Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clutter clearing to reduce stress

One of my continuing goals is to reduce stress in my life and create a calm and happy environment within me with which to create, grow and raise our child. To that end, I've set about clutter clearing.

Goal 1 - the kitchen cupboards.

I haven't taken photos of these but they are so much better now. The pots and pans cupboard, the baking utensils cupboard (there is one now instead of things being scattered over several cupboards!)... There are three cupboards now in much better shape.

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to shut the door properly on the pots and pans cupboard! Wonderful! It is also much easier to access things and to KEEP it tidy! Woohoo!! Some more sanity!

Goal 2 - the linen press.

This is the biggie! Last time I did this was before D moved in. And of course, he came with all his linen and while there was some sorting and throwing out etc at the time, it had gotten chaotic.

Because I've been sick, it has taken me three days to do this. A little bit here, exhaustion, a little bit there, exhaustion! You get the idea. But I have persisted as I could and it is now done.

Here are the before photos.

What a mess it was!

And here are the after photos!

If you look closely, you can even see that I got the labeler out and labelled what was on each shelf. I remember the last time I did the linen cupboard, thinking that is was going overboard doing that. But not this time, no, this time it stays organised! :)

Ah, on my way to a calmer mind and body. And a happier baby to be!

I don't feel that way yet. But I know that I am on the way. And when I fully recover and get back into life, particularly into exercising, then it will begin to emerge more fully.

Goal 3 - the spare room

Oh dear... be cont.



  1. How funny. I cleaned my linen closet yesterday. I didn't think to take pictures, but it was a disaster. Kids had pulled everything out one day and I just stuffed it back in to be able to close the door. It feels good to have it fixed.

    Kitchen is next. They can now get into the baking supplies, so it is time to move them all up to the very top shelf.

    My goal 3 is the office. Ugh. I did it once before, but it did not last long at all.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder of the relationship between clutter and stress. It makes me feel inspired to get to the next project.

  2. Glad to inspire Nicci! Must have been something in the air also for us to both do our linen closets.

    Clutter clearing has always been important part of my cleansing routine. Now even more so!

    The study is somewhere on the list as well...

  3. Your post reminds me of one that I did in April titled, "Collector or Packrat." We have so much stuff in our home. I've already started purging, and hope to accomplish much more when the kids go back to school. To steal your phrase, I want to have "a calmer mind and body" too!

  4. Hi Anita! It is hard to find the time to do it, isn't it? I'll have a read of your post about your own purging.