Now it's all about the small things.
This morning I braved my craft bag, chucked some tiny scraps out, put lots of fabric away, and put non-craft things away, unsurprisingly bag is now virtually empty! I deconstructed some old decorations I made years and years ago ready for making into something else and added a bit of colour to a very gloomy morning.
I also tackled the sideboard, a very neglected area.
The books are for my niece, so they'll be wrapped and gone by the weekend.
Then there's my old friend the junk drawer.
It doesn't change too much
As we've been peeling the layers of the onion we've turned up a lot of things we had forgotten about, stashed and dashed, or just ignored because we didn't want to deal with it or didn't know how to best get rid of it. No food has gone to waste, I'm really happy about this but as I'm generally on top of the pantry it's not really a surprise.
So far we have taken seven bags of things to the charity shop, consisting of one bag of rags, one bag of shoes and accessories, two bags of clothes, one bag of bric-a-brac and two bags of Christmas decorations. After that I took a light, a lamp and some hair dye to the charity shop. We've made a couple of trips to the tip (our car isn't very big) and a small amount of stuff has gone into the recycling and general rubbish bins. The best thing I've dealt with so far is the bathroom, all non essentials have gone and I know where my spare razors are!
Just the kitchen to go now, it's been a brilliant exercise. I am so thankful that I can just go through the house and see things for what they are, not have to put all my energy into understanding if something is rubbish or an actual item of some value. I still struggle with decision making sometimes but it seems like I have come a long way from being paralysed by those choices - if you've never been a hoarder it will be impossible to understand those feelings and I am very happy for you, it's a mindset that makes your world very small sometimes.