Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Fuelled By YouTube

For the past couple of days I've been watching decluttering videos. In the past I've avoided them because they kind of make me feel sad, the thought of them brought back all the memories of when I had my moment - the time I finally faced up to the fact that I had to do something. Actually it was two moments, have I spoken about them before?

The worst one was when someone came to the house and I had to let them in but the house was a total disgrace, and the person treated me as if I was stupid. He was disgusted, and rightly so, but the way he spoke down to me was so upsetting. 

The second event that in my mind happened on the same day, but it probably didn't, was when I became stuck between the coffee table and tv unit in our snug. I was so large and so out of shape and the room so full of junk I couldn't move and had to wait for Dan to come and rescue me. How bad is that!

Anyway, we are now... 14 years down the line so as someone once sang - I can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible. Anyway, back to messy minimalist, I have been enjoying her videos and they have been prodding me to do more (even though the house is in pretty good shape these days, other than the hay, but that is what it is). Last night Dan came home with his Secret Santa gift, which was a big pile of snacks *yay*, the best thing is that it came in a nice box.


I decided to use it for my scraps of fabric, which has been living in a huge coffee sack


Apologies for the pictures, I did this when it was dark!


I can't believe everything fit inside! This is all my smallest scraps and any cut pieces of fabric. Not that many really, which is a very good thing. Everything, other than wadding and my cutting mats, now fit into the sideboard, which has to work very hard! It holds books and crafty bits


Stationery and other assorted stuff


Fabric and sewing things, my few larger bits of fabric are underneath the box.


It doesn't look amazingly tidy, but it works. I was left with a small amount of bits to chuck away, and an empty coffee sack!


And all before 8 am. 

12 comments:

  1. I am going through a bit of a declutter phase, I love everything neat, organised and in place, makes me feel a lot clearer headed.

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    1. Me too, I feel very stressed when things are disorganised.

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  2. I need to check tha tout. We have entire rooms that are still not up to a normal person standards. While the general living space might be messy often, it is generally in good order, but my room, and the older kids old rooms, the laundry room, and the garage are insane. Thanks you for the motivtion.

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    1. The Messy Minimalist videos are very good as she actually has a ton of stuff. There are so many videos where the people have tidy houses, it's far better for me to see someone who is going through the same process I went through.

      She actually has some videos where she tackles her garage so they may be useful. Hope you make some progress!

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  3. Wow, that person was very mean to speak to you that way. You did not deserve that.

    Thank you for the recommendation for you tube source. I want to first watch Wrath of God recommended by coworker who finds Frank Langella very handsome as do I. A spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.

    How did you activate yourself to shed weight and possessions?

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    1. Thank you.

      I agree, a spoonful of sugar is the way to go!

      After the two upsetting events I spoke of I think it was just a case of the fear of staying the same was worse than the fear of change. The first day I decided to act I just googled "how to tidy your house" and "how to eat healthily"! I came across Flylady which totally changed my life, and I found a portion size guide and followed that. Simple ideas that I pretty much followed to the letter - after all, what I thought was living hadn't worked for me so why not go all in!

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  4. I do this every six months. I spent weeks sorting the loft last year bit by bit. It's always a dilemma for me between being naturally tidy, but also hating to waste things where that line is when you decide to keep or move on.
    Arilx

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    1. The waste aspect is one thing that has the potential to paralyse me, I run the risk of being unable to get rid of things because I want to know they're going to the right place. If I ever get like that I pile the things into a box and Dan deals with it. Sometimes that's the only way I can keep going.

      It took me the best part of a year to clear my house of the worst of the junk, since then it's just been pruning and keeping on top of it. It made moving house far easier!

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  5. Good job. I watch Messy Minimalist too. I like her quirkiness. I also like the way she talks about minimalism in a very unpreachy way. Some YouTubers are very patronising and irritating when they talk about minimalism. She definitely isn't either.

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    1. Thank you. It's a small thing (but small things are all I have left to deal with these days), but it's just as satisfying.

      I couldn't agree more about some declutter/ minimalist videos out there, as I said above I love the fact that her house was actually full of stuff, rather than a naturally tidy person just telling people what to do, plus she is adorable and I think we've all looked at items with that "what IS that?" face she pulls!

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  6. What a great job you have done, the coffee sack is lovely and a great storage solution for hanging up.

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    1. Thank you, I love the coffee sack, although I have no use for it at the moment!

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