Da Vinci and I were definitely on the same page with this quote. I love to clean and declutter. It makes my heart happy when everything not only has a place, but is in its place. I feel calm and in control when my outside world is calm and in control. This week I’ve decided to declutter/organize one or two things a day that often gets overlooked. As much as I love organization, I’m not the best at it, and if I let things build and pile, I do this thing that Nathan likes to call “black-out cleaning.”

Why would he call it that? you may be asking yourself. Well, it’s kind of a funny story. It stems from him finding things once thought lost in weird places, like the name tags for Christmas presents in the buffet drawers or a bill in a book. It’s just that sometimes I let things get away from me, but even if they get away from me, I can’t let them just sit out. I have to put things away, it’s in my nature.

I hate it when things get piled up, when I can’t see my beautifully set table, when the buffet is covered in old mail. It makes me insane, but I don’t always have the time to dedicate to cleaning it out. So, when that happens, I black-out clean and things find a home in the most convenient place. Not always the best choice, but it’s what I do.

This week I’m going to organize at least one catch-all area a day. Today, I cleaned out the buffet. It wasn’t difficult, and it created a lot of extra space for the plates, bowls, and glasses that I got for my birthday. Tomorrow I’m going to clean out the spare bedroom closet, the next day my own closet. Thursday will be for the office and Friday my bedside table. You don’t want to know what lives in there.

Either way, at the end of this week, those areas will reflect calm and clean Casey and not black-out cleaning Casey.

What do you do in the summer to get organized and clutter free? Or, does it not bother  you like it bothers me?

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