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Mamavation Monday: Cleaning Out My Clutter

I love to read books about organizing and creating home routines. I also love printing out schedules and to-do lists and cleaning routines. I’m just not very good at the putting into action of these items. With the new responsibilities that I’ve added to my life, wanting to be a great wife and mother, and my strong want to step up the effort on my weight loss journey, I’m feeling a bit like I’m burning my candle at both ends. This week I’m concentrating on cleaning out my clutter so that I will be able to work on my high priority items.

I’ve always been a clutter collector. I’m not a big fan of knick knacks, but I amass paper clutter like it’s going out of style. I also find lots of crafts that I’m going to make one day, clothes I’m going to wear one day, books I’m going to read one day and things that I’m going to do one day all over the house. I have recipes and articles I need to read, papers I need to file, filing systems I need to overhaul, the list goes on and on and on. The problem with all that, though, is that all the buildup makes it so that I can’t do any of the things that are important. The clutter is keeping me from my responsibilities, taking away my time to be a good wife and mother, and giving me excuses from my weight loss journey.

So it’s time to clean house.

This week is going to be devoted to cleaning out physical clutter from my house. I’ll also be working on breaking those mental blocks that keep my emotional clutter level high and prevent me from moving forward, organizing properly and keeping my priorities straight. I’ve done a lot of work in this vein lately, so I know that this week will be successful. But I may not be too active on Twitter or the forum (which, ps – I super totally love). My goals this week aren’t weight loss related, but they are tangential!

Oh – and my husband has a truck now, so I don’t have to drive him and hopefully will make it to the show tomorrow!!

This post is sponsored by Motion Medica and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

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Joanna is a stay-at-home mother of 2 young boys. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, socializing, and constantly struggles to find new and better ways to manage the home.
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  • http://www.cdcarpettech.com/ Chem-Dry Carpet Tech

    wow, you are a very motivating writer! let me give you my two cents joanna, having a clean place is not only nice to look at, but it will literally change everything in your life.  if you keep a clean house, you will keep a healthy mind, body and soul.  cdcarpettech 

  • http://www.shortysshapinguptobefit.blogspot.com/ Marie Nichols

    I need to de-clutter my home too. If you got any good ideas. I’d appreciate it. Hope you have a great week .

  • LilacCityMomma

    Cleaning the clutter is seriously like a monthly hobby for me!!

  • http://tohabandtoholdblog.wordpress.com/ Rachel Habegger

    I am with you on the clutter cleaning! Aiden has surgery next week so I am trying to get it done before then! Hope to see you tonight! :) 

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

      I hope the surgery goes well next week and your cleaning goes well this week! See you tonight! :-)

  • elenka29

    I am with you on clutter cleaning – planning on cleaning and de-cluttering my house this week – so sick of the mess

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

       @elenka29 It’s always good to know I’m not alone! Best of luck with your clutter this week!

  • kristalswan

    Joanna, those are great goals for this week! It’s so important to identify what is holding us back. And girl, I can totally relate to the clutter issue. I believe that adage about the clutter in our lives reflecting the clutter in our brains!
    Good luck with the cleaning, I look forward to reading more about your progress!

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

       @kristalswan I totally agree with you! I think it will helps leaps and bounds – the bit I’ve done has already helped. Thanks, and best wishes for the week to you too!

  • katbirdfl

    I have been doing that as well. I have been doing one organizational project a week.  Hopefully, by the time summer is here I will have it under control. I figured with getting back into a healthy lifestyle, I need to get my house healthy as well. Thanks for sharing! 

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

       @katbirdfl that sounds like a great way to tackle the problem! I hope you have an awesome week!

  • http://www.twitter.com/krissy_r Krissyar

    I swear by a “organized clean house” – it keeps us in a better sense of mind, & you don’t feel so guilty stopping and doing things for yourself when your house is already clean! I would recommend picking ONE day through the week where you’ll spend a few hours JUST keeping it organized & cleaned. Since I’ve started doing this my week goes soo much smoother (I still sweep, do some laundry and of course dishes, lol), but the majority of my cleaning is done on Saturday mornings (or Sunday afternoons depends on our schedule), and since I work full-time, it relieves the guilt of spending extra time on ‘me’ or my kids!Good luck with your journey this week -make it a good one! =) 

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

      Thanks for the recommendation! I have certain chores I do daily, and others I do on certain days – so far that’s working out great! I can’t leave the majority of cleaning for one day because it never fails that my husband makes huge plans for that day LOL It helps now that I stay home with the kids, but your schedule sounds a lot like what I did when I worked full time! I hope you have an awesome week!

  • http://www.theariesmommy.com/ Shannon AriesMommy

    Getting everything in order is so important for your emotional well being.  I personally feel like when my house is in order I have more time to devote to working out.  Good luck this week, if you come up with any tips on organizing please share them.

    • http://www.justjoanna.com/ way2gomom

       @Shannon AriesMommy That’s what I’m going for – glad to hear it works for you, I think it may work for me then LOL! I will make sure to pass along what I find that works. Of course, they may only work for weirdos wired like me LOL! I hope yo have an awesome week!