Sunday, August 11, 2013


Do you ever look at home photos online or in magazines and marvel at the clear counters? I do. I've listed a home and stashed counter clutter for a party, so I realistically know that few people really live that way, but I wish I did. If all my surfaces were paper-free, I'd be a very happy camper. I am not a happy camper today.

I am an organized person. Few things make me happier than 3-ring binders, file folders, and my label maker. My one downfall is the pile. As long as things are neatly stacked in a pile or shoved out of my line of sight, I can ignore them. For a very long time. Until they overwhelm me.

cluttered kitchen table
The end of the kitchen table: my husband's birthday presents and son's art camp work. 
I am overwhelmed today. Everywhere I look, piles taunt me. With kids around, the house usually is in disarray, but this is different. A good fifteen minutes of picking up toys, books, and art supplies will usually get us to a level of tidiness I can abide. Not today. It's gone too far. And most of it is mine. And most of it requires further action; it either doesn't yet have a place to go or I need to do something further with it. That's how it ended up in a pile in the first place.

cluttered kitchen counter
The end of the kitchen counter, by far the longest-standing pile. 
I declare this the Week of Decluttering. The kids are both in full day camp this week before being home all day for two weeks before school starts. Those two weeks are bound to be messy, and the last thing I need is for new messes to pile up on top of what I've already accumulated.

cluttered floor
My desk in the studio: Potential project materials and garage sale leftovers.
I have an amazing ability to overlook these piles for months at a time, as long as they are strategically placed. Once I do see them, I can't stop seeing them. Seeing them makes me tense. The only way to get over it is to tackle the piles. I will hate doing it but will love the result. I will be able to breathe easier when I can see the countertops again.

It may take a while.

cluttered dresser
Bedroom dresser. Contains kids' artwork and such to be filed away and I have no idea what else.
These are just a few of my dirty secrets and what I'll be doing this week. How about you? Are you a neat freak, a happily disorganized mess, or are you a piler too?


  1. This is soooo me....I know exactly how you feel!! I love when my house looks organised and everything is in its place. What a blissful feeling!

    Good luck with the de-cluttering..... Think I might just go and tackle the pile in my bedroom right now! :-)

  2. I totally understand. I just cleaned out our linen closet and bathroom closet -- the main and only one we have. I'd been putting it off for ages and could no longer put anything away for find things. Two trash bags and a give away bag later and I can not see the stuff in their and it's all organized and labelled. The thing is that these cupboards were organized and labelled to my licking -- but that was probably 3-4 years ago -- apparently it's a never ending project.! Anyway, I temporarily feel fantastic about it.

  3. I also have a tendency to be a piler :) There are stuff here at home that I also need to sort out. And your post has just reminded me to do it soon :) Found your blog through Bloggy Moms blog hop.

  4. I'm a wanna be neat freak who exists in a very cluttered house right now! It drives me nuts. I try to ignore it, but I can't! So, then I just walk around irritated at myself and stressed that I need to tackle the piles!