Messy Mud Room

December 6, 2008

toon320I am the wife of a Feng Shui teacher. No one is perfect. We have clutter that builds up and is regularly cleared . I do not live in a museum and although my house is clean, I am not a crazed tidy-up queen. I have a life.

So, okay, it was acceptable when my kids were little – roller skates, skate boards, baseball mitts, shoes, boots cluttering up the mudroom. At that time it seemed that no amount of shelving, hooks, labels and pick-ups would ever keep up with the mess. Now the boys are out of the house and I still find it challenging to make order in the mud room. Is it me? Or is human nature?

Is it because there is too much stuff in there to begin with? Do I just delegate recycling, step stools, boxes, re-gifts, books and things to give away, shoes belonging to kids who don’t even live here, etc to the mud room because I don’t know where else these things could go? Most definitely. What really belongs in there? 

I have some favorite organizing support teams. Sadly Organizing Magazine , just awarded “Best Organizing Magazine 2008” at the Organizing Awards in LA has just gone out of business? Can you imagine? I mean how many organizing magazines can there be? A fun site is Clutter Control Freak, thanks to them for our cartoon and concise article about how much extra stress we create by having something hanging over ones head and putting off doing it….like cleaning the mud room.

You know I can really relate to that- it only take a few minutes to unload the dishwasher, and just a few to load it up, but you’d think it was the longest job in the world when I ask Micah to take the time to do that while his toast is toasting.

But I digress.

My all-time favorite clutter-caoch who can get me on track when I’m lost in the mudroom is The Flylady. Check out her tips for when to declutter, what you’ll need on hand, using a timer and her tips for how to figure out what goes and what stays:

  • Do I love this item?
  • Have I used it in the past year?
  • Is it really garbage?
  • Do I have another one that is better?
  • Should I really keep two?
  • Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?
  • Or does it give me guilt and make me sad when I see the item?

Cleanse this room of everything that does not make you SMILE. 

I’d like to add that there are probably lots of things I might not need in my mudroom that someone would really like and it behooves me to uncover those things and take them to the thrift shop asap.

Okay, so, hm, yeh, I’m going to wait for my husband to come home to do the mudroom (procrastination) and I’ll deal with under the sink today.




Here’s a good article about staying organized, productive and clutter free at your desk.