06-08-2012, 06:45 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Henniker, the only one on Earth
| | Re: Differences on how our home should look
We get a big plastic box (but not too big) and pick up an area of clutter. Then we all sit down and we make three piles:
dump/swap shack/charity donation
The first two categories get taken care of asap, the stuff that's being kept goes in another box.
When the room has been cleaned up of clutter, the stuff in the 'keep' box is organized and gets a home. If there is too much stuff left, some of it can be put in a box for storage, or another cut can be made for give-away or for sale.
Managing clutter is an ongoing process. We have one family member who creates 90% of the clutter in our home.
It's probably not the greatest time to deliver an ultimatum to a teacher. Your wife is probably also dealing with classroom manangement at the end of the school year and that is tough...going from needing to handle school clutter to needing to handle home clutter, even if you are giving her the entire summer it's just no way out right now for her.
I framed the clutter in my house differently, as streamlining our possessions so that we will have time for some of the things we have...such as fishing, archery, cycling, camping, using the telescope and yo-yo's, me teaching the kids how to cook and bake...
I try to explain to my kids how much time it takes to clean around clutter and how it will be impossible to have friends over if our apartment (small) is cluttered most of the time.
Storage boxes are great, even if they are cardboard boxes that are recycled, you can put collections of clutter in them and put them in a closet, if they aren't missed after a long while, it's easier to drop them off at a resale shop or make a charity donation.