Some of the clutter is just the result of day to day living, homeschooling and letting my children create.
shell display in girls' room
But other times the clutter is there because I'm lazy. If everything in my home truly had a place and everything was regularly in it's place, I wouldn't have this problem. But I can't seem to stay on top of it. Something needs to change, and I'm pretty sure it's me.
I don't mind the responsibility. I see the home as my domain. I am the queen of this castle. Yes, there are three other family members who live here, but being a homemaker is my job ~ one I've chosen and gladly accept responsibility for.
And if I can set a tone for the house with my own actions ~ an expectation ~ then maybe others will follow suit. Maybe not.
But honestly, when I look in all these photos, the majority of the problem is mine.
So this is my new area of focus ~ flat surfaces. And not just countertops, but floors, beds and tables too. I do pretty good with the bed and dining room table.
In fact, I think I'll start with floors. I've gotten into the habit of filling the empty spaces underneath pieces of furniture. I think it's time to clear some clutter!