While this comes under the purview of another goal- where I plan to give away 43 books, mags etc in all, this is also decluttering, so I decided to write an entry here. It was a rather clandestine off loading- I didn’t want anyone, esp. mum to see what I was doing- she wont let me.
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I gave away 3 skirts today, maybe a similar no will be given away tomorrow, along with a couple of tops that I never wear, and some other clothes. i also cut up a dress to make into pretty napkins- I was bored with it and we always need napkins in the kitchen.
Gave away a massive bag of clothes today. It had some winter wear that I no longer wore, and some skirts that are either too tight or wrong for some other reason. I am still holding onto some clothes for patterns. May I have the strength to let them go!!!Amen.
I decluttered my MP3 player and added new songs.Yay!
I has big stuffed bear that I had bought on my first trip to UK. And as
is the fate of most stuffed toys, it was relegated to the back of closets, catching dust. I gave it a thorough wash and now it lies in bag, ready to be given away to someone who will be more appreciative of it.
There is a brown dress I own that has seen better days. That needs to go.A couple of suits, one I bought and one I got given, in syntheticky material that seems wrong summer or winter, but one is a nice colour and another, I am sentimental about. My bed is the kind that stores things and its choc a bloc with stuff.Where did it all come from?(Indiscriminate shopping).
Must do something about it before leaving this time.
I arrived in my hometown, in my parent’s house wanting to get rid of most of my clutter- putting unused fabric to use by getting it converted into dresses,bags etc. As I am a novice seamstress who has moved to a place where fabric is prohibitively expensive, I went all out and bought tonnes of fabric. I also got gifted some.
As I don’t have time to get all that made into stuff or even carry it back, I have ended up with more than ever before.Ironic.
How do I reconcile the wish to visit the bazaars and markets of my past with this newly born desire to have less? Very tough.:(
The root cause of clutter is shopping. Excessive no. of things bought, without trying them on, either from a catalog or from a flea market lead to those things ending up as clutter. I gave away several bagfuls of clothes to a charity and also cleaned the backyard of several bagfuls of dry leaves. Feels good!
Next step. Cut down on accumulation- easier said than done though.
I have spend several hours of my vacation in my hometown trying to get a dysfunctional mobile phone fixed, so it would no longer be clutter but something useful. Fighting the desire of buying a new one so I wont have to spent several hours of my future time getting that one fixed. but as I say, I am still trying…
Of late I have been reading all the entries related to minimalism, decluttering,living simply.It was an eye opener.Also heartening to see that once we decide to embark on this path, it is shocking to why we bought that crap in the first place.Clothes seem to be the no. 1 clutter culprits. I know I have way more than I need or use.It comes from mass buying cheap clothing at flea markets.It seems like I can afford a gamble when things are that cheap, but it all ends up getting dumped- maybe I hate black and yellow(then why did I buy it in the first place??) or it just doesnt suit me
Appliances that don’t work, and clothes that need something done to them to make them wearable again contribute to clutter.As does unfinished tasks. I paid the mobile bill, got my digital camera to work again, and bought new trim for a suit that is unwearable currently.Also got another article of clothing altered to suit my taste better.I couldn’t have done that without the gift of time.Even getting long overdue dental work done- painful, painfully expensive but absolutely necessary.