Thursday, 22 September 2016

The End Of The Tour

Or in my case, the end of this round of decluttering. 


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.

A real mix of junk/treasured items.




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. 





22 comments:

  1. Well done you! I have to seriously declutter, it's something I've been putting off as I can't do it alone, Andy really needs to help as it's his stuff too, but it always ends in bickering xx

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    1. I suppose we were lucky, Dan is very neat and tidy and doesn't own that much "stuff" whereas my problem was two-fold, I was disorganised and flip flopped from extreme perfection in everything to extreme disorder, and I held on to everything!

      I hope the two of you can work together to sort your things out, it's really stressful and it's impossible to do it alone.

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    2. Andy is naturally messy and I am tidy and like to be organised, but for every thing I organise, he comes behind and moves things about, not on purpose, but before you know it, it's gone awol. We are both also very sentimental, my problem comes from my personal belongings being given away or thrown away constantly behind my back as a child, so I'm clingy with things I still have.

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    3. I understand that.

      My problem stemmed from having things that were mine and mine alone so I hung onto everything and certain things became my identity. It manifested itself in loads of different ways, but one thing I have had a huge problem with is finishing things. There were so many times in my younger years where I would be saving something - a special thing or a food treat then I'd come home one day and it would be gone, someone else had used the thing. To this very day finishing a carton of orange juice is a huge thing for me!

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  2. I'm still a hoarder but at least I know where everything is now as my regular jaunt around drawers, cupboards and shelves keeps me on top of everything - just!
    xx

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    1. Keeping on top of things so they are corralled is a good way of keeping things under control. I call that a "space budget" and use that idea a lot - I can keep as much of something as I like as long as it stays within the space allowed, any more than that and something has to go!

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  3. Good accomplishment for your efforts. I'm slowly getting there.

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    1. Thank you so much. It was over 10 years ago that I got rid of my hoard - all the bits of paper and other assorted junk/treasured items that I'd been hanging onto because I thought they were important. This little once around the house and garage is easy and fun by comparison!

      Best of luck in your continued efforts.

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  4. I completely understand that sentiment about being a hoarder. I'm currently still in recovery, but making progress all the time. Well done for your efforts.

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    1. Thank you.

      I applaud you for the progress you're making, you've managed to get so many things out of your home over the last little while, it's so difficult but does get easier.

      There's that little moment when you realise the small things like you can get rid of that *whatever* that was previously non-negotiable, or you go for a day without feeling down about the amount of work still left to do, or you notice a small shift in your relationship with your stuff and yourself and that's when you can really know that change is happening.

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  5. Great job! Getting rid of clutter seems to be an ongoing job around here. I do need to get downstairs and see what Hubby has gotten rid of in his messy store room.

    Pretty sure a few more items are ready to be recycled, tossed or given away.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie. I have really enjoyed this past little while. I have been feeling stressed for the past few weeks so a sort out was inevitable, I'm so glad we did it. It's a funny thing that we had been putting it off because I find it far easier to deal with things than I did in the past, so I can do it any time rather than having to build myself up for an exhausting declutter session.

      Good luck in the storeroom, sounds like a treasure trove!

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  6. You certainly have got a lot done, we had a big declutter at the beginning of the year and took a lot if it to a car boot sale for selling. It was amazing how much money we got for what we didn't want anymore. One mans rubbish is another mans treasure or so they say.

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    1. Thank you.

      You must have been delighted with the success of the car boot! I know what you mean, it is amazing to see what people see as valuable that you no longer do. It's something I can see now, whereas in the past everything had equal value so it was hard to part with anything.

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  7. I know the feelings all too well as a hoarder and anxious eco-conscience! I am really glad for you, it is hard to overcome those tendencies. x

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    1. Thanks Kezzie.

      I was very lucky as I was a member of a small online community when I was working through my stuff, we were all on a similar journey, so we could really support each other and help with tricky items and gave each other permission to start and stop a session. It really helped.

      I know you spoke about the eco side of it not that long ago, it is difficult as that's the kind of thing that can become a blockage. I am forever in debt to the men at the local tip/recycling centre as they are always so helpful when it comes to finding the right place for things, they're just brilliant.

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  8. I love my junk drawer, both hubby and I are tidy, so having a junk drawer is necessary and when ever I sort it I find loads of treasure.

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    1. I'm the same. For me, a junk drawer is essential, when I first sorted out my house (I no longer live there) everything had a place and it was "perfect" as I just wanted to keep it tidy all the time.

      Obviously it's not sustainable, so when we moved here I set up the junk drawer. Much as I would love to think I'd return spare x or y to the garage when I've finished with it, it's not going to happen so into the junk drawer it goes. Also I'm not going to have a card/gift area or a secondary tool box in my house - I don't have the space and I don't use those things enough, so a few bits live in the junk drawer. All it takes is a five minute clear out every now and again and everything is ideal.

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  9. My sideboard looked just like yours until last week when I had a sort out and tidy up. But I've not done any proper decluttering for ages. It would be good to get some done before Christmas.
    Carolx

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    1. Sideboards are an ideal stash and dash location, but it's only a small job to sort out really isn't it. The thing with a place like this is that it's all things we use, so they just need to be popped away!

      I think a pre-Christmas clearout is a great idea.

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  10. Stuff that has accumulated in our house is from my teaching days or inherited from my Mum. Those bits and bobs, stationery, information leaflets etc. will come in useful one day I say to myself. I've been retired years now! When we moved to Italy in the 90s I got rid of so much, but it soon piled up again on our return to the UK. When I got ill recently I thought - what will happen if I can't do the necessary decluttering? I'm the one in our house that's motivated to get on with it, although my husband would willingly help if I started doing some tidying. A little at a time I think is probably the way forward until I'm feeling a lot better physically.

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    1. Lots of our clutter now is things that have come from elsewhere, especially given to me by my family.

      I think one of the things that motivated us to have another cull was Dan's illness, it wasn't serious this time but there may well be a time where it is serious and I don't want to have "stuff" as a added burden. It's good that your husband is willing to help, it makes things so much easier. A little at a time will get you closer to your goal, even when it's one thing at a time, it doesn't all have to be about massive sorting sessions. Best of luck with it.

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