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The pity is... my DH is such a hoarder (and not of rubbish that you could justify throwing away, but of 'useful items' and hobby paraphernalia - I've lost track of the different hobbies he has that require him to aquire stuff - walking, boating, making wine, making bio fuel etc) that all this sorting has only improved a few areas of the house. And the general feel is still of a house that is well lived in. (No problem) And a bit old (no problem). But also too full of stuff and not organised.
And the low-level grief I'd get for tackling HIS stuff to the degree that I've tackled my and the girls stuff, just means it isn't worth it.
Still updating here... Tody was supposed to be a lazy day - nothing planned. Until my BIL dropped off their washing machine they no longer needed. Our washer dryer was getting a bit dodgy on the spin part of the cycle, but the dryer is fine. DH has ripped out an unused sink and cupboard in the utility part of the garage and we've put the washer in next to the washer drier.
Only problem is... we had to bring it through the house as DH's garage is a tip bit cluttered. To do that, I had to remove the top of one of the kitchen sides and slide a unit out of the way. It wasn't too big a job, but there was no point doing it without giving everything a scrub asn making sure it was all sparkling before it went back into its place. And of course.... now I've done that side, I need to do the other side of the kitchen to match. But not today. I can't be bothered.
Today DD2 and I tackled the toy mountain that was under her mid sleeper.
In November, we took out 6 bags of stuff, between clothes, toys and rubbish.
Then another few binbags the other week when I started this declutter fest, sorting her wardrobe.
Today there was a couple of carrier bags of things that she's had enough of and half a bin bag of stuff not worth charity-shopping.
We also put up her Moshi Monsters wall stickers to complete her redecoration of her room.
Yesterday I tackled the large built-in toy cupboard in the dining room and took out a few bags of stuff from there. It's still full, but the DDs can better see what was in there. It was lovely watching DD sitting there, pulling out games that she hasn't seen and played with for a while. We had a few games of downfall and operation.
I don't know! I usually fall into the category of "it's good enough, it'll do".
I think push came to shove when DD2 just had too much stuff in her tiny box room and it made me decide that this year's resolution should be to sort things out.
I know it isn't financially the best, but we just don't have space to save clothes from one DD to the next when there's a 4 year age gap. So we've ditched everything that DD2 didn't like, that would be out of fashion, that isn't the type of thing she wears or that is in a fabric/colour that won't store well. And we've just kept the bare minimum.
I do have a lot of uber tidy friends, but my husband would live in a skip and be content. '"Why are you throwing this out? It might be useful one day" is his favourite saying.
(Did put the spare set of shelves in our room, in the corner by DH's side of the bed today and organised the chaotic pile of books/bits and bobs that was piled there nicely onto the shelving. )
Next on my list has to be the kids toy cupboard that is in the dining room. It contains a lot of DD2's toys. DD1 has a larger room, so stores her stuff up there, DD2 has the box room so she gets to keep her stuff in the cupboard downstairs.
It is over full and there is so much in there that she doesn't play with or even remember she has.... until you drag it out to have a sort out and then she can't bare to part with it!
I think that's a job for my day off when they are still in school so they can't clock what I'm adding to the charity shop pile!
I have my handy moments - but usually leave it to DH.
Sunday - bought the shelving unit. Nightmare of decision making required. Knew the height of my DDs cupboard, but forgot to accurately measure the height of the shelf in the airing cupboard. Ended up with a shelf unit from B&M and one from argos (shorter, but more expensive - but at least easier to build.) Would have been good to get the 2 the same from B&M, but wasn't sure they'd fit and don't know how good they are at giving refunds.
In the end I built the shoe rack and the smaller set of shelves for inside my DDs cupboard. And the B&M mid sized set of metal shelves that is now inside the airing cupboard so there is ample storage for the towels - but it is easy to move it out if we need to get to the boiler.
There is a spare small set of shelves now - and I'm going to wade into Dh's pile of crap that has accumulated in the bedroom, put the shelves there and put all his stuff on it tidily.
Monday - less exciting - vaccuumed throughout the upstairs as all the DIY had left behind a bombsite.
Hmmm..... after DH's shelves, what next? I think it will be my own clothing collection.... in a few more weeks when my size 16s no longer fit.
Today - DD2 out with mates. I gutted her built in wardrobe and managed to fill 1 bin bag of clothes for a friend's daughter 3 bin bags of clothes for the charity 1 bin bag of rubbish. Of everything that was put away for DD2 to wear when she grows into it, I finally only kept 2 large carrier bags. (Stuff that DD2 liked or school uniform that will def be useful)
Where does it all come from? I also put up her last shelf, moved some furniture to look better and did a few loads of laundry (washing machine water supply in the garage has finally thawed!)
Tomorrow I shall be going to argos and buying a shoe rack shelf and a tall shelf to go inside her cupboard to help keep it organised. I also need to do a run to the skip.
Unfortunately the rest of my house looks like a bomb has hit it, with bags of clothing and rubbish everywhere. (Finally just loaded them into the car).
<Knows that no-one else is reading this thread, but doesn't care, it just looks good all written down>
I'm tackling small jobs (and not so small jobs) as and when the time and inclination is available.
So far I've
Sorted all of DD2's clothes and reorganised her wardrobe. Bought and put up shelves in DD2s tiny bedroom for her to display all of her painted ceramic craftwork. Put up a deep shelf and a mirror to make DD2 a dressing table/desk. Result: Happy DD2.
Got DH to remove DD1's top bunk (and donated it to a friend) and bought her new bedding. Moved all her bedroom furniture around. Put up one shelf for her DVDs (still have another shelf to put up) Helped her to sort through a lot of stuff she's been holding on to. Result: Job still in progress. She's currently sorting through her other stuff and this weekend's BIG job is to empty her built in wardrobe, go through EVERYTHING in it and be ruthless. We aren't keeping any of her old clothes unless DD2 really loves them.
Last week I went through all the shelves in the pantry and binned anything out of date.
Today, I came home from the school run and spent an hour going through the wall cupboards, end open shelves, windowsill and the drawers in the tiny kitchen. I filled a massive bin bag and have a further pile of things like Princess mugs etc that DD2 has declared she is too big for now for the charity shop. (Still need to sort through two base cupboards!)
Built a shoe rack and organised my shoes in my room and moved my dressing table. (Still need to be ruthless with my clothing - but waiting til I've lost a bit more weight and can just bin loads of stuff).
I hadn't realised how much I've got done as I've been doing it in a hit and miss fashion, but it is starting to make a difference.
I still have a house that is a practical rather than a pretty one in terms of decoration and storage, but it is getting easier to keep it tidy.