Less than 3 months to go! It's the DECLUTTERING FOR CHRISTMAS thread...

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fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 08:35:05

My house is a state! I am absolutely determined to declutter in time for Xmas this year. I have never managed it before blush

My main wants are:

- to clear out our tiny kitchen (it's a galley style, so small you can barely swing an atom let alone a cat!) so that cooking is less stressful and we will be more likely to do festive baking etc - another thing I've never managed to do...

- to do a massive sweep of all DCs toys, books and clothes. They have WAY too many, and especially with toys it means that new things don't really get appreciated because they get lost among everything else.

- to completely sort out our living room so it actually looks nice when decorated and there is room to play.

I am unable to do much ATM because I'm not very well, but this could be a long term thing so I don't want to just leave it - I want to do a tiny bit every day. Yesterday I collected a laundry bin full of recycling stuff - mostly pieces from some orchard toys games - some of which due to clutter have never really even been played with properly blush

I can't be the only one who needs to declutter for Xmas - who's with me?

schilke Sun 30-Sep-12 08:48:35

I'm with you.

Stuff everywhere. I can hardly move in my dds' room - they have so many soft toys.

My dad commented yesterday that he was amazed I could cook such good meals in such a small space. Yes, the kitchen is quite small, but the surfaces I do have are covered with school letters, pens, hair bands....

oreocrumbs Sun 30-Sep-12 08:49:17

I'm in! Got loads more to do than you!!

Kitchen needs gutting, and utility room - you can't see that for clothes.

DD's room needs to have all of the toys moved into it, I need to find my living room underneath them.

Floor out the loft, put all of the baby stuff in it, and the chriatmas decorations that are still up stairs from LAST year.

Buy a new dining table.

I have just given away my most beautiful 10 seater solid rustic oak table that cost a fortune because it was too big. I now have a table that I bought second hand 10 years ago for my first house gracing my dining area hmm.

It did seem a good idea at the time but now I am sad and bereft and can't do Christmams with this glass and iron monstrosity!!

Really should dig the garage out too....haven't seen that for a few years now grin

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 30-Sep-12 08:52:16

I'm in
we have a very small house, which we love, but it does need a good sort out.
we are going to buy and build some Pax wardrobes from IKEA when PILs agree to have the DC for a day, which will be a good incentive to sort out clothes.
And although it's non very MN, I think the bookshelves could do with a good prune as well.....

scrappydappydoo Sun 30-Sep-12 08:55:32

I'm in - I have a table at an NCT sale next week so will be clearing clothes and toys this week.
Then I need to clear 'the boxes' I have about 15 (!) plastic boxes and about 10 bags for life that I throw junk in to do a quick tidy up when we have guests round except i never empty said boxes and bags so there's huge towers of goodness knows what stacked in my bedroom and utility room.
There there are the cupboards which I'm a little wary of opening should I be buried in an avalanche of coats, shoes and bags.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 30-Sep-12 08:55:42

I'm in.

I am selling (FB and EBay) anything that isn't fastened down, so I'm getting rid of quite a bit of stuff, so the boys rooms are looking good (for now hmm )

But I need to work on the kitchen and living room. I think I need to focus my efforts in one place at a time. I am throwing/recycling/selling quite a bit, but it's bits here and there so it doesn't look like I have achieved much.

I need to make a plan I think.

I'm in! I have to be done by the 1st Dec as we are moving!
I am doing a little bit every day-went through all of the kids shoes yesterday, sorted clothes for binning/recycling the day before, did my side of the bedroom mostly the day before that. I filled 6 big binbags with junk and 3 of recyclable clothes plus one of shoes!

Today I might tackle the books...

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 09:01:27

Oh dear. I'm on a constant mission atm as I have to make space for me and three children after Christmas, (one big bedroom, one small!) and being rather pg it is a bit difficult to do some things.

Still: I have sorted the papers from about 5/6/7 years back and thrown out 5 big recycling bags,

Moved the blanket chest into the living room as the cot needs to go where it was in my room, but am not sure what to store in it as it's HUGE,

Finally got a plan for the fireplace which is currently unedged plaster and bare brick in a rotten state...so need wood and so on for that. It WILL look nice for Christmas! We have been here 4 years blush

Painted the front door
Still got to do the back one, and put on draught strip, and a curtain rail up,

and there are mountains of things in boxes under the dining table which need proper sorting out.

Oreo I am so sorry about your lovely table sad That must have been hard to part with.

fuzzpig, I know exactly what you mean about toys getting lost in the muddle! I plan to give them fewer this year, as there are already so many.

Nishky Sun 30-Sep-12 09:01:57

I'm in- my parents are coming up a day early this year so I want house to be sorted so we can lounge around and have fun. So if I de-clutter then it will be easy to clean- no?

Must start with my bedroom as we have a mattress due to be delivered on Tuesday

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 09:04:17

I was amazed at how many books I still had that I didn't want. It was brilliant - two large boxes went to the charity shop. It nearly killed me carrying them! smile but it's so nice that they are gone.

Plus it takes the pressure off - I have never made anything from 'Nursery knitting' and I never would have done blush despite owning it since pg with dc1.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 09:06:47

Glad to see I'm not alone!

I should point out that my List is definitely not exhaustive - every room, surface and cupboard is full to bursting of random crap. For example you can hardly see the floor (or get to the wardrobe!) in our room. But unlike in the past I am trying to prioritise sensibly confused

SIL is coming up today and offered to do some tip runs for us so I'm going to try and get some stuff ready smile

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Sun 30-Sep-12 09:07:22

I'm in. Last month we bought paint and wallpaper to do our living room and hall but it's all still sitting in a cupboard. I would love this to be done by christmas, our house is just needing freshened up.

I also want to declutter our kitchen, I have too much stuff "hidden" in drawers and cupboards. I've already been in dd's room and put a load of unused toys on gumtree and a load of broken stuff in the bin but I think I'll need to go back in. It's so hard getting rid of the baby toys though sad

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 09:41:22

Good luck Fuzzpig smile

SayHello - it is so hard to part with baby things isn't it.

I've compromised with mine - well now I'm having another so I'll keep what we have till he is grown out of it, but what I did before was sort through, and keep a token number of things for each child - special clothes I remember them being tiny in, and cannot give away - and given away the rest, apart from the really nice things that I've put in a special bag to give as gifts to close friends who are having babies.

Keeping a few things is allowed!

I still have about 12 pushchairs/prams though, mostly from last time, which I have been unable to get shot of and they really get in the way. The thing is, ebaying them won't make much, and I've no one to give them to. Plus I am fond of them blush

So once this last baby is older they will have to go sad

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 30-Sep-12 09:44:59

I have bought two small ikea cardboard storage boxes for baby things - one for each DD. What doesn't fit will have to go!
One thing that helps is that we have a really good local charity which passes toys and clothes directly on to families who need them, which makes me feel guilty if I don't declutter. I am also going to clean up our "spare high chair" (who on earth needs a spare???) and get that ready for collection.

Eddas Sun 30-Sep-12 09:48:39

i'm in too. Have made a start, last weekend I got every single bit of clothing out of my wardrobe. It either went back in (not much!), got put in the pile for 'phil the bag' at school or in the sell on pile. I now need to stick the 'sell on' pile on ebay, tried fb but not much joy there.

I did start the declutter last year but didn't quite finish everything, altough made a good start. but there's more tatt now grin I do tend to get a bit hacked off with ebay after a while but we'll see.

Having to help clear my nan's house over the summer has made me more certain than ever that I will not keep clutter. shame my parents where hoarders and taught me well

good luck everyone

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 09:50:48

I'm in. Getting rid of A SOFA soon. There are two of us, and two sofas - one 3 seater, one 2 seater. It is ridiculous.

I find it's much harder to clear out random stuff. Books and clothes and kitchen stuff I keep quite well turned over, but it's all the random shit - "spare" computer monitor, "spare" light-up alarm clock, empty wooden trunk-style box in the sitting room (looks quite nice, but smells inside, DP doesn't want to part with it).

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Sun 30-Sep-12 09:51:04

12 pushchairs Ed?? You're worse than me haha. Well my youngest has just turned 1 and I'm storing the baby things in my loft at the moment. I think I'll do the same as you though and keep a few baby bits for them and get rid of the rest.

MirandaWest Sun 30-Sep-12 09:51:45

I need this thread. I will be sorted by Christmas....

I'm very much in! Although DS3 is due in November so some days are reserved for wallowing on the sofa resting. grin

The main thing I need to do is finish decluttering the dining room, which is easy once I empty out the 3 giant cupboards in my house. <sob>

I have a giant coffee table I need to move to my sisters house (family heirloom)

I plan to buy the kids some clothes and books too so ill probably go in and "trim" the ones in their room a bit before the big day.

NoHank Sun 30-Sep-12 09:58:12

Joining in too.

My main mission is to clear the loft which is full of toys, bags of baby clothes and general baby gear.

We also need to clear out the buckets of toys lying all around the house i.e. under the stairs, at the side of the couch and in the DC's rooms to clear space for the new ones to come.

I'm also e-baying where I can and I am hoping to do a toddler and kids sale and swap shop which run in the area but I have never done one before and I am a bit nervous about signing up for it

<sits next to ILikeToMoveItMoveIt and copies plan over her shoulder>

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 09:59:42

MBL I actually probably shouldn't say this, but having two sofas is OK imo - especially if people visit - or you just don't want to sit right next to someone.

Sorry grin That doesn't help does it?!

Charlotte, I am lol at the spare highchair. We have got three blush

This is silly

bonnieslilsister Sun 30-Sep-12 10:12:41

Count me in smile

I am the world's worst hoarder

Thought I would make a list of lots of little things to sort and clear ie name each cupboard, pile etc and try to do something each day

that's my plan but if yours is better I'll go with yours

or there again I might stay sitting here and mumsnt

Lexilicious Sun 30-Sep-12 10:12:54

I'm in! I have tried before, but it never seems to end...

We have a half finished living room which is presently plastered walls, concrete floor which needs to be screeded before we can put down wood (which we haven't chosen yet) and then decorated. Needs a proper blackout blind fitted and shelves in a couple of alcoves, and then we can move in furniture and enjoy the room rather than sitting in the extension off the kitchen all the time.

We've got a storage problem in the kitchen which I think I can resolve pretty easily - need a wine rack on one pillar type wall and a simple racking shelf unit half hidden beside the fridge (normal width in American space). I have stuff on top of the wall cupboards which I know is a classic kitchen clutter 'sin' but I think we have to use that space. May get some nicer matching boxes.

Need to get shelves lots of places so that I can bring down things from the loft. If there isn't a place for them in the house they have to go. I need a simple rule for things which are worth keeping long term in the loft too 'seasonal, specialist and sentimental' for example? (E.g. that would cover Christmas decs, camping/skiing gear, and ancient diaries)

I have at least three large boxes of stuff which I need to put on eBay/gumtree/freecycle. Speakers, electronics, army gear, vogue patterns. My brother has dumped a really good quality pair of skis and boots on me to sell for him.

Ditto the toy clear out although we are on only 1 of hoped-for 2 DC so need to store anything that is worth keeping for a second time round.

We need to get someone to fit some clever understairs cupboards, for less £££ than anything I have seen yet online.

I need a plan too.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 30-Sep-12 10:31:22

I am feeling inspired.

I am going to sit in each room and make a list of want I want to do. I am then going to breakdown the to do list into 30 minute jobs (so I can a job while ds is napping, but still have time to catch up on the crap tv that I have Sky+ blush )

I am currently looking at the cd's. They need to go into storage. I WILL be ordering archive boxes. We have quite a lot of storage space in the eve's, so the boxes can go in.

I am out and about most of today so my list making will begin this evening.

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:35:02

That was why we bought two Ed, but there just isn't room in our 1-bed flat with a desk (necessary) for each of us as well. sad I do wish we had bought two small sofas, that might be ok.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:35:09

CD boxes sounds good.

I nearly threw out a big wooden cabinet - about 3ft wide, 3ft6 tall, last week, but then realised it held our roughly 300 DVDs perfectly. So it's found a place in the living room - they were all over the floor and on open shelving before and it's really solved a problem as I hated the thought of buying a special Chipboard CD cabinet from Argos!

Sometimes moving things around you realise you've got what you needed all along.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:36:36

Oh MBL. Well never mind. I am sure it will work out for the best smile

You are on the right track I think (not that I know what I'm doing!) because your living space ought to be defined by the things you USE - ie your desks - and your way of life, not the other way round. iyswim.

So keep things you use and get rid of the other stuff, and it will work out.

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:36:38

'seasonal, specialist and sentimental'

I like this!

Probably doesn't cover TWO spare monitors? Just remembered another. blush

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:38:58

Ed We are supposed to be moving to somewhere bigger, but househunt has gone on so long adn we are changing our minds so much that I've stopped waiting for things to resolve IYSWIM. I'd rather live like a normal person now!

It doesn't feel too bad actually, I quite like the idea of arriving in a bigger place with minimal stuff and then very slowly buying furnishings we really like, rather than just filling a bigger space with our existing junk!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 30-Sep-12 10:40:06

Oh, and for people wanting to sell things, have you tried local FB selling groups? Much like car boot sales, people buy anything and everything on them. Even if it's for a few quid, it's out of your house!

Flisspaps Sun 30-Sep-12 10:40:44

EdMc have you tried Freegle/Freecycle for shifting the prams?

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:41:12

Yes MBL I understand what you mean, and it is lovely having less stuff. I feel great when I can chuck something out AND not feel guilty or conflicted about it.

Trouble is this takes a long time to accomplish!

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:42:09

Tis never-ending.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:43:11

Fliss, thankyou, but no, I haven't - but that's my fault because I want to keep them! They are great, nice condition, but just unusual makes that no one on ebay has heard of iyswim - or I know they go for pennies on there.

So I'd like to give them to friends or family, but not just give them away - I'm going to wait till I've had this baby and see what we end up using the most, and then gradually dispose of the others.

Going to be difficult to let them go - I've had about 60 prams/pushchairs, I am a bit of a freak blush

Meglet Sun 30-Sep-12 10:44:55

Same here. I refused to make breakfast today until the downstairs toys were all cleared upstairs. We can see the rug now! <<punches air>>.

Essentially we have reached breaking point, small house + 2 young dc's = too much stuff. There is no more storage space. I need to chip away at the clutter bit by bit with some e-baying and face-baying.

I need to join in. This week I've put (amongst others) 3 tops I've bought and never worn!!
My problem is I have piles of stuff that I will eBay.
6 months later it's still gathering dust.
Today's job is dd's wardrobe it's jam packed full and most of it is never worn. Also need to sort out old uniform which I can donate to school.

My dc's are older now so there won't be loads of toys coming in.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 10:53:23

small house + 2 young dc's = too much stuff

Yes that pretty much sums us up! Add in hoarding tendencies and you've got a flipping disaster zone!

It doesn't help that my hoarder parents are selling my big childhood home (they are getting divorced) and keep showing up with boxes of stuff to sort through. There's been the odd thing that I have been happy to see but most of it has gone straight to the tip.

We've done a lot of ebaying over the last year and have done pretty well but TBH right now I can't be arsed. We've kept back a few things to try in the run up to Xmas but mostly I am just desperate for SPACE now. Crucially we have agreed to get rid of pretty much everything that doesn't sell by Xmas apart from a few things that we know are valuable.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:58:01

Ebay is such hard work, as a seller. Every time I do a run of things, I end up with some numpty buyer who makes life stressful.

Then I don't want to do any more!

Meglet Sun 30-Sep-12 11:36:22

yes, I blow hot and cold with e-bay and can go weeks without touching it. Although I've started pricing items from £1.50 instead of the dreaded 99p and they still sell. The slightly improved profit margin seems to make it more bearable.

I'm in, with dc3 due dec 16th I want a sorted house. We don't have a huge amount of clutter but more than I'm happy with. I have just gone through my wardrobe and sorted a 'sell' pile and a 'in the lift until I no longer look like I swallowed a baby hippo' pile. I shall go through dcs rooms when they go to their dads next weekend.

I need to remove all the decorating stuff piled on the landing left over from the nursery. And reorganise the kitchen to put more stuff away in cupboards.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 13:34:08

SIL has just disappeared to the tip with a car full of our random crap! Our outbuilding cupboard thing is now basically empty but isn't it depressing how little difference it seems to make in the grand scheme of clutter things?!? Or is that just our house blush

Well done fuzzpig. I'm starting upstairs and working my way down, although I have done an initial tidy of the kitchen as I couldn't put the decorating stuff anywhere (on route to the shed).

Just having lunch in the middle of a bathroom declutter!

No, you're right fuzzpig! In the grand scheme of clutter doing one thing makes no difference!! But when eventually it is all done think of the space!

I did go through all my books and managed to put about half of them into boxes to give away, but I can't face the kids' book--pile--shelf today. Maybe ruthless decluttering is best without small people getting out everything that I put away!

Lexilicious Sun 30-Sep-12 16:39:01

Today I have...

Sorted through a carrier bag of pens and pencils and saved only those which work. I have put all our finance and insurance files into the 'office' space in the spare bedroom, and got all my stationery and training course files there too. Putting a job on the major to do list of fitting some racking shelves there, but for now the files are in heaps on the floor. But at least in the right room!!

I found that the u-bend trap under the kitchen sink had been leaking, not for too long I think, but fixing that made me take out all the cleaning products and put them into one of those plastic fold-collapsing storage boxes, and all the brushes, dyson attachments etc in another. Which leads to a second rack shelving job in the kitchen. Also sorted out my jam jar collection, came clean with myself that I am not likely to make that much jam/chutney this year, and will free-cycle half of them.

DH brought upstairs all the pictures we own, and we have discussed which walls to hang them on. He also put up in the loft a stair gate, cot mattress and a dismantled changing table that we won't need for a year at least. I nearly had a bag of cot-sized bedding ready to go up but can't find an appropriate box/bag.

Found and have been ruthless with little bits and bobs of tat squirrelled away in bedroom/office. About to attack the two stacking boxes of toiletries and when DS has had his tea, we will be ruthless with his toys - have been getting him used to the idea of this for a few days so he shouldn't be upset. And he bought a shopping basket of play food from John Lewis yesterday with his own money, so he knows that he now has to get rid of other things.

A Good Day here. Well done to everyone who has started attacking the problem!

Dd's wardrobe is tidy and you can fit stuff it!!
I've got 2 piles one to eBay and one which I'm going to get weighed in.
I feel like my head is clearer grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 30-Sep-12 16:58:29

I'm in. Was seriously stressed over the clutter leading upto Christmas last year and know I need to start now. Have made a start, one bag of clothes went to a jumble sale yesterday.

ratbagcatbag Sun 30-Sep-12 17:01:17

I'm in, I've got soooooo much paperwork lying around that needs shredding, th only problem is DH is a total hoarder, although to be air, he does store it all in the loft boxed neatly, I have also bribed DSS saying anything he sells (he's 14) he can have the money smile that's resulted in a massive tidy up. Just need to get off from mumsnet and start.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 17:14:49

Everyone is doing well, very inspiring!

I'm done for today. The illness I have (or at least what I'm expecting to be diagnosed with in Nov) is chronic fatigue syndrome so I have to be really careful about overdoing it or I will suffer next week (and as DH is still recovering from surgery, I am also doing all school runs, general housework etc).

But - and now this might sound a bit hmm - for us, half the decluttering actually happens in my mind. Because we are both hoarders, we have to mentally get to the place where we can bear to part with stuff.

Like those games I mentioned in my OP - SO many times I have gone round trying to find all the pieces, got upset when I couldn't find them all or they were damaged... and I didn't want them to go to waste. But something has clicked with me recently, and I decided 'fuck it' grin it's more of a waste to have them cluttering up the place and getting in the way of stuff, right? I was also very brave and sought out all the board books as our youngest is 3 so is a bit old. Many tatty ones gone to Recycling but some kept back for charity.

Had a lovely day with SIL and her GF came too which was really nice, they also totally spoilt the DCs with some nice crafty bits, which reminds me I need to sort out all their arty stuff somehow! It is so disorganised and I can never find anything we need so I often end up saying no when they want to do messy arty activities. I would love to gather it all together and then work out if I could get them any extras for Xmas.

popsypie Sun 30-Sep-12 17:22:55

I'm in! I have been sneaking stuff out of dds rooms to sell on Ebay sorting through the dds' toys for most of the day. I want their rooms to start looking cosy and classy, not like a ToysRUs storecupboard.

I also want my lounge to be a lovely clear from crap grown up room when we bring the tree home this year! I usually end up shoving all the crap in the spare room, but I am determined to sort through it before then this year.

Our problem - I am ashamed to admit - is we have TOO MUCH STUFF! So I hoping this clear out will make me think twice about buying more. A bit like the way the pain of dieting makes you think twice before having another biscuit. Actually I am rubbish at that too!

I'm in today we put all the summer bits (deckchairs/teepee) in the loft. Made Asked DH to take some cardboard boxes/rubbish to the tip.

Last week I started in the kitchen last week so that half done. I've tidied the dinning room and sent a large bag of jigsaw puzzles to DD's school.

This week I'm planning

Monday - DD1 tip bedroom. I need to sort bits to charity shop/school. She is a bit of a clutter bug and drives me mad.

Tuesday - DD2 & DS room they will be much easier as they don't seem to attract rubbish.

Wednesday - Upstairs hallway and bathroom.

Thursday - Downstairs hallway and Bathroom.

Friday - Front room/dinning room and Kitchen.

Then next week I will do our bedroom which will Probably take a couple of days as I want to completely gut the whole room, and it hasn't been done a good couple of years.

This will be on top of the normal cooking and cleaning I will be doing.

Right so so far everything in dd's room is sorted and cleared out, except the wardrobe and drawers, which I will do when they're away next weekend. My room is sorted and I have a sell and recycle pile ready. The bathroom is half finished I need to still sort half the shelves and the window ledge.

I've made the kids sort the living room as they had the arty stuff out so that's been sorted back into its box and they have tidied the rest of the room. When they're in bed I need to sort the kitchen that has been my dumping ground today!

Then the jobs for next week include sort all the kitchen cupboards and organise them all which will hopefully free up some space. Sort the under stair cupboard and declutter the living room. I will get there!

Just doesn't help I have to sit down every 10 mins! I wish pregnancy didn't ruin my body quite so much!

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 30-Sep-12 17:45:03

I've sorted 3 carrier bags of rubbish from the dining room cupboard. I also took about fifteen packbacks to the charity shop, and only bought two, so reckon that still counts as a net declutter of thirteen.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 17:45:48

I have a rule - no old toys in the living room at Xmas. So by 24th at the latest ALL toys are upstairs. Just temporary of course but it means there is space for new stuff to be played with. Of course in previous years that means it all just got shoved in the DCs' room and made it even worse but I'm determined not to do that this year - a place for everything!

Have really got to sort out the books down here too, we have an ikea unit thing in which the shelves collapsed because we piled so many books on them blush.

fuzzpig you are a nicer mummy than I, my kids aren't allowed toys in the living room overnight so they have to tidy them to their rooms every day! there's enough of my clutter in the living room I don't need theirs

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Sun 30-Sep-12 18:15:17

This thread has inspired me. I've completely tidied my living room and got rid of all the clutter instead of hiding things I think I might need behind photo frames. My eldest is with her granny today so it was easier to get a proper tidy while she's away.

Also put another load of old toys on to the facebook selling page and have someone coming up tonight to buy some. Hopefully the rest go quickly though as they are all sitting on my landing making another messy pile.

Tomorrow I'm going to tackle the kitchen and maybe start on our bedroom. I think I need to get rid of my books, I have far too many and no place to keep them anymore. Dp would be so happy if I got rid of them though, I think he would buy me a kindle for christmas so it would be worth it smile

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 18:18:49


Their toys are everywhere. Their room is 84sqft (technically they are overcrowded according to our local council) so they only just fit their beds and their clothes in it. We had to move their tall Trofast units into our room when DS moved into a junior bed! I would be very happy if I could declutter enough that all their stuff could be confined to just a few places. My ideal scenario would be to say they could choose ONE box/drawer to bring down and then that would have to be put away before getting the next one out, and cleared away before their nightly bath


My problem now is time. I work ft and next two weekends are busy.
I think I need to set myself some small goals to keep me on the straight and narrow!!

TeaOneSugar Sun 30-Sep-12 18:29:45

I need to join too.

I'm on the ponctastic thread but also need to be here, or it won't be very poncy.

Priorites are;

1. Clear out the spare room (again) so I have somewhere to put Christmas Presents, it was OK a couple months ago but you can hardly get into it again, it's a very small box room so no bed or anything in there, it's just for storage and somewhere to keep the printer etc.

2. Clear out the pantry so I have somewhere to keep extra festive stuff like chocolates, the cold slab at the back is as good as a fridge.

3. A good sort out in our bedroom, including under the bed and the top of the wardrobe, it's not a restful space at the moment.

4. The annual toy cull in dd's room.

5. Get rid of the wicker basket in the lounge, its handy for throwing stray toys in but it attract the puppy and I need room to put in a table to stand the tree on this year (away from said puppy).

6. DH needs to sort out the bathroom ceiling, we had some damp problems, they're sorted but the ceiling looks awful and the MIL will comment.

7. Kitchen cupboards general sort out and de clutter.

That's pretty much the whole house.

Yeah my kids actually have very few toys as dd's room has 2 chest of drawers, 2 wardrobes, 1 toy shelf and 2 book shelves and her high sleeper bed. Ds just has his high sleeper and 1 toy shelf as his room is officially tiny. But thankfully with so little space I've managed to be ruthless with the de cluttering! Which is a plus.

Good luck fuzzpig, it's hard when they have so little room!

NoHank Sun 30-Sep-12 20:12:26

Ok, I have made a start! I have cleared out all my wardrobe and now have a large bag to go to charity, a bag of clothes and shoes for ebay and I have put all the presents I have bought so far for Christmas into the loft. I know it wasn't on my list of things to do but I really do feel better for having done it!

My problem is time too. I work Mon - Wed 8am - 6pm (childminding so I am technically at home but unable to do anything!) Thursdays I study and Fridays I have free but generally spend with DD going to the library or swimming. She is 2.5 so there is no possible way I can be up the loft or sorting toys with her around because as quick as I put something in a bag she would be pulling it out.

So my plan of attack it this. Day to day keep on top of the general cleaning, washing etc. Try every night to put things back in the room they belong. I have an end of year exam in a couple of weeks. After this I am going to dedicate Thursdays to "operation de-clutter". Week one, I will go through all the boxes, buckets and bags of toys in the living room, under the stairs and in the DC's bedroom. I will be ruthless in thowing out the broken toys and putting aside anything for ebay or the car boot. We are going to a kiddy car boot sale next weekend to get an idea of what is involved and what things tend to go for. We will the book a stall (or two!) That way we will have to sort out the loft. I am lucky in that both DH and I are not hoarders and it really is just the toys that we need to sort out. Sorry for the mammoth boring post but it has really helped me to put it all down and have a plan in place!

And well done everyone who has made a start already

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 30-Sep-12 20:21:29

Result. A local food bank has started in our town and is asking for tinned goods and I need to sort out my kitchen cupboards. I have a shit load of tinned goods (just incase of a nuclear holocaust or some such scenario) that I am never going to use, but can't bring myself to throw out. I am more than happy to give it away to people who need it though.

I also have one bin liner full of baby basics that I am going to drop off at the local woman's refuge. I don't have a problem getting rid of our baby stuff, in fact I'm rather keen blush

WineGless Sun 30-Sep-12 20:33:00

I'm in
I even bought a book last year on how to declutter

I think the trouble is that we had little money when growing up and I am used to having to save things "just in case" so am conditioned to hoarding.
It's hard but am trying to change.

DH is not a hoarder apart from leads and electronic gadgetry but they are in the garage so I can't see them

DC rooms are my main focus of attention and I am going to start on Friday my next day off

oreocrumbs Sun 30-Sep-12 20:40:19

I will make a start tomorrow like I haven't said that before. Today I have been out at a christening and have been defeated by lots noisy children high on sugar so I'm collapsed on the sofa nursing a headache!

Have just googled to find my nearest womens refuge and there is one very near so I am going to be ruthless with the baby stuff (I am keeping a lot because we do hope to have another in the next few years, but there is not a child alive who needs as much stuff as my DD has), and will sort out some of my clothes and toiletries too.

I couldn't find a food bank - I would think there would be one as we are in a 'deprived area', but nothing is coming up. HV is coming out to do DD's 2 yr visit next week so will ask her if any local services want my crap excess.

That gives me a week to get on top of that, and will try and get the loft floored this week too.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 21:06:19

there is no possible way I can be up the loft or sorting toys with her around because as quick as I put something in a bag she would be pulling it out.

Ha! Yes. One of the reasons I want to get started now is that I have 3 weeks 'off' (basically to look after DH) and DS's nursery have given him extra sessions, so they are both in 8.30-3, and I can try and do stuff during the day!

It is really hard to undo hoarding tendencies. I have never been a tidy person, I learned from my parents! <eek>

drummerswife Sun 30-Sep-12 21:28:54

i've sorted mine and dd's wardrobes and put the summer bits away and bagged some up to take to the charity shop.
tomorrow i plan to sort the playroom out and also if i have time dd's books.
i'm determined to have a clutter free house ready for christmas

i so need to do this. i have a list as long as my arm of jobs that need doing before christmas, and half of them i cant even do. oh for a handyman who actually turns up and doesnt go missing for 6 fecking months!!!!! any of you lot know a decent one please????

popsypie Mon 01-Oct-12 07:46:37

I listed 12 items on eBay yesterday and sold two on 'buy it now' within the first hour. I am really pleased and it has inspired me to keep going listing one or two things each evening. Then by November I should have got rid of quite a lot of stuff and made some money for Christmas in the process. I am very sentimental about the dds' things. I really struggle even with stuff they are defo too big for like happy land. sad

tootssweet Mon 01-Oct-12 07:54:36

Please can I join? Christmas will give me something to aim for & our house feels like it is going to burst.
I've never sold on eBay before - is it a faff? Should I venture onto the eBay board? It's great that there are others to compare notes with & hopefully give me a virtual kick up the bum!
Am at work a lot this week but will be checking in with de-clutter plans for the weekend'

popsypie Mon 01-Oct-12 08:03:22

Morning! Yes eBay can be time consuming but If you take all your photos first and store in your pictures then you can just list whilst watching telly and it is no more difficult that writing on here I think. Good luck grin

DD bedroom looks like Primark has exploded on her floor.
Need to do a serious de-clutter there.
And my summer clothes need to go/get put away to make way for my warm jumpers (yes)!

We're having the attic insulated this month, so I'm sure there's a load of crap up there to throw out hmm

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 08:49:36

Another one signing in here - house exploding at the seams - 4dc and 3 beds - can't move without tripping over some kind of junk.

Decided I'm gonna declutter the back place today - its supposed to be just for shoes, wellies, coats etc and a place for the washing machine and the dogs to sleep but it looks more like a junk yard between camping gear from the summer and dh's tools not to mention the crap which I managed to clear out of the car at the weekend and just got dumped on the floor.

Will check back in a bit - anyone fancy a coffee break say about 10?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 01-Oct-12 09:30:30

Sorry, I am having my coffee break early while ds has a feed grin

I am feeling inspired. I have made a start on the living room and for the most part the boys have left me alone to get on with it.

I have removed toys from the living room into the toy room (which will need clearing at some point) and I have cleared a box of assorted junk I had hiding in the corner of the room. Some was chucked, some recycled and some put aside to send off to a bra recycling centre (they send them to Africa, they're not actually recycled).

I feel I need to explain why I had bra's in my living room! The box of stuff included a pile of things to EBay. I tried the bra's on eBay before but they didnt sell, so I had the intention of relisting them. I can't be arsed now, so they will be sent off instead.

Once ds has had hid fill I will be tackling the window sill of DOOM! It is full of paperwork that I have shoved there.

Right taken 3 dc to school. Need to pick one up at 11.30am.

Have one thing to do before starting, It's something DD1 needs for school Wednesday.

And no that's not an excuse.

Lovecat Mon 01-Oct-12 10:14:51

I'm in - I joined another thread to start 30 day shred today and I can't (yet) because there's too much crap in the living room to be able to exercise properly blush

I need to:

clear off the dining table so that we can actually eat there

clear out the lower kitchen cupboards so that things don't fall out on me when I open them and I can put my new cake tins away

sort out the towering pile of catalogues/junk mail in the corner of the hall (things I thought 'ooh, that might be handy, I'll look at that later' and never did)

make a dedicated area for DD to do her homework, at present she has nowhere to sit and she gets very distressed if there's no 'order' to things (despite her creating about 75% of the chaos)

ebay/charity/chuck all the clothes and toys I decluttered in the summer that are still sitting in the spare room...

clear out the 'room of shite' that is currently home to all our camping gear, sports stuff, craft stuff, random shite that doesn't have a real home. Of course at first I have to find a 'home' for it - it's at times like this I want to move to a house with a garage/loft/some feckin' storage space!! Once cleared out this room is meant to be our 'adult' sitting room space - it would be lovely to have this, I am keeping a picture in my head of how I want it to look like as motivation...

The sheer scale of it depresses me but I am determined to get it done by Christmas. My mum is currently having chemo and will be coming to us for Christmas (her second without dad, last year she just wanted to be alone) so it MUST get done!

So I'm going to go and spend 15 mins on the dining table as a start...

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 10:15:01

Coffee time grin

3 bags of coats sorted for charity shop, washing machine put through on service wash to stop it smelling camping stuff in pile for dh to put in loft.

just need to tackle the pile of shoes, wellies and boots to sort out what actually fits the dcs. Then make a start on the large dumping cupboard.......


Good start with dinning room table. I would just concentrate on the dinning room and only once it done then move to the next room. Also try not to think as the whole house needs doing and rather the xxx room needs tiding then it's not so daunting.

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 10:50:15


Baby steps!

Right I'm supposed to be working but as I'm t

hmm anyway..

As im too uncomfy to sit I might as well carry on the house sorting. First things first I need to Hoover all of downstairs, then I can declutter the living room shelves without treading the kids crumbs everywhere!

Oh it's a lot of effort though!

I am starting mine today. So far all the summer stuff is in the loft and winter stuff is down and being washed. A big pile of stuff on the livingroom floor to be e-bayed and sold.

Off all week so I am determined this will be a different house by Friday!

I am starting mine today. So far all the summer stuff is in the loft and winter stuff is down and being washed. A big pile of stuff on the livingroom floor to be e-bayed and sold.

Off all week so I am determined this will be a different house by Friday!

Nishky Mon 01-Oct-12 11:07:21

I am really pleased so far- I have to be careful as just come out of hospital after asthma attack. De- cluttering is going to be a big part of keeping me well- but I have cleared the bedside cabinet so that my toiletries can be put away - will be tackling clothes next. All stuff I can do while sitting in floor.

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 11:24:10

Take care of yourself nishky and don't do too much, though I do understand the physical need to declutter. I know a less cluttered house will be better for my health in many ways, not just for xmas, but it's so hard to find the balance between getting it done and not overdoing it!

I have done nothing today, got the DCs to school which is an achievement in itself, came back and had a lie down with DH, just trying to sum up the energy to hang out 3 loads of washing blush

Too wet to do washing today here (unless I want it hanging in the living room when DH comes home from his business trip, which I don't because it will overshadow my good work).

Well I've hoovered the hallway and living room, need to carry on into the kitchen but I needed a lie down.

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 11:42:00

We don't have a garden so hanging washing inside is normal here unfortunately sad

Ugh the rain is really not helping my grumpy chocolate craving mood!

Nishky Mon 01-Oct-12 11:56:51

Thanks fuzzpig.

Thanks also for starting this thread - I think it will be a great motivator and its nice to feel that I won't be al

Nishky Mon 01-Oct-12 11:57:14

Alone that is - nothing against al!!!

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 12:50:21

oh god I'm bored!

Seemed like a really good idea this morning - I now have a utility room which looks like a bomb site sad

might go and make lunch and waste a bit more time have another go later.

I'm hoping this thread will be good for me and everyones reports of what they have achieved will inspire me to keep going <dreams of a beautifully tidy house>

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 13:16:18

I'm bored too sad managed to get rid of a few more bits like jigsaw puzzles. There's only one left for the DCs now (DD doesn't really like them and most are too easy for DS)

I am being RUTHLESS! But slow. Haven't even hung out the washing hmm

Lexilicious Mon 01-Oct-12 13:21:09

CherryMonster - for a handyman that doesn't disappear for 6 months, try freeindex.co.uk - my first step yesterday to getting things done around the house included posting some of our outstanding refurbishment jobs on there. (screeding a floor in our house, replacing (a) a boiler (b) a vinyl floor (c) an extractor fan in our tenants' flat). I've already had quotes for all of them, and tradesmen are really keen. One tip is the smaller the job you post for offers, the smaller your 'radius' should be - no point in getting the first come first served five quotes clogged up with people from up to 25 miles away if it's just to change a light fitting. Well, it might be if you are very rural, but I'm greater London so 25 miles covers 6 million people!

Lovecat Mon 01-Oct-12 14:40:34

Oh jesus, why did I start this? Not that I shouldn't have it needs doing, but... first several items on the dining room table needed to be put away/washed in the kitchen.

This involved emptying the (full of clean dishes) dishwasher and putting dishes away to load in the 'new' stuff - not that we had dirty dishes rotting on the dining table, I hasten to add, it was pots and tupperwares that DD had filled with glitter and bits of chopped up plasticine when she was playing 'Olympic Hotel' (the 'game' that has blighted my summer!;) )

Sooo... I had no room in the cupboard for the pans I needed to put away so I pulled the contents out to sort them, noticed a nasty sticky stain on the floor of the cupboard so cleaned that, while I had the Jif out I wiped down the counter surface, pulled out the toaster and found it was icky behind there, have now done the same to the microwave... I need to go and do my weekly shopping in the meantime and now both the dining table AND the kitchen look like WW3 have occurred!


fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 14:46:26

Yeah it's pretty much like pulling at a tiny trailing thread on a jumper isn't it... Pull it a little and it just keeps going! shock

Haven't done the regular stuff like washing but I have got armfuls of recycling to take out to the bin on the way to school so that's something (even though, again, it looks like nothing's been done at all!)

Lexi- thank you, thats brilliant. no i am not rural, am in a large town, my regular handyman is a mate of my dads but has always been irregular at turning up. he was diagnosed with ME 2 years ago, and seems to doing well now, but never turns up when he says he will. lovely bloke, but i cant do these jobs myself.

Yep It always looks like ww3 when starting but it so much better when done.

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 15:19:11

Shit - didn't realise the utility was THAT bad blush. 2 black bags of rubbish in the bin, 4 bags of coats for the charity shop, 2 bags of rags for the rag bin. 8 pairs of wellies chucked out (all with holes).

I haven't properly tackled this room for years - I even managed to find a large tin of fish food at the back of the cupboard - we last had fish about 10 yeras ago shock

On the other hand judging by the amount of cat and dog wormer and flea treatment I have found I also won't be near the vets any time soon!

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 15:35:49

We've never actually got to the stage of being completely decluttered. It feels like a pipe dream!

But, as I said, something has 'clicked' in my brain recently, just the fact that I've been able to throw out games for example is a massive deal so I'm quite proud of myself.

And I will NOT replace all the clutter by buying too much at Xmas. No, I won't.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 01-Oct-12 15:37:47

Lol @ the fish food.

That is an impressive amount cleared from your utility whojamaflip

I have cleared the window sill of doom <hurrah>, and thrown out the magazine rack and its contents. There wasn't one bloody magazine in it, just a load of shite.

I have filled my black bin, luckily it gets emptied this week.

How do we accumulate so much crap?

Well done, gold stars all round I think. Thank you for starting this fuzzpig smile

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 01-Oct-12 15:40:10

Oh, and I have sorted and filed all of the paperwork from the sill of doom <goody two shoes>

I wonder if dh will notice this evening? <hollow laugh>

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 15:40:12

You're most welcome - I think it's my most popular thread ever grin

Nah he oinly notice in 6mths time when he can't find that bit of paper which he hadn't filed away himself. So it will be all you fault for tiding.

Nishky Mon 01-Oct-12 16:01:20

I am cautiously pleased - am making inroads into clutter of clothes- putting summer ones away - and am reaping benefit of things I did earlier this year re clothes storage. Nice to know that although there is a long way to go, things I have done are taking effect.

Can I join?

I need to...

-clear out my kitchen cupboards and tops of them... so much junk has been up there for years now!

-ruthlessly chuck/charity shop loads of the DC's toys which are broken/no longer played with.

-sort out the ever increasing pile of baby clothes which DC have grown out of and find a more suitable means of storing them - currently in dozens of carrier bags, not arranged by size or anything confused. Although our chances of conceiving again look very slim, I'm not ready to part with the baby stuff yet so it is taking up masses of space in our loft/office area right now. Might use those vacuum pack bags for the clothes...

-streamline my wardrobe - too many things in there that I'm clinging onto for nostalgia's sake or other random reasons which do not suit/ fit me. I have to be careful not to be too ruthless here as I can't afford to replace things so have to make sure I have something that'll work for every occasion, even if it isn't great.

-Tackle the understairs cupboard. Or as I see it, the dark abyss...

-Organise the DC's bedroom. It is quite scary really how much mess a 6 and 4 year old can make.

When I have got rid of oodles of clutter, I might actually be able to clean effectively and do some much-needed redecorating!! However, I'm not starting today as I'm barely functioning, having not slept a wink since Saturday night (and have work this evening). Argh.

whojamaflip Mon 01-Oct-12 16:36:02

well dcs are back from school so thats the end of my hell clearing work for the day. Reckon I will get it finished tomorrow - just to finish the shoe racks and I'm thinking to make a really good job of it I will sort out the chest freezer (and the dark hole which exists behind it - I dh puts things on top and they drop down the back when the lid is opened)

So the plan is if I get the above done I will wash down the walls in there and in the downstairs loo oh the best laid plans and all that grin

Well done to all today, thanks to fuzzpig for starting this and heres to another productive tomorrow.....

NervousAt20 Mon 01-Oct-12 16:37:28

I'm in, dread making the list of what I need to do though but will

drummerswife Mon 01-Oct-12 17:57:53

sorted the playroom out today
had 2 large wicker chests in there 1 with games/toys in and 1 with arts and crafts/jigsaws.managed to get everything into 1 chest and have took 2 big boxes of stuff to the charity shop and put some bits aside for my friends little boy.
the spare chest i've now put all our shoes in and its in the utility room [which is next to the playroom].it has a lid on it so there all hidden away.
i'm working tomorrow so weds i'm planning to tackle the garage

Forgive me clutterers for I have sinned...

I have just arrived home with 2 big Ikea bags of clothes and shoes for the dc, kindly given to me by a dear dear friend. Some of it is so beautiful and I just couldn't say no!

Oh well, back to the coal face (wardrobe sorting) tomorrow...

I'll join too, ive got a mountain of outgrown clothes to sort through,the kitchen needs finishing off as its half decorated and I need to declutter my bedroom as im having it decorated soon smile

oreocrumbs Mon 01-Oct-12 19:58:11

Tomorrow I am going full throttle on the kitchen and hall. I've done a bit today when I cam in from work, shreded some cardboard boxes, sorted the recycling etc,

Sadly DP has been home alone with DD today so my first priority was to empty and re fill the dishwasher, fold the washing, empty the bins, dig out a walk way through the room from all of the toys scattered today. THIS is why my house is a mess. When he has DD he can't do anything. Not one thing. The dirty nappies he has changed are still in the bedroom bin not even brought down AAAARRRGGGH.

And breathe.

Anyway - tomorrow I will achieve great things and look after DD at the same time.

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 01-Oct-12 20:20:18

May I join?

Got to:

Put up shelves
Smuggle out toys from playroom while ds's are out
Sort out crappy board games and jigsaws so there is room in the sideboard for...
The kitchen clear out. The random plates will go!

TommeeTipsy Mon 01-Oct-12 20:24:03

Great thread Fuzzpig. I was lurking last night and was inspired so went to Ikea today with dd2 and I bought two trofast unit. Have now built them ( with the "help" of both dd's) and we've put away all the hats, coats, wellies and book bags. Looks so much better!

I also bought myself a new desk (i'm self employed) as last christmas was chaos and I got really stressed. Christmas is my biggest time of year sales wise so I decided I need to get on top of things now.

Phew, knackered now though.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 01-Oct-12 20:56:04

I hear you Oreo , my dh is just the same.

I think I will tackle the coat and shoes mountain tomorrow. How does a family of 4 acquire so many coats? We all have a coat for every micro climate this country offers us.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 01-Oct-12 21:04:18

I am very envy of people who live near a Ikea. I would have storage for fecking EVERYTHING if there was one down the road. We have Dunelm though <looking on the bright side> grin

fuzzpig Mon 01-Oct-12 21:10:40

Me too I love ikea (although autocorrect keeps changing it to okra, which I have no feelings for) - their Trofast units are brilliant. It's an hour drive from here, I have been once (when my dad kindly took me) in 2yrs!

I have no idea what dunelm is though <uncultured>

NoHank Mon 01-Oct-12 21:26:36

So despite thinking I would get nothing done for the forseeable future, the de clutter was on my mind so much I actually tackled DS's bedroom. It wasn't too bad as his was decorated not too long ago and we had a big clear out then but things had gradually started to pile up and get put away in the wrong place. He has 2 Trofast units with 3 bucket storage thingys in each so everything has a home - one for his action figures, dinosaurs, vehicles etc. Makes tidying up much easier and he can get stuck in too as he knows where everything lives. I also cleared out the toy chest at the foot of his bed and it now contains all his board games and boxed toys. Phew. T

he plan now is to go and get a storage unit for DD's room at the weekend so that all the toys that are scattered everywhere else can be sorted and stored properly.

And I even listed a few more things on e-bay. I'm hoping that by selling a few unwanted things on I can increase Father Christmas's toy pile under the tree come Christmas morning smile Thanks fuzzpig!

I am finally getting started! I began sorting my fabric cupboard out last night blush it looked like an explosion of thready goodness in there, now all the bigger bits are folded and put in a giant shopping bag and the off cuts are in their own bag. smile
Today I have in the agenda sorting at least one of the big cupboards so I can start up shifting and decluttering everything through the house as to clear the dining room completely. smile

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 02-Oct-12 08:46:29

Today's task is to clear the cd's away. Dh has decided he's going to purchase some hub type thing to download the cd's on to. In theory this is great, however it will take ages for him to get around to doing it. So I am ploughing ahead and packing them away now.

I should then be able to actually put books in our bookcase - how novel, excuse the pun! I will also sort out the books as today I found out that there is a book sale in the village next week, with funds going to the church bell appeal. Dh bought me a kindle a few months ago because I was sick of the amount of books I have cluttering up the house. So whilst I haven't been adding to the book pile I need to get rid of the old ones.

I am on FIRE grin

oreocrumbs Tue 02-Oct-12 08:52:31

Right I'm going into the kitchen...If I'm not back by midnight I may well be burried under a mountain of crap grin

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 08:54:29

We have the same issue with VHS! Dad recently bought some awesome software that allows you to record from VHS to DVD via a computer. He gave it to me on the understanding that as well as doing all my videos (I'm a nostalgia nut so loads of old tapes that aren't available on DVD) I'd do all his at some point, but I know it will be ages before I get round to that and frankly it's not a big priority right now!

I use caselogic books for all our DVDs btw - we have hundreds so it really cuts down on space.

ScorpionQueen Tue 02-Oct-12 09:02:14

What a great thread. I'm in. I have so much stuff I want to sell. Is it too late in the year to carboot?

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 09:34:05

I would do one car boot if you can get stuff together soon. There are lots of car boots that run every weekend throughout the year. It is a great way of getting rid of loads of stuff at once!

Right have done DD1 pit bedroom. As much as I can. She has to sort through some boxes toys, which need throwing out/charity shop.

One load of washing.

Cooked sausage rolls. Have to make a Beef, veg and barley soup for dinner.

whojamaflip Tue 02-Oct-12 11:11:44

Morning all!

Just finished trying the mn recipe - Verrrrr nice but rather over stuffed now blush

Anyway on-wards and upwards - I WILL get the utility finished today, along with changing the beds, putting the washing through and MNing

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 02-Oct-12 14:28:41

I have cleared the bookcase of cd's and put them in boxes ........... But I can't lift the boxes angry If dh can't either then I need to get another box - bloody annoying.

Looking on the bright side I don't have to look at those bloody ugly cd's anymore and the books are where they should be. I even had shite on those shelves that needed to be thrown out and the dust left my hands black blush

I am hoping this de-cluttering will make cleaning easier. I hate cleaning and I don't do it properly because there is just so much stuff/crap hanging around. We are also extending the house, so clearing out the crap now will make clearing the rooms when they have work done on them easier.

Ds will be awake soon and we will then have to go and collect ds2 from pre school, so the coat and shoe mountain will have to wait until tomorrow.

Fuzzpig - Dunelm is a homeware store. Nothing to shout about, but about as good as you get here grin

i was meant to do this today...but i got distracted at my nans house and wasted most of the day. busy tomorrow so thursday and friday this is my plan while the dcs are at school! someone give me a boot up the backside.

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 14:41:45

I'm afraid I have done precisely nothing today! My body and brain are just not working. I hate being ill. <fails thread>

Mind you my lovely friend is dropping round a meal for us after school so that's a big effort saved and she is also very gratefully accepting DS's old winter coat as her youngest is the right size for it.

Onadietcolabreak Tue 02-Oct-12 14:43:12

You have inspired me ladies - I will clear my bedroom! It currently looks like one of those horder program's blush

I'm so glad I'm not the only one that keeps all (and I mean all! Couldn't even part with the questionable stained bodysuits blush ) baby clothes! I currently have a loft full of all 3 DCs clothes in big bags grin

haha i dont have any baby clogthes apart from 3 in his memory box but then i passed most on when i moved house. I desperatly need to sort the toys thursday...but once i start i know its going to take hours

TommeeTipsy Tue 02-Oct-12 14:54:09

Tackled my workroom (our old dining room) today and put together the new desk, tidied and chucked out loads of crap, moved all the toys out, hung a picture and changed a couple of light bulbs.

Bloomin' knackered now!

I had to put a few things into the loft and seeing the mess up there was quite depressing. My sister is away travelling so all her stuff is stored up there too so there is bugger all space for our stuff.

Next on the list is sorting out the kids clothes.

Nishky Tue 02-Oct-12 14:56:51

Good work Tommee grin

I am waiting for dh to come back with some of those vacuum bags and then finally finally our clothes may be sorted.

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 02-Oct-12 15:06:07

Thank you again fuzzpig for starting this off; I'm sorry you've had an ill day - enjoy your meal! It always feels good to be able to give back, doesn't it.

The good thing is that you have begun the thread with a lot of time to get things done in. Which is good because I am a terminally messy hoarder who needs just such a kick up the arse to de clutter.

I cleared out a kitchen cupboard today; now the tupperware is stacked, lids reunited with bases and the non matchers thrown out. A small triumph but Rome wasn't built in a day!

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 02-Oct-12 15:07:52

Are you experienced in vacuum bags Nishky ? I put our summer half of the duvet in one and it's puffed back up again. What might be wrong? Did I just get a bad one?

What a good idea! Signing in here, as my house has that post-summer holiday chaos look at the mo. Today, have sorted through the kids pictures/certificates from last year and binned/put keepers into their folders. One paperwork pile less...

And did the handwashing that tends to live for months at the bottom of my washing pile - not exactly de-cluttering but still felt virtuous grin

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 02-Oct-12 15:51:04

missbetsy - have you sealed the bag properly, and\or closed the bit that the vacuum attaches to?

I have had a horrible thought. What if I peak to soon and clear my house now, but it returns to a shit hole by the time Christmas arrives? shock Maybe I will have to graduate to a Fly Lady thread once the initial binge is done. Or maybe employ a cleaner grin

Sorry today has been a tough one fuzzpig x

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 15:58:32

Ah but if you declutter now, You will have a much better baseline and it will be so much easier to keep on top of it!

oreocrumbs Tue 02-Oct-12 17:36:30

Have made good head way in the kitchen. You can see the monstrosity table! Have left all of DD's toys there though. DP has her again tomorrow while I'm at work so I'm not wasting my energy today when I will have the same to do tomorrow!!

Have also done 4 loads of washing, which has hardly dented the pile but it is a start.

Lots still to do. Won't be boarding out the loft this week as DP has no free time now, so that has been bumped to next week and instead I will dismantle the cot and get that ready to go up, and when that is clear and I can get to the window it is in front of then I have a beautiful new pair of curtains to hang. Should probably pack up the moses basket that I keep my hairdryer and straighteners in too. After all DD is 2 blush.

Nishky Tue 02-Oct-12 18:23:44

missbetsey this is my first go and although the bigger ones are brilliant the smaller ones aren't. I had to be really careful in closing them- the ones we got are like resealable sandwich bags so I had to squeeze them carefully.

They are under the bed now so even if puff up a bit then will be ok

I am so happy- clothes storage has been such a bug bear for so long and now they are sorted!!

Hurrah for this thread -fuzzpig I hope you have a better day tomorrow thanks

whojamaflip Tue 02-Oct-12 18:54:43

Bugger - life got in the way and I still haven't finished the utility angry So thats now on tomorrows list and everything is another day further down the line. Its not that big - how the hell has it taken nearly 3 days to do? I know I'm not the worlds best house keeper and I'm a bit of a squirrel but this is worse than I thought.....

I think, at this rate it will be Christmas 2013 before I'm finished!

kellestar Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:22

My MiL gave me a great tip on getting rid of crud in the kitchen. Involves a roll of masking tape. Stick a little bit on everything [utensils, bowls, dishes etc], when you use it, take the bit of masking tape off. Means that next year, you go through your cupboards and get rid of stuff with masking tape on. I did this when PG with DD and was on maternity leave and cleaned the kitchen whilst nesting. It means that now DD is 21 months I can get rid of all the crap that hasn't been used.

I am also doing an NCT sale at the end of this month. I've sorted out a ton of stuff to go, mainly toy's that are just not used or have been grown out of. I have stashed little and often of the toys, so it's not a big panic. Most of the toys came from NCT sales so not worried about making money, as it's likely I'll be buying some new stock.

I was really mean with the DVD's, as we bought so many Meh films while DD was small. Now we just don't get the time. But selling them on eBay is a pita as p&p is capped low. Any advice on where to sell them instead?

I hate clutter and did have a mental afternoon of boxing pointless things, but the lounge looked so bare and impersonal that I did put a little bit back.

I am dreading christmas as my mum always buy as odd tat for the house, my mum loves tat, the cheaper and tackier the better. Her house is jammed to the brim of odd things. Almost all of it goes to the charity shop in the new year. But I get so annoyed with the money she's payed out for this stuff, she does ask us what we want - she never buys what we ask for though. It's close to £50 worth of 'stuff' that we never use. We also have a shower only and she still buys me a dozen bottles of bubble bath, and she always buys DH a couple of tins of lynx, which sets off my asthma, which she knows. She'll also buy toys that I don't approve of or appropriate for DD. Her birthday is a week before christmas, last year they got her a bike, with stablisers and a helmet, she won't be riding it until she's 3 or 4. So it's something we have to store out the way as it's too good to sell.

popsypie Tue 02-Oct-12 20:05:02

grin at bubble bath and lynx! If it is not one thing it's your mother!

Wish I had never started today - house looks worse than it did yesterday. I am trying to sort toys so all the bits are together so I can eBay or give away as necessary. I wasted about an hour looking for the last spoon for a dolly tea set!!! blush total waste of time! I ended up slinging all the bits in a cardboard box and shoving in spare room, will choose a room tomorrow and hopefully hve a more successful day! Well done to all those who have done well. smile

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 21:30:27

It's that 'last spoon' thing that has finally flipped the switch in my head I think. I've had some good sales on eBay, but sometimes it's not worth the effort of finding, cleaning etc... So now I'm just chucking most not-played-with stuff unless it is perfect (which knowing my house won't be much). It's a shame as we need the money but I am just so sick of having clutter. I know how much easier life would be right now if the house was more organised. I feel so embarrassed.

It feels really good to get rid of so much, I do feel sad and guilty but I am trying to see it as learning my lesson - since I changed my mindset I think I'm much more likely to not buy so much stuff anymore. I know why DH and I do it, typical deprived children really, but now I realise that by spoiling our own DCs and having a messy house we are depriving them in a different way.

A shit day all round here, only managed to put a wash on as I'm out of clean bras blush. No time to do anything tomorrow I think as we have speech therapy for DS (thankfully my dad agreed to take me or it's 2 buses each way and I can hardly walk) but I will check in anyway. I love seeing the great achievements of all my decluttering buddies grin

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 21:40:59

It's that 'last spoon' thing that has finally flipped the switch in my head I think. I've had some good sales on eBay, but sometimes it's not worth the effort of finding, cleaning etc... So now I'm just chucking most not-played-with stuff unless it is perfect (which knowing my house won't be much). It's a shame as we need the money but I am just so sick of having clutter. I know how much easier life would be right now if the house was more organised. I feel so embarrassed.

It feels really good to get rid of so much, I do feel sad and guilty but I am trying to see it as learning my lesson - since I changed my mindset I think I'm much more likely to not buy so much stuff anymore. I know why DH and I do it, typical deprived children really, but now I realise that by spoiling our own DCs and having a messy house we are depriving them in a different way.

A shit day all round here, only managed to put a wash on as I'm out of clean bras blush. No time to do anything tomorrow I think as we have speech therapy for DS (thankfully my dad agreed to take me or it's 2 buses each way and I can hardly walk) but I will check in anyway. I love seeing the great achievements of all my decluttering buddies grin

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 21:43:01

It's that 'last spoon' thing that has finally flipped the switch in my head I think. I've had some good sales on eBay, but sometimes it's not worth the effort of finding, cleaning etc... So now I'm just chucking most not-played-with stuff unless it is perfect (which knowing my house won't be much). It's a shame as we need the money but I am just so sick of having clutter. I know how much easier life would be right now if the house was more organised. I feel so embarrassed.

It feels really good to get rid of so much, I do feel sad and guilty but I am trying to see it as learning my lesson - since I changed my mindset I think I'm much more likely to not buy so much stuff anymore. I know why DH and I do it, typical deprived children really, but now I realise that by spoiling our own DCs and having a messy house we are depriving them in a different way.

A shit day all round here, only managed to put a wash on as I'm out of clean bras blush. No time to do anything tomorrow I think as we have speech therapy for DS (thankfully my dad agreed to take me or it's 2 buses each way and I can hardly walk) but I will check in anyway. I love seeing the great achievements of all my decluttering buddies grin

fuzzpig Tue 02-Oct-12 21:43:30

Oh fuck!

Stupid phone. Sorry blush

whojamaflip Tue 02-Oct-12 21:58:57

grin fuzzpig grin

oreocrumbs Wed 03-Oct-12 08:25:41

You been at the gin fuzzpig? wink

Off to work again today but have had words chatted with DP about not making a mess. And we will BOTH finish the kitchen this afternoon when I get back.

Nishky Wed 03-Oct-12 08:57:12

Having finished the bedroom - our new mattress arrived - dh had bought new funky bed linen. Sooo this morning I made the bed.

Something I hardly ever do!!!! The room looks great.

I am starting on the playroom today - then I am going to move stuff out of kids bedroom into playroom so that they have room to

Nishky Wed 03-Oct-12 08:57:54

Gaah. Stupid phone. Room to play - as well as getting rid of loads of stuff too!

Well yest was a write off as I spent it catching up on sleep and snuggling with DH.

Today I'm feeling shitty but as I've managed 2 loads of washing and hung them out I don't mind too much. I need to do the dishwasher and declutter the kitchen sides, the cupboards can wait until the weekend. (and I need to get DH to sort all his crap stuff he brought back from India.

Nishky Wed 03-Oct-12 11:03:19

Doesn't sound a write off of a day to me smile surely days like that are important in this loong journey of ours?

Am hoovering my newly beautiful bedroom. Then play room - I am going in

I just finished DD2 and DS rooms.

Will go and get DS for pre-school in a moment. This afternoon I will do the bathrooms.

I just had to mad dash outside and grab 2 loads of washing off the line! Bloody British weather! There are now pegs all over my lawn as I didn't have time to put them in my peg bag in the rush!

Urgh! Now I feel more sick! I will get over this morning sickness stuff one day, I'm only 29 weeks hmm

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Oct-12 11:55:42

Just taken another, albeit small, bag to the charity shop.

Just need to tackle the toys next......

whojamaflip Wed 03-Oct-12 12:13:25

Arrgh! Just cleared loads of coats and old overalls out of the utility and what happens - a friend has just pitched up with 2 bags of clothes her dcs have grown out of, one of which is full of coats.

<looks sadly at the nice tidy coat hooks>

Trouble is I'm seriously skint so can't afford to say no......

whojamaflip at least yours was donated to you. I just trawled the charity shops blush although I got 2 Xmas presents for ds and a couple of bits for dc3 (although this baby really doesn't need anything blush)

ToffeeWhirl Wed 03-Oct-12 12:25:15

I need to join in too, please. I have decluttered downstairs, but it keeps creeping back and I'm fed up with it. There is too much stuff upstairs. Where does it all come from? confused

ratbagcatbag Wed 03-Oct-12 12:46:49

Ok clothes still on bed to eBay making the house look
Worse than before. No other movement of junk, damn pregnancy tiredness smile

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 03-Oct-12 14:23:31

Gah, done nothing today as had to rush dog to animal hospital as he'd eaten a whole pack of Garibaldi biscuits. He's in til at least the weekend. sad

Hope your DS' speech therapy went well fuzzpig.

Ta for the tips Nishky and Iliketo... I'll have a scrabble around under the bed and have a fiddle. The sealing thing sounds similar to the ones we have so I'll check it out.

Afternoon all - am going to make myself check in, so I have to do something everyday. As an ex-flylady follower, am working on little but often. So today, cleared one shelf in kitchen and the sides in the kitchen - including the 'key box aka junk tray. Found some random stuff in there!

Hope you're feeling better today, fuzzpig.

whojamaflip Wed 03-Oct-12 14:51:13

Tis done! I am the proud owner of a squeaky clean and shiny utility room grin

Just the rest of the house to go now which looks even worse now sad

Kitchen tomorrow in-between hospital appointments, beavers and parents evening.

Hope all is better with you fuzzpig

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 03-Oct-12 15:28:53

I think you deserve a gold star whojamaflip grin

Not much achieved here today. I have started some new auctions on EBay, sold a few things on FB, and I have some EBay auctions ending tonight.

If I get time later I will clear the coat and shoe rack.

Oh, and you know those cd's I packed away in boxes yesterday? the boxes are still in the living room waiting for dh to put them in the eve's hmm I made a barbed comment about them this morning and will again later. Git.

fuzzpig Wed 03-Oct-12 15:36:18

Hello all!

MBT I'm sorry to hear about your dog, I had no idea biscuits were dangerous for them! Or is it the currants in them? I hope he makes a speedy recovery, poor thing sad

I've had a much better day thanks, DD was off with a cough and my dad helped out in the morning (and speech therapy went really well, he's making big improvements) so only had to do the afternoon school run.

Anyway, before picking up DS I did some decluttering from the bed! Got rid of a whole bin bag of crap including all my earrings as I haven't worn any in years - 3 out of 4 piercings are closed up. So in the spirit of Not Hoarding I have decided that I am officially done with earrings, rather than just feeling slightly guilty for not wearing them hmm. Maybe in a few years I'll get them redone.

I also sorted through a few of the DCs' Trofast trays, soooo much rubbish in there. And embarrassingly some stuff that they got last Xmas that have barely been played with at all purely because there is so much clutter in the way! shock

Now we finally have a few empty trays in their units but I don't know what to put in them. I am worried I'll just shove more random stuff in there!

Not doing any more tonight, as I'll need to bathe the DCs and iron some clothes ready for school photos tomorrow, and get up early as DH has to go and get his staples taken out <euuuuw>

Sorry mammoth post blush

Nishky Wed 03-Oct-12 16:02:52

Some good work going in here ! Congrats in clean utility rooms, trofasts and all the other good work. It is daunting isn't it? In the past I have done one room and then let it slip- so I am going to work very hard at maintaining the already done rooms.

We will get there. Group Baileys on Christmas Eve 2012 anyone?

TommeeTipsy Wed 03-Oct-12 16:15:37

I reckon someone at Ikea HQ is sitting puzzling over the rise in trofast sales...

Not much done in the Tipsy household today as had to do a print run and then package a whole bunch of orders. Tonight though I'm planning to sort through the dd's clothes while I catch up on the Great British Bake Off.

Count me in for the group baileys Nishky!

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Wed 03-Oct-12 16:48:54

Funny you say that TommeeTipsy as I was just on Ikea website looking at them before I came on here smile

I have 2 dd's who will soon be sharing a room (youngest is still in with us at the moment). I desperately need to clear out my bedroom as it's just a disaster at the moment. I have a huge toybox of baby toys in there that are never played with as my youngest seems to prefer her big sisters toys anyway so I think I could maybe just get rid of the little toys.

I also need to make a start at clearing out our loft as this is where I hoard every item of clothing my children have grown out of, moses baskets, baths, swings and any other toys I think I may need one day.

Nishky Wed 03-Oct-12 16:52:40

I have put it in my diary tommee. Is 2pm ok everyone?

oreocrumbs Wed 03-Oct-12 17:29:47

Ooh I'm in for baileys! Shall need it no doubt as I spend the day like a headless chicken trying to tidy up!

I have done a bit more in the kitchen so that is good, although you will note from my earlier post I said 'we' and in this post I said 'I'.

Apparently it has been very stressful watching DD for 4 hours and he needed a lie down before work hmm.

Don't know what to do tomorrow. Think I will just focus on regular house work, have to go to shops and will dismantle the cot, pack up the high chairs and moses basket.

Feel the need to dash off to Ikea for yet more storage, but think I should concentrate on getting the stuff I have put in the storage I already have and then see what I need. Otherwise I end up storing storage!

I join with a cup of tea if that alright. Someone else can have mine.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 03-Oct-12 19:11:00

<grabs wheredidiputit's Baileys>


Please stop talking about Ikea. I have Ikea envy.

Dh took the boxes of cd's upstairs. Unprompted. <thud>

fuzzpig Wed 03-Oct-12 19:43:45

Ah but Oreo, this year you will not be running round like a headless chicken on Xmas eve, because you will have decluttered so well in the next few months.

However you can still have Baileys. I will too grin

I broke my no more today rule and filled an empty 18pk loo roll bag with some bathroom clutter and old toys that I could reach while I was drying DD's hair. How's that for multitasking?! grin

oreocrumbs Wed 03-Oct-12 20:19:04

Well done with the muti tasking. I failed at bath time, allowing DD to run amock causing more chaos. I didn't have the energy to fight it today!

I'm fairly sure that unless I'm allowed to put DP and DD in storage untill christmas eve then I will still be manicly tidying as we wait for santa!

I wonder if Ikea do man and child shape boxes grin.

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 03-Oct-12 20:20:54

Mine might have to be the Aldi version but that's OK. I will be poleaxed on the sofa that day as, with luck, DH will have arrived home after working away for a month!

armani Wed 03-Oct-12 21:09:43

Can I join this thread?

Have spent today sorting out the cupboard under the stairs and have four black sacks of rubbish blush

I really want my house to be decluttered before christmas!

fuzzpig Wed 03-Oct-12 21:49:25

Wow that's a good start! Our cupboard under the stairs is a complete pit. We cleared it last year and saw the floor for the first time since we moved in 3 years previously... Now it is just as bad as before!

whojamaflip Wed 03-Oct-12 22:03:27

<shudders> I was ignoring had forgotten about the cupboard under the stairs. Still I've the kitchen to get through before I get to that bit of the house. and I know there are mice in there confused

I would love to have more storage - trouble is I've no room and no money sad

Well done to everyone today - remember every little bit we do is a bit less clutter in our houses.

fuzzpig Wed 03-Oct-12 22:45:31

don't feel too sad about not having enough money for more storage (believe me, I understand!) - I've found that buying more storage leads to more clutter not less! Or is that just me grin

Nishky Thu 04-Oct-12 07:42:36

No me too fuzzpig

Also it encourages dh the less committed to shove stuff into boxes without bothering to sort it- lots of crap stored in boxes.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 04-Oct-12 08:40:10

Storage seems to work in this house. But I mostly use storage that can be put away in cupboards and/or the loft. I am ruthless with binning and selling things that aren't needed anymore, so the things i do keep I want stored properly.

However, the exception is when I have storage that is on show - that is when I fill it with crap. Or put the crap beside it instead of beside it hmm

fuzzpig Thu 04-Oct-12 09:56:21

Yes that's exactly it, I have an obsession with Really Useful Boxes (they are brilliant) but sometimes I just end up shoving a load of random crap in them, same with some of the Trofast <sigh>

fuzzpig Thu 04-Oct-12 09:57:41

I don't think there's a single surface in my house that doesn't have clutter on it! (except some parts of the floor hmm)

ToffeeWhirl Thu 04-Oct-12 11:51:15

Had a big clean up of the house this morning and managed to get rid of two bags of toys that DS2 has grown out of. It seems like a drop in the ocean compared to what needs to be thrown out, but at least it's a start.

fuzzpig - apart from the sitting room, that is true of our house too (clutter on surfaces). I visited a friend's house the other day and she didn't have any clutter on a single surface. Admittedly, she has OCD, so is not to be envied in that respect - but I do want to know where all her clutter goes. I don't know what to do with it all.

oreocrumbs Thu 04-Oct-12 14:01:36

Kitchen is finished! I looked in the utility room but was overcome by the mess so have made a tactical retreat and will pick a day when I have more energy.

I really want to dismantle the cot but I'm so tired and I'm sat on the sofa and the bedroom is so far away (in the room next door). <sigh>

Ah sod it. I will go and do it. I'm going to have two baileys at christmas to justify this hard work grin

Nishky Thu 04-Oct-12 14:09:22

Good work oreo smile

Not such a productive day as had bad nights sleep-my cleaning of bedroom included cleaning the radio alarm and I somehow pushed a button that caused an alarm to go off at midnight! I pushed a button which must have been snooze because it went off 10 mins later- this repeated for an hour until I found another button blush

I did though tidy round the bedroom and make the bed this morning so the bedroom still looks fab. Have sorted a few books and will do a few more this afternoon.

Then I am going to vaccum bag some quilts which will free up storage space- so things that are stuffed behind the bed head in our room and in dc's wardrobes can go in a cupboard and all the bloody football trophies that the dc have collected can go out of the lounge into their cupboards

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 04-Oct-12 14:25:40

Not much done here today, although I have done quite a lot of washing. There was 'stuff' hanging around that I hadn't put away because I wanted to wash them. So a few blankets and my two slings have been washed.

I have washed the slings because I will be selling them. I feel really quite sentimental about them, but they are worth quite a lot of money .............

TommeeTipsy Thu 04-Oct-12 14:56:49

I hear you with the slings. Have just given a friend my ergo and almost chased her car and asked for it back.

Did all the dd's clothes though and have arranged to give all the grown out of stuff from dd2 to a friend for her DD.

Hope you get some sleep tonight Nishky smile

fuzzpig Thu 04-Oct-12 15:59:57

Not doing anything today! DH had his staples out and we are massively behind on regular housework so need to catch up there somehow!

Am just looking round the room wondering what all the clutter even is, let alone where it comes from!

Hello all. Just checking in. Cleared & deep cleaned side two in the kitchen today, and persuaded dh to do a carboot on Sunday, so that my boxes of 'stuff to car boot' that have been hanging around since this time last year finally get cleared (hopefully!)

And signing in for Christmas baileys...

(Oh, and I know this is against the spirit of decluttering, but I still have dd's ring sling, TommeeTippee and ILikeToMoveIt. And she is 6 - it was SUCH an important part of our lives I can't bear to sell it. Although I did sell two others I didn't get on with as well.)

fuzzpig Thu 04-Oct-12 16:40:29

Funny have you got a plan of what to do with anything that doesn't sell? You could ask DH to take it straight to a charity shop, it's worth deciding this beforehand especially if there's anything that you definitely want to sell (ie if it's worth a lot) rather than give away.

oreocrumbs Thu 04-Oct-12 20:44:31

With the stuff that doesn't sell, you can offer as a job lot for a tenner to the pro carbooters. They will be the ones who come riffling through your stuff asking if you have any jewelry or mobile phones while you are still unloading! Remember who they are and just before packing up go and offer them your stuff.

I dismantled the cot! It's still in the bedroom but at least it is ready to go in the loft when I get it boarded.

Think MIL is going to babysit DP and DD for me on tuesday so if I can get DP to help me do the loft on monday night, I will crack on with a really good effort on tuesday.

Just have my fear of lofts to overcome now hmm.

Have to say, I think my house looks worse now than when I started!! A work in progress I suppose. Daren't tell you how dusty it --is was under the cot, and how much crap was under it! --

fuzzpig Fri 05-Oct-12 07:59:05

I have decided to change my plan of attack. We have clothes EVERYWHERE. They never get put away! I can and should put away all the DCs' stuff, but I am going to stop feeling guilty about not putting our clothes in our massive built in wardrobe. I've kept thinking I need to sort that out first but actually it's totally impractical, as we can't easily get to said wardrobe due to our cluttered bedroom floor. So I have had the incredible brainwave hmm of attacking the bedroom floor first. <genius>

Hadn't thought of the idea of offering it to a seasoned carbooter, oreo, what a good idea smile. My plan is to have two different coloured labels (if I can find another colour - I know they used to do them...) - one for 'charity shop' and one for 'keep to resell', so that when we're packing up we can chuck things into different boxes. I haven't done a car boot before though - any tips?? Dcs are already asking if they can spend the money they make selling their stuff, so not sure how good this is going to be for DE-cluttering!

Can I join in please too? Except I've only got until mid November when we are having a bit of a "do" so will be inundated with visitors. Just going to read through all your threads for ideas (beats making a start on the housework!!)

Nishky Fri 05-Oct-12 11:20:49

Lilo - if you finish in November you can cheer us all on for the last month grin

My bedroom still looks fab - made bed and tidied before came downstairs. It took two minutes. Ooh just think when I have done the rest of the house I will be able to do my housework in a couple of hours. Really going to attack the playroom, slept better last night(thanks tommee) so hoping to make some progress

that's a big IF Nishky! Am going to make a list for each room. Am a great list maker, just not too hot on getting anything crossed off it!

Nishky Fri 05-Oct-12 12:02:45

I believe in lists. Every surface in every room in my house ( except my sparkly bedroom) is cluttered. If I didn't have lists to work through it logically then my head would spin.

fuzzpig Fri 05-Oct-12 13:34:36

Am a great list maker, just not too hot on getting anything crossed off it!

Are you me?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 05-Oct-12 13:49:14

Books dropped off for the book sale
Ebay items taken to the Post Office

That's about the list of my achievements today.

I may get a chance later when ds2 is out and I'll just have ds3 toddling around.

funnypeculiar - say the kids can have the money but it is to go in their savings?

Lexilicious Fri 05-Oct-12 14:50:33

ok hi all, I've been at work all week (still am actually but waiting for my boss to read/clear a draft I've written) so here is my to do list for the weekend...

separate last weekend's clutter bag contents to bin/ recycling.
last weekend's toy/outgrown 2-3y stuff to loft.
box up pile of cot sized bedding and up to loft.
first pass through my clothes - and straight into the car for dropping at charity shop on Monday.
separate out the "probably to ebay" collection to see if it could become three boxes marked "£1/£5/£10 per item" at a potential car boot.
check and label with a room name the paint tins under the stairs.
Remove to bins/shed anything from under stairs which does not need to be stored indoors.
put quote request on free index for under-stair cupboards carpentry.
picture hooks on walls for agreed pictures.

I have to take DS around a chain of social engagements on Saturday and I have to do some gardening too. No idea how much of that list will get done!!

TommeeTipsy Fri 05-Oct-12 17:46:55

Sounds like a plan Lexilicious.

I cleared the loft today but when I got to the tip it was closed. Nooooo!! Didnt realise it shut at 4 on fridays. Took DD's for a cake instead...

Will send DH tomorrow.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 05-Oct-12 19:11:08

Cake sounds better than the tip!

I have sorted dh's old office aka his clothes dumping ground. The room will be knocked out sometime in the not too distant future so it needs clearing. Dh is dragging his (hoarding tendency) heels about clearing it so I grabbed the bull by the horns. I have sorted it in to piles and then we will sort out what gets kept and what gets thrown.

This sounds like I have to wipe his arse, but he has hoarding tendencies so I have to push him to sort, clear and ultimately throw things out. There will be bickering, but I mostly try and rise above it and try to understand his anxiety.

Such fun!

whojamaflip Fri 05-Oct-12 19:13:17

Well yesterday was a disaster couldn't be bothered and today I have been out and about trying to sort out accommodation for a gerbil which was found in a neighbours garden - poor wee thing was half frozen. Anyway one lovely fish tank later with bedding, a wheel, water and feed and ds1 found it curled up in the corner stiff as a board sad.

So now the dcs want to get some more gerbils - I'm trying to de-clutter to stop rodents moving in and they want some as pets hmm

Anyway plan for the weekend:-

empty kitchen cupboards, sort out dump contents, wash down and re-pack.
Cull cookery books do not need 40 odd
clean out fridge
clean down range properly with Astonish not just wipe over
clean storage jars behind range
scrub kitchen floor.
put up winter curtains over the doors.

Then open LARGE bottle of wine to celebrate!

fuzzpig - I suspect we were separated at birth :-)

oreocrumbs Sat 06-Oct-12 09:44:03

Carboot tips for funny -

Don't put prices on things, you will need to change them as it draws to a close.

Take lots of carrier bags to give to people.

Chanel your inner del boy.

I'm not an expert I just love doing them. Before I had DD my friend and I did one every week for a season. It was great.

It is worth doing a few, because the first one you learn about how each place works. As an example where I did it is a giant carboot fair. It says sellers 11am public 12. So we turned up at 11.

What I learned was that most people turn up at 9 and queue to get a good pitch. It is so big a fair that if you turn up at 11 and get put at the bottom some people never make it down to you and the ones who do have already spent their money!

Also you have to think of the bigger picture. Your aim is to declutter, the money is a bonus. So when someone offers you a pittance for your stuff, think of the prize as being one more bit of clutter gone rather than the money. Because people haggle hard and are quite cheeky with offers.

Equally remember this when you tell them the price. If tou want £1 for it. tell them it is £1.50. Everyone haggles.

NoHank Sat 06-Oct-12 09:56:15

Just checking in - some great work being done, and thanks for the tips oreo. We are hoping to do a car boot in a couple of weeks so they will come in very useful. We are going to do one here It is Barnardos run so if you have anything left at they end, if you want to you can donate it all to them and leave it there and they will take it off your hands! As you say, the aim is to declutter, not take it all home with you again! Hopefully it will be good.

Despite it not being on my list of things to do, I bought a small hand held scrubbing brush and attacked the kitchen floor yesterday. It is a strange type of material that seems to hold all the dirt and it doesn't clean well with just the mop. It is now sparkling and I am insisting on shoes being taken off before going in blush

Tomorrow we are going to get the Trofast storage for DD's room so then there will be no excuse and I WILL tackle all the toys lying around.

And that will just leave the loft - I hope. Saving the best til last grin

What time is Baileys o'clock again!!!

ratbagcatbag Sat 06-Oct-12 17:27:13

Hi all

Just checking in, I have successfully sorted a pile of paperwork up to my waist to be shredded and then employed DH as chief shredderer as I couldn't be bothered after sorting it all, I now have one declutered of paperwork hall, dining table, drawers and kitchen side. I am feeling very smug, however that is until I consider the ebay pics that need doing!! Argh!! One job at a time - phew!

fuzzpig Sat 06-Oct-12 18:17:55

Up to your waist?!? That is seriously impressive!

I have not done well today, just hung out lots of washing and got rid of a few bits. Oh and got lots of stuff in hobbycraft grin

Perhaps ratbag is very short grin.

I've not done any today. But made a chocolate cake for my birthday on monday instead.

But my tiding has rubbed off on DH. He going to do his office tomorrow shock. He is little bit of a hoarder. As things may come in useful.

ratbagcatbag Sat 06-Oct-12 21:55:16

I'm only a short at five foot, but maybe thigh would be more accurate smile there was stuff right back to 2010 though lol, and its allllllll gone. Phew.

eBay tomorrow. smile

starfishmummy Sat 06-Oct-12 22:39:36

Hello - just joining this thread. Haven't done much yet due to feeling crap (caught dh's man-flu)!
Immediate plans are to finish sorting out clothes as ds's school have a collection next week, so they may as well benefit rather than the local clothes "bank". Then its on to the spare room - we had a window break last week (bird flew into it) so suspect there may bits of glass in boxes of craft stuff -time to be ruthless. Also if i tidy up in there i can fill it with stuff from the rest of the house!

Nishky Sun 07-Oct-12 08:35:21

nohank Baileys is 2pm Christmas Eve as we sit in an oasis of calm in our tidy houses.

Had a less productive day yesterday. Still working on playroom which is a nightmare- I go back to work after being signed off sick -I will need this thread even more as it is going to be a huge challenge to do tis while working as well

Welcome aboard starfishmummy

Lexilicious Sun 07-Oct-12 09:36:29

So far... Have only boxed the pile of cot bedding. So much more to do. Arrived home after two of the three DS appointments with horrible cramps and have almost solidly remained in bed since then. I think I am allergic to decluttering.

Asked DH to "sort the under stairs space" as I left yesterday morning. He interpret that as "come up with a storage plan for the gleaming organised future which lies ahead of us but don't actually touch anything in there".

oreocrumbs Sun 07-Oct-12 09:45:06

Hope you're ok Lexi, I didn't mean to, but I had a giggle at being allergic to de cluttering!

Today I am going to cut the grass and put the handle on the playhouse, tidy away the 'summer' garden toys.

Then I'm doing nothing because I'm very tired so will have a nice night horizontal on the settee with Downton abbey. Will make great strides next week though.

Can I join in too? My house has been a tip as long as I can remember. Too many toys. DD2 with SEN so never seems to grow out of anything.

Determined to crack it this time.

Nishky Sun 07-Oct-12 15:56:17

Welcome fortified

I could have written your post, I too am determined to crack it- this thread is great inspiration.

I am finally making some inroads into the playroom as toys really are the problem here. Only two dc's bedrooms to do after that. It is shameful - my children have toys that they have hardly played with because they are buried under piles of junk. blush

3duracellbunnies Sun 07-Oct-12 16:58:10

Can I join in might have posted a while ago but done nothing since! My current project is the craft room, though dh tends to call it the dining room!! Have got lots of tiny really useful boxes so dd2 and I have been sorting beads, eyes, jewels etc and putting them all away, though dd2 doesn't leave them there long.

Other projects are kitchen cupboards so can put more stuff away and our bedroom so we can get in through the door. Only have two mornings a week uninterupted, and sometimes have to do work then. Have passed on lots of clothes and have loads more in loft, but will try to do car boot sale at some point in the spring, so at the moment my focus is on clearing the house, even if it means putting some stuff in the loft. Life gets much easier here around March after Christmas, birthdays and loads of work deadlines, so that is my car boot time! Back to the craft dining room!

Nishky Sun 07-Oct-12 17:10:33

Hi bunnies keep on keeping on

Well I lost a big row with my 10 year old dd about the books I was getting rid of blush -she wants to keep them. However made it clear that she can only keep them if she ensures that her room is tidy- so she is upstairs making a start on that

whojamaflip Sun 07-Oct-12 17:15:50

4 kitchen cupboards done hangover this morning has not been helpful only 5 more to go and then the pantry - I know I've enough food to make meals with - I can just never find it!

Thinking about doing some meal plans for the week so I can use up some of the millions of tins and packets - I know there are at least 4 Taco meal kits blush in there so that will be one night.

Determined to finish the cupboards tomorrow and get the floor scrubbed - only have dd2 at home so should be able to get on.

oreocrumbs Sun 07-Oct-12 17:42:46

Well the outside is all organised for christmas provided the grass doesn't grow any more.

Just the inside to do..... shock.

Also did 3 loads of washing and general housework so today I have achieved! Just have to dispatch DP, have a bath with DD then take up position on the sofa with the remote! Can't wait!

Lexilicious Sun 07-Oct-12 20:26:37

A satisfying weekend chez Famille Licious. I am properly not well (definitely a gastric bug, I could only manage dioralyte for dinner) but in between crippling cramps got quite a few good things done.

Got DS mid sleeper bed assembled, to great excitement. He now has slightly better organised books, and three smallish ikea rolling lidded plastic boxes under the bed in the 'den' part, holding an unnecessary surfeit of dinosaurs, a selection of farm buildings and tractors, and some green and grey throws and bathmats (also ikea) which represent hills and mountains. There is also a small disco light under there...!

I have retired a shopping bag full of clothes, and at least a couple more things are currently in the wash which will also go. I have got an email half written to DH containing my Christmas wishes, which include an investment handbag; anticipating this enables me to chuck out some useful sized but very tired and bashed about cheapie handbags.

DH did some hooks for pictures - a way to go yet, but we got four up! Decided on locations for another four, just need to get some picture wire and small nails.

Kitchen is a bomb site but I am ignoring it.
Under stairs is still a disaahhhster, dahling.
Nothing has been removed to shed (it is full of books and DVDs which should come in before they get seriously damp... But where?!)
Haven't posted any more jobs on free index or stuff (jam jars, solid pine doors!) on gumtree.
Have decided to car boot or gumtree the electronics and militaria "collection", not to bother selling on eBay.

3duracellbunnies Mon 08-Oct-12 09:16:51

Right have about 2 1/2 hrs before I have to collect ds I want to:-

Put all the washing away
Empty dishwasher
Put out things I need for this afternoon (dinosaur tails and ping pong balls for toddler group and rainbows uniform for dd2)
Continue sorting out craft room dining room.
Ideally tidy away ds's latest big art attack in sitting room and find dd1's homework diary (although until I have confirmation that it's not at school not going to worry too much about it).

Oh and finish this cup of tea!

fuzzpig Mon 08-Oct-12 09:32:49

Intrigued by the ping pong balls!

My plan is:
Go to the doctor and beg ask for more painkillers
Go to ELC to pick up a few more Xmas bits blush
Clean my work shoes which I've been meaning to do for a fortnight
Do a Tesco shop online
Another sweep round to get rid of more random shite
Put DCs clothes away even if they are just shoved in drawers for now, maybe weed out some that don't fit and put them aside
Put DCs picture books back in Trofast buckets, maybe weed out some and put with board books for charity
Dig out huge bag of DCs' painting stuff, get rid of anything manky.
Big sweep of kitchen to throw stuff out.
Get some stuff ready for the dump, put in outbuilding.

This is hugely ambitious but I had a shit weekend so I'm hoping that achieving something will help. <gulp>

I having a quite day today as it's my birthday.

But tomorrow back to work.

Quick tidy of dc bedrooms and put their washing away.

Then tidy/clean throw away rubbish from kitchen.
Sort out the cupboards
Start sorting shopping list for stock cupboard.

NoHank Mon 08-Oct-12 09:47:19

Checking in. This weekend we managed a trip to Ikea and got the storage system for DD's room and sorted all the toys. I'm pleased to say there is still some empty buckets too so still some space for the mountains of presents she is bound to get at Christmas.

Lexi is the bed you got DS the one with the blue panel? Our DS is desperate for that bed - he really wants to make a den underneath it where he can hide with all his toys.

Hope everyone who is feeling poorly gets well soon. I have started with a stonking cold but actually feel worse if I stop so the incentive is there to carry on cleaning!

Nishky Thanks. 2pm Christmas Eve sounds the perfect time for Baileys. The inlaws always visit Chrismas Eve, usually start arriving from 4pm onwards. A glass or three of Baileys will be much needed by then smile

Lexilicious Mon 08-Oct-12 10:07:09

NoHank no, it's a second hand Next Westport bed. They are sold now with drawer units etc underneath and a desk on a runner so it slides back under. I have the desk but haven't fitted it as he doesn't need it and would probably climb on it!!!

I am at work only three days this week. Having a day off for a haircut and a visit to a garden show, and another day off for DH's birthday. I hope to do the clutter rubbish bag sort-through in an evening or two and should be able to put the random stuff on gumtree too.

whojamaflip Mon 08-Oct-12 10:16:00

<sigh> So much for my day to finish the kitchen sad

Just had a phonecall from our accountant informing me that the VAT man has been in touch for a routine inspection and could I possibly drop all the vat receipts for the last 7 years into the office by the end of the week shock

<looks at very scary paperwork pile which is my filing system > So looks like I am going to be buried in what passes for our office for the foreseeable future.....

hanglider Mon 08-Oct-12 10:19:46

Hellooo. I will join you if I may. Have got serious issues with every room in the house except for DD1's bedroom which I tidied last week after reading this thread.smile

Don't know where to do next. Smallest bedroom or hall (which is truly terrifying because nothing there has a home to go to). But I want to move stuff from smallest bedroom to hall to give DS more space to play....

fuzzpig Mon 08-Oct-12 10:20:23

Happy birthday where! thanks

hanglider Mon 08-Oct-12 10:20:45

Oh, and I've said family can come for Christmas houli here, so no pressure then confused.

3duracellbunnies Mon 08-Oct-12 10:22:27

Vat receipts sounds like aa nightmare, just as well no one needs to see our mess. That is my after Christmas list!

Clothes all away, dishwasher emptied and reloaded, washing machine on, rainbows bag, dinosaur tails and ping pong balls (for parachute game) all by the door.

Going to tackle the craft deludge now!

3duracellbunnies Mon 08-Oct-12 10:27:57

hanglider I would do the hall first as you can always close a bedroom door if someone comes round, but you can't shut a hall (unless you have an enormous house and you are just talking aabout the East wing!). Back to work.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 08-Oct-12 11:52:38

Happy. Birthday wheredidiputit smile

VAT check sounds more than awful, my sympathies.

I didn't get much done yesterday as ds had some 24 hr vomit/diahorria bug thing. Thankfully he is much better today and here have been no emittances!

So far today I have caught up with general housework. Bathroom cleaned, all of downstairs hoovered and front facing windows cleaned (gawd they were shocking).

Flisspaps Mon 08-Oct-12 12:27:39

If only DS would allow me to put him down for a minute, my house would be fabulously decluttered! Damn separation anxiety hmm

Happy birthday, where!

And thanks for the carboot tips, oreo. It went well - we cleared a LOAD of stuff, went for the "price it cheap, don't take it home" approach, and managed to sort everything into 'charity' vs 'rebox for next car boot' at the end, so just two (fairly small) boxes to go back into the attic for next year's car boot (started with the back seats down, and car full, so pretty pleased with that!)

Dcs loved it - esp dd who predictably was a fantastic haggler - in fact she managed to haggle people up from HER start point, so they paid more than she initially wanted. She'll go far... (just worry in what direction...). DS tended to point out the chips and missing buttons to people!

TommeeTipsy Mon 08-Oct-12 14:36:24

Happy birthday wheredidiputit

VAT sounds like a nightmare. Must remind DH to do all his VAT stuff before he gets those red letters again...

Chez Tipsy we cleaned out the cellar while DH did the garden. We don't have a shed (garden too small) so now we have room for the paddling pool, lawnmower etc etc.

I think just about everyone in our street did their gardens yesterday. DH came back from the shops and said every bush in the street was getting a good trim grin

TommeeTipsy Mon 08-Oct-12 14:39:10

Oh and thanks to who ever said add a buy it now to things on ebay. Sold three pairs of boots over the weekend that way.

missyb890 Mon 08-Oct-12 14:51:08

Ohh can I join in with the decluttering? I have made a good start, seeing as we are have new radiators and combi put in this week but we are still overflowing with toys!!!

id like to join in smile its not going well, someone motivate me, i have loads of videos yet no video player...millions of unloved toys, and drawers full of crap...

fuzzpig Mon 08-Oct-12 19:31:51

Welcome to the newbies grin

Due to a downturn I have done nothing today except Xmas shopping blush we have agreed to start attacking our bedroom tomorrow though...

I've not done anything since I posted on the first day!!
Well that's not strictly true tonight I've sold 8 tops which I'd put on eBay grin.
I've taken photos of the 3 Halloween outfits that dd had in her wardrobe. Will list them tomorrow night.
I usually only manage to get the day to day stuff done when I get in for work. I've got another busy weekend coming up uni open day sat and ds is 18 on Sunday.
The weekend after I will be sorting through all the stuff I've put aside for eBay. If it doesn't get sorted its going to a charity shop.
I need to concentrate on Xmas shopping and can't do that with piles of stuff cluttering the house!!

whojamaflip Mon 08-Oct-12 21:15:19

Well I have managed to track down 6 out of 7 years of vat receipts smile Dh had stuck them in the roofspace for some reason hmm

Need to just get the current years into the file and it will be all ready to drop at accountants by Friday. Still its forced me to file the paperwork mountain which has been steadily growing all year blush BUT I did find nearly £30 in Tesco vouchers so its been a good day!

Finish filing tomorrow and then move onto finishing the kitchen (after I tackle the creeping tide of coats and wellies in my lovely shiny utility room angry )

Very jealous of those of you who have started their Christmas shopping - I can't even begin to get my head round the idea!

in honour of joining in i sorted some bags of clothes to pass on, bin or sell. and went through all the boys toys trying and failing to make space in their room. but it does look tidier...

oreocrumbs Tue 09-Oct-12 08:55:31

Failed to get the loft boarded out again! That was DP's only night in untill next monday again so I'm another week delayed.

Have done lots of Christmas shopping though grin.

Today I am going to make a banister hmm so won't be decluttering at home. DP and DD are out with MIL - I was going to set to in the house but now I have to do the banister.

Must try harder!

i was planning on carrying on, but im sewing and eating hersheys... so not going well today. but dp has been on nights so got to be quiiiiet

BiddyPop Tue 09-Oct-12 10:26:56

I have been working on decluttering all year. There have been new deposits since I started, but there is a lot less than when I started.

At the moment, I am working on clearing out the paper mountain beside the armchair in the sitting room - dumping things I don't want and filing the recipes, patterns and craft ideas that I do want to keep. I have removed about 4' of magazines over the past 3-4 weeks and another 6" of papers last night. I will get there eventually!!

I need to make some more progress in the study too, so that I can get the sewing for presents done. But I was able to clear enough space to make some cards over the weekend, so not completely hopeless.

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 11:47:23

I have actually achieved something today! We just did an hour in our bedroom and filled 2 bin bags full of random rubbish. And that's barely made a dent blush

Also moved most of the books back into DCs' room, haven't sorted through them yet though. Really want to do more today but have to take a break first. Having to pace myself is really annoying but if I push it too far I will regret it and not be able to do any more for several days! Slow and steady wins the decluttering race in this house... hopefully! We haven't ever completed it before confused

hanglider Tue 09-Oct-12 12:52:38

DD1 room still tidy smile
Hall is being attacked. Have filled 13 carrier bags with clothes and bits to go to charity. Set aside a few Boden things to go on ebay and a bit more to go to the NCT sale. Need to get it OUT OF THE HOUSE rather than let it clutter up some other space. Still can't find the boiler though blush it must be there somewhere!

Have lovely chair that we don't need but were given. can't freecycle it because giver uses freecycle. can't charity shop it for same reason...aaarrrghh I just want it gone and out of my hall.

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 13:00:53

Oh crikey we now have another reason to declutter! Our landlords are getting our windows replaced (definitely a good thing for insulation) - unfortunately for 19th oct which was when we had scheduled in a rare-as-hen's-teeth lunch date, so we've had to rearrange that.

So we've got to try to get rid of as much stuff as possible before then.

3duracellbunnies Tue 09-Oct-12 13:09:52

Hanglider can you take it to a charity shop in another town? I need to do something today, have playdates tomorrow, will need it a bit tidier. Maybe will clear the craft dining table before playgroup at 2.

whojamaflip Tue 09-Oct-12 13:44:03

Kitchen cupboards are done!!!! Just the cookery books and random crap stuff sitting on the work tops. Have filled the bin with out of date herbs, spices and jars with only half and inch of unidentified matter in the bottom-loads of space and I can actually see what food I have blush Also found several tins with a best before date of 1998 - that's the year we moved here ffs!shock

hanglider why don't you ebay the chair as well? Or have you a refuge or council furniture recycling place anywhere near? btw well done on the 13 bags!

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 14:02:30

Oh don't worry about the food, when I was about 19 I found a carton of Something in my parents' cupboard that went out of date before I was born!

I need to do my cupboards too. For some reason we have store cupboard food in two different places, but we should move it all into the bigger space (actually an old non-working fridge that belongs to the landlords) and then use the emptied cupboard to spread out our crockery/cookware a bit - at the moment it's so tightly crammed into other cupboards that it's hard to find what we want.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 09-Oct-12 15:40:10

Lol @ 13 full bin bags and food from 1998! I love this thread grin

Nowt achieved here today.

I really need to tackle the kitchen but I am stalling and I don't really know why. In the next year or so the kitchen will be gutted, so it's a good idea to get rid of excess shite now. It doesn't help that it is under ds's bedroom, so I can't really make a noise in there when he's in bed (which of course is the best time to do it).

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 15:50:27

I think we got rid of a similar amount of binbags once when we cleared out the cupboard under the stairs. That Friday we heard the binman walk up the bath and shout FUCKING HELL!!! LOOK AT ALL THESE BAGS!!!

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 15:50:46

Path not bath grin

Nishky Tue 09-Oct-12 20:23:09

Not much progress here so far this week blush I have found somewhere to send all the toys/books/games that are piled up in the lounge - the school will take them

This is a lot harder when back at workhmm - on the plus side my bedroom which is the only completed room is STILL spotless

fuzzpig Tue 09-Oct-12 21:56:54

Good news about giving stuff to the school! I donated loads of books to DD's nursery a few years back - it was so lovely to see loads of children looking at them when I picked her up from there. I am going to dig out a few bits of clothing to give to DS's nursery too. Other than that, decent stuff is going to go in one of those charity bags - we have no car so we'd have to wait ages to take it to a shop (in dad's car!) and I'd rather just get it out of the house! Thankfully we have both an NSPCC and BHF one as lots of the donation requests we get round here seem to be scams.

I managed to fill another bag just by picking at stuff in the living room this afternoon - I can't help wondering how I just let so much stuff sit there without throwing it away as I notice it! WTF is wrong with me?! Still, that's 3 binbags full gone today, and I have had a restful evening reading on the sofa, so hopefully I can do more tomorrow.

fuzzpig Wed 10-Oct-12 14:47:35

Well I've done nothing today! Feeling quite sore. Really don't know how I'll manage back at work let alone decluttering too confused

3duracellbunnies Wed 10-Oct-12 14:53:25

Well I had to go to school for the first hour of ds's preschool time, the rest of the time I spent tidying rather than decluttering, and I need to do some work tonight, but at least the house is a bit cleaner, until all our guests decend for double play date in an hour!

TommeeTipsy Wed 10-Oct-12 14:58:58

Hope you are ok Fuzzpig.

Not much done here to be honest but did a good bit of ebay listing of the decent clothes the dd's have grown out of last night while watching the great british bake off.

Might try and tackle the toys tomorrow.

whojamaflip Wed 10-Oct-12 15:02:22

Fuzz 3 binbags gone are 3 bags full of stuff which won't be cluttering up your house ever again smile

Had a reasonable day today - managed to get the beds changed (all 6 of them!) and the sheets washed through - they're now hanging from various doors and banisters round the house to try and get them dry. Range stove is gleaming for the first time in months blush nothing to do with the fact it is being serviced tomorrow!

Had a quick scout round the kids room while I was changing the beds and managed another 2 bin bags for dumping and 1 bag of clothes for charity so a bit more done there.

Won't get much more done today between school run and after school clubs but I am going to take dds Beavers jumper with me and try and sew on the million badges that have been lying around for months rather than sitting reading or going into town spending money I haven't got!

fuzzpig Wed 10-Oct-12 18:12:05

True, it is still progress! I also did some cyber-decluttering - I culled my amazon wishlist, which is a pretty big deal grin

I also realised that as we have sticky back plastic I could label the Trofast drawers - I was always reluctant to do this but I think it might help keep their toys tidy...

oreocrumbs Wed 10-Oct-12 21:44:03

I'm going to knuckle down and make some changes. I've managed to fall over, get my leg trapped in a toy cut myself and bruise my shin - by crossing the living room floor hmm.

At no point did I swear my head off and throw said toy at the wall in rage, oh no, not me.

So I'm going to achieve A LOT tomorrow. Will take DD out in the morning so I can plonk her in front of the tv for a bit while I make some changes. I am going to set myself a target of 2 black bin bags of clothes, and 2 ikea bags of toys to leave the house tomorrow, and to fill the 3 big storage boxes I have with baby toys to go in the loft - for when it gets boarded out., on the 12th of never at this rate.

Grr I'm grumpy, tired and in pain now. Not a good day. Off to forrage for chocolate.

Ghouljamaflip Wed 10-Oct-12 22:09:01

Tomorrows list:

Sort out dcs clothes currently in piles in my bedroom
Cull out videos and dvds
At least 2 bags of culled toys from dcs room
Deep clean downstairs shower room spider fest room

all the dcs are at schoolor pre-school until 3 tomorrow so should be able to get going

I so need to join you all.

Dining room is first on list - have started it but my plan of doing 15 mins a day has fallen by wayside. Decorator coming on 22nd so need it sorted by then. Also need to pick paint colour.

DS's room needs sorting. He is 11. Has far too many books. Has about 4 years worth of football comics that he refuses to part with. Need to sort his outgrown clothes. I pass them all on to my sisters so no guilt there about not ebaying.

Our room needs sorting. I need to declutter clothes. Decorator also down to do this room. I need to pick paint and wallpaper.

I started sorting airing cupboard a few months ago but never really finished. Need to get that finished and get the winter duvets out to put on beds next bedding change.

We have a 'bootroom' with loads of cupboard space. That needs sorting.

Utility room needs sorting.

Shed and garage need sorting.

Kitchen cupboards need going through.

I have a big dresser in dining area full of stuff I never use. Bought a new dinner service in John Lewis sale last January but haven't gotten rid of the one it was replacing! DH thinks we should keep it! It was cheap as chips from Argos in 1992!

TV room needs sorting. DS wants to sell his Nintendo and games. We have far too many DVDs that we never watch. Lots of board games that look untidy.

I have been chipping away at projects since January so its not nearly as bad as it was but i still have a lot to do.

Have MIL coming for Xmas and want to be sorted and tidy and organised well before she comes.

I also have started my Xmas shopping so need to clear a cupboard to stash stuff.

So I will see you all tomorrow. Raring to go.

Actually if you look on my profile page there is a pic of one of my 'projects' from earlier in the year. When the rest of the house gets me down I open the under stairs cupboard and fell better about it all when I see my nicely organised wrapping paper!

Nishky Thu 11-Oct-12 06:49:48

Ooh I love that cider

fuzzpig hope you are ok

And well done to all! Have achieved very little this week- as well as work I have been out at various meetings every night but the books and jigsaws go this morning - so I will get my lounge back as the bag of clothes went yesterday as did the bag of dvd's and videos! Hopefully make some more progress this weekend

3duracellbunnies Thu 11-Oct-12 09:22:16

That looks really good cider do you mind me asking where you got the organiser from, although the cupboard of doom understairs cupboard is the least of my problems at the moment.

3duracellbunnies - I got all the stuff from aplaceforeverything.co.UK. It's from a shelving system called Elfa.

I love an American blog called Iheartorganizing and she had linked to someone doing the same thing and I ordered all the bits and put it together. It wasn't cheap though! About £60 I think. blush. DH was a bit bleh about it. You can buy other wrapping paper organizers that hang on the back of doors much cheaper from amazon. The aplaceforeverything website is good too.

BiddyPop Thu 11-Oct-12 10:12:48

I sorted the paperwork on the kitchen counter, filed (in the basket on the dresser, not yet in the paper files upstairs) the old stuff, dumped the junk and took the 1 outstanding bill with me to pay at work today. And found coupons for the grocery shopping at the weekend I'd forgotten about.

It mightn't be a lot of progress, but every little step counts (in my head at least)

Right I have finished up stairs (dd's need to sort a few bits out) but I have 2 big boxes, bag of shoes,2 stair gates and a bed guard to go the charity shop. and 3 bags of rubbish.

Tomorrow I will go through the toy cupboard and toybox down stairs tomorrow.

beingginger Thu 11-Oct-12 11:23:34

can i join?

I have 3 kids and more toys than you can shake a stick at.
we moved house in January and despite moving to a much bigger house we seemed to have filled this one with even more stuff....

so far this week i have listed about 10 old baby toys on eBay. i have 4 bin bags of baby clothes to list too. so far i have sorted them by size to make it easier to list.

DS1 Is 4 next week and will no doubt get loads more stuff and DD is 6 on the 27th. with Christmas only 74 days away I'm getting all antsy at the idea of more toys to clutter up the place

anyway onwards and upwards

3duracellbunnies Thu 11-Oct-12 13:52:26

Thanks cider not sure dh will want to invest 60quid in making the wrapping paper look lovely, but will look around and see if anything else will do the job.

Ds and I have just sorted through 3 drawers of craft. Only tiny bag of rubbish, but loads of little boxes full of goggly eyes, beads and gems, plus should we ever have a national pipe cleaner emergency then I can put my hand on 20 or so of different shapes or sizes!

oreocrumbs Thu 11-Oct-12 14:21:54

Well I haven't even started yet. Am going to now, but am seriously lacking in enthusiasm today still tired and grumpy.

DP has gone back to bed for nightshift so I can't really go upstairs so will have to find something to do downstairs - I won't have to look far there is plenty to do, just more a case of what I can face. Am abandoning the livingroom untill I feel more energetic!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 11-Oct-12 14:31:06

Two bin bags of clothes and two bags of shoes are inn the boot to be dropped off at the recycling bank tomorrow.

I also have two bin bags of baby/toddler clothes to drop off at the woman's refuge next week. I think I'll also see if they would like some soft baby toys that i no longer need or want.

I tackled the shoe and coat rack. Unfortunately there wasn't much that I could get rid of. I think I'll just hang the lighter coats in their bedroom cupboards until they are needed in the spring. The coat rack still looks a bloody mess though.

I still haven't tackled the kitchen .......

3duracellbunnies - mine too! I had ordered it before he knew though!

He rolls his eyes at me a lot. My organising project started with me ordering that lot, some other bits and pieces and 3 books on decluttering, organising and storage! And a desk. And various boxes and baskets. Then I got bored!

Have been a bit productive here this morning. Although morning didn't start well as on the way out the gates this morning I noticed a package that had been delivered yesterday and just thrown over the wall and I didn't see it. The rain didn't do it much good. It was a La Redoute order of clothes. Thankfully the clothes were dry but all the packaging was soaked.

On the decluttering I did some more sorting in the dining room. We only moved into this house last summer after many years overseas and we had far far too much stuff. The dining room ended up being the dumping ground for anything we didn't know what to do with. I have been gradually clearing it and it looks much better. This weeks task is to open and sort all our pictures that haven't been put up yet.

Framing was dirt cheap in Asia so we framed lots. Some I still really like but DH doesn't and vice versa. So am opening them up and making decisions. That's the hard bit. Not good at the decisions on stuff like that.

I also decluttered the sky plus box by watching an episode of Home and Away while sorting out some games in tv room!

Nishky Fri 12-Oct-12 14:16:34

Mixed today-had a rare day completely at home and was full of enthusiasm, only to be struck down with a migraine. So after two hours sleep and strong painkillers I am ready to start again!!! Cleared whole kitchen this morning- going to start on dining room- it's open plan downstairs so can't just shut door on it- will make that my target this weekend!!

fuzzpig Fri 12-Oct-12 16:38:47

Got nothing done again, falling very behind on the regular housework too!

But on Thursday I have the use of my dad's car in the morning so I need to get as much stuff as possible ready to take to the tip/charity shop etc.

Nothing achieved here today either. Well I did my regular Friday tidy up so that the cleaner could clean! Then I went into town and got my hair cut and coloured and did some shopping.

Won't get anything done tonight but may get a charity shop run done in the morning. We are away tomorrow night and not back till Sunday afternoon so weekend is a right off.

But I will keep chipping away.

TommeeTipsy Fri 12-Oct-12 17:20:47

Same here Fuzzpig, caught up on washing mountain today plus work. On plus side have made roughly £ 100 from ebay sales.

Hope you are better Nishky. Migraines are awful.

Think I'll try and tackle toys this weekend if DH can take the DD's out somewhere.

Hello everyone - sounds like a few productive days out there! I cleared out a bin bag of clothes from my bedroom yesterday & today went through the kids craft stuff - we have a couple of spare pipeliners too, 3durracelbunnies.... grin

3duracellbunnies Fri 12-Oct-12 20:13:26

Glad we're not the only one equiped for pipecleaner emergencies! Done no tidying today, went shopping took ds swimming and decorated cake for DF's birthday tomorrow. Away all weekend too cider but at least the house doesn't get any messier that way!

MrsMuddyPuddles Sat 13-Oct-12 08:54:29

Hello all- I'd quite like to join smile

What I need to do: declutter toys, books, magazines, tupperware have to mop kitchen first for that one, go through my and DD's underwear drawers. I also want to clear off our shoe racks and convince DH that we don't need 2, find the top of the filing cabinet by catching up on filing, convince DH to clear his desk (gotta do this one late Nov, though or it'll be a real mess again for Christmas!), tidy my side of the bed which is my fav dumping ground blush, sort through the projects (knitting, sewing) I've started, and re-organize our snacks cupboard.

Dear lord that's a lot! and doesn't even include everything some things can wait until after Christmas--

fuzzpig Sat 13-Oct-12 10:14:16

Welcome MrsM, if it's any consolation we bought a filing cabinet at least a year ago and haven't actually used it yet grin

blondieminx Sat 13-Oct-12 23:09:14

I confess I haven't read all 12 pages blush

But if you have toys/books/games your DC have grown out of, would you consider donating them to your local Women's Refuge? thread here

Thanks smile

fuzzpig Sun 14-Oct-12 13:45:48

That's a good idea smile I think we have one near us as I donated stuff after an NCT sale.

I have done so little sad only a tiny proportion of laundry. It's taking so long to dry that it is a very slow process!

I've thought of a few little ways of organising stuff like toys, so at least in my head I am getting sorted, now I just need to find the energy to catch up in real life!

Back to work tomorrow so not holding out much hope of success, but I hope we can keep this thread going.

Nishky Sun 14-Oct-12 15:23:39

Not making as much progress here and am also slipping back on regular housework as I want to de-clutter every spare minute!!! Need to achieve a balance

The thread is a massive inspiration though- let's keep going!!!

oreocrumbs Sun 14-Oct-12 15:45:19

Failing miserably at casa oreo. My kitchen has reverted back to a bomb site.

I have ordered myself something else bulky to clutter up the place no doubt a filing cabinet. 3 draws, 1 for home, 1 for work (do a lot from home) and a drawer to use as an in/out tray. So it will all be in one place, not in several piles.

Just can't get going, and when I do get something sorted I go to work and come back to find it worse than before! It isn't all DP and DD, I'm falling into bad habits too.

Currently sat on the kitchen sofa, with an airer of dry washing in front of me, and I moved 3 piles of clean clothes to the other end of the sofa to sit down. Thats been here all week.

And I'm not going to take it upstairs, I'm tired and cold and am just going to sit here and play on the computer.

Will rest up today, and give myself a stern talking to tonight ready to start afresh tomorrow.

Ghouljamaflip Sun 14-Oct-12 17:12:24

Absolutely nothing achieved over the weekend blush

BUT what I have done is still looking wonderful - tho the dc's are a bit confused cos for the first time in their lives I am insisting shoes and coats are put away properly! Still it will be good training for if when they leave home.

Tomorrows plan is to do what I haven't done yet - dvds, clothes away and deep clean downstairs loo.

Afrodizzywonders Sun 14-Oct-12 20:49:37

I'm joining you all. Pregnant, due in Dec with on DS already. Christmas presents sorted and wrapped (never been this organised before), a chest freezer full of homemade meals (big mission that was) and now to tackle the house which has become a hovel with crap I've left everywhere, I am self employed, work from home but am now on maternity leave yey!

I have been through DS's toys, scaled down and ebayed. Been through most of my clothes, charity shopped etc, just need to get organised now, the house needs tlc. DS is finally getting his own room ( 2) so that is the next big project....

woohoo got some decluttering done, the boys toys have been sorted and a box of tat chucked, lots of clothes and outgrown shoes recycled or passed on. I have cleared out the under stairs cupboard so it doesnt resemble monicas junk cupboard... now ive run out of steam

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 15-Oct-12 09:20:11

Naff all was achieved over the weekend as we were out for most of it, but somehow the house still needs cleaning?!

Anyhow, not sure how much will be achieved today. Both boys are here all day so we are going to go out this morning. I think I will be starting again tomorrow. I will have more EBay parcels to despatch, more things to sell on FB and the kitchen (still) to tackle! Oh, and some clothes and toys to drop off at the woman's refuge - but need to sort the toys first ....

mrsfuzzy Mon 15-Oct-12 09:29:29

thank god it's not just me being a clutter slut! have read all the threads and now it's a case of "let's clear this mother of all messes up, bin bags and charity bags are go"!!

BiddyPop Mon 15-Oct-12 10:01:36

I managed to get through what I had intended yesterday, by crying off going to a match (DD was working up to be a pain if we all went). So the study is now clear again, DH can do his packing in there, DD can make her lists, and I can do my crafting - and we can all clean up after ourselves!!!

BiddyPop Mon 15-Oct-12 10:02:10

Oh, and I got rid of another bag of papers like filled in wordsearches and colouring sheets of DD's.

Hope everyone is making steady but still making progress.

I have just cleared the shoes, have a bag for loft (dd1 grown out of but DD2 not yet grown into.) and a bag for charity shop and loads thrown away.

Am going to start on the finishing bits in the front room/dining room.

Mixed experiences over the weekend I see!

Nothing achieved here as predicted. Have DS home from school with a bad cold today and I ended up sitting watching tv with him for a while this morning. Am tackling the laundry mountain today and am going to clear out some shoes from the cupboards in the hall and find the worktop in the utility room. I'm sure we had one once. It must be there somewhere!

Then I am doing some ironing.

I have to get organized for decorator this week which means getting as much clutter cleared from dining room as possible. And main bedroom. That will be a challenge.

And I still haven't picked colours or wall paper!

Am feeling out of control as everywhere I look there is stuff to do and I am getting none of it done.

lljkk Mon 15-Oct-12 13:49:20

Ooh, wish I had seen this thread before. I have been on a massive Ebay blitz for a year because it's the only thing that motivates me to declutter properly. Sadly I regret one of the sales, may need to replace in next year after all! But most things I know it will be good to see back of.

We badly need carpets replaced & the only way we can get it done is to get a storage container, rather annoying! But I want to reduce what we have as much as possible first.

I have a target to donate to charity 2 baby books/month. I end up buying that many other books each month for the DC, anyway.

Other side is to try to reduce how much comes into the house, esp. at Christmas. I have moved in last year towards encouraging DC to have smaller gifts (expensive electronics & accessories).

We also have 2 birthdays before Xmas & one soon after, I'm hoping people will give cash. smile

Has everyone seen George Carlin's routine about "stuff"? smile

MrsMuddyPuddles Mon 15-Oct-12 14:08:51

Hi All, This weekend was the start of my decluttering/organization... I managed to find a laundry basket full of toys I didn't think DD needed anymore (mostly unloved toys, some really tatty ones or total "baby" toys), only to have her reclaim about half! confused I also bought a magazine holder to contain her magazines previous storage method being "small, messy mountain in lounge"

How do others go through toddler toys? Do you give your child a chance to reclaim things you think she's outgrown? How do you decide which of the 100s of wee figures/cars/plastic tat from magazines/happy meals stay and which get moved on?! Ditto books- we have some that she's not looked at at all/hardly ever- should these go?

blondieminx do you think we could dump donate perfectly good/useable baby items there as well? e.g. pushchairs, playpens, etc? Part of me would be keen to resell these, but another part is too lazy, and a donation where it's going to someone rather than being sold on like a charity shop will do would be a nice compromise...

MrsFuzzy what's your list of things to declutter/organize for Christmas?

Personnely I throw magazines and their tat away every month or so. I don't keep them.

I also go through dc toys/books when their not around so I can throw stuff out.
But then I'm only getting rid of stuff I know that they haven't touched/look at and won't miss.

If you let them reclaim stuff then it never going to leave the house.

Have you tried your HV they may know of people who need baby stuff. Or you could try 'womens aid' for baby bits/clothes. I can't be bothered with Ebaying stuff as I think you just end up with bits and pieces which you are going to sell but never get round to it. So for me It's either bin, charity shop or DC school/nursery.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 15-Oct-12 14:21:27

I love the name clutter slut grin

I have called the Womans Refuge and they are happy to take my toys and clothes. The lady mentioned that they have a pg lady there at the moment so I am going to really sort through my things and see what I can pass on. It has really made me think about the woman who need the refuges.

I know what you mean about feeling out of control Buda. Everywhere I look there is something else to do ......

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 15-Oct-12 14:27:09

Most Woman Aid refuges take baby equipment muddypuddles, google Womans Aid and your local town and you will find a contact number and/or email adrress. You can then ask them if they would like the bigger things.

I clear bits of tat when the kids aren't about, that way I don't get 'where has that been? It's my favourite toy ever'. I do it and they don't get a say in it blush, but then mine are younger.

ClareMarriott Mon 15-Oct-12 17:16:10

I have'nt read all 12 pages of posts but if anyone needs some help with decluttering ( when the aim seems to be getting in order by Christmas ) I run my own decluttering business if anyone would like some help.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 15-Oct-12 17:41:17

Achievements so far:

Decluttered cupboard under the stairs (stuff taken to dump/charity shop)
Decluttered bathroom cupboard (work in progress) (stuff taken to dump/charity)
Posted boxful of baby/toddler clothes to Afghan Women's charity for shipment to Kabul (freezing camps, babies died last wintersad)
Boxed up clutter from kitchen ready to sort out
Hid breadmaker in cupboard (does this count as decluttering? hmm)

The more I do, the more I want to do. I just want all the clutter out of the house, so we can get on with our lives.

Lexilicious Mon 15-Oct-12 18:04:36

achieved so little this weekend. was a bit sick on Saturday though, and out all day Sunday.

Took a box of my clothes to the charity shop, and put bin bags out into the general bin, acknowledging that I was not going to find the time to sort clutter rubbish into recyclables if I wasn't finding time to even sort the next room of clutter.

Near future target is the downstairs hall and living room to be completely clear, so first stage of re-flooring on Friday pm can go ahead. Have asked DH to do the LR because there is nothing at all of mine in it, but have low expectations... Hall on the other hand should be easy, just some shoes, bags and coats.

Ghouljamaflip Mon 15-Oct-12 21:25:08

Today has been a good day though not a great decluttering day hmm

Downstairs loo is now squeaky clean and gleaming to match the still tidy utility room next door (can't believe it still looks good a week later!)

5 loads of washing through including the load of handwash that's been festering at the bottom of the wash basket for months. House now looks like a Chinese laundry but I'm feeling very virtuous so am rewarding myself with chocolate smile

Accounts paperwork again tomorrow but am also aiming to get at least some of the clothes put away.

Zombieminx Mon 15-Oct-12 22:05:13

Yes I would think Womens Refuge's would love some bits of baby kit like prams, mrsmuddy

According to this Refuge statement apparently one in 5 midwives has an expectant mum on her books who she knows is suffering domestic violence, and DV is often worse when the woman is pregnant sad.

The clothes/books/toys that your DC or you have grown out of could make a huge difference this Christmas.

Google women's refuge + your town to find your nearest smile.

surfingbabies Mon 15-Oct-12 22:10:49

I'm with you as my baby is due shortly after Christmas, I get my dc to do it though......I tell them about all the children who's parents can't afford things so if we give lots to the charity shop they will have a nice Christmas too...I'm always gob smacked to how much stuff they are happy to get rid of smile
Then when I go through each room I have to switch off and just get rid, if its not been used for 6 months its gone sad
I love it smile good luck grin

MrsMuddyPuddles Mon 15-Oct-12 23:52:09

Productive evening for me, I managed to go through the basket of wooly hats, scarves, and gloves and find half a dozen miss-matched gloves for the rag bin then had to toss the rest of the things back into the basket and do dishes/hang laundry grin I know it's a stupidly tiny amount, but I'll be able to declutter the rest later and now at least the matching gloves are together, etc. Also managed to deal with the non-magazine bits and bobs that made their way into DD's magazine mountain!

Thanks for the Refuge info, everyone smile

MrsMuddyPuddles Mon 15-Oct-12 23:55:41

surfingbabe How do you manage to "switch off"?! (I assume you mean turn off those feelings of "but I might NEED that later") I'll have to try your "there are children who won't get any other pressies" thing on my 3 year old! only child smile

3duracellbunnies Tue 16-Oct-12 06:25:12

Gutting - I spent ages sorting out and decluttering lots of fiddly stuff, only to wake up and realise was a dream!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 16-Oct-12 08:31:37

What a tease of a dream duracell !

I can switch off when clearing. My problem isn't hoarding tendancies, it's laziness and a lifetime loathing of housework blush

Springhasarrived Tue 16-Oct-12 08:41:04

Can I join in? I got rid of the trampoline yesterday. Owner now 17 and trampoline starting to rust. I let it go, along with 3 rusty old bikes to a man who dropped leaflets round. Not exactly a big effort on my part but its a start. The garden looks better for it.
I have a load of boxes ready in the garage to fill with books so that really must be my next job! (Especially seeing as the first bit was hardly a job, just a psychological breakthrough in terms of getting shot of grown up DC's teenage stuff). sad

Morning all.

3duracell - dream decluttering doesn't mean you can have a rest day today!

I have Weight Watchers this morning so won't achieve much.

This afternoons plan is to clear the charity bags from garage into car and then move some things from dining room into garage in preparation for decorating.

I did find one side of the worktop in the utility room yesterday. Other side planned for today.

I also did a basket of ironing and decluttered some of the Sky box while doing it!

Catch you all later.

3duracellbunnies Tue 16-Oct-12 10:02:46

I know Cider but doubt I'll get much done anyway due to mumsnet having a friend of dd1 round for tea. Need to bake some cakes and tidy up, dh has commented that the house is looking a bit cleaner. Having said that in order to get stuff done I have had to sit ds infront of TV, he's watching art attack which means he will soon do a big art attack and dump piles of stuff in the middle of the floor. Oh the futility of it all!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 16-Oct-12 20:33:08

I haven't done any sorting as such today, but I have dropped 3 bin bags of stuff off, sent off some EBay parcels and sold some things on FB.

I need to tackle the kitchen, the play room and sell some last few things on Ebay.

Don't think I'll have any time tomorrow, but I should have on Thursday as ds will be at pre school and the other ds will be happy toddling around while I get to it.

TommeeTipsy Tue 16-Oct-12 23:50:29

Not much done here but I did manage to freecycle an old desk that was getting in my way in my workroom.

Planning to tackle the kitchen next week which is a big task...

MrsMuddyPuddles Tue 16-Oct-12 23:53:55

nothing from me today, either unless exercise to loose weight counts nor am I likely to get anything done tomorrow. Still, there's always Thurs!

3duracellbunnies Wed 17-Oct-12 06:56:23

Managed to give the whole house a quick whizz around yesterday, which was much easier as less messy than usual. Still need to tackle our bedroom which is chief dumping area, understairs cupboard of doom, bookcases and the paper avalanche, toy boxes with more plastic than an aging sleb and the kitchen cupboards with their jurassic food fossils. The craft still needs more work, but there is at least a system there now and ds quite liked helping with that.

Only have just over an hour today. Although bedroom is more obviously chaotic am wondering about doing kitchen as I could do one cupboard at a time and maybe finish one or two in that time, which will never happen with the bedroom. Good luck with all the decluttering!

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 07:07:03

sorted the magazine mountain beside the sofa yesterday while DS was having his dinner. Taking a box full of glass jars to work, already have a customer for some od them. If no takers by end of next week I can just put them in any recycling place I pass on my drive home.

DH home all today, has a task to clear rooms for flooring on Friday. Assuming he does it, I'll be free to sort the Spice Rack tonight.

Little bits often get you there in the end so don't feel bad about only doing small things.

I sorted some stuff in our garage into a pile for charity shop and a pile for Salvation Army clothing bank box thingie.

Completely caught up on ironing. Only ironing left is what is hanging up to dry.

Not sure what I should do today. DH is here although working this morning. Think I might take the charity shop stuff and at least get rid of that. Then might head off in search of wallpaper for my bedroom. Still some tidying to be done in utility room. DH's tools mainly. And dog paraphernalia.

Also have to sort out my desk at some stage.

Still feeling out of control. Need to do a list of everything that needs doing in each room and just tick stuff off as I go i think.

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 10:33:38

Lists! do lists count? I wrote a list on our dropbox file the other day. All the little jobs all around the house ("hook for wall calendar", that sort of thing). I missed a couple of things though so will have to add them later.

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 12:05:20

I also think I should write a list per room, not in a format of 'things which need doing', but what in my industry is called 'Endstate'. So, a picture of how each room will function - in my perfect Christmas, which after all is our deadlline!!
All X in Y cupboard (any which don't fit, sell/chuck).
Maximum of two electric gadgets on R kitchen worktop.
No shoes on hall floor
No coats on banister
10% space available in all clothes and toy storage for presents and shiny new things

Afrodizzywonders Wed 17-Oct-12 13:24:53

Working on the lounge at the minute. Have some shelves in an alcove I've swept through, 3 big bag for life's for the charity shops, the rest are going in our holiday let for visitors to read. Basically any book not referred to in last 6 months or unlikely to be referred to in next 6 months got taken down. Moved lots of furniture out that wasn't being used, and excess toys are in my little boys bedroom to be which DH is working on.

Now I've run out of steam, feeling very pregnant, need to keep going though.

lljkk Wed 17-Oct-12 13:39:21

My life is fairly cluttered with lists... wink

3duracellbunnies Wed 17-Oct-12 15:00:27

Have cleared out 3 cupboards and loads of stuff, still a few kitchen cupboards to go, but have more space to tidy stuff into smile

lljkk Wed 17-Oct-12 18:11:46

Tonite I burnt a lot of pizza boxes.
"Ah," you think, "Who hoards pizza boxes?"
Guilty as charged, (eco-freak with a wood burner). Amazing how many we had, though.

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 20:12:07

did an interim job on the understairs area this evening. Nothing actually got rid of, but tidied and rationalised.

Then I chucked out three quarters of our spice jars, basically the out of date ones... most elderly was one marked July 2007 hmm suppose it's obvious, but we hardly ever use spices from scratch really. Going to ask for a subscription to The Spicery for Christmas, from the PILs probably.

DH did his bit today, well, slightly more than I expected out of the list I had "suggested"!!

Hello all - sorry I haven't checked in for a while, looks like lots of activity!

But I have totally decluttered dd's room - well as much as she'd allow - and cleared out two cupboards in kitchen & chucked away a full bag of out of date food. Today am hoping to get some stuff cleared out of our bedroom which is a total tip...

BiddyPop Thu 18-Oct-12 10:00:50

All progress has been halted by a combination of awful pain in my belly for the past 3 days (waking me at night strength) and a cough turning into a suspected chest infection. Last night I slept through, and belly seems to be slowly resolving itself. Cough is getting worse, but I will go to GP later for ABs (am asthmatic and suffer chest infections, not regularly but often enough to know when I need meds).

On the positive side, I have also been unable to get stuck into crafty projects or anything else, so no worse mess has been created. And I did manage to haul out the recycling bin this morning for collection (full), so I can refill that this weekend.

MrsMuddyPuddles Thu 18-Oct-12 10:33:31

Am a bit envious of all the progress, but not too much as last night, I managed to take care of a pile on the kitchen counter that's been bugging me for months AGES.

lljkk I used to save boxes for our gerbils, stuffing them into random places blush I was SHOCKED when we moved how very many we had, and resolved to store boxes in the recycling bin instead. except for the good ones that their tank didn't have room for right away

Tonight's plan is to mop the kitchen floor and maybe tackle the tupperware, jars, and other food-storage devices. Wish me luck

fuzzpig Thu 18-Oct-12 11:45:35

Have finally sent some stuff off to the dump and more to the charity shop. Seems like hardly anything again but at least it's something, and that's the best I can hope for right now!

lljkk Thu 18-Oct-12 16:43:48

Problem is that because of mad-house Ebaying I now have a great excuse for lots of hoarding of padded envelopes, small boxes, other packing materials.

One way or another, hoarder instincts seem to out themselves. smile

TommeeTipsy Thu 18-Oct-12 17:12:20

That sounds nasty BiddyPop. Hope you are ok.

Our washing machine stopped working a few days ago and I couldn't get any repair people as no one seems to repair integrated machines.

With help over the phone from my Dad and several You Tube tutorials later I have fixed the damm thing myself.

Off to mum's tomorrow and am leaving DH a DIY list.

MrsMuddyPuddles Fri 19-Oct-12 00:13:20

Kitchen floor mopped grin I pulled everything out, DH did the work!

fuzzpig Fri 19-Oct-12 12:42:27

I LOVE the 'endstate' idea lexi. That is just what I need - I tend to dwell on the negative and feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of stuff that needs to happen, but having a clearer idea of what I we want our house to look like will really help, especially as it is so frustrating having to go slowly due to our health.

Oh, and if this thread gets full and we need a second one, can we somehow involve the name "clutter sluts"? grin

Hope you're feeling better now biddy - chest infections are just awful sad thanks

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 19-Oct-12 13:22:25

Hope you're feeling better biddy , I've joined the poorly ranks too. Sore throat, nose and jaw which the GP thinks is viral so I have to ride it out. I am shit at being ill, I get very very grumpy.

So in consequence I have done naff all. I'm going to forget about de-cluttering over the weekend and hopefully shake this virus. Then next week I WILL BE BACK grin

Ghouljamaflip Fri 19-Oct-12 18:28:43

another one in the poorly ranks here - done nothing this week in between looking after various poorly dcs and a poorly dh and now it seems to be my turn to crawl into bed with the lemsips sad

<note to self - must do better next week>

3bunnies Fri 19-Oct-12 18:54:52

I have now decluttered 4 cupboards, hasn't yet made a visible impact, although I am planning to put more stuff away once all cupboards are done. It is nice to open the cupboard and see tidy tins, should help me know what I need at shopping.

3bunnies Fri 19-Oct-12 18:57:48

Have unfortunately recluttered though with secondhand school and brownie uniform from school uniform sale. At a pound an item how could I resist?

3bunnies Fri 19-Oct-12 19:41:07

Have unfortunately recluttered though with secondhand school and brownie uniform from school uniform sale. At a pound an item how could I resist?

3bunnies Fri 19-Oct-12 19:42:56

Xxxxxx phone!

3Bunnies have you bought new uniform then wink.

I have finished all rooms apart from kitchen and our bedroom. Which I hope to get done next week.

MrsMuddyPuddles Sat 20-Oct-12 18:22:02

I haven't done anything today yet or yesterday! there's always tonight or tomorrow?

Am very envy at wheredidIput it, too!

To be fair Mrsmuddypuddles I did do a massive clear out earlier this year so this is/was just to get back to where it was.

Hence the name grin.

Lexilicious Sat 20-Oct-12 22:03:53

No progress to report but I heard it's free listings weekend on eBay just now! I have some things I wanted to set a higher starting price for, so might try to do that tomorrow.

MrsMuddyPuddles Sun 21-Oct-12 08:18:58

oh, really Lex??! We DH have been waiting for one of those to get rid of baby stuff...

wheredidIputit That's one of the few things I hate about "organising"- and even more about being orgainsed by someone else.

ByTheWay1 Sun 21-Oct-12 08:35:44

Hi all - I'm also in need of a massive declutter - we did the garage -you can actually WALK in there now - not climb over everything....

well, thing is WE didn't do it - we paid someone to come and do it for us - £50 plus the cost of a skip (and 20 min in the middle saying keep/throw) - best money we have spent.... now need to find someone to come help in the house - but the stuff in the house seems so much more more personal..... we will get there - maybe not before Christmas though..

3bunnies Sun 21-Oct-12 12:21:03

Sounds like 50 quid well spent. I went through my drawers yesterday and sent a bag to charity which was either too big (maternity) or too small (pre children) rediscovered a few trousers too. Trying to do an application form at the moment too so not much time.

Not much progress here. Not entirely sure why!

Decorator now not coming until next week which is both good and bad. Have decided on colours and wallpaper finally.

The stuff I need to get rid of so far is sorted into piles. Just need to do it now!

Have to sort dining room and bedroom this week so that when DH is back next weekend we can move all the furniture around.

Dining room not too bad but bedroom a bit of a nightmare. Determined to get those rooms done this week.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 21-Oct-12 19:18:56

Five bags of unwanted junk taken to charity shop yesterday. Another bag of junk put out for the binmen tomorrow.


Ghouljamaflip Sun 21-Oct-12 19:53:23

I have had the most productive and amazing day!

Dh and I decided we would tackle the storage container in the yard as for the last few years we have put loads of stuff in there but very little has actually made it out again.

We have spent the afternoon laughing and crying at old memories from college and growing up, including a box of old photos from when I was tiny. I found my old diaries from 1986 shock which were interesting to say the least - oh the problems I thought I had back then grin

Also found an old case which had all the cards and telegrams from when I was born and the tutu I wore for a ballet recital aged 6!

there was also a hell of a lot of junk as well

Anyway the container is now tidy, shelves have been put up and we finally have somewhere to store tools, outside stuff (eg brolly for table) and all our camping stuff which now means I have an empty cupboard in the utility room smile

Going to have some wine and read a bit more of my 13 year angst.....

MrsMuddyPuddles Sun 21-Oct-12 21:11:52

So, today I redeamed myself by having another bash at DD's toys AND clearing out the nappy box (we did real nappies, so a box of clean ones + misc stuff has been sitting around for the last 6 months or so, with only the top bits used for night nappies). I'll probably want another go at her toys, but there's a good laundry basket-full of toys and a carrier bag of nappy stuff out of her room! and in the hallway

stuffitunderthebed Mon 22-Oct-12 08:20:57

Can I join please? Started on clothes yesterday. Have given two bin bags to sister and have three bags for charity shop... But, back bedroom and dining room (where I was sorting through) now look like a bombsite! Any tips for keeping rest of house tidy when on a de-cluttering mission?

MrsMuddyPuddles Mon 22-Oct-12 11:02:22

welcome, stuffitunderthebed your username reflects a habit I have as well ;)

For keeping the rest of the place tidy: only pull out what you'll be able to finish and put back that day/session. Failing that, have bags/boxes/tubs/bins/laundry hampers ready for you to shove what's left in so you're looking at storage containers (in whatever level of poshness suits your needs- I'm fine with looking at a tidy row of bags for life, others might not be) rather than piles of crap.

Or just accept that mid organasiation is the messiest phase of all! grin

girlsofsummer Mon 22-Oct-12 14:50:31

I am halfway through... more to go. Love sorting things out just wish I had more time for it!

stuffitunderthebed Mon 22-Oct-12 14:52:26</