40 days to join me ?

(467 Posts)
spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 22:39:38

Have decided the only way I'm ever gonna get organised it to own less ....

I like the look of this

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 22:40:01
LackaDAISYcal Tue 28-May-13 22:48:57

I think it will take more than 30 mins a day over 40 days to declutter this hellhole blush

But I suppose it is making a start though. I think I'll lurk and see what I can do myself in that time!

Good Luck smile

MrsFrederickWentworth Tue 28-May-13 22:55:47

I'll lurk too. The only way we works declutter in that time would be to find a flame thrower. But I could make a start.

superfluouscurves Tue 28-May-13 22:56:32

Great idea for a thread spiderbabymum. Live abroad so only 33 days until end of term/start of summer holidays and quite a few of those are already booked up so need to do something urgently to get house in order. Have had all year to declutter (with help of Flylady) and haven't done it or at least haven't been consistent. Will read link again in morning and see if I can muster some motivation!

Good luck with all the chucking out!

MyPreciousRing Tue 28-May-13 22:58:03

I'm in!
Thanks for the link

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 22:58:23


Half an hour a day . Get rid of ten items a day !!

That's the only rules

We can manage that!!!

happyAvocado Tue 28-May-13 22:58:34

I'm with you - I like that list they gave.
It will take me several days to go through boks but my clothes have been sorted 6 months ago so not much work there smile

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 23:01:27

Yes some of the days I will need to plan ahead for .

Eg the videos / DVDs are in different boxes all over the house

But that's where HE comes in .....

I plan to take a getting ready for a school day approach

GET all the stuff out the night before .!! With the help of him downstairs

MyPreciousRing Tue 28-May-13 23:01:37

Oh sad struggling with it on my phone as a pdf - is there a website OP?

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 23:02:05

LOOK it's only five days a week .

MyPreciousRing Tue 28-May-13 23:04:18

Ah, cross post. So only rules are to chuck ten items per day?

Right, I won't attempt to download and read - will just do that grin

Does one page of a bank statement count as one item do you reckon...[Wink]?

Easy peasy

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 23:13:22

Is where I found it

Found link to above on minimalistmom

First one full of JESUS and suchlike

spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 23:13:52
spiderbabymum Tue 28-May-13 23:14:34
MrsFrederickWentworth Wed 29-May-13 08:15:16

Well, even if I don't keep to the rules, even an item a day would be better than none.

rubyrubyruby Wed 29-May-13 08:24:25

<<thinks about it>>

NotAnotherPackedLunch Wed 29-May-13 08:28:10

I'm in, but I won't be starting until half term is over.
My first bit of decluttering will be to get the children off the premises and back to school. grin

outtolunchagain Wed 29-May-13 08:31:51

I'm in , we started this weekend but still have enormous amounts of stuff, booked old chest of drawers into auction yesterday and threw out old desk and replaced with neater more useful one for ds2.

My big problem is books I hate getting rid of them it feels bad somehow.

chimchar Wed 29-May-13 08:37:38

I have spent DAYS clearing out my was shameful.

Now it's clear (nothing under the bed anymore either!!!) I feel fantastic! I somehow feel lighter and far happier.

Slowly moving on to other spaces which aren't quite so bad, but I will happily lurk and get rid of ten bits a day....

hardbeingme Wed 29-May-13 08:39:50

i'm in! although will probably have to sneak it past dh - he thinks ebay/boot fair fodder and in reality we never get rid of anything and i am genuinely worried the ceiling is going to fall down from sheer volume of loft!!! maybe i could commit to listing ten things a day to starting at 99p aswell

books are a problem though i luffs them but in reality am never going to reread the thrillers - i know who dunnit, but hate getting rid.

rubyrubyruby Wed 29-May-13 08:41:14

Ok - I'm in and I will start today smile
I'm going to do a small area or cupboard a day but will not be getting rid of my car.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Wed 29-May-13 08:41:24

I'm in - one of our spare rooms will now need to be cleared and decorated for unexpected BFP. Unfortunately, it's the one I use to pile all the crap up in.

Need to get started....

MadBusLady Wed 29-May-13 08:46:39

Ah, I need this! We moved two months ago and still unpacking the last things and it makes you reassess what you really need. But I've still not taken any actual decisions so things are getting half-heartedly put away with an "I'll think about chucking that later." Feeble.

booksandchoc Wed 29-May-13 09:29:22

I'm in! At work now so can't read the whole link. Will start tonight once in home. Just marking my place now!

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 09:35:31


Delighted to see so much interest .

It's a good schedule

It starts small .

I did my utensil drawers yesterday

They are now so functional and easy to use .

It's also had the effect of making me really THINK about purchases , my buying habits and what comes into the house .

If anyone needs inspiration just look at links above or see my FAVOURITE simple living site

Rachel on there is a genius .....
HIGHLIGHTS the benefits of living simply AND it doesn't have to cost money!!!

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 09:38:46
spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 09:39:54


AAAaaaaaah Peace

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 09:40:11
IAmNaturallyThisOrange Wed 29-May-13 09:41:29

I'm in, on hols at the moment <looks around at almost empty holiday cottage and wishes it was like this at home> back home sat, wash, wash, wash Sunday . DCs back st school Monday so will start then [hopeful emoticon]

With you on the Jesus type American sites I was looking for a cleaning routine to help with chaos at home and the one I liked included time to pray and read scriptures confused

This looks good though smile

MadBusLady Wed 29-May-13 09:46:43

That blog looks great. Will read more when I have time later.

But I am not approaching this in the right spirit, because I clicked straight into the post about the brightly coloured china and thought "Ooh, that's lovely, I'd like to buy some of that." blush

suburbophobe Wed 29-May-13 09:49:30

I'm in.

My decluttering is a permanent on-going project - albeit slowly grin

seasalt Wed 29-May-13 09:55:04

"Lover of Jesus. Wife of Ryan" smile. I am going to try the throw out 10 things every day. I had just sorted out my underwear drawer before I saw this and chucked all the old knickers and socks.

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 10:16:53

LOL at lover of Jesus .

The smallnotebook one is a lot better .........

She s just so clever at simplifying things

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 10:53:30

More here


spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 10:54:53
MyPreciousRing Wed 29-May-13 11:03:15

Some good tips on there - like the one about just closing the door on a disorderly cupboard and tackling when have time.

I've been de-cluttering for almost a year now so may actually struggle to throw away ten items per day. Mine is largely 'unseen' clutter - under bed, neatly in boxes and in cupboards (but clutter none-the-less). Will try five per day and see how that goes... Or is that a bit defeatist?

MyPreciousRing Wed 29-May-13 11:33:54

Erm, actually isn't that hard if you count every small item. So after my moaning that can't possibly do ten per day... Just done it!

Take-away menus, some old shoe polish and bits of crap in porch cupboard. Job done grin

happyAvocado Wed 29-May-13 12:02:57

I think when it comes to CD's it will be 100 a day for several days... smile

happyAvocado Wed 29-May-13 12:05:25

I also agree that this is the bottom line:

1. Purge – remove the things that don’t belong.

2. Order – sort and arrange what you have in a useful way.

3. Maintain – pick up after yourself, repeat 1 & 2 as needed.

4. Know when to stop

MyPreciousRing Wed 29-May-13 12:29:47

That's ace Avacado. Concise advice. Thank you.

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 13:01:44

Im just in day two .....know it sounds ridiculous but already I see the benefits

One is certainally that im naturally inclined to MAINTAIN
The areas I've already completed

Some suggestions ...mainly take from previous attempt at Flylady

Start small

If you are joining us for the 40 day declutter STICK TO THE PROGRAM

Aim for Five days a week

And I would suggest to Aim to release yourself from the ten items per day FROM the area you dealt with in that days task . it if not then pick up other items from around the house as your normal day unfolds.

IF adapting it to suit yourself CHOOSE GOALS THAT are achievable ........goes without saying really ....but the tendancy is always to go too fast and bit of more than you can chew



rubyrubyruby Wed 29-May-13 13:32:02

This morning I have cleared the floor area of my understairs cupboard. Not the shelves - just the floor smile
at least 10 things thrown out.

MyPreciousRing Wed 29-May-13 16:23:16

Just thrown away a clock and put three pictures, a cushion and a lightshade in car for charity shop... That's me on 16 for today! (Think I'm maybe getting this a bit wrong.)

FullOfChoc Wed 29-May-13 20:03:49

OK, I've printed it out and I'm going to try...

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:06:49

GREAT fullofchoc

so glad someone's joining me ...know it will encourage me to stick with the program

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:09:41


Well done , bet you can now see the floor of your cupboard . That space will come in handy

GOOD on ya

Now that you two have started how are we gonna make sure you keep going ?

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:13:25

I mean don't you want a spice shelf like this one ;-)

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:15:33


Read this

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:20:38

Need inspiration for the kids bedroom

What do we think of this room

I can just think of one word said slowly ... BREATHE

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:33:26

personally I Really like the simplicity if the kids bedroom
And some Great ideas the drainpipe book stands

But in some ways for my taste she's takin the thrift thing a bit too far

If the doors in that sewing cabinet are glass for example ...not safe for playing in

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 20:34:44

I seem to be the only one postin in my own thread .....should I just toddle off and keep. Diary instead ?

christinarossetti Wed 29-May-13 20:36:09

Just started my decluttering project, having realised that the only way I'm going to stop stressing about falling over stuff all the time is to just get rid of it.

One charity shop run, one trip to the tip and a couple of drops at friends' houses and life seems a lot lighter!

Heifer Wed 29-May-13 20:58:38

This is excellent timing. DH has been nagging me for weeks to declutter as we need to decorate in order to put our house on the market.
I haven't got 8 weeks, but will double my efforts and this is a great starting point. I'm a natural slacker so have found any excuse. No more....

Ooh, I'm in. Am trying to declutter. This might keep me on track. Love the pink chicks! <misses the point>

IAmNaturallyThisOrange Wed 29-May-13 22:13:14

I am officially on hols but went through a bag today and binned 5 things ( was a small(ish) bag.
But it was good as I would have taken the lot home and -maybe- binned it at home.

Anyone else spent time looking for fiestaware ?? <totally misses the point too> blush

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 22:50:20



( but gotta admit yes I to have googled FIESTAWARE)

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 22:51:25

Whoo whoop

WE have a decluttering posssy

making britian cleaner one room at a time

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 22:53:45


GATHER UP your Clutter

Banish mess

And make room for The Lord !!!!!!!!

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 22:55:49

Have just linked to our guide again for the newcomers . welcome !!

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 22:57:41

anyone else wished they had the type of partner who would do the pink chicks thing .......
Or scrap that who would even Notice if I've had a bad day ......

Dysgu Wed 29-May-13 23:00:49

Can I jump on board, please? We are going away on holiday in just about 8 weeks so the timing is just about perfect. It is a house swap and i usually end up cleaning and tidying like crazy in the two days before we leave - this sounds like a much better, and long term, solution. I might even treat myself to a whole-house-clean from a professional company if I manage to keep on top of everything.

Every time I try to get my DDs to sort through their toys though they rediscover all the stuff they had forgotten about. Will have to be sneaky about going through everything without them.

Need to be careful about the new stuff coming into the house - have a 10 week old baby and he is gathering stuff already!

spiderbabymum Wed 29-May-13 23:15:43

My little one is 16 weeks ..........yes jump on board the wagon

HerrenaHarridan Wed 29-May-13 23:29:53

1) 2 x pics I never liked anyway
2) broken piece of plastic doodah
3) several odd bits of paper
4) several non working pens
5) lid for broken Tupperware
6) some decrepit clothes
7) lots of old receipts from my handbag
8) pile of assorted advertising I verify believed I might be interested in
9) several pieces of plastic recycling that have previously been recycled as plant pots and are now just muddy clutter
10) the bottom of a hamster cage that used to sit outside with the above mentioned 'plant pots' in. This was rescued and reused as a water play tray for dd 16 mo

Really good links and inspiration thank you. Am I brave enough to do it?

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 07:31:47

...Can you manage half an hour a day ?
.....on top of all the regular daily work .

Is there a partner , relative , cleaner or children that could help??

The first six or seven days are JUST on the the PACE is manageable

Yeah it's. bit dull at times
But so far
More cupboard space
Know What I have and where everything is
Increasing sense if satisfaction as I watch the pile in the get rid of basket grow.
Better systems for handling incoming stuff.......and I'm on day 3

Try maybe set a timer the work doesn't mushroom into a huge task....

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 07:34:39

Or if less daunting use the three basket system


Charity shop

Store shove in a box in garage ..... If you don't miss it later get rid of it

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 07:48:33
spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 08:01:27

More inspiration

Ok try to overlook the fact it's clearly a millionaires home !

Scroll down third photo of pantry

And BREATHE .....

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 08:03:52

JUST realised its photos of all different kitchens .......

But PLEASE can I have a store cupboard like that ????

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 08:07:54


Here's what NOT to do

Yes I eyed my cutler drawer (Day 1) this morning thinking Surely That Wouldn't Take Long.

Later I got something out of the airing cupboard and thought THAT Would Definitely Take More Than 30 Minutes! (but that's not day 1)

I have to force myself to write a report today so I'd better do that first, maybe get to cutlery drawer in the evening??

rubyrubyruby Thu 30-May-13 10:49:28

Thanks spiderbabe!

I have decluttered DSs wardrobe today - 10 items at least for passing on/chucking.

Intend to follow list but in my own order iyswim. Our house is going on the market this weekend so I need to prioritise.

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 11:11:00

airing cupboard is day 33

LILY Please Consider TRYING THE 30 minute declutter

So set a timer

SPEND NO MORE than 30 minutes on it

Otherwise the linen cupboard will spontaneously combust and you might burn your fingers ....

Ask yourself
Is it beautiful or useful ?
Have I used it in the last year ?

IF NO then out it goes .TOSS IT

OK you are allowed shove in attic ....but really ....why bother ...just more stuff to clear .

HONESTLY if you do this you will be amazed how much you can achieve in 30 minutes .

Oh....I so badly want to be flood at decluttering but I'm useless! Going to print off this and read it as it's too small to read on my phone

I just always look at things and think "i might need that one day" and can't get rid of them. And then every so often I'll get all angry and throw out loads of stuff, but then accumulate more in its place!


spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 11:37:28

Whoo whoooooo

Made it to most active

Ok who is in ???????????

Add your name to list please

1. Spiderbabymum

badchat Thu 30-May-13 11:59:43

ooh I'm in. Love a bit of decluttering, and a plan.

I got this book a while back, and found it really helpful so my house is not too bad, but could always do with an extra push. That book covers a lot of the psychology of hoarding/cluttering which is really useful for helping you work out why you keep/accumualte stuff and how you can change how you think about it.

I think I need a policy on stuff coming in as well though - hardly going to be worth getting rid of 10 items a day if I jsut bring in a whole new load of crap. And I have a bit of an Amazon habit at the moment, especially as I am getting into sewing and gardening; keep buying a new pair of scissors here, load of pea netting there etc...

Anyway, shall do cutlery drawer when I get home.

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 12:08:04

Badchat ...did you .........write that book ?

You made it sound just so good

Come on then add your names to list

.1 spider
2 badchat

Im needing motivation . 40 days FEELS like a very long time right now

superfluouscurves Thu 30-May-13 13:21:03

Count me in please but can't start until Monday 3rd!

Maypoledance Thu 30-May-13 13:32:46

This is great! I started decluttering with DD3 aged 5 on Tuesday. We sorted out her room. Will be following the thread with interest.

badchat Thu 30-May-13 13:36:48

Haha no. I think there are plenty like it - I just bought that one as it was recommended on MN.

This blog post has also got some good points about things not to do especially.

One day at a time! No need to think about all 40 just now...

Which day are you on now spider?

badchat Thu 30-May-13 13:41:05

Hope you don't mind me cluttering up the thread - just copying first few days here for reference so I don't have to keep opening up pdf...

1. Kitchen drawers- Cutlery and cooking utensils.
2. Kitchen cupboards- All cupboards with eating dishes (plates, glasses, china, wine glasses,
etc.) and storage containers (like Tupperware or Pyrex containers).
3. Kitchen cupboards- All cupboards with cooking items (pots, pans, casserole dishes, baking
trays or pans) as well as small appliances (blenders, food processors, toaster ovens, etc.).
4. Kitchen drawers- Any junk or miscellaneous drawers.
5. Kitchen linens- Dish towels, cloths, rags, oven mitts, napkins, tablecloths, placemats.
6. Kitchen "other"- Water bottles, reusable bags, lunch boxes and containers, cleaning
supplies, anything else you store in the kitchen that isn't covered somewhere else
on the list.
7. Kitchen cookbooks and recipes.

badchat Thu 30-May-13 13:52:00

Also wanted to share link to Recycle This site.

I know a lot of the guides say not to worry too much where things go and just get rid of things, but I'd really rather make use of things if possible than just fill up landfill.

For example - some good ideas for Day 1's cutlery here. I am probably not up to making jewellery out of forks but could definitely drop off odd spoons at work kitchen station where they are always needed for tea, and put a few useful things in tool box.

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 14:20:43

Hi I'm on day three

Major hurdle is gonna be the office though . Gulp

OpheliaBumps Thu 30-May-13 14:26:00

Just read this, I'm in but think I'll need more than 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks to sort everything.

I'd just sorted my underwear drawer before I read this thread, so have already done my 10 items for today, but might go on to the day 1 activity as well, while I'm on a roll grin

spiderbabymum Thu 30-May-13 14:53:10

The way I look at it ophelia is that I'm 40 . It's taken me until now to have time and to be ready to do this .
30 minutes a day may not be enough for some of the tasks ......the dreaded office , the shed .

But IT'S enough for MOST of the tasks .

I'm hoping if I start with 30 mins on each area...I'll be inspired to keep going on the more difficult ones .

Ok I'm in too, to find 30 minutes from somewhere...hmmm

badchat Thu 30-May-13 18:35:05

Ok cutlery drawer done! Nice easy one for day 1. Even found 10 items in there altho cheated slightly by moving a couple to new roles, most binned though. Very satisfying!

issimma Thu 30-May-13 21:31:05

Cutlery drawer done - things rehomed or binned, apart from 7 random spoons. Was satisfying so purged another drawer too grin.

rubyrubyruby Thu 30-May-13 21:36:24

I id airing cupboard today. I know it's not he right order but I have the house sale energy bloke vining tomorrow and he will want to see my water tank not my cutlery drawer! grin

....... cutlery tomorrow.

Cutlery and utensil drawer sorted. 16 items declared 'clutter' and removed. What does one do with unwanted kitchen knives though?

Plates/Tupperware cupboards going to be more of a challenge, but onwards and upwards!

Dysgu Thu 30-May-13 23:12:13

I am in but will be starting with the list on Monday when the kids are back in school so I only have the baby to cope with.

Today though I did sort out the baby clothes and have bagged up the ones he has already grown out of.

DD1 is all excited about starting to 'tidy and organise' the playroom tomoorow - I won't manage to get them to agree to getting rid of many toys - but hopefully we will have it sorted and then it will be ready for me to go through once they are not here!

Have been eyeing my cutlery drawer (is the only drawer in the kitchen) but arrival of DS means we probably shouldn't get rid of the plastic cutlery just yet?

rubyrubyruby Fri 31-May-13 05:15:57

I'm on a roll. Can't sleep and desperate to start cutlery drawer but it will be soooo noisy grin

My problem isn't decluttering it's going to be getting rid if what I've decluttered. I must resist just storing it in the garage.

prissyenglisharriviste Fri 31-May-13 05:48:15

I'll start Monday as well, sc. Massively busy weekend. We are moving in 6 weeks... My house was tidy for the two weeks it took to sell it, but we just have. Too. Much. Stuff.

For example, on my living room floor I can see <conservative estimate> about fifty coat hangers. Obviously, there's bugger all reason why they need to be on the living room floor (left over from ironing) but to need fifty coat hangers as left overs? Really?

And no, I didn't finish the ironing.

spiderbabymum Fri 31-May-13 07:35:16

Hi mums !

Ok that's me done the first four days .im away for the weekend .

I just want to make a point here

MY kitchen has never ever been so tidy .

I have done so much reading about clutter in the last seven days ...all online ....that its now bizzarely easy for me to get rid of stuff .

MY kitchen work tops are clear ....and there's one partic area ....where we eat that's NEVER clear and was FULL OF's all gone .

I have a tall laundry basket that's FULL of stuff for the bin or charity shop .....mostly charity . I will sort that onnmonday .

So farewell lovely mumsnetters .

I will have to wean myself off this mn addiction over the weekend .

Have fun ...please try to stick to the principle of timing the actual clear out part to 30 minutes ..... Or two fifteen min sessions if you can't face it's.
Come on you can do anything for 15 minutes .

Maypoledance Fri 31-May-13 10:06:02

I am now obsessed with decluttering! Reading all the links is really giving me the impetus to get the house totally sorted.

mrspaddy Fri 31-May-13 10:17:17

I finally decluttered a large wicker basket in my sitting room and behind sofa, bookcase etc. Happy now! The wicker basket is totally empty and will be used for baby stuff only in 14 weeks time grin.
It was full of old Argos books, old trainers, weights etc that I bought and never used. DH was happy though - he got them - I don't know where he put them. They were too heavy for me.
Old remotes etc have gone too. Now I have found little pretty tins in the house and I am going to label them (new label maker is my best friend) for spare batteries as they are lurking all around the house. Also a large box for spare lightbulbs.

MegaClutterSlut Fri 31-May-13 10:56:11

I'm in grin have got rid of 3 black sacks of crap stuff this week, not that it's made much difference hmm

It's going to take longer than 40 days, it's a right shit tip mess blush

MegaClutterSlut Fri 31-May-13 13:17:18

So far today I've managed to put most of the washing away 5 loads worth that have been sat in piles all week and have filled a large carrier with clothes for charity.

ILikeToClean Fri 31-May-13 14:10:17

I'm in too, going to start tomorrow as I am working today. My house is clean and everything is put away but what is in the drawers and cupboards is excessive - I mean, do I really need 4 sieves, over 50 mugs and cups and endless baking dishes? I only ever use the same few all the time so not sure why they are all in there clogging up space. Think the kitchen is the worst, so good that the plan tackles that first! Study getting out of hand too with paperwork and filing so those are my main tasks. But then thinking about probably have tons of toys and plasticy bits they no longer play with! Hmmm...going to be a big job but getting quite excited about starting! blush

badchat Fri 31-May-13 20:16:03

Day 2 plates and tupperware done and about 10 items removed to clear out. Most freeing is allowing myself to get rid of presents I know I'll never use but I've kept for years out of guilt.

Iliketoclean yeah, 50 mugs and cups sounds rather a lot! Unless you host a lot of giant coffee mornings?!!

mrspaddy like your thinking on the battery tins etc. I can never find spare bateries but sure they are around somewhere. That could be a good use for one of the tupperware pots I was dithering over chucking or not also.

ILikeToClean Fri 31-May-13 21:33:18

Badchat no giant coffee mornings no! Just wondering what to do with it all! Local charity shop often rejects stuff on the basis they have too much stock! What to do with excess mugs...?

Dilidali Fri 31-May-13 21:36:09

Marking placesmile

Maypoledance Sat 01-Jun-13 15:22:12

I went to Ikea yesterday and bought some new spice jars. I have now decanted all my spices into the new jars (some were very out of date and had to be chucked). The spice rack looks fab!

Have also bought lovely Ikea storage jars and filled them with flour, coffee, sugar etc and all in my decluttered kitchen cupboards. Feeling fab about the whole thing even though I still have a long way to go.

KinkyDorito Sun 02-Jun-13 11:55:25

Okay, count me in.

I have done the cutlery draw and the draw where I store utensils. I am going through the books being merciless. I am also going to swear not to buy another book until I've read all of the ones that are still untouched on the shelves. That should keep me going for a couple of years grin.

I took a car load down to the charity shop on Saturday and plan to take another couple of bags tomorrow.

I feel so sad we have wasted so much money on tat. I really need to control what I spend. That will be the biggest challenge. I declutter annually, but it builds up again so quickly. I am sick of living in a messy tip. I liked what the link said about is your stuff really worth the time you spend on it. Mine isn't. I work full time as it is, then run around trying to keep tidy or give up completely, sit on the sofa and feel fed up.

Here's to a new era.

ILikeToClean Sun 02-Jun-13 12:01:54

Sounds v organised maypole! Well yesterday I veered off and did the lounge, we have a coffee table which opens up and has lots of drawers on one side, sideboard the same and although every drawer is organised so all same sort of things are in each one (anal!) I still emptied all the drawers of old takeaway menus, leaflets on days out, old phone books, catalogues etc. Only took an hour! I think kitchen, study and DDs bedrooms will be the worst for clutter so am going to do them when DDs go back to school! Today we are out (sunny day!) so might do a small job like the porch later, so not strictly following the 40 day thing (I like to be a bit more hardcore and do more than one drawer grin) but it's inspired me to get back on track with my organisation!

mrspaddy Sun 02-Jun-13 14:45:47

I tackled my airing cupboard last night.. exciting stuff! Ah no, I enjoyed the feeling of getting it done. I got two large crates and put linen in one, towels in another. Then I went through the linen.. will need to boil wash some then only keep what is worth keeping. Luckily all linen white.

Towels- I bought a wicker storage stool and put half my towels in in then went through the rest. Will give a lot to a centre I know will be glad of them.

I found a black bag of more clothes sad will sort another time.

Then on the top shelf serious junk - sofa cushions/pictures I am fed up of.. gone to a good home.


rubyrubyruby Sun 02-Jun-13 15:34:42

Shed today.

A bag of barbecue charcoal had split and tipped out all over the floor about 3 years ago

....... that was a lovely job as you can imagine.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 02-Jun-13 16:45:50

I have come to the thread a bit late, but started about 6 weeks ago. I seem to have lost momentum though so this has given me a much needed kick up the ass grin
I have done the front room bookcase today and 10 have gone.
My problem is finding somewhere to take it all, we have hundreds of charity shops, but I don't drive and the bags can be heavy or lots in number.
I have taken about 10 carrier bags in past month, must step it up a bit grin Not enough for them to collect it really.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 02-Jun-13 16:56:17

Well I'm back from holiday and all the unpacking and laundry is done. Now to get the children off to school tomorrow and I can really get going with reclaiming the house.

Thanks for starting this thread - I'm hoping that by posting here I'll be better at sticking with it rather than drifting off after a week or two. After living longer in this house than any other the clutter has really built up.

Kitchen drawers tomorrow morning.
Is it very wrong to be feeling excited by the prospect of throwing stuff out and clearing up? I'm usually not very domesticated so this is new territory for me. grin

KinkyDorito Sun 02-Jun-13 18:11:23

It's the prospect of freedom, NotAnother. I'm the same. At first I was all paranoid about wasting money and giving away stuff that might come in useful. Now I love the idea it will be someone else's treasure!

issimma Sun 02-Jun-13 19:03:10

Right, kitchen done! Don't need to sort DVDs which is next on the list as we did this when we moved. I would quite happily chuck the lot, but DH wants them. We haven't watched a single one in over a year. Anyway...

Desk is complete nightmare so am going to spend 2 days on that and remove 20 items. The desk may feature heavily in this declutter!

As for feeling like you're wasting money getting shot of stuff, the money was wasted when you bought it in the first place. You may as well give it to someone who'll enjoy it and enjoy the space you gain.

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 19:08:43

Kitchen drawers today - still 1/2 of one to go smile

cq Sun 02-Jun-13 19:23:11

Hi all, just delurking to add my tuppence worth. I've printed out the plan but am using as a checklist as I declutter and pack for moving house on 1st July. No doubt I will revisit most categories as we get settled in.

I volunteer in our local Oxfam bookshop once a week, and if people phone to say they
have books that they can't get to us, we leave a message in the notebook and whichever volunteer is passing or lives nearby will go and collect the books. Just give them a call morethanpotatoprints ! They can only say no, but I bet they won't.

IWillDoItInAMinute Sun 02-Jun-13 21:15:22

I Second everything NotAnotherPackedLunch has said.

Holiday laundry mountain tackled, DCs back to school tomorrow, kitchen drawers in the morning!

OpheliaBumps Sun 02-Jun-13 22:34:12

I've done 2 of my 3 kitchen drawers, but I need some deep dividers before I can properly finish the 3rd drawer. Have ordered some tonight, so I'll just put everything back in for now, until they are delivered.

My towel cupboard was done recently, so that's already ticked off the list.

I'm going off list for now, it's my church summer fayre soon, so tomorrow I'm going to sort out the kids old toys and donate any unwanted ones to the fayre.

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 22:59:50

where to get such dividers OpheliaBumps?

I have q.deep drawer and need some way of storing less often used spatulas and other bits and bobs which are roughly the same length but quite heavy as mostly are made of stainless steel.
Plastic boxes aren't that user friendly, but may look for them

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 02-Jun-13 23:20:08

I have dismally failed to do the 30 mins per day.

OTOH, I have

Offloaded 20, yes 20, books on a friend for her and others,

Handed on 3 birthday presents that were hanging around

Got rid of 10 plastic storage boxes to recycling

Put a multitude of papers, takeaway menus.etc in the recycling.

Sorted out a breadbin which we never use, a lampstand, some of Ds's shoes.

Got rid of a whole lot of arsenal paraphernalia Ds says is out of date and us no longer desirable

Have a plan for the plastic flower pots.

The latter is the most interesting and some might want to try something like this.

One of our neighbours puts her cuttings out on her garden wall with prices on them and you put the money through her letterbox. So far she has raised a couple of hundred pounds this year for the local hospice. Really impressive. So I thought I would drop my flower pots on her.

Another neighbour puts spare books outside, hardbacks one price, paper another. I think he may keep the money, not sure.

Others set out things on the pavement, saying free if wanted.

They all disappear.

So I might follow one of those routes.

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 07:02:25

I think now the weather is good putting stuff on pavement may be good idea - I'll try with some books later today smile

OpheliaBumps Mon 03-Jun-13 11:26:10

Dividers are here dividers they also do 5" ones but they're a lot more expensive. My drawers are deeper than 4" but I find that's high enough to keep things fairly tidy.

This morning I've done 1 kitchen cupboard as well, and have already got my 10 items before I've even started on the old toys grin

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 11:34:35

I will make 10 amongst my books in 5 min smile
thanks for the link OpheliaBumps

badchat Mon 03-Jun-13 20:42:28

Just done my day 4 pots and pans and so on. V pleased with myself as I intended to keep going over the weekend and thought I'd never pick it up again when I didn't.

Not quite 10 things, but 8 or 9, AND I did this at the same time as cooking a ginormous batch of sauce to freeze, which I never do, so I am feeling terribly domestic and organised.

Now rewarding myself with a brew, a plateful of cheese and an episode of Pointless on the iplayer grin

Love those drawer dividers btw - they look really useful

rubyrubyruby Mon 03-Jun-13 21:55:03

Bathroom cupboard under sink unit today (I know it's wrong order) Lost count but at least 10 things gone smile

Dysgu Mon 03-Jun-13 21:56:52

I started properly today so the cutlery drawer is looking lovely grin and I made a start on other areas in the kitchen/diner so there is already a visual difference smile

Now I need to find the original 40 day list to see what my challenge is for tomorrow...

Dysgu Mon 03-Jun-13 21:59:22

Oh and I filled a carrier bag of stuff to throw away and have a few items ready to sell/donate (but not enough to sell/donate yet).

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 03-Jun-13 22:03:50

I also managed the cutlery drawer today, along with 2 more drawers and half the medicine and junk cupboard.
I got rid of about 50 smallish things.
I was going brilliantly until I got the call from school to collect a sick DC so progress was halted and doesn't look too brilliant for tomorrow.

MegaClutterSlut Tue 04-Jun-13 15:18:32

Managed to get rid of another bin bag full of toys today, will try and sort another out for tomorrow. Still loads more that needs doing but really can't be bothered and could do with a kick up the arse some help

ILikeToClean Tue 04-Jun-13 15:45:50

Been v busy, did DDs rooms yesterday, took an hour each one, so not really doing the 10 minute thing, but cleared a dustbin bag each, a recycling sack each and a bag each for charity! Did kitchen and utility room today, definitely managed more than 10 items, some for charity and some rubbish! Really motivated to carry on now!

rubyrubyruby Tue 04-Jun-13 19:27:07

No decluttering for me but I did clean the top of all my kitchen cupboards so feel I achieved something. I was going to clear one but had a phone call to say we had someone coming to view our house so diverted my energies into tidying up instead.

mrspaddy Tue 04-Jun-13 19:42:45

No energy for decluttering today.. might tackle one bookcase shelf when it cools down later. Make that will !!!

badchat Tue 04-Jun-13 21:52:06

Day 4 miscellaneous kitchen cupboards done - I now have a whole empty cupboard in the kitchen! Woop!

I'm finding the whole 30min thing really helpful - in the past have set myself too big or undefined tasks and given up quickly but this is feeling very manageable.

Hope your DC is feeling better NAPL!

OpheliaBumps Tue 04-Jun-13 22:22:24

No decluttering done here today, Tuesdays are always tough as I work and attend slimming world so it's a busy day.

I did lose 1lb at SW though, so am v chuffed with myself grin

IWillDoItInAMinute Tue 04-Jun-13 22:35:29

Cutlery and utensil drawers done

Sympathies NAPL had a sick DC at home yesterday so -couldn't be bothered- had to look and clean up after her.

Don't need to do plate cupboard as
emptying d/w + my weak wrists + hard tiled kitchen floor = not enough plates for a family of 5 blush

Did manage to clear top of dresser in hall, major dumping area. There was wood under all that rubbish and now it is shiny !!!

spiderbabymum Tue 04-Jun-13 23:57:20

Hi girls .

Just want to say keep up the good work

I've got to day seven .....except for cleaning stuff .

I may skip the DVDs etc and gulp move on to the office next .....will need several days

amazingmumof6 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:54:45

marking place

NotAnotherPackedLunch Wed 05-Jun-13 18:12:02

Fingers crossed that DCs will all be back at school tomorrow and I can clamber back on the wagon.

All being well, tomorrow will be the last 2 drawers and the cupboards above the kettle.

We've got loads of room in our bin this fortnight as we were away for half term and I want to get as much stuff as possible into it before the bin men come. smile

morethanpotatoprints Wed 05-Jun-13 18:53:54

Just wanted to thank you all for helping me to get back on the declutter project again.
I am easily finding 10 things a day and have done dds wardrobe and drawers. I have also sorted all our paperwork out, which is no easy thing as we have a small business and dd is H.ed so everything has been filed and sorted.
I filled 6 large paper sacks and our blue bin is full, a week early. grin
I have about 8 carrier bags for charity shop too.

IWillDoItInAMinute Wed 05-Jun-13 20:00:25

morethan how old is DD? I'm intrigued by home ed. how are you finding it?

2 bin bags of various broken bits gone, wish I had started this weeks - months maybe years- ago grin

morethanpotatoprints Wed 05-Jun-13 21:01:16


Our dd is 9 and have been H.ed this academic year. Its everything I thought and more. i don't want to sabotage this wonderful thread but feel free to pm me. Also there is a H.ed section here, just follow more after education, on same list as extra curricular and G&T. smile

Dysgu Wed 05-Jun-13 21:34:11

In decluttering the kitchen cupboards I am now wondering where all of our bowls have got to hmm we seem to have only 2 for a family of 5. The DDs do tend to like using the plastic bowls but still... we must have smashed more than I thought. I have also not thrown away the two pasta bowls we have, even though they are cracked as we only have the two and we use them a lot. SO I need to buy bowls (but that will require a trip to the mainland to go to IKEA so everything matches.

Tomorrow I am going to blitz the living room, if only to get rid of lots of the toys that seem to have made their way into here in the past few weeks.

IWillDoItInAMinute Wed 05-Jun-13 22:20:35

morethan thanks for the info smile ,slightly back to thread my DD has just turned 10 and she's hoarding 5 years of -plastic crap- presents in her room.

Any tips on how to -force- encourage her to part with anything???

morethanpotatoprints Wed 05-Jun-13 22:48:05


This is a hard one.

What I did was get rid of the bits that were broken, games and puzzles with bits missing and stuff she was too big for.
The good things that are just outgrown you could sell on ebay and let her choose something more grown up. I know its not done in a day then, but long term she may get into the habit of sorting for ebay and more money for herself.
My sister did this with those plastic dogs, Pet something? she got about £200 and they had all been well played with.
Also not in keeping with throwing out but teddies can be stored away in those vac bags.
We have same problem with loads of Sylvanian stuff including gypsy caravan and 2 houses. It cost a flamin fortune and will be sold. grin

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 05-Jun-13 23:03:19

That link is great. Will make a start tomorrow smile.
I like the way it focuses purely on the decluttering, unlike Flylady. I find her system very confusing with its 'do a bit of this and a bit of that but at the same time clean your house from top to bottom.'

Desperately need to do Something as I'm starting to feel embarrassed at the state of my house.

amazingmumof6 Wed 05-Jun-13 23:37:13


I felt the same. and all those thank you emails - so weird!
clearly it works for a lot of people and I might go back one day for more hints and tips, but for now this 30/day seems so much more achievable.

(and I don't see how dragging my shoes through house helps with cleaning. just annoying)

badchat Thu 06-Jun-13 10:06:32

oh yes - I got stuck at the shoes with flylady too! I don't want to wear shoes in the house - they're hot and uncomfortable and likely to traipse dirt around. I did however get slightly obsessive about better at cleaning my sink after reading her stuff.

Have stayed on track with day 5 done yesterday although hard to get rid of much from 'kitchen linens' as I only have a very small box of tea towels and cloths etc.

Will be quite exciting to move out of the kitchen soon!

badchat Thu 06-Jun-13 10:13:30

oh, just remembered also, quite excited to have found a monthly community table top sale in my area so planning to get a table for that in several weeks and try and get rid of some stuff there. It is expensive - £25! - but I'm hoping that means that people only sell stuff that is going to make a fair amount, so people come willing to spend a bit too. I have some clothes that I don't want to just charity shop but can't be bothered to ebay that might work here e.g. a vintage 1920s jacket I bought on a weirdly out-of-character impulse purchase for £200 that I have NEVER worn... Worst purchase pretty much ever... If I could get £30 or something for it I would be very happy not to have it making me feel guilty every time I open my wardrobe.

Need to find a charity shop that will take the odd bits of kitchenware though - we only have clothes ones round here.

amazingmumof6 Thu 06-Jun-13 10:29:32


I sell on Ebay, but I only list on "zero insertion fee" weekends.
that means that no matter what the starting price is you only pay when your item is sold!
so you can start yours at £50 or whatever and if it doesn't sell you have no costs!

I think there is one every fortnight, and in theory this weekend should be one!

I list my things for £2.00 min, but made £10 on one dress for example.
done it 4 times now and made almost £90 having sold only 23 items!

or another idea is that if your still like it and can sew you could makeca hand bag or shoulder bag out of it.


schilke Thu 06-Jun-13 11:22:05

Can I join in late please? My house is seriously cluttered. Stuff cluttering up the stairs, piles of clothes on the landing. I wasn't keen on flylady...didn't get past cleaning my sink.

I will be dumping, not selling!

badchat Thu 06-Jun-13 12:13:47

Thanks amazingmumof6 - that definitely sounds like the smart way to do it; but I just think I'm too disorganised to ebay - I really struggle to send family and friends presents on time, and am hopeless at even the smallest of admin tasks (emailing, phoning people etc....), so I imagine I would end up in a right pickle not sending packages out on time, or bothering to check if anyone has bought or whatever.

For me, one day's worth of selling is much more appealing - just trying to find a couple of friends to come in with me to split the cost/time now.

hello to newcomers! I'll post the original link again so we don't have to keep scrolling up for it:

amazingmumof6 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:07:14

I know what you mean, but my trick is to only list on every other Saturday only!

then whatever's bought and paid for I pack and post on Tuesday or Wednesday in one go. easy
trust me with 6 kids in tow the last thing I want is to visit PO daily

the carboot/stall sale is great fun, but I still think you'll get more for your more valuable items on Ebay.
I hope you get minted either way!grin

Just started today, but managed 3 drawers of desk - most to recycling, but


No idea where it came from or what it was doing there, but very very glad I checked.

badchat Thu 06-Jun-13 22:25:32

Woop!!! Amazing toomany Another good reason to declutter, althouh I v much doubt I will find any secret wodges of cash...

Done some of my misc kitchen bits today, and recipe books.

mrspaddy Thu 06-Jun-13 22:55:12

Ah toomany.. lovely surprise.. I often find a few pound but never that much. Tonight I opened wedding presents and will make use of them.. not keep them for good. I sorted our wedding cards and little relics from the day and have them put away. Mopped all floors and not fit to move now grin night night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

It's so satisfying isn't it - even without the cash.

Finding the cash gave me the creeps a bit - like it was something I meant to do and had left undone. It must have been there for a reason...

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 06-Jun-13 23:44:41

Cash - result!
Newbie joiner here - first 30 mins done. I actually mis-read the list and assumed kitchen drawers meant all of them. I only have four, but have been through them all and either binned or bagged for charity 50-odd items!
Ii even cleaned the inside of the cutlery drawer, will clean the tray tommorrow it's disgusting.
Thanks for the prompt op.

spiderbabymum Fri 07-Jun-13 10:57:30

Just bogged down today in ordinary housework . Can't seem to get the place straightened out

rubyrubyruby Fri 07-Jun-13 12:02:25

I've gone 'off list' to do my wardrobe in the vague hope of finding something to wear to a party tomorrow.

ILikeToClean Fri 07-Jun-13 13:08:02

grin at the cash result! No such luck here but I'm all done (smug emoticon!). Basically had a mega blitz over 3 days and did every drawer, although as said before, they were pretty organised, but even so, the garage is now full of black rubbish sacks and recycling sacks so we still had a lot of unwanted stuff. Only problem is the spare room is quite simply stacked with stuff to now sort out and take to charity shop/sell etc! But I have shut the door on that room for the moment and will tackle next week! Good luck everyone, it feels really good to get sorted!

I've been inspired by this thread, but also by 'May the best house win' where nobody seems to have any stuff.
So many of the houses have no clutter at all (but mostly no kids, either..).

Exhausted by yesterday's efforts and the boiler finally giving up the ghost this morning. Oh dear £120 won't replace it!

amazingmumof6 Fri 07-Jun-13 20:51:03

toomany You found my purse, I've been looking everywhere for it! grin

oh, that explains it ......
I wondered where it came from

MrsFrederickWentworth Fri 07-Jun-13 23:12:17

Does clearing out my handbag count?

amazingmumof6 Sat 08-Jun-13 00:36:19

<wishes she could actually claim magic purse>

MrsFred - yes it counts! have you seen my shoulder bag. that's two days' worth of decluttering straightaway! grin

and if anyone wants to know it IS ZERO INSERTION FEE weekend on Ebay, I've just checked.

see, I have 80 unsold items, listed previously. all I have to do is re-list them. pain that it must be one by one as otherwise costing money, but it takes less than 30 mins!

not started decluttering yet. not ready to commit yet, but almost there.

amazingmumof6 Sat 08-Jun-13 00:55:51

I've got to tell you all something really lovely.

I've just got a message from an Ebay buyer about a sleeping bag she bought from me.

she told me that I made her little girl very happy, as this sleeping bag is now replacing the one they left at an airport last weekend.
that one was her daughter's comfort blanket for years now and she was inconsolable after they realized it was lost.

the mum didn't really think it would be possible to replace it, as it was originally sold almost 10 years ago.
yet her little girl snuggled up with it the other night and had the best sleep in a

I replied that I was so happy for them. I actually had a hard time getting rid of it, but now that I know it is appreciated so much, I'm so glad I did!

that really made my day! (made me well up a bit too!)

result, result & result!

amazingmumof6 Sat 08-Jun-13 01:42:04

and hopefully this story will inspire you to get brave and get rid of what you don't need!smile

morethanpotatoprints Sat 08-Jun-13 12:00:19

I haven't done much today and yesterday, but managed a drawer in the kitchen and a couple of small bags out of dds room. I am doing some drawers in my room later when dd goes to bed.
I think it is difficult to do 10 things sometimes, other times I can manage 30.
it sounds like everybody is doing well, although I can see me still doing this when the dc are on holiday, we have so much junk.
The ornaments, jugs, pictures and display plates I have found have turned out to be worth about 1k in total. most are dhs family heirlooms so can't sell sad.

amazingmumof6 Sat 08-Jun-13 12:01:55

I sorted most of our socks - so many feet in this house! it took me so far about 45 mins, but not done yet.

summer=bare feet= happy me smile

badchat Sat 08-Jun-13 22:33:02

Aaah amazing that is lovely. Definitely a good feeling to find a better home for something you're not quite sure about. Well done that buyer for sharing her joy with you too.

Well I did second go on recipes and misc kitchen stuff today - fairly closely sticking to plan but cant remember what day I'm on. Finally decided - 2 years after moving - that I can get rid of folder full of bills from previous house!

I tried to spend one of the £20 today and they're the old ones and can't be used anymore!! Not sure how old that makes them... you must have left it here a long time ago amazing. Do drop by to collect it grin

DH went to oxfam with two big bags of stuff - playmobil, bits of clothes, at least 30 items. And the DCs have sorted about 40 soft toys and I'm having a fantastic time washing them - they look fabulous and are going to the teddy tombola at school.

Sadly the place is still a tip, though and the boiler needs replacing, which will create a lot more mess. Oh well, one step forward...

MeNeedShoes Sat 08-Jun-13 22:48:52

Marking place on hols at the minute.

amazingmumof6 Sun 09-Jun-13 03:01:02

toomany grin an ingenious way of decluttering - give your crap to me.
nice try missy, but I don't fall for it!

<taps nose>

I do want the purse back though.

you put the £20 in a picture frame.
or - can you take it to the bank by the off chance they might be able to swap it or compensate for it?

badchat I know, so sweet of her to tell me, I was chuffed!

spiderbabymum Sun 09-Jun-13 10:12:44

Hi all ,

Determined to get on top of the laundry chaos all over our's everywhere .

Trying so hard but never get it done .I line dry everything drier ....and no space in the futility room for a drier .

Am going to try to STOP ironing !!!! Except for his shirts

Yesterday cleared out the backyard shed !!!

But by bedtime too tired to put it all back in it stayed in the garden ...LOL

Hope it's still there . Mind you if its not ....NO WORRIES !

spiderbabymum Sun 09-Jun-13 10:18:36

And now for some shed inspiration .

I'm Thinkin the BEFORE picture !!!!

We are decluttering not doing a makeover

Mind you I would love a girlie garden den ...with teacups and comfy seating ....someday . Sigh !

nevergoogle Sun 09-Jun-13 10:19:00

count me in.

amazingmumof6 Sun 09-Jun-13 14:21:58

and now I want a girly garden tent.

just genius!wink

amazingmumof6 Sun 09-Jun-13 14:26:26

* spiderbabymum*

ROFL @ FUTILITY room!grin

if that's not Freudian, nothing is!

spiderbabymum Sun 09-Jun-13 21:48:06

So how's it going mums ...???

I guess weather far to sunny to be in the house .

Progress achingly slow here but there is progress

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 09-Jun-13 22:06:14

Finally finished all the kitchen drawers today and and cleared the top of a few kitchen cupboards.

Am I the only one who is finding way more than 10 items to discard in just half an hour? Or is it an indication of the sheer amount of clutter that I have accumulated without really noticing it. hmm

rubyrubyruby Sun 09-Jun-13 22:09:41

Makeup box bag done this weekend. Not a lot but better than nothing

OpheliaBumps Sun 09-Jun-13 22:39:58

Well I've been utterly crap this week, been busy doing other stuff so no time to follow the plan, but I have tried to get rid of 10 things each day as(yes lunch I'm finding it very easy to pick 10 things that can go).

Should be back on track in a day or two, although the arrival of a new kitten tomorrow may prove too much of a distraction. To be fair, I have cleared a cupboard for her food, and planned how I'll tidy the futility room ( yes it's futility in our house too) to fit in her tray and cat litter.

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 09-Jun-13 23:35:23

I have had a hopeless week but this weekend I

- have cleared out my handbag
- have done most of the dire area of the desk in the hall and the other drawers are easier.
- have passed on 30 flower pots to a neighbour who sells cuttings for charity
- have sorted out 50 plastic carrier bags for use as either bin liners or to be given to charity shops for re use.
- have handed over a birthday present
- have put ready for a charity bazaar the decorations from the bathroom windowsill
- made a 5 min start on the bathroom

You can see we are like an old lady's house.

So I feel I have made a start. Even 10 mins a day would help.

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 09-Jun-13 23:40:41

On bank notes if your bank won't accept them, send them to the bank of England. They ought to.

I think I'm going to do an edumacational visit to the bank of england in the summer holidays. I quite fancy going in and demanding that they pay me £20 as the bearer of the note.... I hope the kids would enjoy it, too.

As for decluttering - exhausted today.... snooze then clearing...

badchat Mon 10-Jun-13 22:21:42

Just checking in... just about sticking with the plan having 'done' DVDs yesterday (I only have two!) and my pile of stuff to file in lieu of office/workspace (don't have one) today.

Found out that a girl at work collects baby clothes and equipment for a project for refugee mothers so got to remember to take some bags of baby stuff into her before my last day at work this Thurs...

spiderbabymum Tue 11-Jun-13 10:36:21

Very impressed bad chat ....things are slipping here .

spiderbabymum Tue 11-Jun-13 10:36:56

Very impressed bad chat ....things are slipping here .

badchat Tue 11-Jun-13 13:21:39

Well I'm not doing very well at actually throwing stuff out! Although definitely things are looking neater, and some clutter gone.

Supposed to be on kids books today, although really we don't have that many (enough to fill 3 squares of an IKEA Expedit) and I need variety in my bedtime reading material!

There are a couple though that both DP and I hate reading, that I shall be sending over to my niece and nephew to see if they enjoy them anymore, plus we have a nice kid-friendly neighbourhood cafe that has a play area with old toys and books so I think there are a couple of tatty ones that I will drop off there (although will DD notice they are 'ours' and rescue them back?!)

what I really need to do is to convince DP to join in - there are LOADS of his DVDs and books etc. lying around that I am desperate to cull and take to charity shop. I'm sure half of them he has no chance of reading/watching again. But he wouldn't be pushed into it; I shall have to think of some more covert way of influencing him...

MegaClutterSlut Tue 11-Jun-13 14:53:01

Have stalled a bit blush last week got rid of around 4 black bins worth of stuff to the charity shop. Over the weekend I started doing the back garden I can't frickin stand gardening which was fun

This week I hope to get rid of more clothes as we all have way to many

spiderbabymum Tue 11-Jun-13 17:23:59

Bad chat I think u are doin brilliantly for sticking to the program . I'm all over the place but will get it together soon ....focused a bit on the main living room . And did the garden shed of all things 37 I think

Yes but I am feeling like I need several shove in attic for later boxes ....precious little compared to all the awful rubbish I have purged from the kitchen

I reckon if you can persuade your do to do a bit of readin on the whole declutter thing he will see the value in it ....even if its just to recog that some of his stuff could go into storage for example . In the attic in my place is one step closer to the DOOR going OUT of the house .

Printed off the check list to stick on living room wall ..

If I tick it off it might help .

And going to declutter the mass of toys completely blocking under the stairs .....with the help of my 6 year old ........ He is great at chucking stuff ....

I've done the kids books fairly recently so shouldn't take too long

Dod you use the library badchat .
Life is too short to re read books you really don't enjoy .
I refuse to read certain books if they are just too awful ...

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 11-Jun-13 19:51:52

Late entrant here - still on the kitchen. It's going pretty well, though - one massive strong post bag filled. Have been doing pan/baking/gadget cupboards yesterday and today; had a break for tea and am looking at tin foil/cling film/sandwich wrap scmutter all over the floor.
Anyone know a good way to store it? I don't have the wall space for a dispenser and I don't like them.
This is the sort of thing I have in mind, but I've only ever seen them on American websites.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 11-Jun-13 19:56:06

Maybe this would do.

amazingmumof6 Tue 11-Jun-13 20:48:04

still hasn't had a chance to actually start, but today I reupholstered 4 chairs for the school where my DS4 goes to.
they are for the teachers' staff room and look lovely. I told them they deserve something cheerful to sit on coz they need all the help they can get to relax dealing with those monsters all day! grin
will link photos when done.

I'll finish other 2 tomorrow and will make cushions from leftover fabric.

I ♥ my nailgun!

planning to clean fridge on Thursday, does that count as Day 1?
I certainly have at least 10 things (yuck!) to throw away!grin

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 11-Jun-13 22:43:20

You are aptly named, mum! Re-upholstering is yet another skill I've yet to master. I do occasionally make curtains, but it takes me several months to finish a pair. Four chairs in one day I find incredible!

amazingmumof6 Wed 12-Jun-13 07:49:07

thanks - but I could only do it because my mum is staying with us, so I have unlimited childcare!
<punches air with fist yelling "FREEDOM! ">

It is dead easy.
takes time, and you have to pull and fold fabric at corners well, but not complicated.
also I didn't bother taking the old cover off as it was only dirty not damaged.

my arm is aching though!

I really want to show off, but no idea how to link photos!
I mean I know how to transfer photos from Smartphone to PC, but then what?
see I'm not that clever!wink

rubyrubyruby Wed 12-Jun-13 08:03:32

I will do some proper decluttering today. I have a day off and 3 house viewings booked but a large gap between them so I can make a mess and then clear up again! grin

badchat Wed 12-Jun-13 09:43:50

Yep, wow! to uphostering four chairs and what a lovely thing to do for teachers. Our dining room chairs, which are from my parents, and the same ones we used when I was little have been waiting for me to re-do their cushions since we took them nearly two years ago! It is just the cushion pads that need doing; amazing mum is it really as easy as just pulling new cover tight and nailing down? And could I use a hammer/nails with oilcloth do you think, or do you really need nailgun/staplegun?

spider - yep, we go to library every one to two weeks, mostly for kids, but I get the odd book too. I have severely reduced my books over the last few years. I would say I have maybe 2m of shelf space now, and they are definitely only books I use or want to read again/share with others. It is just DPs books I would like to get rid of grin.

I don't like being coerced into doign household stuff though, so I am not going to push him - he does periodically go through clothes, books etc. and get rid of heaps of things, so not a hoarder.

amazingmumof6 Wed 12-Jun-13 14:16:43

badchat it id quite easy, but I'm sure you can find tutorials on YouTube.

could do with hammer and nail, but a staple gun isvdo much faster and bloody good fun!

the sound is immensely satisfying! grin

amazingmumof6 Wed 12-Jun-13 14:17:04


is so

rubyrubyruby Wed 12-Jun-13 14:18:02

In the process of clearing a kitchen cupboard today a shelf collapsed!

So that's 10 items broken and chucked out grin - does that count?

amazingmumof6 Wed 12-Jun-13 15:05:45

yes! 11 items if you count the shelf! grin

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Wed 12-Jun-13 19:51:18

I'd take that as a result, Ruby smile.

Got rid of 15 Tupperwares of varying shapes and sizes today, leaving me with 13. I actually did a clear-out of that cupboard a few months ago, so God knows how many I had originally!

I put their plentitude down to an earlier decluttering/sorting phase I had, which involved using labelled plastic boxes to store all your dried goods. I even have had a label maker blush.

Trouble was, emptying the bags of flour/dried fruit/sugar etc into the boxes every time I shopped proved to be too much effort, although it did free up cupboard space.
I now use add-on shelf thingies and open baskets to to store clipped packets < handy hints >.

Still haven't faced the top shelf - three boxes of biscuit cutters, icing nozzles, etc.

amazingmumof6 Thu 13-Jun-13 04:16:11

had finished last two chairs andctook them to school yesterday afternoon - they love them!

almost finished making 6 matching cushions for the other sofa type seats.

I actually decided to reupholster our dining room chairs in black faux leather.

I was told that I have OUD - Obsessive Upholstery Disorder. grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 13-Jun-13 04:22:36

I actually consider these new projects as decluttering as
the textiles used for chairs & cushions have been taken out from my ex- store fabric samples ( I'm such a hoarder when it comes toy hobbies! )

so win- win!smile

rubyrubyruby Thu 13-Jun-13 06:27:15

well done mumof6.

Double points for a declutter/recycle combo.

amazingmumof6 Thu 13-Jun-13 11:21:02

thsnks Rubygrin

call me Zingwink

BlueSkySoftSand Thu 13-Jun-13 16:54:54

Hello! A little late to the party . . . but count me in! Cannot wait to de-clutter my house and get rid of soooo much crap (that MIL gives us for birthdays/Christmas). Have even convinced my DSis to sell stuff on ebay for me with the promise of a night out with the sales we make.

Started on my filing today and cleared a load of no longer needed paper work off the kitchen side. Woo hoo! Going to work through the list tomorrow.

badchat Sun 16-Jun-13 22:28:10

Ooh.. thread has gone a bit quiet. Everyone too busy working their way through piles of junk? Or are we hitting the delcuttering marathon wall? (Or you all jsut have way more exciting weekends than I do and are not thinking about decluttering on a Sunday eve grin )

I am starting to feel like there is a long way to go. Still, am on day 16 and have done at least something from the list every day, if not 10 items/30 mins.

Weirdly, am finding that decluttering is reminding me of lots of things I need to GET, rather than get rid of! (E.g. going through 'first aid box' which is literally just a box of plasters, making me think I should get a little more prepared, going through cleaning cupboard realising I need a load of replacement mop heads etc.)

I am also finding the decluttering is exposing lots of areas that haven't been bothered by the hoover in a good long while. Quite gross. Am thinking that after this I will need to do a 30 day 30 minute cleaning blitz for all these odd little cleaning tasks I keep noticing and adding to a mental to-do list...

amazingmumof6 Sun 16-Jun-13 22:31:02

hi badchat

do you want to see an awesome cake I made for my DD's 1st birthday?

completely off topic, but I've just been given the power to upload photos, so I'm trigger happy!


Ice cream cake

rubyrubyruby Sun 16-Jun-13 22:37:06

That's great zing! The photo and the cake,

I have decluttered a large kitchen cupboard this weekend and chucked out lots of out if date jars/bottles, cleaned and re-arranged it.

Just remembered I delegated DVD sorting to the DCs and it's not been done.

amazingmumof6 Sun 16-Jun-13 23:05:59

thanks Ruby !

and great progress!

unlike me - I keep starting new projects instead of tucking into the cutlery drawer of Day1!

my mum is leaving on Saturday, so I decided to reupholster all our dining room chairs by then. I did 2 today and hoping to finish the other 9 by Tuesday night. She is looking after two little ones, so I can get on with stuff I can't normally do with them around!

I really want to get started, but other things seem more important!

Plus tomorrow I've got courtesy car delivered then ours picked up for mending, have to go post office to send sold Ebay stuff and food shopping, DS4's friend is coming over to play.

then kids' got sport days (Tuesday one school, Wednesday another) plus I want to take DS5 for playgroup try-out days twice this week.

On Thursday plumber is coming, Friday I'm going to a Quilt show, plus the usual choir practice for DS1 and piano lessons for DS1 & DS2, homework for oldest never ends!

not complaining btw, just trying to figure out when I can join with decluttering - maybe next week?grin

badchat Mon 17-Jun-13 13:03:12

Sorry - missed you last night! Was sneaking in a quick internet before bed...

A-mazing cake! My icecream-obsessed DD would be so impressed with that.

and maybe off-topic but v relevant for me as I need to start planning 3rd party for DD for July.

I have some very rare time with no kids this week - v strange feeling! Chance to do a bit of quiet decluttering, although I am also planning a much-needed clothes shop (honestly it is not recluttering - I only own one bra, and even that doesn't fit!) and a bit of pampering. Woop woop.

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Mon 17-Jun-13 13:14:47

Can i join? my 3 have 23 days until they break up!
I have been plodding my way through the clutter over the last few months, but have become de-motivated after i caught ds stinking cold a couple of weeks ago.
I still have 2 spare bedrooms half full of clutter and both ds's are having to share because of it. I would love to give them there own space this year!

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 14:58:26

NK can I ask if you are a distant relative of C3PO or R2D2?

and how do you pronounce it EXACTLY?

soory, I know I'm rude, but I actually love how it's sooooo random!grin grin grin

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 14:59:10

I meant your name. ..

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Mon 17-Jun-13 15:55:50

I keep meaning to change it, just can't think of a good user name!!

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 16:07:47

is that an invitation?

why don't you start a thread "please help me change my name!

that would be so much fun!
do it, do it ! <chants >

or keep it, it is quirky after all! but I might have to call you R2 grin

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 16:58:23

badchat - and anyone else of course - here is a photo of the chairs I reupholstered last week:

I'm so very proud, this was my first attempt, ever!

Teacher's chairs

badchat Mon 17-Jun-13 19:47:25

Awesome - they look great - so cheerful!

You have inspired me zing - I finally got round to recovering one of my dining room chairs today. V satisfying.

I think I might namechange to OccasionallyMildlyImpressiveMumof2 grin

Welcome NKetc.......!

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:08:24

badchat oh I'm so happy you did!

I like your name but if you want a name change here are a few: Bravemumof2
Decluttering mumof2

well, I feel like going through the whole alphabet, but I'm being nagged, so better gowink

back to tidying, my plan is to start next week.

spiderbabymum Mon 17-Jun-13 21:39:53

SSSSSSOOOOOOO impressed by those teachers chairs.

They look awesome ...but also it's SYCH a kind thing to do . Good on ya I say .

NOW ....sitting here . Entire days worth of tidying to do and decluttering done .

In all honesty I printed off the schedule .....but it's gone missing the ahem clutter !!!!!!!

GOD help ME

amazingmumof6 Tue 18-Jun-13 09:47:48

ROFL @ printed schedule missing! grin

and thank you! <curtseys>

HairLikeAMadWomansKnitting Wed 19-Jun-13 12:41:50

I'm in!

I feel like I'm literally drowning in rubbish. And my DH doesn't help because he wants to sell everything rather than donate/tip it. Our garage is stuffed full of crap (that nobody wants) waiting to go on eBay or to the booty. I just want to chuck the lot but DH thinks that would be like throwing money away. And to make it worse he buys more crap from the tip with the intention of selling it for profit. I admit that he's been quite successful with a couple of items, but I wish he wouldn't waste his time and energy doing that for a few quid when we need to get rid of the rubbish mountain we're drowning in.

Time to get strict...

HairLikeAMadWomansKnitting Wed 19-Jun-13 13:16:55

Drawers done!

I didn't think I'd find much to donate/chuck away, but I was very wrong.

I've disowned;
1) Half a packet of football party bags from when DS (17) was 9yrs old.
2) A load of orange and black plastic knives and forks from the last Halloween party we had about 4 years ago.
3) A miniature grater (I don't need 2!)
4) A load of bent corn-on-the-cob prongs.
5) A 'Birthday Girl' banner.
6) A honey stirrer that has actually lived in my drawer for the past 10 years and has never been used.
7) Some broken elastic bands.
8) Some jam pot covers which have got damp and stuck together so couldn't be used anyway.
9) A red marker pen which has run out.
10) A fondue fork from a set I haven't owned for many years.

Couldn't quite bring myself to part with the 'World's Best Mum' oven glove, even though I never use it and it's been in the drawer for years. I'll think about that one.

This is fun!

amazingmumof6 Wed 19-Jun-13 15:23:22


"drowning in rubbish"

that sums it up perfectly.


badchat Wed 19-Jun-13 23:03:00

I know exactly that kind of drawer hairlike! In fact I distinctly remember a never-used honey stirrer in one of my previous house's kitchen drawers. Who does use honey stirrers I wonder...

I had a day off yesterday, back on the case with clothes today although only 5 items got rid of. I find it hard when there's something old and worn and crappy BUT fulfils a purpose e.g. my only lightweight cardigan - I don't feel I can remove until I've found something else for that role. Also dresses that I almost never wear but if I do ever have a smart occasion to go to again would be a shame to have to buy new having chucked out something workable.

HairLikeAMadWomansKnitting Thu 20-Jun-13 09:35:12

I have no idea Badchat...and why do you need to stir honey anyway? I saw a honey stirrer on a shampoo advert last night. I don't know why I needed to share that.

I know what you mean about getting rid of clothing, I'm the same. My desire to be thrifty prevents me from de-cluttering because I hate the thought of having to replace something I might suddenly need. I might get the urge to stir some honey, and then what will I do?

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 20-Jun-13 10:38:23

I decluttered a honey stirrer on my first session!
Know what you mean about the clothes - I try to think, if I saw it in a charity shop, would I buy it? If the answer's no then out it goes. And if you need a light cardi - buy one - the supermarkets have lots of decent-looking ones atm if cost is an issue < veers into Style and Beauty territory >.

Re. 'occasion' wear: I think it's okay to have a small collection of evening wear if you think you're likely to wear it again to the next ball or whatever.

I must admit, I keep a small collection but somehow the things I own are never quite right on the rare 'occasion' we do go to!
I try not to spend much, for this reason - daft to spend £200 on a dress you'll wear once or twice.

amazingmumof6 Thu 20-Jun-13 12:10:58

I've surprised myself by sorting through all DVDs on a whim!

I threw away some broken boxes, 4 paper sleeves (special edition crap) and gave 3 dvds away to our plumber-ok films, but won't watch them again.

I'm so proud! [proud]
Especially that I ate something dodgy last night and now feeling stomach is making weird noises..blush

resting now, just about to watch Invictus.

amazingmumof6 Thu 20-Jun-13 12:11:34

Day 1-done!

amazingmumof6 Thu 20-Jun-13 12:13:30

shall we right a poem -nursery rhyme style?
I'll start

Day1 -DVDs are done
Day 2-scrubbing the loo
Day 3 - ?....

amazingmumof6 Thu 20-Jun-13 12:14:01

write a poem! grrrr

badchat Thu 20-Jun-13 14:33:37

Ack - if I had to assess my wardrobe on whether I'd buy it in a charity shop I'd hardly have anything left! (I am a terrible shopper...)

A friend has introduced me to a possible solution to the occasion wear thing though - because although I say I'm saving my dresses for an occasion, in reality I know I'll decide they're all awful and dash out to buy something last minute... Wish Want Wear do designer dress hire, which looks like a good - clutter free! - solution, although a bit of a fiddle...

I am going to do my wardrobe shelves today. Lots of odd socks, old jewellery and too small knickers...

gaggiagirl Thu 20-Jun-13 14:43:58

May I join you? I adore chucking stuff out I just did my kitchen yesterday and chucked about 30 items of varying size I'm off up to do my bedroom now.

DearPrudence Thu 20-Jun-13 16:33:49

I've been doing this but not posting so far. It's a brilliant system, so thanks for sharing. Going for 10 items a day seems entirely manageable, even when you're really busy.

I've sent about five binbags to recycling/rubbish, and I have a spare bed groaning with stuff for car boot sale or ebay. I reckon I can keep going at least another three weeks.

I heard DH asking DS what I was doing the other day. He called back "she's doing her ten items". grin

HairLikeAMadWomansKnitting Sat 22-Jun-13 06:34:33

The more the merrier gaggiagirl!

Well done DearPrudence, sounds like you're doing a grand job. I didn't do any yesterday but promise to catch up after work this afternoon.

amazingmumof6 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:00:34

I'm just about to print out the list.

I'm starting tomorrow.
wish me good luck!wink

Ooh can i join? So truly need to declutter, got sooooo much stuff things litrally fall out my cupboardsconfused

Tried Flylady but their constant 20 emails per day drove me to despair and i gave up at the 1st hurdleconfused

amazingmumof6 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:44:28

pumpkin me too

I started decluttering by getting rid of those emails! grin

grin amazing, funny thing is they sell themselves as declutterers only to clutter up peeps mailboxes. Sent a stop email & it took ages for them to actually stopconfused

Anyway so far today i have started by emptying my medicine cupboard and threw away numerous out of date meds, and other snizzle. Also threw away my manky bath mat and later i'm tackling my paperwork!-at long last. Next stop Tue, toy clear out & give away mission, and wednesday i plan on cleaning up & selling 2 of my pramssmile so i'm making a start.

With no car and limited bin space it may take me a while, but hope to get there in the end!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 23-Jun-13 16:42:48

'Ve got a bit behind with the list but glad to see the motivational thread's still going!
I did my medicine cupboard last week as well - took a good couple of hours blush. I had a whole carrier bag full of ood meds to take to the chemist's, plus I must have binned the same amount of odds and sods.
I can now actually see what's in there, and hopefully won't go buting a whole raft of painkillers/cough meds every time someone needs them.

On a side note, the lady behind the counter at the pharmacy had a face like thunder when I proudly handed her my groaning bag of meda for safe disposal; this has happened to me before but I thought the assistant was prob just miserable. Now I'm wondering whether they dread loons people like us coming in as it gives them a whole load of extra work to do. Hey ho! grin

Attacking an enormous Ikea wicker basket today. Has been left festering for years as I couldn't face sorting the DCs' work from their old school. I've just binned the lot and have scanned a couple of paintings into my phone. Easy.

DearPrudence Sun 23-Jun-13 17:55:24

Ooh, medicine cupboard. Not done that yet.

Had a go at bathroom cupboard today - mainly small items, but I still got rid of 20.

Good luck amazingmumof6 smile

amazingmumof6 Sun 23-Jun-13 20:12:09

thanks Pru!

MeNeedShoes Sun 23-Jun-13 23:43:14

Back from holiday and still haven't started. But I will. Tomorrow ten things will be out the door! <folds arm, makes serious face>

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 00:22:30

shoes you and I baby, you and I! wink

DearPrudence Mon 24-Jun-13 21:46:07

<hands on hips, head cocked enquiringly>

amazingmumof6 Mon 24-Jun-13 22:39:05

yes boss! <salutes, clicks heels, hands in task tick sheet >

Day 1:
I spent over an hour tidying the cupboard under the sink.
we had a new shelf put in (old one was half rotten from water damage) and tap pipes fixed last week, but had to wait with putting stuff back to make sure there's no more dripping.
seems okay!

I reorganized it as well. <proud>
I chucked some things away, but mainly rubbish - does that count?wink

amazingmumof6 Sun 30-Jun-13 23:57:21

did you all declutter yourselves?shock

hope not!

today was Day 2 for me - I cleaned the fridge.

anyone around?

Well i became rather lazy & need to get motivated again!!
After the meds cupboard, i gave away 5 bags of toys, but since then nothingconfused, need to tackle my bathroom undersink cupboard and then the awesomely clutter understair cupboard which i am putting off until dh helps me, i hate spiders!

badchat Mon 01-Jul-13 20:30:10

Well we were away for the weekend, but I am just looking at my list and have done 30 out of the 40 days! Haven't done 10 items a day, but got into a lot of areas I probably otherwise wouldn't have and done at least some organising. Just sent off a big packet of kids' clothes to a friend and her new baby today and have lots of sorted piles in the spare room to go to charity shop, fabric recycling etc.

So, getting there!...

ThreeTomatoes Tue 02-Jul-13 08:37:50

I think I might give this a go although probably not as rigidly as every single day, as we are on the verge of buying the house we're renting so intended to do this anyway, fresh start and all that, but there are some very unrealistic bits of that list. 2 days for the kids' toys?! dd's room is going to take up at LEAST a week, and more than 30 minutes a day!!! Thankfully for e.g. we don't have a shed, and I don't need 2 days to sort her clothes, so I will re-type out that list so it suits me .

For now, I'm about to sort the kitchen drawer RIGHT NOW - although it doesn't contain cutlery, it contains random bits & pieces and has been doing my head in for ages. Will count what I throw out and report back.

ThreeTomatoes Tue 02-Jul-13 08:51:43

Wow, that was quick! The drawer looks amazing now!

Here's what I've thrown out!
- one of those bottles of smelly stuff and wooden sticks that we never used
- a lightbulb that i'm not sure actually works
- a set of thin white candles from a £ shop that doesn't fit in any candleholders we've ever found hmm
- the box that the foil came in
- £ shop bin liners that are so thin they tear as soon as you pick the rubbish up so we ended up buying new more expensive bin liners....
- a mini lightbulb that i bought thinking it would fit my lamp but turned out to the be the wrong size
- a set of clippy things for gardening, from when i had tomato plants
- a set of coasters that we don't use any more because they're all grubby
- a paper bag with wipes, salt etc in from some takeaway place
- a hoover part that i think belonged to our old hoover!
- a spare set of earphone rubber bits that are just too icky to consider saving now
- and some random little bits that i couldn't even tell you what they were- like,a button, a metal thingybob, plastic thingybob -you know the sort!

Here's what's staying IN the drawer
-knife sharpener, bottle opener, grill handle, ice cream scoop, can opener, pastry brush
- a set of mini recipe books that belong to dd (that we haven't used at all but were presents -will look properly at those when we get onto recipe books)
- cling film, foil, dustbin liners, sandwich bags
- cinema 3D glasses
- good coasters

man this feels good.

ThreeTomatoes Tue 02-Jul-13 09:24:30

I have just written a list to separate dd's room into 'zones'.
Came up with 15 shock
dd's room is really small but she has a ton of stuff and it's always a mess apart from the one day when I have a bit of a tidy (=throwing stuff into boxes and having a hoover). I have felt panicked and stressy about her room for ages, and intended this year to really get a handle on it - when she's not here otherwise she wouldn't let me throw ANYTHING out.


Well, at least it looks a bit more manageable, a bit at a time.

Haven't done much but made a bit of a start, thrown away a bag full of crap from my closet and stuck all my hamster cages on fb to giveaway.

Next i must downsize my bed linen.
Need to start throwing the 10 things a day away and hopefully have a tidy house soon!

isleangel Tue 02-Jul-13 11:35:01

This thread has inspired me too (been lurking smile). our house has a build up of junk since we moved in after birth of DS2 5 years ago, and I have been inspired to get clearing.

Did the kitchen drawers, and haven't manged to keep to the list though, keep jumping to different areas of the house, so everything looks a bit worse now smile

Have got rid of loads though, and sold some things on ebay, and made enough money to buy a storage container for the cloakroom (or the cupboard of doom as its more commonly referred to), and i have managed to allocate everyone their own drawer to house hats, gloves, scarves and all the other things I normally can't find in the winter.

I'm now on the craft cupboard which has turned into 3 cupboards and the kitchen bench, and have thrown out loads of junk that i had thought they might use someday, but never will.

Thank you all for your inspiration thanks

ThreeTomatoes Tue 02-Jul-13 14:23:35

Well, I've redone the list to suit our house and including the 15 allocated to dd's stuff, I now have 41 on the list, so not bad smile
I do have a feeling it will take longer than 41 days to actually do it though (including days off at weekend...) grin

DearPrudence Tue 02-Jul-13 17:27:32

I don't follow a list. I just do an area that takes my fancy that day, and make sure I get rid of at least ten things.

Last night I did a corner of DS's room that had four big storage/toy boxes with loads of other things stuffed behind/between/on top of them. Looks tons better.

Well done everyone else!

ThreeTomatoes Tue 02-Jul-13 21:33:18

I'm not going to be following the list from 1-41, I will be cherry picking the bits that i feel like doing or that make sense at the time. No doubt the more daunting ones will be left till last!

ThreeTomatoes Wed 03-Jul-13 09:46:05

Bathroom cabinet done! (albeit it's a very small one).
Threw out old toothbrush heads that don't fit my latest electric toothbrush; an old floss; a couple of loose batteries; empty toothbrush packet; a rusty razor; the end of a roll of plaster; expired Hedrin lice thingy; expired talc...

ZingWidge Tue 09-Jul-13 10:51:32

hi everyone, I'm back with a new name.
less letters in this one - does that count as decluttering? grin

I did a bit of tidying an throwing out stuff in the kitchen and on the clutter mountain that is our hall windowsill yesterday, that was Day 3 for me.

I have sorted my handbag today, threw out lots of old receipts, tissues and a rotten apple.
that's Day 4 done.

ZingWidge Tue 09-Jul-13 19:20:28

I was on a roll today!
I tidied one tall bathroom cabinet in our family bathroom and chucked away a lot of expired things and bits of rubbish.
Then I tidied the mirror cabinet above sink, sorted toothbrushes, and got rid of stuff on top of cabinets and windowsill too!

I took me about 2 hrs as I was also swapping things round from upstairs shower room's mirror cabinet - which needs finishing tomorrow - but I feel I finally started the decluttering properly!

v happy with progress!

owlini Wed 10-Jul-13 00:03:31

Oh can I join? We are in a tiny flat and stuff has been accumulating again. I need a proper clear out so I feel like I can breathe! Yesterday, before I found this thread, I did the top part of the airing cupboard. Bedlinen sets sorted into a pillow case each so all I have to grab is one bundle rather than rummage round for the odd stray pillowcase. Towels sorted. A couple of baby towels, two cot sheets and 2 big sheets to get rid off.

ThreeTomatoes Wed 10-Jul-13 08:18:43

owlini that's a great idea, the pillow case! I'm going to do that when i come to sort the linen...

A few days ago I went through my books and clothes and took a bag to charity smile
Yesterday DP & i threw out some glass jar thingies that we used to use as candleholders. Not really on the declutter list but, still.

Also tidied & hoovered dd's room, so as long as it stays tidy hmm that's step 1 of making a start on her stuff!! grin

Whole bedroom cupboard emptied of old unfashionable non fitting clothes, dvd boxes and useless toolssmile, just gotta wait for charity bags to come to my door then its all gone (don't own a car!)

Very pleased with myself just as i was getting lazy too !

ThreeTomatoes Thu 11-Jul-13 14:44:06

Just done the kitchen cupboard under the sink. It was gross. Threw away a whole bin bag full of various bottles of cleaning fluids that have been here since before we moved in, and some manky plastic bags, a couple of useless random pipes/other devices, an old dustpan & brush. It's nice and (sort of) clean now with only what we're currently using, and plastic bags bunched together in one bag instead of just chucked in now smile

ZingWidge Thu 11-Jul-13 22:58:14

yesterday I finished tidying and cleaning mirror cabinet in loft bathroom (we call it shower room) and started decluttering/tidying kitchen worktop.
if each 30 mins counts as a day I finished Day 12 yesterday! wink

today I cleaned microwave - inside, under, behind and on top pkus sorted tp drawere of bedside table.

also I started putting all my jewellery in one big cake tin as I walk around the house- I have loads. everywhere.

I'll sort them later. I need to figure out how to store them.

ZingWidge Thu 11-Jul-13 23:00:22

I'm guessing time wise I've done up to Day 14.

I keep finding stuff to chuck out.

owlini Fri 12-Jul-13 10:45:35

Threetomatoes I read about the pillow case thing on here, love Mumsnet!
Yesterday I did one of two junk drawers in the kitchen and today I did the bathroom cabinet. Very satisfying! Staying home with DD today( 1st day of potty training) so hoping to get more done.
I'm not following the list, just working my way round the the flat as I think of it. Luckily I did most of the kitchen cupboards a few months ago and they have stayed tidy.

ThreeTomatoes Sun 14-Jul-13 11:17:15

dd's wardrobe done. Took me a fair while - everything was just thrown in! Have stuffed a large plastic bag full for charity in my wardrobe, and thrown out a bag of surplus hangers and a few other bits. The first thing me & dd have to do this summer is go clothes shopping though, she doesn't have enough summery clothes! Or any socks that fit her other than school socks...

ZingWidge Mon 15-Jul-13 10:34:57

On Saturday MrZing and I tidied up the desk where the pc is.
the desk had to be pulled out as the tiny watch strap holding metal bit fell behind it, so it was a great opportunity the clean up behind desk! then tidied the top just to make it look better.

today I'm attempting to sort the kitchen worktop and box of baby bottle parts.

no idea which day I'm on anymoregrin

ThreeTomatoes Fri 19-Jul-13 12:08:37

Well , this week's been hot innit!! Been a busy one too so haven't had a spare minute when I actually felt like doing anything until today.

This morning I've sorted through our box of chargers/wires/etc, chucked out broken fairy lights and old cleaning fluid bottles, stuffed DP's mystery wires & plugs into one of his bags for him to sort later, and the box is now neat & tidy smile

Also looked through coats & jackets, 2 are going to charity, one in the bin. Sorted shoe rack, chucked my old pair of boots, found new-ish slip-on shoes that I'd forgotten I had, very happy about that! smile

Also hoovered the downstairs. feels good.

Still hot though!

ZingWidge Fri 19-Jul-13 12:53:59

I agree tomatoes, just too hot.

I've just checked when all my kids go back to school - they haven't even finished yet, that's telling, isn't it?

they will have 6 weeks holiday, we are away for 2.

some of those days we have friends over or they are going to grandma's.

so I have about 3 weeks when I can get them to help me - my plan is to do 1 hour housework with 4 oldest right after breakfast, they can choose which chore they want to do.

I sat down yesterday and drew up a plan that suits us.
downstairs plan done.

We'll sort their books tomorrow - I want to make sure that all school books are returned before they break up.

ThreeTomatoes Sat 20-Jul-13 08:28:13

Zing I hope to get a bit of a handle on dd's room over the summer, but tbh I think it would be easier to do it without her, she won't want to get rid of anything. Still, we can start sorting all her stuff into categories at least - I'm going to have to have a box or bin liner for 'broken bits/stuff that needs throwing away', a box for bits that need to find their mates, hopefully a box for charity (that's the bit that dd won't go for!) and probably a box or two for 'things that need a home'. Oh, and a box for recycling! It's going to be a big project!!! You wouldn't think it, she has such a small room, which is part of the problem really, it's not easy to keep things tidy & organised in there.

Yesterday I also sorted the bed linen, I have a few pillow cases of bedding sets now! smile

ThreeTomatoes Sun 21-Jul-13 16:31:40

Done dd's books today. Took at least a couple of hours!! We literally went through every single one of them, we're sending about 15 to either friends or charity, that's out of MANY but still, better than I thought. Her book shelves look neat now smile

ThreeTomatoes Wed 24-Jul-13 16:50:47

More of dd's room done - yesterday I cleared all the surfaces in her room of bits & pieces, ornaments etc, just all chucked into boxes, and then today I've gone through the airing cupboard that has toys in, chucked out a broken noah's ark, a sweety shop counter thingybob, old playdoh + bits, old moon dust set, toy cooker that no longer works... so the cupboard is now neat and you can get to everything.

Sorted through canvass drawers of toys -tea set & shopping set all neat & organised now (threw out old useless bits). Have somehow wound up with two spare empty canvass drawers now!

Also went through the two filing boxes stuffed with papers, most of which has gone in the recycling, one pile into her memorabilia box.

Man this feels good! Not looking forward to going through the 4 boxes + doll's cot + drawers of random crap though!!

Oh, also went through our medicine box and chucked out several expired packs/bottles.

ZingWidge Wed 24-Jul-13 18:22:42

threetomatoes you are a role model! well done!

ComeTalkToMe Thu 25-Jul-13 22:08:31

Hi all, I know I'm late to the party! But I started a thread on AIBU about how embarrassed I am of my home and was directed here! Thanks threetomatoes!

I think that list is great, had a crap day today, late home from work and tired but completed day one and feeling good about it! Can't believe how much crap was in just two kitchen drawers though!

ZingWidge Thu 25-Jul-13 22:34:48

hi come

day 1 of holidays and we were grafting for hours - 4 older ones needed a lot of -screaming at them- encouragement, but their shared bedroom has a visible floor again!

2 underbed boxes sorted so far and all the rubbish cleared out.
There's loads more to do, but it's a good start.

in the livingbroom they took off sofa and cushion covers -ready to be washed- we cleaned under and behind sofas.
I threw away to carrier bags full of rubbish.

they also sorted the toy box there and cleaned the dining table and chairs in dining room.

DS5' room is full of clean clothes which I aim to put away tomorrow with kids' help
(spare cot isccurrently used a massive laundry basket!)

I'm looking after DS3's best friend for a few hours then BIL and his DS2 are coming for dinner and will stay the night.
but we'll keep sorting the mess - is it weird I'm looking forward to that?

ZingWidge Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:10


ComeTalkToMe Fri 26-Jul-13 07:49:33

Wow zingwidge big family! And I think it's hard decluttering with one toddler DD. Sounds like you are doing great though - well done!

My plan today is to start a mini declutter at work (desk and email) are appalling and complete Day 2 of the 40 day challenge (with DH's help). I'll check in later too say how I did grin

ZingWidge Fri 26-Jul-13 09:03:25

I just read back mu post yesterday and realised I wrote livingbroom!grin

yes, thanks. we have a 15 month old DD as well so 6 in total.
hence the "bombsite in a pig sty after an earthquake" style home decor! grin

ZingWidge Fri 26-Jul-13 09:03:54

*my post
not mu post. grr

ThreeTomatoes Fri 26-Jul-13 11:14:33

Welcome cometalktome, best of luck!! Well done for completing day 1! I was amazed by the kitchen drawers too!

Wow zing great start to the holidays by the sounds of it!

This morning dd & I have gone through the two boxes she keeps her colouring books & arty crafty stuff in, we've chucked a big bag of recycling out and a plastic bag of rubbish. Also emptied her dolls' cot (though mainly into another box!) so she's now setting up her doll to play with, for the first time in ages! smile She's 9, obviously not too old for that yet!! I did ask if she wanted to get rid of the cot... It's a proper mini wooden cot so takes up space in her tiny room.

We're going out soon but have the whole day free tomorrow so looking forward to really starting to get to grips with the crap in dd's room - there are about 5 boxes just plonked on the floor full of random bits, most of which I hope to throw away! dd & I have also made a plan to move furniture around a bit to create more useful space, once we've sorted all her stuff out.

ComeTalkToMe Fri 26-Jul-13 23:01:18

I'm on a roll - day 2 complete. DH and I sorted out crockery, glasses and Tupperware and cleaned the cupboards. I also wrote out an amended plan for next 40 days, designed around my house. I will do this!

cikecaka Sat 27-Jul-13 07:36:14

Hiya, would love to join in! Had attempted before but didnt manage it. Nearly a year here so will be up for inspection soon (renting). House is a tip!
6 of us in a 3 bed house. Trying to decide whether to start at top or bottom of house.
Washing machine was broken, so trying to get on top of that.
Am going back to sleep for now, DD2 away with scouts so was waiting on boat to dock

ZingWidge Sat 27-Jul-13 07:45:51


I was debating where to start as well! I decided from top to bottom unless something else is more urgent.

ThreeTomatoes Sat 27-Jul-13 09:02:06

I've tended to do whatever suited the window of time I had when I felt like doing something. TBH it's ended up being the easiest things first, which isn't necessarily the best approach grin

dd wants to move the furniture around before sorting her crap out, so we'll first be lugging her stuff out of her room to do that. At least it'll clear some floor space in which to sort stuff out! Got all day free to do this today, is it weird that I'm quite excited about it? blush

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sat 27-Jul-13 10:23:34

I have a week without children so am attempting a whole house declutter. Yesterday I did my food cupboards but am getting distracted by mnet and friends! Need to focus! Today has to be a garden day unfortunately but will also do cupboard under kitchen sink

IamMummyhearmeROAR Sat 27-Jul-13 19:08:32

Today cut grass front and back,deadheaded,watered and fed baskets and pots,cleaned out the cupboards where I keep my spices and oils and gutted the cupboard under the sink. So not a bad day's work.

ZingWidge Sat 27-Jul-13 20:15:06

I have not stopped today.
too tired to list.wink

takeaway2 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:47

Hi all
Can I join? Tried to do that declutter one thing a day thing but stopped after a while when work got in the way (travelling etc). I did do my office and got rid of at least 10 bags of recycling paper. Then I stopped as the lull period was over.

I'm fed up with toys everywhere. I have 2dc. One 5 and one nearly 3. I think my problem is that somehow there's toys everywhere. Eg pieces of a particular jigsaw might be both up and downstairs. Or a piece of down thing be in another box.

I don't really have time when the kids aren't around but I do try and get rid of things. But it gets too much when I find myself having an almost complete set but missing two things. It could be in the next box or it could be upstairs! Help?!!! Any solutions gratefully received.

ThreeTomatoes Sat 27-Jul-13 22:03:24

Good to see a couple more on board!

Well, today I first emptied dd's room of the the boxes of stuff and all books off the shelves and moved the furniture round as planned, hoovering as I went. It is amazing, we've found more floor space for her tiny room!!

Alas, the boxes of crap are back in there... but we spent ages sorting them into boxes categorised, ready to sort out one by one in terms of where they'll live, plus managed to find homes for some things. Categories are:

-'little bits' (stones, gems, badges, random 'treasures')
-Empty boxes/bags/tins (waiting for the above I think!)
-stationery (god what a mess that box is!!)
-bits that go with other bits (takeaway2 this is my method -just chuck everything that is part of something bigger into one box and then go through it all putting them back together!)
-random things that have a home already but we never got round putting them back yet

Plus, we threw away half a bin liner of crap, a small box of recycling, and have a plastic bag for charity, which is pretty good going considering how dd normally reacts "No!! keep it!!"

ZingWidge Sun 28-Jul-13 16:13:48

just a quick one - Ebay has zero insertion fee for sellers to list up to 100 items.

it's on till midnight today - in case any of you can'want to do it, you have a few more hours.

ThreeTomatoes Sun 28-Jul-13 21:46:49

Thanks Zing. I'm not an ebay person though, I just know the stuff would sit in a pile and go nowhere!

Well despite being at work for 8 hours (from home) today, I managed to empty out the bottom of our wardrobe so now there's only the basket there containing dirty towels & throws, and DP's washing. I took out a box & big IKEA bag of DP's stuff for him to sort through (it's now sat at his side of the bed so that he will actually do it wink), and I've thrown out dd's old duvet, a bag that contained a blanket, and my old dressing gown. Rediscovered dirty bed linen that had been buried at the bottom too smile

Oh & i also put dd's paints & paintbrushes away in one of her drawers. Small steps! grin

takeaway2 Sun 28-Jul-13 21:53:57

I managed to declutter the DCs craft table. I am so happy. It took maybe 10-15 min to go through. Threw out a pile of paper and old stickers etc and frankly it was a great feeling.

Am going to start a pile of old baby stuff like bottles and spoons. May give to church seeing that they recently asked through the bulletin for buggy and car seat for a young couple, I might add to the pile for that couple. smile

ThreeTomatoes Sun 28-Jul-13 22:05:42

It's amazing how good it feels, isn't it? I'm kinda hoping that once the whole house is done I can start again at the beginning! grin

cikecaka Sun 28-Jul-13 22:20:24

Tried to post earlier, but it wouldnt post for me. Got a kickstart last night. DS rang to say a friend was staying over, cue me running upstairs. Changing his bed, tidying the room and hall. Giving the bathroom a once over!. DH suggested pretending someone was coming over every day to get me to move.

Started on DDs room today, cleared the floor of clothes and rubbish, hovered and moved the room about (has bunk beds, single bed and wardrobe in it!)Hung up DD1s clothes. I put my timer on for 15mins, kept resetting it and before I knew it I had an hr done!

morethanpotatoprints Sun 28-Jul-13 22:32:04

I have been doing this for ages and have thrown 10 things away each day. Everywhere is looking a bit better but it will take much longer than 40 days.

I have done just that because we had so much rubbish 10 things a day didn't make enough difference. grin It's even more liberating the second time round and of course more difficult as the easy things have already gone.

IamMummyhearmeROAR Mon 29-Jul-13 17:57:20

I cleared out dd's room- took over 4 hours and still not finished but I'm knacked. Another dc room tomorrow :-(

cikecaka Mon 29-Jul-13 18:43:27

Need to get motivated, myself and 2 dds are heading away for 2 days tomorrow. Nothing packed. Clothes in washing machine!

cikecaka Mon 29-Jul-13 19:07:30

15 mins done, Clothes hung up, another wash on! Next 15mins set

ZingWidge Mon 29-Jul-13 19:25:45

progress - 2 bathrooms are now properly done!
I even sorted our towels by size for ease of use! [proud]

too much to list and although it doesn't sound like much it's a huge step for me!

Also I've just emptied out playpen for DD - she'll hate it at first but I get held back so much because she is always underfoot.

I do a lot of sewing, patchwork mainly.
I have been saving old, broken jeans for over 20 years (!) to cut up one day and make something with the patches.

I finally had an inspiration to make a giant bag for swimming (decorated with fish and sea/beach related fabrics, buttons etc) and make a good number of shopping bags as well.
that will reduced clutter and it's very satisfying to make something useful!
( I'll post photos)

I've already cut some of the jeans up but I have to finish cutting them up and sewing patches into a strips would be a great achievement this week - on top of usual stuff.

Tommy Mon 29-Jul-13 19:39:41

can I lurk here for some ideas? Have just discovered that DS1 has 11 pairs of for each year of his life hmm I NEED to do some de-cluttering!

ComeTalkToMe Mon 29-Jul-13 22:21:21

Hi all, this thread is motivating - you all sound like you're doing really well. I didn't do my task yesterday - bad ComeTalkToMe!! But I've caught up a little tonight with a big kitchen cupboard. Hopefully be fully back on track tomorrow!

ThreeTomatoes Tue 30-Jul-13 14:55:18

Well done, esp Zing! Cometalktome2 I consider any little thing an achievement for the day!

dd & I have just sorted through two of her boxes - stationery, all now sorted and put away neatly in one of her wardrobe drawers (!) - threw away a plastic bag of rubbish and saved a collection of pencils & pens for charity.

Checked through her cars and giving away 2 of them. Chucked out a few from her collection of stones & shells.

Lastly, sorted through all her little bits & pieces and gave them homes of various tins/little bags - marbles, random 'treasures', gemstones, fossils, worry dolls, etc. There's more where they came from in the other box of random stuff but at least things are starting to have a home!

Oh and we have her table covered with ornaments she wants to display, when all is done we'll have to find homes for them!

IamMummyhearmeROAR Tue 30-Jul-13 15:22:40

I'm 4 hours into dd2's room and at least another 2 to go. It's Lisa an episode of Hoarders

hardtostayfocused Tue 30-Jul-13 16:14:02

Ooh, ooh, a decluttering thread - I love sorting stuff out when I can be arsed - can I join in?!

Have actually been doing a big declutter over the last few weeks anyway - yes I too owned a never-used honey stirrer!

DD and I had a good go at her room yesterday - why do little girls own so many tiny pieces of crap? She has a special weakness for those annoying little polyester pom-poms supposedly used for crafts (called boptins in our house). Anyway I've just remembered where the rest of the boptins live (following partial craft declutter earlier this year) so all yesterday's can now join them.


ThreeTomatoes Tue 30-Jul-13 17:46:09

hardtostayfocused yep that's my dd too, no pompoms though. We've pushed on through and got the other boxes of crap sorted, yay! Room is done, another plastic bag of rubbish gone, empty boxes into recycling. Pictures on the wall, ornaments on shelves. dd's chuffed, she's playing in there now smile

There's only the MOUNTAIN of teddies under her bed (mid-sleeper) to pull out (& there's bound to be all sorts of bits & pieces hidden under there) so that we can have a good old hoover & put them all back comfortably smile (there really is no getting rid of any of those, dd would go ape).

Then in Sept once she's back at school I've got all her papers - drawings, photos, schoolwork etc - to go through, that are currently spilling out of boxes on top of her wardrobe. For now, though, I will be looking to the rest of the house...

hardtostayfocused Tue 30-Jul-13 19:01:37

So inspired, DD and I did a pass at the stuff under her bed and have contracted 8 boxes down to 4. And most excitingly, found a purse containing £9.35 buried in there! £9.35! Now I know that's not the £120 found up-thread.... well actually it probably is equivalent to an 8 yo.

Took more than 30 mins mind you, but then I got rid of many, many more than 10 things (including pink, plastic, cruddy meccano set, gendered nonsense because of course girls won't play with construction toys unless they're bubblegum-coloured and have long eyelashes, grrrr. But I digress.)

Next time I will be tackling the Barbie kingdom in the spare room!

I made a start this week. the inspiration only lasted a day.
I might keep an eye on this thread ;-)

ThreeTomatoes Tue 30-Jul-13 21:39:58

Well done hardtostayfocused! dd & I did in the end get all the cuddly toys out from under her mid-sleeper bed. Oh. my. god. It took about an hour an a half, taking them out one by one and chucking them into piles with similar type cuddly toys.(We're going to put them back in an orderly fashion) Then cleared out all the bits & pieces under there (there is now another box to sort and put away!! and another plastic bag of rubbish thrown out) - hoovered.... and the cuddly toys are still now completely covering her room as we ran out of time to put them back!! She is nearly 10, I dread to think how many cuddly toys per year she has received or bought!!! Thank god she has a mid-sleeper!

ZingWidge Tue 30-Jul-13 21:43:32


I have some lemon cake to share. can I be your friend now?grin

<hands out cake & brew for the Declutterers>

ComeTalkToMe Tue 30-Jul-13 22:33:59

Hi guys, threetomatoes you're right, any little thing is a step forward. I had to work late tonight (grrrr!) but still did the windowsill in the kitchen. Quite an array of crap had accumulated there actually and the kitchen does now look a bit better which is motivating.

hardtostayfocused and threetomatoes it's nice to hear you guys talk about your DD's and their stuff, mine is only 19 months and already has quite an array of pink stuff - I imagine it only gets worse!

zingwidge can I have some cake too.... Please??

JKSLtd Tue 30-Jul-13 22:36:54

Have read through most of the thread & been inspired though a tad erratic. Haven't looked at the plan yet but have got rid if lots of stuff recently, more than 10 baby bits today plus some hanging about stuff that was actually rubbish has been recycled.

Aim to start properly on the plan tomorrow/ thurs (depending how tomorrow goes!) smile

ZingWidge Wed 31-Jul-13 08:48:45

of course you can come - I was handing it out!

today - brownies!grin

Gotta make a start today, from giving up completely a few weeks back.

Hoping to get these bits below done today with any luck, god help me with 4 kids under my feet! But can't have my sis coming down and seeing my house in this chaosconfused

Living room
* Pull out sofas, chuck out all rubbish behing them.

* Move living room table and clear out crap kids have been hiding underneath it.

* Clean my pets cages, move accordingly.

* Get rid of the big bag of junk in the corner of the room.

*Throw away old bits of paper kids have been storing in their toyboxes.

*Put all chargers away that are not being used.

* Polish, air freshen, hover and throw out all the rubbish ive bagged up.

Then breath lol


*Throw out crap, put the toys in their correct home, put sewing machine away, hover stairs, wipe down mucky handprints off the walls.


*Move appliances, throw out all crap, tidy under sink, clean down sides, empty junk cupboard, throw out rubbish.

*Bathroom & downstairs loo

*Throw out loo roll tubes circulating around the bog, take down nets, wash, bleach loos and clean floors.

Quick tidy up & Hoover

*Downstairs hallway

*Sort shoes, throw away rubbish ones, tidy good ones. Same with coats. Hoover.

Breath and hope the dc don't destroy my hard work overnight!

Now i'm reading this back, it sounds some what impossible to do in one day

This thread has inspired me! 2 bin bags full from the spare room gone today. Just wondering, what do you all do with your old christmas/birthday/newhouse cards? Do you keep them? We seem to have accumulated the past 3 years worth(since we moved in) and i came across them all in the spare room. Part of me wants to chuck them, and the part of me is being all nostalgic!

Well i tackled the living room and the downstairs hallway, and now i'm cream crackered so will leave the rest for another day! Got rid of 3 black sacks of crap!shock All which was hiding behind and under my sofas.
Kids took all their toys upstairs bar a fewsmile

homeaway Wed 31-Jul-13 18:29:45

Right, why don't you buy a scrap book and put the cards you want to keep in there ?

mrspaddy Wed 31-Jul-13 18:37:46

Hi Rightsaid.. had the same dilemma as you with cards.. only kept card from DH and parents. Threw the rest. Then boxed up wedding cards. Only kept a few 21st, confirmation etc.

I don't think you would miss them. You could keep special ones. Find a box.. allow yourself to fill it.. then dump the rest. I did this with little tokens from hols etc. I am a teacher and kept all the little things children have got me in a box too.

JKSLtd Wed 31-Jul-13 18:40:05

Am currently printing out plan to study and maybe even start later.

I would recycle all the cards personally. The weight lifted would be immense.
However, the middle ground would be to store (somehow) a few of each from people that actually mean something to you. That's what I do with the DC's birthday cards, and I go through every now and then and recycle any from people we've lost contact with over the years. Callous maybe but what's the point in keeping a card from someone who's no longer even a friend?

New house ones I would ditch easily, I know I'm here now grin
Christmas ones usually get recycled shortly after Christmas as there is usually a charity thing for them - so you could keep them until after this Christmas and find a local place then?

JKSLtd Wed 31-Jul-13 20:13:14

Right, Day 1 DONE smile

(Kitchen drawers utensils & cutlery)

Got rid of (well at least put in a pile in case DH vetoes anything):
- broken corn on the cob fork
- pile of toy metal knives & forks that came with the toy kitchen but have never been used by the DC
- random fork
- jar opener thing for old people (!)
- rusty knife

Have a pile of my grandad's (butter) knives with yellow handles that I have no idea what to do with - might ask my Mum if she wants them/or wants to check them over first for any reason.

Have also printed out, cut & stuck the list and stuck it up in the kitchen & written 16 for today to see if I can keep track of how many items I get rid of smile

Thanks for the ideas everyone! It's our first house, so that's why i was feeling a little nostalgic about the 'new home' ones, but i think your right, birthday/Christmas i'm going to be ruthless and keep a select few. Christmas ones from last year i'm glad i kept hold of actually, i've got quite a few from the neighbours and can never rememeber some of their names, awful neighbour here so will recycle them after this Christmas, will keep a look out for charity thing for them.

Next thing for both me and the boyfriend will be the dreaded wardrobe clear out, it has literally buckled under the weight of all of our clothes, and believe it or not, it's mainly his!

This thread is so exciting! Definitely joining in. I'm feeling a bit nesty (27 weeks in) but I haven't been able to organise myself at all. Fingers crossed for the kids sections though, DD seems massively attached to EVERYTHING!

ComeTalkToMe Wed 31-Jul-13 21:34:36

pumpkinsweetie I'm in awe you got that much done with four kids.

zing mmmmmmm brownies!

Today is my day off with DD, got some tidying done, no real decluttering but a lovely day at park with friends. Out for a work dinner tomorrow but back in track Friday. Slow and steady but I'll get there

IamMummyhearmeROAR Wed 31-Jul-13 21:37:45

Today stripped and remade beds, all linen washed and pegged out. Took 12 carrier bags of clothes to textile bank, washed and ironed some stuff that I'd stored for dd2, vac packed 2 bags for her future use, did bottle recycling,took dog to V.E.T then took him for a walk.

JKSLtd Thu 01-Aug-13 10:32:34

Done day 2: kitchen cupboards with plates glasses etc
Still got the Tupperware to do but I did that recently so should be ok.

Got rid of:
Some out of date meds (kept in with the glasses out of reach)
Full bottle of archers (to give away)
Some calpol (to give away as it seems to give my kids the runs)
Some medicine spoons/little cups

ZingWidge Thu 01-Aug-13 11:15:19

oh dear. I've just found a milk bottle under our bed.

with a bit of old milk in it. which is yellow.

I need to lie down.....

pookamoo Thu 01-Aug-13 13:12:59

Delurking to say I'm in!

Decided to do the 40 day declutter but can't print it out, so I thought I'd write out the first 5 days, then come back and write out the next 5, and so on. Wish me luck!

IamMummyhearmeROAR Thu 01-Aug-13 17:58:45

Today I decluttered the kitchen drawers and a cupboard in the utility. Then went out for a lovely lunch with dh. Came back and wiped down all the trofast in the playroom

JKSLtd Thu 01-Aug-13 19:50:59

Have approval from Mum to get rid of Grandad's knives, so that's a good 20+ items yey.

Haven't got round to tupperware so will have to tag that onto tomorrow.

Cleared a couple of kitchen cupboards today, threw away a stack of pans that we had been given when we moved in, only cheap ones, which somehow had rusted away even though NEVER having been used! When we moved, we given ALOT of stuff by well meaning people and members of the family, most of which we have not used. I think we need to be better at saying 'no thank you'.

pookamoo Fri 02-Aug-13 00:16:07

I did the cutlery drawer today. Which also led to doing the "clingfilm and tinfoil" drawer. Threw out about 100 medicine spoons too!

pookamoo Fri 02-Aug-13 00:17:42

And almost forgot, this wasn't on the list but I chucked out a whole box of old makeup that I have had for years, and sorted out old costume jewellery, (was in same box) some of which is now in DD's dressing up.

ThreeTomatoes Fri 02-Aug-13 11:19:42

Wow, lots of work done by everybody, well done!

dd & I sorted her teddies the other day, all sitting neatly under her bed peering out, though much of them buried!

Have otherwise stalled. Need to redo her wardrobe, and there's also that extra box of stuff accumulated from under the bed that needs going through!

Other than that, intend to tackle my bedside drawers next, which are a nightmare.

Re cards - i keep only a few important ones. I once got rid of piles of letters from my aunt, and when she died a couple of years later (quick onset of cancer)I was gutted. In terms of dd's drawings, schoolwork etc there is a mountain in a big box plus a couple of big scrapbooks on top of her wardrobe! I really need to go through them (again, i have tried before) to try and whittle it down.. dd loves looking through it all though from time to time.

It's really hard with kids drawings and things like that, I don't have any children, but my parents STILL have some of mine and my sisters drawings and things, and I love looking through them. But saying that, they aren't cluttering up my house!

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 12:10:51


I have huge problem with that! and schoolwork too.
they bring home bags of stuff every year and I can't bear to throw the writing books or spelling or pictures away.
and the one time I psyched myself up to do it the kids went into a meltdown .those things are too precious to them...

Just watch out throwing out kids toys without asking them, my mom gave ALL of my my little ponys (bar apple jack who i managed to rescue!) to charity without telling me. True, I was 21 when she did it, but still! If I had known she was going to do it, i would have gladly taken them to my new place. I'm quite sentimental with things like that, she did the same with my sisters things and my sister didn't care!

ThreeTomatoes Fri 02-Aug-13 12:28:24

Just realised I posted last post too quickly so the stuff about my aunt sounds really odd. I meant, once she had died I was so gutted that I had chucked out all her letters, it is my one biggest decluttering regret. I only have one left that she had never got round to sending. sad

ThreeTomatoes Fri 02-Aug-13 12:30:52

RSF grin re being 21!
I would be gutted too if my mum got rid of something i had when i was a childhood. DP has taken back several bits he had when he was a child, dd plays with/reads some of it now smile

I am sad about no longer having some favourite books I remember. Keep going on ebay to look for this one at a decent price, for eg.

Oh my word, what a blast from the past that is! I remember those Picture lion books from school!

IamMummyhearmeROAR Fri 02-Aug-13 13:02:49

So far have decluttered drawers in living room with moderate success- a lot of the stuff belongs to dh though so it was difficult. This afternoon I'm venturing into the airing cupboard.

JKSLtd Fri 02-Aug-13 13:16:40

Have done day 3;
Kitchen cupboards.
Got rid of random pan lids x 2
Sieve we never use
Old fridge egg shelves from ex-fridge
Baby purée pots (changed to blw with ds2 so they haven't been used for 6ish yrs!)
Rusty biscuit tins I was using for cakes (bought myself new proper ones the other day).

Have bought one new knife to get rid of an old one & 3 new baking trays so I can get rid of old ones of those too.
Plus a new pan of a size we don't have.

But overall doing very well smile

IamMummyhearmeROAR Fri 02-Aug-13 15:56:16

I've skipped the airing cupboard and decluttered the drawers in the main bathroom getting rid of old sun cream and other Manky lotions, potions and face cloths. Also in my ensuite I've refilled dh's Wash and Go bottle with a budget 2in 1( been doing this for a while as he is brand loyal and he still hasn't noticed wink

I threw out old make up, put magazine samples on my bedside table so I'll use them instead of them sitting in a basket

pookamoo Fri 02-Aug-13 18:25:31

Today I sold 4 wicker baskets and listed DD2's high chair on the local selling FB page. I haven't done day 2 of the declutter list though!

ThreeTomatoes Fri 02-Aug-13 22:40:38

We're getting rid of 3 glasses and a mug. We have loads of mugs but we looked at them and love them all (much of them geeky ones), so only one whose Superman symbol has disappeared making it just a boring old blue mug is going grinblush

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 22:56:53

three tomatoes I'd keep the mug, Superman's still there, he's just got his invisibility cape on!grin

ThreeTomatoes Sat 03-Aug-13 07:58:04


takeaway2 Sat 03-Aug-13 09:28:59

Today DS woke up at 6 which is earlier than normal! Anyway that meant that I had to wake and led to decluttering of a table in the dining room (full of their toys and random things like sunglasses, glue sticks etc). Threw out loads of paper and junk modeling stuff and have moved random pieces of stuff into boxes.

Have set up boxes of lollies, pencils and crud. They've happily started sorting out all their party bags.

Am going to tackle the hall way with coats and stuff now. Incredible it's only 9.30!! grin

JKSLtd Sat 03-Aug-13 15:42:37

Well done Takeaway! My kids are always up early but I have to confess I don't make much of the time - just drink tea!

Have done day 4; junk drawers with dh's & kids help. Got rid of tonnes, more than 40/50 items grin

cikecaka Sat 03-Aug-13 16:27:33

Right Day 1 done, cleared out cup/tupperware press. Any cup with a chip got the bin! Washed out press and washed outside of press!

pookamoo Sat 03-Aug-13 19:47:24

Sold the highchair. smile Have also managed to give away some of my grandma's old baking dishes to my brother!

JKSLtd Sat 03-Aug-13 20:25:49

Have also sold some big plastic bits on eBay - some collected today too.

Am also finding myself washing out cupboards as I empty themshock

Tomorow shd be easy; kitchen linens we don't have many.

takeaway2 Sat 03-Aug-13 20:35:05

4 coats delivered to dry cleaners - £15 but necessary and my hallway looks bare. grin

Bag of clothes to charity shop in boot for tomorrow. Two bags of clothes and shoes to friend's son who although is the same age is smaller. So he gets them. smile

Probably need to do more but we ended up at birthday party and then to the cinema - first time in a year or two? Tomorrow is difficult as is dh's birthday but at least the house looks tidier I think!

ThreeTomatoes Sun 04-Aug-13 13:43:24

It's great when you get something done first thing in the morning, I wish that happened to me more often!

I've done nothing else as yet but am checking in here to say i WILL do my bedside drawers today, otherwise i will need to come back here and hang my head in shame!

ThreeTomatoes Sun 04-Aug-13 15:07:40

Posting here worked because I don't think I would have otherwise!

Plastic bag of rubbishy bits thrown out - expired lipsyl, tissues, receipts, etc. A few papers in the recycling.

One pile of bits now in the living room waiting to be put back in their rightful places! blush

A few magazines joined my growing pile of magazines that are waiting to be gone through - haven't read all the bits i want to read yet, and I keep all the covers............

Also put 1 thing in the charity bag - a money tin I never used!

Also got dd's room tidied up, cleared & changed her bed linen but still haven't sorted that last box of stuff from under the bed yet...

We're off swimming now, dd been impatiently waiting smile

JKSLtd Sun 04-Aug-13 16:52:40

Well done!
Can I ask why do you keep magazine covers? Articles from inside/recipes I would get.

Done day 5; kitchen linens.

Got rid of 2 sets of napkins we don't have the placemats for anymore (12)
Plus a random pair of placemats = 14 smile

Also reorganised kids cups/boxes of drinks/cans/spare beers/etc smile

Can i ask how you guys get your other halves involved in decluttering? I'm really keen and motivated, and have cleared a lot of my own stuff, but I cant really chuck any of OHs things away/do any household junk clearing because its both of our stuff, without his input, which is fleeting at best. Its really annoying me!

ThreeTomatoes Sun 04-Aug-13 18:02:35

They're my SFX magazines, JKS, I have a subscription and a few years ago they were really piling up, it was ridiculous, so in the end I gritted my teeth and cut all the covers off, chucked the rest other than say special articles etc, I've got a few of those saved as well. Keeping the covers made me feel like it wasn't all an entire waste of money! They're word-free covers too, btw. (I'm a big geek).

Re DP- i did dump his stuff from the wardrobe next to his side of the bed in the hope that that would nudge him into sorting them but he's just put them (more neatly, in a box) back in the wardrobe till he gets round to it!

Luckily, he's quite a neat freak generally so it's not a big deal, I know he will get round to it. I have more stuff than him !

takeaway2 Sun 04-Aug-13 21:04:58

Dumped bag off at charity shop. Yay. Also as it was dh's birthday we had a small party and I got DS to make up party bags for our guests' children. Cheeky huh? DS filled them with lollies, erasers and whatever tat that would have come from another party bag. Obviously I checked to make sure there weren't any half eaten sweets or broken stuff but that was actually quite a good thing to do! Made the kids happy. grin

ThreeTomatoes Sun 04-Aug-13 23:30:59

Aargh party bags!
dd's birthday is in August and so has never had a children's party thank heavens. If i was to do party bags ever, i would make them useful or else all things that would disappear - like bath stuff etc.

ZingWidge Mon 05-Aug-13 08:40:53


mine is good at this, but this is what you can do: say you went through one room or area : whatever is his and needs sorting through put ina box.
tell him that you are decluttering and need his help - obviously he should do his own stuff (at least)
try and agree on when he will have time to do this - and there has to be a deadline.

if he's not naturally good at sorting you could offer to write a list of things you want done.
or you could show him the decluttering list and ask what he can take on (like sorting toys with kids or doing the garden etc)
I'm sure he'll be on board as he starts seeing the benefits!

pookamoo Mon 05-Aug-13 11:11:55

I have sorted through the baby bibs, made 3 piles -
one small pile to keep, in case of spaghetti bolognese wink
one big bag to donate to the local family shelter
one pile of pretty much unused tiny baby (pre weaning) bibs to sell - going in the car-boot box.

Feeling good about this - have tidied up the playroom today as well. Would it be wrong to ban the children from going in there and untidying it?!

pookamoo Mon 05-Aug-13 16:35:49

... am on a roll today. grin

Just went through the DDs' cupboards and sorted out everything that won't do them over the winter. Instead of just bagging up the lot of DD1's stuff for DD2, I've been selective about what I am going to hand down (there's way too much anyway).

Anything else has gone in the bag for the family shelter.

Same for DD2. I've picked out a couple of hand-made things, and some things that friends have specifically asked me for, and all the rest has gone in the bag. Need to put it in the car when it stops raining!

IamMummyhearmeROAR Mon 05-Aug-13 19:53:04

2 bags to textile bin, one bag to book bin, one bag of dance gear returned to teacher, 2 carrier bags of ,well, carrier bags to recycling, huge piles of photos from my dh's uni days sifted through and the vast majority binned. He wanted to chuck them all but I selected a few embarrassing good ones for posterity.

takeaway2 Mon 05-Aug-13 20:21:59

Didn't do the house today as was at work as usual but did get to do my office!! grin picked DS up after his summer and camp and returned to my office. After getting some bits done decided to clear out things and filled up a whole recycling waste bin of paper. Got rid of a drawer full of used envelopes and a whole box file of paper. Plus random other pieces of paper off my table. I want to get a new table for my office so this is an incentive to start moving crap out!!

I've cleared the surfaces in the living room! Every bit of table top space had stuff on it gathering dust, so i cleared everything into the middle of the room and cleaned and dusted every surface. Now to tackle the pile of stuff in the middle of the room....

JKSLtd Mon 05-Aug-13 21:49:21

I combined today & tomorrow off the list for the last bits in the kitchen (then only did half!) but did recipe books, most of the shelves, the cat food cupboard, etc.

Got rid of
some extra cat bowls
random kids reins
4 x recipe books
a spare cafetiere (dh had 3!, has kept 2 that he never uses & we don't have the right coffee for anymore, sigh)
a few random utensils (1 solitary fish knife!)

think that's it.

Have baking cupboard & shelf above the oven left, then it's onto DVDs, etc...leaving the kitchen yey!

JKSLtd Mon 05-Aug-13 21:52:00

RightSaid that's an interesting approach! I would imagine the heap in the middle would stay there indefinitely/until DD spread it around the house! grin

I also, finally, ordered, received & filed photos of the DC from the last 2 years into some albums and labelled the albums.
And cleared the top of the electric piano and lined the albums up in order (why i ask myself?!).

Had a good general tidy in most of the house today too smile