Do you have problem areas?
No, I’m not talking about areas on your body that you think need a nip and tuck. I’m talking about areas in your home. These are areas that for one reason or another just constantly collect clutter.
Like magnets… Junk sucking vortexes… Gravity grabs hold and all the stuff goes there.
I think most of us have these areas. I know I do. And it bugs me.
Oh my goodness… it bugs me so much!
One of the trickiest things about being a minimalist in a home with a partner who is not a minimalist is conquering decluttering challenges without being a nag. I want so much for my husband to approach our environment the same way I approach it, but I know that just isn’t going to happen. And because our approaches are different, there are areas in the house that collect stuff. And I find that I am constantly decluttering and battling the stuff in those areas.
The two specific areas in my house that are constant battle zones are the kitchen bar/counter, and the bathroom cabinets.
I’ve watched quite a few videos on this subject… videos on how to model minimalism to get your partner in the same mindset, videos on how to organize counter space for every type of person under the sun, and videos on how to just get rid of it all and not worry who gets upset.
The videos are interesting, but the reality is that I can model my behavior until the cows come home, and if my hubby just doesn’t want to do it… well… he won’t do it!
And those videos on organizing are all well and good if you actually want to keep the clutter. But I don’t want to keep it. I want it gone. Organized clutter is still just that – clutter.
So, what’s a girl to do?
It seems that no matter how many times I toss out old papers and magazines, more just find their way to the kitchen counter. No matter how many times I put electronics back in their homes, they always migrate right back. No matter how many times I put the snacks in the pantry, they always end up right back where they started.
And despite being very good about not over purchasing bathroom supplies, somehow the cabinets are always a disaster. I’d really like to throw 90% of the stuff away, but I’m not the only one using the space.
I never knew a man could have so much product… and I never really thought about it until starting my minimalism journey. He’s got a ton, and I have almost none. It’s interesting, or weird, or both… I don’t know… it’s different.
So that’s where I’m at right now. In a battle zone. Fighting to gain control of the problem areas.
Ok, that sounds a bit extreme. No one is actually fighting – it’s not worth that. I’m just fighting internally. My internal self is battling it out, trying to figure out how to conquer this issue.
If you were looking for a how to, this isn’t the post. I don’t know how to. I just know that the minimalism journey comes with bumps, and this is the current bump I’m facing.
I want to look at my kitchen and have every counter clear from the mess of life.
I want to open my bathroom cabinets and find that the only stuff in them is stuff that we actually need.
But I also don’t want to nag my husband about the whole thing. He didn’t ask for me to become a minimalist, it just happened.
So it’s a challenge. Everyday, I am challenged to clear things off and make the space right in my own mind. Eventually, maybe, possibly, some of my effort will rub off… but maybe not. Still, I hope it does.
I think I may take you on a photo tour of my house soon. I considered video, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be that exposed. Either way, it will be interesting to hear what you think. I’m working up to it. But geez, do I really want you to see the kitchen counter?