got rid of about 15 pair of too small pants and shorts this weekend. Still have a ton more that are difficult to part with. Just in case I lose enough weight to wear them again. :( 1 week ago
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My kaizen challenge this week has been helping a little towards this … there aren’t masses and masses of unnecessary items in my household, it is just that a lot of them are not where they should be.
I am trying to develop new habits to deal with incoming stuff so that I can concentrate on sorting through the old stuff.
There are a couple of held over issues from the move, regular storage boxes, as opposed to packing boxes, that have not yet been dealt with. There are also issues around the new space in the house and how that works with our hobby stuff etc. Might have to get creative, getting there though.
I have begun to build some momentum towards working on this, but I am also looking to maybe set a deadline on this one …
I will be 40 in October, so I’m thinking that would be a great deadline to have my house in absolute order. By which I mean that it contains only things that I love and I know where everything is … is it possible to fix a lifetime of disorganisation in just 7 months?
I guess we’ll find out 2 weeks ago
This month’s Glamour magazine.
The hand of Ethelbertha. I don’t think I am going to read it ever.
World’s Greatest short stories. 3 weeks ago
Yesterday and today sorted out my crafty hoard of papers. Made 2 collages and recycled a lot of paper and card I don’t love. 3 weeks ago
For the first time in three years!
chucked away everything as most stuff was past its shelf life.
Also emptied 4 jars of old chutney/marmalade/ jam etc, never ate, never was going to but kept out of sheer laziness. 3 weeks ago
again this time my bedroom ! I need to regain a atmosphere of calmness here and I am! I have realised i have way to much clothes ( that are either crap or I dont wear, want or need!). I’m going to have to do this one day so why not now! 4 weeks ago
So much of stuff has gone out of the house now to the charity shops.
My sister in law helped us completely re arrange the furniture so the house looks great for viewing. Only one regret- should’ve done this sooner! I must ask for her help in the new place. 4 weeks ago
Two big baby items not needed anymore and have a box ready to go to the op shop. Can’t help but think there is so much other stuff to get rid of. 1 month ago
i will have a clearout, sort some nonsense paperwork etc. Because the house is going to be quiet. 1 month ago
Needed some travel sized toiletries for this week’s trip and found a few that will do. Also, while mocching through my boxes, it puts things into my mind that can be used up.
I also threw away two travel bottles that are actually useless because they can’t be filled – only a tiny squirty hole.
I’m also going to re-home a bath puff thing to a colleague, and I threw away the box that some of my Chrimbo toiletries came in. Little things, I know, but it helps to form the habit.
I also cleared the floor area at the side of my bed, which had collected three or four items – need to be on top of that as a clutter hotspot! 1 month ago
Against my better judgement, but due to a mini move round in the house and our first inspection (rented house), I have put some of my boxes up into one of the overhead cupboards. Not everything fit, so I have emptied and/or combined some of the boxes as I have been going along.
I’ve also thrown away a load of music tapes, after taking time to make a list of the tunes I was keeping them for.
Its still a slow process picking off bits of organising, and I have realised that some things where I thought similar things were all grouped together aren’t actually all together at all. I seem to have two/three/more collections of similar things.
It would take getting absolutely everything out and putting it all together to fix that, and I just don’t have the space, or inclination to do that yet. Need to do some more whittling down first methinks! 1 month ago
I’ve been doing TheMinsGame, which consists of jettisoning things for a month, in sync with the date. First of the month-one thing. Second, two, and so on. 1 month ago
instead of my usual 1 box to donation this week was easier to bite the bullet and donate 2 boxes . every week is getting a bit easier.
I asked my husband to do the same with his belongings to part with some.
its hard. the little hoarder in me says noooo but I know I can let go. I watch a show is called hoarders and clean house , they inspire me. 1 month ago
Removed lots of things from under the stairs. Decided to give up my rarely used ironing board till I have a space and need for it. Gave it to someone who really needed it, so I am happy!
The house looks better for the 4 hrs I put in cleaning it this morning. Unfortunately, it might look worse again when more stuff comes out, awaiting to be transported or given away. It literally feels like all the bits and bobs I have accumulated till now have all come out to attack me :). 1 month ago
Sorted out the VCRs, yes there was an “s”, down to one (the rest gone to other homes, including the tip)
Started clearing the old videos to Charity shops etc. 1 month ago
I took some stuff back to the store that was the wrong size. Managed to find some great fitting black trousers and berry coloured tights which would make a lovely but short dress wearable. 2 months ago
Moved some receipts from my dressing table to my desk, where they should be.
Put away my Christmas jewellery, again clearing off the dressing table.
Made sure hubby didn’t leave any extra clutter in the lounge, by dumping stuff on his desk, which he got annoyed at, but it made him move it :-) 2 months ago
So tonight I tackled some paperwork, mostly receipts, and was thinking that the term declutter doesn’t really apply to that activity. So my paperwork got its own goal, and I will continue to think about what decluttering means to me.
I think the term I came up with is inessential
Ultimately, I would like my house to contain only essential items. That is not to say that their purpose cannot simply be to delight me by their presence, things don’t have to be functional, they can be for fun and/or enjoyment, but they must have a purpose in my life.
I want to love everything I own (another of my goals).
Decluterring can also be an ongoing goal simply in keeping on top of things – a place for everything and everything in its place! 2 months ago
Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering my space I think I will be doing myself a huge favor. I don’t know how things pile up so quickly causing all of that clutter.
Yesterday I spent less than 15 minutes folding and putting things away bearing in mind I am working on this goal. When I was done, even though I did a couple of simple things, it gave me a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Writing down your goals and knowing you are working towards achieving them, even if they were baby steps is by itself an amazing journey of mini achievements.
Therein, I am going to spend 15 mins everyday to declutter =D 2 months ago
Seem to have spent a lot of time at the recycling bin today but can’t remember what for except for a pair of house trousers that are now too big, and so they’re gone.
We also recycled our glass at the supermarket, so the side is now much clearer, but that is more like a weekly chore.
All the Christmas gear is now in the loft as well. 2 months ago
So hubby and I cleared down the last of the moving boxes today.
He came to me with 9 wooden spoons and asked me to choose three to keep. The other six are toast! Quite a few plastic pots and stuff went the way of the recycling bin, too.
Later, when I was looking for something specific (in unknown boxes that were like that before the recent move) I couldn’t help clearing out a few obvious bits; an old cassette tape, some more receipts, taking an unread magazine out of the plastic at least!
Then in the bedroom moved half a dozen receipts and coupons/vouchers off my bedside cabinet, either to the recycling or to be checked off against my bank statement.
I need to get into a proper system for receipts and general post. I have a tendency just to ignore it, then eventually get round to filing it, and/or having to hunt through all my paperwork for something I need. I have bursts of either filing in batches or filing as I go along, but it isn’t consistent. Although it is the only reason I’m not totally drowning in paper! 2 months ago