Anybody want to join me in a mega, whole house declutter?

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LilllyLovesLife Tue 04-Mar-14 10:03:09

I am desperate to have a clean and tidy home. It's always ruined my life and I always feel very lonely, partly because I can never have anybody over without a week or so notice to clean up! I am fed up of being like this and want to make a change for good. I know that the biggest step is to declutter, as it will make it so much easier to keep tidy.

I have delcuttered lots of times before, and I then end up filling it up again! I don't want to do this again! I want this to be the last time!!

Anybody up for joining me?

I have already done my girls room (They share a small double and it was always so full that they couldn't ever have space to play in it!). It is so much easier now, I finished it about a week ago but have actually kept it tidy!

I am now moving onto my Son's room. It's a TEENY box room with just a cotbed and one chest of drawers in, no spare space and I have an extra baby to fit in their soon as we are expecting again. Baby will sleep in our room for as long as possible but no idea where the baby's clothes etc will go! So iv culled his clothes and now have 2 spare drawers, and got an under bed drawer now which I can use although not really space to pull it out!

Anyway, would anybody like to join me in my mission? We could support each other and keep each other going? I have also strarted looking into flylady and hope to use some bits from there, but not follow it fully as I like to do my own thing a bit.

JKSLtd Sun 02-Nov-14 21:05:12

Big things:

clean & pass on Little Tike cube from garden
clean and pass on/freecycle water table from garden

Freecycle DS2's old wardrobe - DONE and GONE

Sift through toys pre-Christmas, esp stuff for DS2's SN sch for Christmas Fair - Started
Plus books, hangers, smellies, anything they might be able to use/resell - Started

Also:
gardening front
gardening back
get dh to clean & tidy bins - I've done one and found it's lid
laundry - Never ending
kitchen counters covered in stuff - Started
general tidying & returning things to their correct homes
continue looking after DH, drinks, tablets, etc. - Ongoing
party planning, numbers, stuff, decorations, etc. - DONE
Clear shelf and take down/shorten so Christmas tree can fit there in living room

JKSLtd Sun 26-Oct-14 16:06:58

I may be talking to myself but I need to write down what I've done & what I've got to do.

DH ended up in hosp for 10 days with gallstones, PIL have been here being very good really but...organisation and tidiness have not happened.

Half-term now, but PIL have taken DD away for a few days to help DH recover in slightly more peace. So, hoping to get on top of some stuff as have a small Halloween party planned for Fri.

Big things:

clean & pass on Little Tike cube from garden
clean and pass on/freecycle water table from garden

DD's wardrobe;
swap over clothes - DONE

Freecycle DS2's old wardrobe - DONE but needs collecting

Sift through toys pre-Christmas, esp stuff for DS2's Sn sch for Christmas Fair - Started
Plus books, hangers, smellies, anything they might be able to use/resell - Started

Also:
gardening front
gardening back
get dh to clean & tidy bins
laundry - Started
kitchen counters covered in stuff - Started
general tidying & returning things to their correct homes
continue looking after DH, drinks, tablets, etc.
party planning, numbers, stuff, decorations, etc.

JKSLtd Sat 27-Sep-14 13:40:24

Right, back from holidays & wedding trips.

House is chaos but Dh & I have plans to try and get on top of it this weekend (well what's left of it!).
DS1 is away at a friends so just 2 'helpers' left to deal with hmm

Big things:

clean & freecycle ELC bouncy castle thing in the garden Done & gone
clean & pass on Little Tike cube from garden
clean and pass on/freecycle water table from garden

DD's wardrobe;
paint Done
move upstairs Done
swap over clothes halfway, must finish this
freecycle old one Done & gone

Freecycle DS2's old wardrobe

Sift through toys pre-Christmas, esp stuff for DS2's Sn sch for Christmas Fair
Plus books, hangers, smellies, anything they might be able to use/resell.

Also:
gardening front done some
gardening back
get dh to clean & tidy bins
laundry chaos
kitchen counters covered in stuff
stuff to shed

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Wed 17-Sep-14 13:45:26

inspirational stuff.
let things gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

MollyBdenum Wed 17-Sep-14 13:01:46

Have 3 bags of clothes ready to go the charity shop. I now have nothing in seasonal storage, 7 things hanging in my wardrobe and 2 empty drawers in my chest of drawers.

Am now tackling the children's room.

JKSLtd Wed 17-Sep-14 12:01:45

The receipt finding is good news - decluttering saves money!smile

New wardrobe looks fab. Halfway through sorting dd's clothes into it - getting rid of some as I go - and hoping to move out some stuff from her room to rearrange it a bit.

Freecycle the old elc bouncy castle last night.
Ds2's wardrobe is listed on freecycle.
Dd's old wardrobe needs to be listed.

We're off tomorrow until Monday so need to focus on packing now.

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Tue 16-Sep-14 20:53:34

have just finished clearing out under my bed... only a few bits left, the rest up the loft. so dusty <weeps>

have noticed something though. DH is a swine and a sucker for accepting shit off his parents GRR. he always blames me for collecting up shite but he is just as bad if not worse

random chairs...broken tables... half complete sets of useless china.

one good thing was I found a receipt enabling me to take something broken back for an exchange which has saved us £30 for a new one

JKSLtd Sun 14-Sep-14 07:17:43

Room turnaround sounds serious!

Wardrobe is just white. It was a boring brown with lots of scratches but was only £10 off eBay.
Her bed is white and small drawer unit is white around the edges (different colour fronts of drawers) - though I am hoping she won't need the drawers - no plan for them yet but they originally came from dh's grandad so have to keep them.

Off to friends for the day later so need to get the last coat done first.

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Sat 13-Sep-14 21:38:25

I have started a Christmas ideas word doc, so as ideas for pressies strike me I can note them on to remember them,

also started a pinterest Christmas idea board,

have no money though. lots folk I know are buying gifts already! I'm not though, as my dc change their minds and I lose or forget what I buy early.

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Sat 13-Sep-14 21:36:34

what colour are you painting it?? sounds lovely.

big jobs here - weeding at the front ... painting front of house shock
the ''major bedroom turnaround'' next weekend <squee> baby going into his own room thank ye gods
involves ds into dd's room into bnkbeds, dismantling their old beds, moving ds clothes, major hoovering,
clearing under our bed [yuck] and clearing my wardrobe cupboard <holy cow>
on zero sleep as baby has a cold. sad

JKSLtd Sat 13-Sep-14 20:35:36

I've done 2 coats on the new wardrobe, but I think it'll need one more tomorrow - not helped by DD planting her hand onto it, grr.
I've dug out an old cheap sticky border with flowers & butterflies that I think I'll stick on the front to make it more girly for her.
Really want to get to the point where DH can help me get it upstairs before he goes to work on Mon so I can get on with shifting clothes.

Started on the weeds at the front too - big job as they went mad when we went away.

Finished putting away the pool stuff from the garden into the shed - also a big job.

Big things I have to tackle soon:
clean & freecycle ELC bouncy castle thing in the garden
clean & pass on Little Tike cube from garden
clean and pass on/freecycle water table from garden

DD's wardrobe; paint/upstairs/swap over clothes/freecycle old one

Freecycle DS2's old wardrobe

sift through toys pre-Christmas...

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Sat 13-Sep-14 16:11:27

excellent work. its so motivational hearing all the tidying plus all of the donations.

I was inspired by my bf moving house and her new one is immaculate! envy

Alexaa Fri 12-Sep-14 21:43:36

Cleared larder and have put some food in bags for a local food bank that school is collecting for. Found these items and figured some families would need them more than ours;

A big box of Jasmine and Chamomile tea bags (given by MIL for no apparent reason)
A carton of tomato juice
Two tins of mushroom soup (nobody likes mushroom soup in our family....)
A mega pack of Sun-Maid raisins (DS has decided he doesn't like them anymore)

Cleared attic room (converted into playroom) and took old games and toys down to the charity shop. Now there's enough room to set up DS1's pool table)

Next I need to clear the garage with DH.

JKSLtd Fri 12-Sep-14 21:04:21

Bought new underbed box for pile of scarves and hats and gloves that have lived on my bedroom floor since I gave ds1 the previous box for his lego.

Also bought paint for dd's new wardrobe and have done the primer coat already.

JKSLtd Wed 10-Sep-14 10:59:22

Chucked out all but one emergency dummy as dd has given them up. Passed on dummy clips to mil for refuge and she's gone with the boxes.

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Tue 09-Sep-14 20:08:18

blitzed the conservatory toy dump
moved loads pictures around, wiped down all of the dead flies shelves
filled a rubbish bag with reels of coloured in wallpaper <don't ask> viciously threw away the playing cards with a few missing...and shoved a load of toys up the attic.
it looks ace in there now. it is a grown up room.

JKSLtd Tue 09-Sep-14 18:34:09

I know I read quite a few over the holidays. Really want to keep it up but I know I won't.

3 boxes of kids clothes going via MIL to the refuge.
Plus most plastic cutlery/kiddie cutlery and bowls.
Need to add plates.
Have kept some but not sure why - the nicer metal sets.

Want to get paint for dd's new wardrobe to cheer it up so a trip to b&q needed then try to find the time to do it. It's much bigger than I though which will be useful - once we manage to get it upstairs!!

ChaffinchOfMegalolz Tue 09-Sep-14 09:13:31

yay for school <waves flag>

house a shed.
poo.

but have recently enjoyed ''reading a book'' god the bliss. so decluttering far down list grin

JKSLtd Mon 08-Sep-14 08:51:13

Yey havedecluttered the house of children grin
And school bags too.

Started going through dd's clothes yesterday as was give another bag of bits over the weekend.
Also going through shoes as she's grown. Boys stayed the same for now phew.

Off to collect new eBay wardrobe for dd in a bit then I get going with her room.

JKSLtd Thu 04-Sep-14 16:56:18

Back from holidays.

House full of stuff in the wrong place. And new stuff appearing for school that needs sorting.

Did acquire some more plastic storage boxes which I've started filing with 'exit' stuff but it's slow going. All kids back at school from Monday so will aim for progress then.

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 19-Aug-14 21:17:07

lovely to give something back grin

have had precisely ZERO sleep with the emperor; ergo zero tidying. all my energy to function smile

Isisizzie Tue 19-Aug-14 17:04:26

I read through the whole tread last night and was inspired to do a bit of de cluttering. Thank you.
I have just got back to my prewedding/prepregnancy weight. I kept a lot of my larger clothes for after the baby was born. This gave me the little push to sort them out now they are to big and look silly on me. Someone must of been looking at me doing it as when I came downstairs with my armful of clothes there was a charity collection bag poking through the letterbox. So not only have I sorted the clothes out they will be going on Thursday, which is earlier than I would have been able to get them to charity shop. At least they wont be hanging around.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 15-Aug-14 21:58:42

here too. I REALLY want to sort my bedroom drawers again but baby will go crazy mayhem if I stick him in his cot for a bit....will roll onto the floor at speed if I put him on my bed...or will eat dust bunnies if put on the floor. literally can't do it.

Mumof3xox Fri 15-Aug-14 10:58:47

Arghhhhhh

House so messyyyyyy

JKSLtd Fri 15-Aug-14 10:46:02

Packing for holiday in France so no decluttering just stuff everywhere!

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