How To Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens

Creating Peaceful Organized Homes in 2014 - How to Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens

If you have missed any posts in this years Peaceful Organized Homes series, you can catch up HERE.

You’ll notice that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about clutter in this series and it’s because I strongly believe that it is next to impossible to have a Peaceful Organized Home when surrounded by piles of clutter.  I hope you are finding this series helpful in learning how to put a stop to it.

How to Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens

Would it shock you if I said I love to shop for stuff?  I really do.  I love the excitement of buying new clothes or the high I get from buying organizing containers for instance.  Hi, my name is Laura and I love to shop.  Mostly what I love though is thrift shopping and the thrill of the hunt that comes from finding something on my list for a great price.  Such fun!  But stuff can become clutter in the blink of an eye and take over your home if you do not have a plan for what you buy and the time and energy to devote to stuff management.

Thankfully I love to organize and purge so as soon as I bring anything new into the house I organize it right away. Plus I always follow my one in, one out rule which you can see for yourself from all my purge pile pictures I post on Instagram.

As a side note, I have gotten better over the years about bringing unnecessary things into my home by facing the facts about who I am as a person.  Remember my scrapbooking debacle of 2007?  Yep that’s right, I use to “scrapbook” and I say that in quotations because really all I did was buy scrapbooking stuff just so I could organize all the bits and pieces with hopes of one day learning to love turning a blank page into a magnificent creation.  It never happened but gosh was it ever fun to organize all the STUFF that comes with scrapbooking lol.  Fail!  Thankfully I’ve learned from that lesson and if it’s not being used, it doesn’t get to stay.  Goodbye scrapbooking stuff!

My point I’m trying to make here is that what happens when you love to shop BUT hate to organize?  Or don’t have the time or the energy to deal with what you buy?

Stuff becomes clutter when we bring it into the home and don’t have a place to put it right away.  Or, if we don’t purge something else to make room for it.  Or, if we let it pile up and pile up and pile up.  Then we’ve got a problem.

Too much stuff, with no where to go, leads to clutter and chaos which is the exact opposite of the peaceful and organized homes we desire.

So the next time you go shopping, ask yourself these questions:

1.  Do I have a place to put this away?
2.  Do I have the time and energy to organize a space to put this?
3.  Am I willing to toss something to make room for this item?
4.  Will I really use this item and if so will it be within the next 3 months?

So even if a deal is too good to pass up but you don’t need it for awhile, you still need somewhere to put it.

And remember, the floor is not a shelf.  Bags piled up on the floor is not an optimal organizing technique no matter how neatly you stack those bags :)

By asking yourself questions like those listed above you’ll learn over time that the best way to stop clutter is before it even enters your home.


Filed under: Clutter Control, Organizing Solutions, Purging, Simplicity

Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Oct 20/14

Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want to.  But if you have the (quick and easy) recipes picked out and the groceries to go with them then you are going to rock your week.  You will feel like doing some kind of dance-a-thon for sure whoot, whoot!!  Well at least a little twirl around your kitchen :)

Recipe Highlight:

So this week my daughter (17) whipped up the One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta recipe for us and it was delicious!  She said she would definitely make it again.  So if you are looking for a quick and easy dinner here you go.  She added some crumbled cooked sausage to it as well just to round it out for my meat loving husband :)

Menu Planning Resource:

My friend Leanne over at Organize and Decorate shared a FREE menu planning printable this past week on her blog.  Print it out, stick it on your fridge or in a pretty frame and make menu planning fun.  Look at you go!!


Have an organized week y’all!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Taco Stacks

Tuesday:  Crustless Quiche

Wednesday:  Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Saturday:  Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Filed under: Menu Plan Monday

Getting Organized Magazine Discount Code!

Getting Organized Magazine Fall Cover

Hey there!  I’ve gotten a number of emails in the past month or so asking me if there is an organizing magazine out there that I would recommend.  I’ve had a subscription to Getting Organized Magazine since they first published nearly 3 years ago and absolutely love it.  When I went back through my blog […]

Filed under: Link Love

Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 13/14


Hello and a Happy Thanksgiving day today to my Canadian friends.  We celebrated yesterday and today we have the day off to relax and just enjoy the day.  And if I have my way we will NOT be playing another 4 hour game of Monopoly like we did yesterday.  Brutal!  My attention span is short […]

Filed under: Menu Plan Monday

Homeschool Organization at the Kitchen Table

Homeschooling at the kitchen table can be organized

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. It’s about time for another edition of homeschool organization. Laura and I decided to add this topic about once a month based on the feedback received last time but also taking into consideration those who don’t need this type of information. […]

Filed under: Containerizing, Guest Bloggers, Kid Stuff, Paper Organization, Rachel, School Stuff

Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 6/14

Candy Corn Cream Cups

Hey menu planners!  How are you today?  I’m so excited because we have a four day weekend coming up, whoot, whoot!!  This weekend us folks here in Canada celebrate our Thanksgiving.  Technically next Monday is Thanksgiving but we always have our big dinner on Sunday so Monday we can just relax, relax, relax! Recipe Highlights: […]

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Organizing an Inexpensive Anniversary Party

50th Anniversary Pics- Ideas Badge

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. A few weekends ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I happened to catch a “Congratulations and Happy 50th Anniversary” post from a friend of our family….directed to my in-laws! Umm….. YIKES! I knew that their anniversary had been […]

Filed under: Guest Bloggers, Holidays, Sharon