Will you really use it again? Are you keeping it just out of obligation? I don't let things sit in my hands very long--I try to make quick decisions about an item (just a few seconds) and it either gets tossed or saved. I have gotten better at it over the years and really love seeing our old items being taken away to the thrift store, given away to someone in need,  or in the trash. There is such a satisfying feeling when our living spaces are updated and functional!

3. Less is More - America has an infatuation with collecting more and more stuff. But we lose something in that process and that is the time it takes to maintain all of it. We need to remember that less is more. More time to play with the kids, more time to love our husbands, more time with God and towards the things that really matter--like really living life. Each minute that gets sucked away from really living life diminishes our quality of life and robs us of the time of doing what really matters. We weren't put on this earth to just care for our material possessions!

4. Just Say No - Now if you have children who are always wanting a new toy or this or that, learn how to firmly yet lovingly say "no". Keep children's toys under control in designated areas. It has been proven that children are more thankful and more responsible of their things when this is done and they also learn contentment by not getting everything they ask for.

5. Don't let more things in - If you have a habit of hitting the sales and bringing back a bunch of things that you don't need back to your home just remember all the work you had to do to get your house under control. Remember how HARD it was and how it wasn't fun. Be vigilant and guard your home of unnecessary items!

6. Do Quick Clean Ups - Now when you get most of the home simplified and decluttered--add into your day an easy routine where you straighten up the rooms that need it. We do a quick clean up at intervals during the day (which only take a few minutes when everyone pitches in). Once in the morning, sometimes in the  afternoon, before Dad comes home and right before going to bed. This helps to maintains our home on a daily basis.

7. Get the Whole Family on Board - Make sure you aren't tackling all of this on your own. Be sure to include the children in the cleaning process. I assign all of my children chores and jurisdictions (areas they need to clean). It helps give them life skills and helps them to be responsible. I like giving my kids jobs around the house because it helps them to not be lazy and helps them to be better problem solvers. As they have gotten older I have become more of a manager than doing most of the hands on cleaning. I assign jobs and they do it. It keeps them busy, productive, and learning how to serve others.

I should mention that we also have a new addition to our family this past year---little Isabella has been a weakness for me and we have a ton of baby items she has grown out of collecting that really need to go. I am planning on selling most of her baby items to earn some extra side cash for our homeschool. Just beware of keeping too many things for a garage sale-- sometimes I will just donate to the thrift store to get the clutter up and out of the way as soon as possible especially if I am too busy to pull a sale together.

My favorite go-to books to get inspired on decluttering are always these---I highly recommend them!

Now off I go to tackle more boxes...:)

We hope these tips will help you to get serious and simplify your home for good!


Do you struggle with simplifying your home?

What other tips would you add?

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sarita said...

My youngest son and my DIL are great at not having more than they need...they both went through my closets and we got rid of just about everything! When in doubt i threw it out or gave it to the senior center..that meant over 100 books now have new homes! My daughter in law said that she didnt realize how big my closet was! 😁 my closets will NEVER NEVER be cluttered again! It has made me feel,so good to open the door and its almost empty!! They helped me do the same to the garage...son had a more difficult time getting rid of my late husbands "stuff" but i think thats a guy thing and its ok with!! On to the outside shed!!

Melanie Redd said...

Hey June,

Hope you are doing well this afternoon.

I took some time today to look at all of the referrals to my website. I was thrilled to see that so many wonderful visits had come from your site.

I just wanted to express my thanks and let you know that I appreciate you!

167 visits have come as a direct result of your website!

This amazed me, and I thought it might encourage you to know that other people (like me) are benefitting from your ministry.

I pray that God will bless and you and encourage you~

Laura Lane said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

I agree, I love when you conquer one area of the house and it inspires you to do more! I am going to try to take the month of August and really try to get everything simplified before school starts!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Melanie,

That is wonderful--so glad for you! What is the link to your site?

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Your welcome, Laura, thanks for visiting!

It's great said...

This is really a wonderful post.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Thanks and hope you visit again! :)

Grace said...

I live by this and love it! Having a simplified home helps me keep things in order in the home, in our homeschool and in life.
Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

We are in the same situation right now, but instead of having boxes of unused stuff I am constantly digging in boxes to get things we need. Now that we need to start up schooling again I need to re- set up the school room and make places for all this boxed school stuff. I did have a couple things we didn't use anymore but we also have things we'll need in a few years for the younger ones that I don't want to re-buy then. Keeping clothes and school items to pass down to the younger kiddos has saved us thousands of dollars over the years but at the same time I'm out of space! I also am not good at making sure everything has a place in our house. I need creative small space organization ideas. I hate spending money buying things to organize so I need cheap ideas too.

Unknown said...

You can declutter clothes too. My limit to keep clothes under control is 5. They can have 5short sleeve shirts, 5long sleeve shirts, 5tank tops, etc. When i started i laid out all of one type of clothing (say.. long sleeves) and my daughter chose 4 that were favorites and I chose the fifth. Since I have girls I limit shorts, skirts, and capris to 3 each. Sweaters are limited to 3, coats aretricky.

I like 1 winter/snow coat, 1 springish coat (not heavy like winter but maybe a little thicker than a windbreaker depending on actual coat), 1 cloth coat they like (have girls) and can wear to church when its cool in morning but hot later. As you can tell coats depend on the climate you live in. I get all 4 seasons

Lottie said...

Is 5 enough? How often do you do laundry? I love the idea but want to make sure that it doesn't unentionally create more laundry if I have to do it more often:)


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