|Absolutely not my home!
Once again, the mental strain of living in mild chaos is pretty overwhelming and although I don't now have six weeks locked in to sort the house, I do need to get stuck in, tackling one small thing at a time. It's crazy that in just a year, this much 'stuff' has returned to our home and I honestly don't know how it all gets here. I've been thinking about how things have unravelled quite so much and I think it's mainly down to these:
Paperwork - I don't deal with letters and things when we get them, instead I neatly stack them one by one until they are just everywhere! We don;t get so many school letters now, but we get a lot of junk mail that hangs around and pointless bank letters. We also get the kids bringing home lots of things like colouring sheets they did at lunchtime that are half done and never get finished. This will be first on my list to tackle!
Clothes - I have curbed my charity shop addiction a little, but I do still dabble and having had a little sort out of my clothes last week, I can see that most of it is second hand bits that I got that never fit. These just need to be bagged up and sent to another charity shop, some still with tags! Of course, I'll be carrying on trying to buy less and be more choosy too. The kids have also grown soooo much over the past year that I'd say a good half of their wardrobe doesn't fit. Things that we kept last year are grown out of now, so a big de-stash of non fitting clothes all round is much needed.
Random kid buys - You know when you go to the shops and the kids want a magazine with crappy free gifts, you grab them a happy meal with a toy or just buy little £1 things here and there to keep them happy? Well those things all add up massively too, so I'm going to try and buy less of these and donate the things we have that were a one minute wonder.