Tackle It Tuesday #154 — Clearing Some Clutter

by Susan

SusanSusan here…

Okay, this tackle was a quickie, but a tad profound… read on.

I am shockingly blind to clutter.

Stacks of this-and-that can pile up and I barely notice.

Sometimes I try and force myself to walk in my own door and try to see my house as a guest to jar myself into action. To try and realize that clutter has accumulated and that it must be cleared.

So today’s tackle did not take me much time. I admit it. But I think that is the power in this tackle.

It took me 15 minutes to clear off this counter and sideboard and yet I let myself feel like a failure for days because I know that the clutter exists and that it shouldn’t. Even if I am rather immune to the mess, guests see it and my family sees it, and it doesn’t need to be there.

Yes, I am a little crazy in that it takes a blogging deadline to force me to put away the pens, papers, toys, gadgets and junk that have piled up on my counters… but oh well… call me crazy.

(And then join me. Cleaning is so much more fun when we do it together!)

Cluttered Counter

Messy counters


Counter after

Sideboard after

Join me next week as I tackle another corner of my untidy townhouse.

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? Submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Susan at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Christy April 27, 2009 at 11:16 pm

The before shot looks like my counters too! Our house is a clutter magnet.


2 Maddy April 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I’m going to be a wee bit sneaky and enter twice, although the second one isn’t really a proper tackle it does prove that I have finally conquered the scanner!

I love teddy bears but I don’t think mine would ever end up neat and tidy like that they’d be all over the carpet instead.


3 Maddy April 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

This is my real tackle [with the links!] hence my remark about mess.


4 It Feels Like Chaos April 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

It feels so good to get rid of some clutter, doesn’t it! I love a clear countertop!


5 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls April 28, 2009 at 2:39 am

Ugh, clutter… I can never seem to stay on top of it either. Great tackle!


6 Upstatemomof3 April 28, 2009 at 4:44 am

I am a total clutter person and even if I get a counter cleared off it just means I moved the clutter. :)


7 Kim April 28, 2009 at 7:16 am

Nothing feels better than to clear out clutter!


8 Onna April 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Wow-that looks great!! I love the way it feels when I complete a project like that!! I just finished my storage area-which I couldn’t walk in 2 weeks ago-Now it is clean!! Thank you tackle it tuesday!! On to my next project!!


9 Kristi April 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

I tackled stuffed animal mania in our house this week.


10 susieshomemade April 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

Counters just scream out “put junk on me”, don’t they? Great tackle:-)


11 Kristi_runwatch April 28, 2009 at 9:33 am

Isn’t it amazing how fast clutter accumulates? I feel like I’m in a never-ending battle with the junk and paperwork that collects on our desk!


12 MommyNamedApril April 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

i tackled the kids closets!!! WOOT!


13 Erica April 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

Reminds me of my house :)


14 Karen April 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

I am so excited. I have a fellow “can’t see the clutter” friend. I really have a hard time with this. I see it, but I don’t know what to do with the clutter. This post is actually helping me a lot because I know I am committed to tackling my clutter and being held accountable because I am posting here every Tuesday. Keep up the tackles and I will be right there with you!!!


15 Jennifer Tiszai April 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

I swear counters are a clutter magnet. I struggle with that too!


16 Sandra April 28, 2009 at 11:42 am

I stashed the winter boots and am moving on to coats, scarves and hats. Thanks for the jump-start! Your counter looks 10 times better btw. :)


17 BlapherMJ April 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

Yes, clutter is a problem in our house as well. My kids just can’t seem to remember to put things away! LOL Great job on yours!


18 Petula April 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Great job! Hmmm… I think I need to get to tackling!


19 Amber April 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

I have tons of spaces like that to tackle!! I decorated a space instead. =P


20 Brenda April 28, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I can walk by an enormous pile of clutter for a week and then when I finally clean it up (usually only takes a few minutes!), the space looks so much bigger and cleaner!

Great tackle!


21 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins April 28, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Clutter just sneaks up on us, doesn’t it? I’m guilty of just plain IGNORING it cuz it never ends…


22 Liz April 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

This is my first time linking to Tackle it Tuesday. Thanks for hosting!


23 Michelle April 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

WOW! I need to tackle the storage room it’s scary……want to help Susan?


24 Jennie April 29, 2009 at 12:00 am

Wow! You are one brave momma! See, I prefer to ignore the stacks and stacks of junk mail and handmade pictures on my coffee table… I just don’t have company over!


25 Laurie April 29, 2009 at 1:23 am

I did some de-cluttering yesterday too. Just where are we suppose to put all of that stuff? It’s amazing how quickly it piles up! Good job!


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