Anyone want to join me in a minimalist journey?

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lucysnowe Thu 13-Dec-12 14:30:53

I've been reading a load of minimalist mum blogs and have been brainwashed inspired smile. We are undergoing some building work at the mo and the amount of stuff everywhere is absolutely doing me head in. Once it is finished I want to have a ginormous sort and throw out. We are getting a tumble dryer and I plan to start culling clothes, sheets, towels etc, with the aim of getting ALL washing done each week and not have massive full up bins cluttering up the place. Next: toys, ornaments, and random bits of paper. grin Anyone fancy doing the same for the New Year?

spongebobmum Tue 29-Jan-13 20:20:12

Hi everyone, Id love to join, been reading through all the messages but I thought Id introduce myself, then go back to reading lol!!

So far, Ive got rid of about 18 black bags of stuff... a combination of rubbish, recycling and the charity shop.
Ive cleared out all my kitchen cupboards and thrown out everything I dont use or was keeping "in case"
Cleared out my sitting room, but ds toys and books are still taking up way too much space there, I have storage boxes but need to get more, then to find somewhere inconspicuous to put them as he plays with most of the toys!
Cleared out our room and ds room and the wardrobes in both, lockers, and got rid of anything I can
Ive done all the bathrooms, though there was really only essentials in them anyway.
Cleared out and tidied the hot press, got rid of old sheets and towels etc, and got rid of all the gift sets I "might use someday" (but really never ever will) and all the crap I know in my heart Ill never ever use but was keeping "in case"
Cleared out one spare room completely.
Ive got rid of every ornament and item I dont use/love, all the crap I collected as gifts and never liked, clothes I "might wear again someday" but never will, pots and pans etc that I never use.

Im feeling so much better with every step, I have loads more to get rid of and Im loving doing it!! One room Im dreading as its FULL of crap, but once I start Ill have it done in no time, its mostly just rubbish taking up space in there and when its done Ill have a lovely spare room with no clutter whatsoever smile
I cannot wait to get rid of all the stuff I dont want or need, the more I get rid of the more I want to get rid of too lol, its addictive!
Its also helping me de-stress which I find really hard to do... so heres to decluttering and minimalist heaven :D

BoffinMum Mon 28-Jan-13 18:25:06

I go up the loft of doom and then you all leave while I am up there grin

Hi Boffinmum
Just to let you know that we have a new thread here as this one has nearly reached its limit!

I bought your book off Amazon today btw. Only just started reading!

BoffinMum Sun 27-Jan-13 23:00:14

Emerging from the Loft of Doom to announce that Austerity Housekeeping eBook will be free again on Amazon tomorrow, if anyone wants a copy.

BoffinMum Sat 26-Jan-13 20:22:02

Thinking of you Harriet. We have a garage of doom as well.

Doh! just - not lust of course!!

Mammoth - If you lust leave the thread alone it will slowly disintegrate into the depths of farthest-flung cyberspace to become digital dust in the birthing of a new minimalist universe.

Or something like that!

See you on the new thread!

CurrerBell Thu 24-Jan-13 14:25:23

This thread has been brilliant - thank you all so much! I haven't posted much but have followed avidly, and it has inspired me to make some big changes (mostly to my mindset). smile

I haven't regretted anything I've let go off at all - even the CDs, which were a hard decision at the time. See you all on the new thread!

Is this one full? Like harriet I'm a bit anxious about not leaving this once neatly folded up!!

Thank you so much SilentMammoth, QueenofWhatever,*bluecarrot*, HarrietSpy and everyone else who had a think about whether they had ever regretted throwing anything away.

It's good to know that the general consensus is 'almost never!'

Occasionally I've looked at old pics, seen what I'm wearing & thought oh why did I get rid if that? It's only a passing moment tho. And usually it's just the younger 'me' I want back, not the actual garment!

Moving to new thread now - see you all over there? smile

bluecarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 15:25:28

I'm swapping after this MSG. And pretending I didn't say I'd make an inventory of the kitchen ;) only getting round to it now!

harrietspy Wed 23-Jan-13 13:46:07

Feeling conflicted. Do I stay on this thread till it's full (in a slightly obsessive finishing-it-off sort of way) or switch to the new one now? Either way, I have to stay with you. We are visiting the Garage of Doom at the weekend and I will need Resolve While Taking Firm Action. Stomach churning at the thought...

IWipeArses Wed 23-Jan-13 13:21:20

Pixie, if you've had make-up longer than 12months, it needs binning. Especially mascara. Stick with that and you'll think extra hard about buying any more in the future knowing it'll get binned.

Haven't caught up, but decluttering progressing well. Decided to keep a chest of drawers that I wanted rid of as it allowed us to spread our clothes out and also left room to put more stuff away in drawers and on shelves rather than being out all the time. We have plenty of room in our bedroom, so it's no problem.

pixiestix Wed 23-Jan-13 13:21:18

Mammoth that sounds heavenly to me. I grew up in the back end of beyond (think faaaaar south west) and have been wishing myself back there for my whole adult life. Sadly no jobs down that way, yet house prices through the roof.

pixiestix Wed 23-Jan-13 13:17:20

Oops, too slow. Missed heaps of messages smile

pixiestix Wed 23-Jan-13 13:15:28

grin @ our accidental minimalist quiche.

The new thread title has to have Harriets "gorgeous and nourishing" mantra in it somewhere grin

I did a 27 fling boogie on my jewellery and make up today, a la Flylady, and was feeling really pleased with myself until I packed it all up again and it took up the exact amount of space it did before. There must be more to cull.

Thunk, yes I'm reading simplicity parenting at the moment. It does seem more aimed at people leading a different short of lifestyle, very much city dwellers. We moved to back end of beyond four years ago and have never looked back. We also live in very, umm, alternative area, where we are in the minority for having a (single, old fashioned non flat screen) television.

I do feel incredibly grateful for urge chance to bring the dc up like this, which I think would be harder if we lived in a town.

I hope no one minds. I've started a new thread www.mumsnet.com/Talk/good_housekeeping/1666467-The-minimalist-quiche to replace this one which will be full up soon.

"finished my decluttering now or more less " <impressed emoticon>
I don't think I'll ever finish!

Still doing little bits rather than tackling the large amount of random rubbish behind cupboard doors larger areas.

so far my hall cupboard, desk drawers, bedside table drawers and a couple of my kitchen cupboards have been done, plus got rid of a few books. Loads more to do!

lucysnowe Wed 23-Jan-13 11:57:29

Hi guys!

This thread has run away with me somewhat, feel free someone to start a new one smile

I have finished my decluttering now or more less (umm, except for the attic and the shed, but eh). DH is on board but he does have a habit of getting a storage box, putting two tiny things in it, and saying he's tidied. smile

I have a big amazon voucher, am really tempted to get the Kindle out and buy some ebooks! Am not a big Kindle fan TBH but it may keep me properly away from the tablet which can only be a good thing.

issimma Wed 23-Jan-13 11:53:01

hello minimalisers grin

to answer qs upthread:
I don't miss anything I've got rid of - in fact, I'd struggle to remember anything that's gone!

My make up bag has (one of each) tinted moisturiser, concealer, mascara, lip gloss, lipstick, eye shadow palette. I have several nail varnishes though, and would like an eye pencil, but need to decide which colour. Also, am sahm so don't need different looks for work/home ... and sadly I rarely go out at night <glares at toddler and baby>.

I made about £25 on ebay, which I'm happy about ignores baby top that I sold for £2 inc P&P and that cost 2.20 to post. That was mainly 2 old jumpers, so I really don't think it's worth it for baby clothes. Will stick to freecycle/charity shop.

Control freak bit: DH had 2 wardrobes, but now has 1 - and a heap of clothes purged to go to the charity shop grin. He has kept really random stuff for emotional reasons - e.g. skanky uni tops from nearly 20 years ago, but I'm trying to understand this, and they're not taking up my space or family living space, so whatevs. We share a wardrobe and I did remove all his stuff from my half, so his half is cluttered with these random items. I hope it will annoy him and inspire change grin.

bluecarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 11:36:41

My library lets you lend ebooks and audiobooks virtually. That's great as they just expire on your PC abc you don't need to remember smile

Can you set a reminder on your phone? Or on your computer?

My librarian was talking to me about me applying for an upcoming post. I joked I'd have no excuse for late fees then and she and other lady laughed- they are always getting fines!

I live 2 mins walk ( literally) from the library, I really shouldn't ever be late returning!

harrietspy Wed 23-Jan-13 10:39:41

yes, but I never remember that either! (Really need to get on top of this!)

bluecarrot Wed 23-Jan-13 10:09:09

Can you renew your loans online?

harrietspy Wed 23-Jan-13 09:54:47

I wonder if we've had the same thing, blue. I'm still on plain toast and hot water...

Upthread someone was asking if anyone regretted anything they'd got rid of.
Not so far. At the moment I don't have the money to replace things if I make a mistake, so if there's anything I'm really not sure about, I pack it away or put it in a box. If I find I genuinely have need of it, it stays. I am keeping ds1's old clothes for ds2, but trying to be sensible about what I hang on to.

silentmammoth I lost my smart phone a while back and have been using a non-smart phone (simple phone?) since. I can get web access on it at a push - very slow and clunky, but when my contract's up, I'm going to switch to a simpler phone without web access if I can. I loved my iPhone but I was addicted to it. I salute the people who can use their smart phone as a tool and not be in its thrall. I wasn't that strong! Now there is more space in my head, more space in my day...

Hellonheels, most impressed with your library-dealings. My only problem with the library is that I forget to take books back on time and end up accruing huge fines. I think I need to build library visits into my week to solve the problem...

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