It’s easy for clutter to accumulate when we have more stuff than space, keep stuff we don’t use, refuse to get rid of anything, have no place to put it, or don’t put things back where they belong… HOWEVER, there’s another reason for clutter laying around in the spaces we live… we haven’t decided what the purpose of the rooms are in our home.
It might seem obvious enough that a bedroom is for sleep… or a dining room is to eat in… but just like you, each room in your house is an unique expression of you and the things you keep in each area should reflect that.
Without a purpose, the rooms in your home will constantly be cluttered with things that are there for no other reason than… that’s where it wound up. Having a simple and clean space doesn’t mean it has to be void of YOUR (or your family’s) personality. You should love the spaces in your home because “it fits” you and your needs. Your home should be fun & peaceful… expressive & purposeful… a place where love & grace abound, but stepping over toys, looking for lost items, and constant cleaning, washing, wiping, organizing & dusting is gonna make you (and everyone else in your home) miserable.
If you want to make your house a place you love to live in, then every single area needs a purpose that YOU have decided on; the big rooms and the small spaces… the kitchen as well under the stairs. If you don’t know what the purpose is in every spot, no one else will… and as a result, clutter will forever reign in your home.
We all know a hammer is more effective than a scissors or spoon when it comes to pounding a nail into a piece of wood… just like a light makes reading in the dark easier because each tool has a purpose. Similarly, the spaces in our homes are easier to keep free of clutter when they have a purpose… and everyone knows what that purpose is.
EVALUATE (PART 2)
The clutter in your home is a result of every decision you made to buy it, want it, ignore it, avoid it, or desire it… and so to help you get rid of the clutter, the next step of The PERRGE is to create a boundary for the room you’re working in.
Now, before all you “free spirits” hyperventilate… hear me out! I’m not talking about creating a box to confine you.The last thing I want is to take away your freedom of expression (seriously, that’s NOT where this is going). EVALUATING the purpose of each room in your home will help you (and everyone living with you) to know what belongs (and what doesn’t) so you will be better equipped to keep clutter OUT and create peace IN every space of your home. (See? How great does THAT sound?!)
SEARCHING FOR PURPOSE
Only you (and your family) can decide what purpose each room in your house will have. A smaller home with less rooms may require multiple purposes in a room, while a room used by many people may have only one purpose to avoid less chaos and clutter. Regardless of how you use each space in your home, EVALUATING allows YOU to create a home that’s unique to you… and everyone living in it!
Your answers to this step will drive the reason behind EVERY item you decide to keep AND get rid of as you move forward… so pleeeeeease take the time to really EVALUATE the purpose of the room you’re in…
Knowing what you (or the person who uses the room) want to DO/accomplish in a room sets the foundation for a room’s purpose, but there’s more to making a room a place you love to be. If you want to create a room you love to be in, think about what you want to SEE (pictures of loved ones on the wall, soft lighting in the evening, or kids playing board games), what you want to HEAR (laughter, music, or silence), what you want to THINK (inspirational quotes on the walls to encourage you and the people in your home to stay positive or be reminded they are loved), and what you want to FEEL… both physically and emotionally (comfortable, romantic, peaceful, happy, thankful, rested, beautiful) as well. Each of these things have a special role in creating a room that is not only purposeful, but unique to you and your family.
ONE MORE THING…
Due to lack of space in your home, you may decide to combine more than one purpose into a room. You can do so much with small spaces, and since this is YOUR home… it’s totally up to you to do what works best for YOU and your family! As you EVALUATE the rooms in your home, just be careful that multiple purposes in a room don’t clash and whatever you have in the space, reflects the purpose of the room! For example, if you work from home, you may want to re-consider having your “office” in your bedroom if you want your bedroom to be a place where you can escape from the demands of the world and feel JOY! How great is that?!…
As you continue to PERRGE forward, allow yourself to dream of a more peaceful home! You’re another step closer… YOU’VE CAN DO THIS!
Time for a little “NO MORE FOR 30” check up. What are you learning about yourself?… your clutter?… and God’s provision? Journal your thoughts and feelings.
EVALUATE (PART 2) RECAP…
- ITEMS NEEDED: The PERRGE List (printed out), and journal (and pen).
- Grab a comfy chair, hot beverage, and your journal. At the top of the page, write the name of the room/area you’re working on. Remember, you’re only doing one room at a time, so you only need to work on the purpose of the room you’re currently in. Answer the following questions to determine its purpose…
- What you want to DO (accomplish) in this room?
- What you want to SEE in this room?
- What you want to HEAR in this room?
- What you want to THINK in this room?
- What you want to FEEL in this room?
- What you want to DO (accomplish) in this room?
- Think of things that would help reflect the purpose of this room. Write your ideas on the bottom/back of the page. You’re not buying anything yet… just brainstorming. By not making any impulsive purchases, you will give yourself (and your piggy bank) time to be sure of what you really “need” to make this room (and the others you still have to PERRGE) a place you love to be in!
- IMPORTANT!… Take the time to really think through your answers as you write them down because they are going to drive the reason behind EVERY item you keep and remove as you continue to PERRGE this room!
IF YOU’RE A MOM…
Include your child in deciding the purpose of his/her room as well. Make sure you come to some sort of agreement as to what that is, and be flexible with your older children. They need direction, but freedom in their decisions as well or they will struggle as adults. By letting them “own” their room’s purpose, they will be able to make better decisions as to what belongs in it and what doesn’t… a life-skill that will benefit them for when they have their own home someday.
As you EVALUATE the needs of the people living in your home and the purpose for each space, make sure everyone is on the same page by sharing any changes being made. If it’s a big change, talk it over with the people in your home so everyone is on board.
YOUR NEXT STEP: How to RE-ASSESS the Clutter in Your Life