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Thursday, 1 November 2012

When Clutter Own's You

Noun:                 A collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.
Verb:                  Crowd (something) untidily; fill with clutter.              
I have a secret, everyday this secret is impacting on my life, my happiness and the relationships that I'm having with my kid's, husband and those around me. It's getting more difficult to hide IT from the children, the eldest is starting to ask questions and I've realised that Mr Opoes and I have had this secret in our lives for the last 9 years. The impact of this is hurting my family, our time spent together normally involves running away from the house, having people drop by the house is confronting and I'm becoming more and more depressed with the situation.
We're about to entire the fourth month of living in our new house and during that time we have had clutter all around us. The car can't be parked in the garage because there's no room, we have boxes sitting around the house waiting to be unpacked, I haven't seen the floor in our bedroom for weeks because it's been used as a dumping ground, any clear space gets covered in seconds with stuff and with all this around us we aren't the happiest of people. The children are fighting more, Mr Opoes and I spend far too much time talking about clearing it up but no time actually doing it and my relationship with him is also suffering because our clutter is so in your face that we can't see past it. 
I've read books, searched the Internet and even watched television programs dedicated to helping people fix their problems. For me personally CLUTTER is overwhelming, embarrassing, never ending and consuming. In the past I have started to de-clutter but then something happens to distract me, I've lost interest OR I get started and then realise that this piece of furniture would be great to store the kid's toys, we don't have the money to purchase it and doing this will just mean ...........
I become side tracked, Mr Opoes spends about 15 hours a week travelling back and forwards to work so he can't really help me and most of all at the end of the day I just want to sit down and do nothing. So if you put all this together and the fact that we have stuff that we JUST DON'T NEED then it's no wonder our house never looks any good.
I found a quote the other day here and I think  from now on that I'm going to have to live by this simple yet effective rule.
"If you look at your entire house as one unit of junk,
you'll never do anything because the job is too overwhelming.
Take it one drawer at a time."
Janet Luhrs
So starting next week Mr Opoes and I will be working together to get the garage sorted so that we can park the car away every night, empty all the boxes, clean up the bedrooms and living area's so that we can use them, donate to charity all the things we don't need, take stuff to the dump and maybe sell a few items that we just no longer need.
Because I want to keep it really I'm going to show you photo's of what my bedroom and the garage look like now and in two weeks time I'm going to show you how we have progressed with the task of DE-CLUTTERING OUR HOUSE. I hope that I haven't scared to many people and that by doing this I start to feel more organised, creative and that I become a more productive mother and wife.
Our Garage.

My side of the bedroom.


  1. Organised kaos not clutter. You probably know where everything is!

    1. It is organised kaos to a point. No I actually don't know where everything is just ask the kids. I have until next week to send in a note to school regarding a field trip and I don't even know where to start might just write a note and state that he can go. Thanks for the positive comment :)

  2. I am in the midst of decluttering my house, too. It can be so overwhelming sometimes. Today I took just the dining room and cleaned it. A mark of success. Tomorrow I will choose just one area to work on.

    1. Well done Donna I'm so proud of you. I too hope that I can actually start and finish a room in a day. My husband is going to be helping so I'm thinking that I should be able to get 80% of it finished. We would all love to get the car into the garage so I'm going to work really really hard. Good luck with the rest of your decluttering. You should let me know when you finish and then you can motivate me to keep working on mine.

  3. Hi Megan,

    I've been reading your blog for a little while as a fellow Coral Homes client and blogger. We have the exact same issue in our garage! Granted, we've only been living in our house for a few weeks, but I don't see an end in sight to this clutter all that soon anyway. We don't have a driveway yet, but even if we did, we wouldn't be able to get the cars in the garage due to piles and piles of stuff, oh and spare bricks.

    My favourite way to motivate myself to clean and de-clutter is to watch an episode of that Hoarders show, nothing like a dose of that to give you a kick start!

    1. Hello Lauren thank you for reading my blog, I went and had a look at your blog. Hands down you are further along than we are, my excuse is that I have four children lol. I'm also jealouse that you have a heap more furniture than we have. I was interested to see that you have done a few things like we did e.g. concrete We are about to get some landscaping done which is going to cost us a pretty penny especially as we need a retaining wall.

      I'd love to live in same area you are in, I'd love to have all that area for the kid's to run around but I'm also happy with what we have. Would you ever build again? I'm not sure that we would maybe if it was only the two of us BUT who knows!! I had to laugh at your comment about the Hoarders program I use to watch it but I started to think that that could be me in a few years lol I'm going to post some pictures soon of a clean garage so I'm hoping that the rain stays away until then. Thanks for reading my blog..