Motherhood

How to Declutter Your Entire House When You Feel Overwhelmed

Stop drowning in a sea of toys and laundry and start being the mom you know you’re meant to be! This declutter challenge will take you from completely overwhelmed by your chaos to freed from clutter and living your life again!

I will never forget the feeling of exhaustion that came over me as I crawled into bed. I began to detail to my husband everything I had done that day.

Laundry, dishes, picked up toys, vacuumed, cleaned bathrooms, laundry again, cooked dinner, ran errands, more laundry, picked up toys, dishes (again), more laundry.

I had a list a mile long of everything I had accomplished that day. And yet, not one story about my kids to share.

I slowly started to realize this was becoming my norm: falling into bed, completely exhausted by my day – by my life – telling my husband about all of my accomplishments, but no stories of my kids to share.

As that reality sank in I knew something needed to change. And fast. I didn’t quit my career as a teacher to stay home so I could do laundry all day.

I stay home with my kids to be a MOM, so why was I spending so much time on chores and so little time with my kids?

The short answer: I had way too much to manage. Too much laundry, too many dishes, too many toys. I had too much clutter in my life.

I didn’t know where to start but I knew I needed to start. So I went on a mission to completely declutter and simplify our house.

My very first day all I did was throw away all of the broken toys. That was it. It was all I could think to do, I was completely paralyzed by my mess.

Purging broken toys lead to donating unused toys.

And that lead to donating unused dishes, which spiraled into donating extra clothes. And before I knew it I had touched every nook and cranny in my home. Slowly donating and tossing the clutter……slowly freeing myself from the chains of too much stuff.

simplify advice - handwriting on a napkin with a cup of coffee against rustic wood; and image featured in the post titled how to declutter your home when you feel overwhelmed by the mom blog Forgotten Lattes

After the Declutter

After the “Summer of Declutter” I felt like I could breathe again. I didn’t know just how much my life was suffocating me until I had removed about half of our stuff…..and consequently cut my day-to-day “chores” in half.

Suddenly instead of six loads of laundry in one day I was down to just a few each week. No more mountains of dishes piling up on the sink for days on end- I had completely simplified my meal planning, grocery shopping routine, cooking and my system for doing dishes.

I had more time every day to spend with my kids. I actually found myself wandering around the house some days! What was this feeling? Was it freedom? I wasn’t stressed or exhausted anymore (well at least not exhausted from housework).

The kids were playing happily, the baby was napping, laundry was folded, I had nothing to do but sit. And relax. It was strange.

So how had I gone from barely having any time to myself with one kid in the house to having plenty of time during my day with three kids in the house?

The answer is simple: declutter.

Why You Should Declutter

If I was reading this exact article four years ago I would have rolled my eyes and clicked away. How in the world would I find the time to declutter? I was barely keeping my head above water with the day-to-day housework. There was absolutely no time for anything extra.

Let me tell you, Mama, you don’t have time NOT to declutter.

Because your time with your kids is far too valuable and precious to waste it folding laundry. Or doing multiple loads of dishes. Or picking up toys all day long.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that when you envisioned your life as a mother you saw a lot more hugs and snuggles and a lot less yelling and stepping on toys.

When you are spending so much time cleaning your house and maintaining all of your stuff, and all of your kids’ stuff, you’re missing out. You don’t know it yet, but you’re missing out on their childhood.

Instead of sitting down to build with blocks you’re managing your stuff. Stuff you probably don’t even like and most definitely don’t need.

When you could be reading them a bedtime story you’re downstairs folding yet another load of laundry.

You’re missing out, Mama.

And it’s time to change that.

the living room of the Forgotten Lattes author, after her declutter challenge
This is my actual living room after my major home declutter!

Yes, You Can Declutter

I know what you’re thinking, I can’t declutter.

The kids are nuts. The baby won’t nap, my husband works long hours, I just can’t.

But I’m here to tell you, yes, you can!

I did it!

I did it with a 5-year-old, and 18-month-old in the house. My newborn had me up every two hours and I decluttered.

I did it when my husband was working 60+ hours a week to keep our family afloat.

I found the time and energy to declutter, and so can you. Because I am going to make it so easy for you. I want you to experience the freedom I have found because it will completely change your life!

How to Start Your Declutter

When you feel completely overwhelmed and paralyzed by the chaos of your house, choosing an area to declutter seems like climbing Mt. Everest.

I get it, I was there. I wasn’t even keeping up on laundry. There was no way I had no time to add on extra project. But I knew my life couldn’t continue like this. I couldn’t keep missing moments in my kids lives, so I dug down deep and carved out time to declutter. And boy was it worth it!!

And then I wrote it down for you, and it’s completely free. Why?

Because I remember how hard it is to start. I remember wishing someone would come in and tell me what to do. Praying that somehow the Property Brothers would leap off the screen and into my living room to help me organize those toys and make life Instagram-worth.

And I also know what it’s like to not have one extra dollar to spend on anything. Even something that could change my life. Like a declutter challenge.

All you have to sign up and start. The first day is literally “Throw away the broken toys”. That’s it.

It’s so easy, you can do this! I promise you, you can do this. And five weeks from now, when you’ve completed The Forgotten Lattes Declutter Challenge you will be sitting on the floor, happily playing with your kids, thanking yourself for taking that first step toward a simpler life. 

Don’t wait, Mama.

Don’t wait for a Monday. Or for a new month. Don’t wait for the new year or for the baby to start sleeping.

I know it’s hard, but do it anyway. Because your time with your kids is so fast and way to valuable to waste it all on housework day in and day out.

Don’t wait, I’m going to help you start your journey to declutter RIGHT NOW, TODAY. And in five short (but productive) weeks you’re going to be in a much better place.

Good luck and happy decluttering!a grey and orange living room is featured, the text above reads "the 5-week declutter challenge that will change your life and make you a better mom"