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

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

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

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

Anybody up for joining me?

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

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

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

harrietspy Tue 04-Mar-14 10:06:58

Have you looked at the minimalist threads on Good Housekeeping? Despite the name lots of people on the thread are trying to declutter rather than get rid of everything and become minimalists. Good luck!

LilllyLovesLife Tue 04-Mar-14 11:11:53

thank you - I will have to have a look :-)

got a bit distracted this morning giving the kitchen a good clean but it needs to be done! And the kitchen cupboards need decluttering once I have finished the other bits!

but overwhelming at times!

harrietspy Tue 04-Mar-14 12:39:17

Also look at "unfuck my habitat" online and the thread on MN. V good for pacing (eg 20 mins on a particular task and ten mins break). There's a lovely UFMH app that gives you particular tasks, too. Good at limiting the overwhelm!

LilllyLovesLife Wed 05-Mar-14 20:22:22

thank you. I will have a look. x

Logg1e Wed 05-Mar-14 21:46:28

Whereabouts in the country are you OP? I have a guilty secret in as much as I would love to literally join somebody in decluttering and cleaning their home.

Is that really sad?

LilllyLovesLife Thu 06-Mar-14 09:39:26

lol. I'm in West London smile smile

Logg1e Thu 06-Mar-14 09:48:38

Oh, too far for me sad

Mrswellyboot Thu 06-Mar-14 09:51:22

Op I did this last summer and I can tell you, it will change your life. Don't keep too much. I even reduced number of towels etc to make room. I have tonnes of books (teacher) and photocopied my favourite pages and donated them to school.

Get rid, get rid, get rid. flowers

SapSuma Thu 06-Mar-14 09:53:45

Am thinking I might join you! Really want to clear some space. Small house but we don't want to move so only option really is to clear some space inside to make it bigger. Have sorted my dd's room this week and selling some of her clothes this morning. Am going to sort through my own wardrobe later today -you can check i did it if you like? What about you, what will you achieve by later today? will come back and check smile.
I'm in north cotswolds loggle if you're interestedwink

Spychic Fri 07-Mar-14 11:20:41

I'll join you! For me this round of decluttering will be babyproof flavoured smile

Over the next few days I will

... collect and store all those stupidly tiny toddler toys so newly crawling ds2 doesn't choke (DS1 has promised to help with this)
... Get rid of extraneous cords and cables or cover them in some way
...Declutter the kitchen so dangerous items don't end up within reach of ds1
... tidy the back porch, get rid of all the broken or filthy toys that have migrated out there, babyproof the steps and the steep drop

Am in a different country and only mn when breastfeeding so my checkins might be at weird times.

What's on your list to do?

LilllyLovesLife Fri 07-Mar-14 11:56:29

Sorry Ladies! Didn't think anybody was joining me so wasn't checking back as often! I Will be more regular now I promise!

Over the past couple of days I have gone through about half of my kitchen cupboards (will eventually do all but just don't want to do all at once and end up in a massive mess and not having time to actually complete it! I have 2 large bags of kitchen stuff to list for sale tonight (cereal containers, loads of kids plates/cups etc, Utensils etc) which I will list really cheap in hope they will go quickly!

I am planning to label all the shelves so that when others use my cupboards, they can see where things should go - no excuse for them to end up a mess then! Labels will go inside the cupboards so nobody will see them unless they are actually using the cupboards! The cupboards/drawers that I have done so far I have thoughly cleaned out and decluttered and now actually have empty spaces! Have even managed to house my slow cooker, sandwich toaster and actifry inside the cupboards now so the surface space is much more clear!

I am doing the NCT nearly new sale in 2 weeks and feel very unorganised for this - have to have everything labelled up and packed in suitcases in advance. I am doing this in my evenings though so hopefully I will get there!

Have a very busy weekend and will be out for most of it, So won't get much done at the weekend. But we shouldn't be messing it up either as we won't be here!

Today I am mainly tidying and cleaning rather than decluttering. As iv spent the rest of the week decluttering etc the rest of the house has fallen behind and I looked at it this morning and decided it looked like we had been burgled! So having a catch up day, doing general tidying and cleaning. But will keep an eye out for things to get rid of as I go! I seem to be in a real ruthless frame of mind at the moment so want to make the most of it! smile

How have you ladies got on since? Thanks for joining me, I really hoped somebody would! grin

LilllyLovesLife Fri 07-Mar-14 14:26:12

Just listed another 2 bin bags of stuff for sale! So fairly productive day! Especially as some has already sold (subject to collection!)

SapSuma Fri 07-Mar-14 17:39:00

Well done lilly! Yesterday i put two carrier bags of broken toys in the bin and sent two bags to the charity shop too. Its rally only kust cleared one corner -but it still feels great grin
Today Ive been mostly shopping and cooking...
I did clear out the fridge though!
Next on my list: an area of tue bedroom, yet to be decided!

Mrswellyboot Fri 07-Mar-14 17:43:51

I cleared two big bags for life today. Some brand new trousers, dressing gownsm scarves, tops etc. Went to a charity shop for suicide prevention and hopefully someone in need will benefit from them. They are nice smart work trousers.

Pannalash Fri 07-Mar-14 23:22:35

Ooooooh Logg1e anywhere near North Yorkshire lol? smile

Spychic Sat 08-Mar-14 01:52:46

This morning I went through the house ruthlessly chucking broken toys. have freecycled some and am storing non baby safe toys in the garage. I think I could still get rid of quite a few...

Have also freecycled a bag of baby clothes.

Sounds like you are getting on well Lillly - yy to labeling kitchen cupboards- I did this a few months ago and it's been a huge success! I used a label maker, but may I suggest you just get any old labels up there, painters tape and marker so the job just as well - you can replace with pretty ones later. I find that focusing on function first, appearance later helps me cut through procrastination... Not that it sounds like you are struggling there, you're being ruthless from the sound of it smile

CheerfulYank Sat 08-Mar-14 02:24:33

Yes! I'm with you!

Enough is enough.

warmleatherette Sat 08-Mar-14 05:46:23

Yes! I want to join! Have just had my kitchen done and have decided that anything that hasn't made its way back in there by now is clearly unnecessary. We live in a small-ish 2-bed flat (me and 2 DC) and will be here for at least another five years. I have a shed full of crap and a cupboard full of crap and the kids' bedroom is overflowing with toys and IT MUST END!

slowlygettingthere Sat 08-Mar-14 09:42:40


LilllyLovesLife Mon 10-Mar-14 09:52:06

right ladies! what's the plan for today? Iv got plenty of general housework to catch up on after being out all weekend. first wash load already washed and I'm about to hang outside while DS has his nap. then going to have a quick clean and tidy in the kitchen and living room so we don't get behind and then start decluttering!

going to do the car first, which isn't bad as I did it not long ago but can see it slowly filling up again so going to empty and hoover it while DS is awake as he can hopefully play in the car and then it won't take up his precious nap time!

I also want to declutter at least one more kitchen cupboard. first of all? The worst one which is the medicines etc at the top and the baby stuff (snacks/bottles etc) at the bottom) everything is so shoved in, goodness knows what junk it is hoarding! so it should be time consuming but rewarding! grin
if I get time I will do more of the kitchen, it's not far off being finished TBH. have a few more cupboards but they are the easier ones left really.

tonight I want to list some more stuff for sale and label my items for the NCT sale which I'm not looking forward to doing as it will make a mess! but hopefully will sell lots.

NightCircus Mon 10-Mar-14 09:56:10

I need to do this...moving house so perfect time

Spychic Mon 10-Mar-14 10:11:08

Passed on some baby clothes and a mobile to a friend today. Packed the jolly jumper away in the garage. Tomorrow will do some more tidying and general decluttering.

JetcatisBack Mon 10-Mar-14 10:16:09

If anyone is near the North East, I would also love some help to declutter - desperately!

In the meantime, I'll join you OP, though am at the mercy of my depression so may only manage very small steps...

It sounds like you've made a good start OP - well done smile

SugarMiceInTheRain Mon 10-Mar-14 10:21:40

I want to join you in a big declutter but am finding it difficult with a 3.5 week old baby. I really need a friend to help keep me on track and get me to throw out stuff we don't need. The only rooms in our house which are organised are the baby's room and the bathroom. Logg1e any chance you live in the Midlands?

MoreBeta Mon 10-Mar-14 10:31:30

Since moving house last year and downsizing a bit we have thrown away I would say 2 large builders skips of household clutter and maybe given away another 1 skip worth. I think we have about another skip to go.

It is amazing how it just builds up. You really really do have to be utterly ruthless. We have an objective end point that every single item will have a proper place to reside in our house and every single cupboard and drawer will not be so crammed that it has to be unpacked.

The rule is that if it isn't used, it has to go and if it hasn't got a place to be stored it has to have that place created. We have had some fitted furniture added to childrens' bedrooms to help make that happen.

This is our retirement home but has two teenagers in it so it really has to work for us.

I'm moving so need to join in this smile. Have to be out by tomorrow night and are moving in with pils for a while and storing stuff in my mothers so literally going to be living with the bare none of what we had. Have thrown out probably 20 black bin bags so far. Clothes, broken toys, paper, general clutter really.
The only room left to clear out now is the sittibg room cum kitchen. One box of kitchen stuff gone to my mothers but need to get cracking.
Unfuck your habit app is great, and when you do get organised I like fly lady's lists NOT the emails though

cattypussclaw Mon 10-Mar-14 11:33:20

I'm really interested in this but... How does anybody find the time? Clutter clearance is quite time consuming and unless I let the washing up pile up in the sink, do no washing or ironing and don't bother with food shopping or school runs, I just don't have the time! Any tips?

Moving next month, so lurking. Just walked round with the removal man who was quoting, and it dawned on me what a tip it was, and how much crap we have, and have religiously moved around the country with us...this is going to be a new dawn!!!

morebeat love your principles. I may get that engraved in Latin and put somewhere. Like on DP's head wink.

LilllyLovesLife Mon 10-Mar-14 11:58:41

Cattypussclaw - I am also struggling a bit with that battle. So have to take a couple of days a week to just catch up on general housework. I also make sure the following is done before I even start decluttering:
Washing on (and hung out as soon as it's done), Dishwasher loaded and kitchen clean and tidy, older kids at school and baby sorted and ready for the day. I sit down with a cuppa at the start of the day and work out a general plan of what I am going to get done and when/how. Doesn't always work as much depends on how happy baby is, how my back copes and also how I feel as I am pregnant and have gallstones so do have days where I am too sick/in too much pain to do more than the minimum.

As for depression (now can't find who said about it!) I also suffer from Depression and I do feel that it has possibly caused me to get in this mess in the first place. However it's massively making me feel better seeing my house generally get organised!

Anybody know how easy it is to add photos on here? I have just done my really messy cupboard and it looks a million times better (and is half empty still!) And was thinking, if we were all doing before and after pictures daily of stuff like that, it may help keep us all going? But have no idea how to do it and I know I won't stick with it if it's complicated! Lol.

Right so, so far, my washing is outside on the line - for the first time this year!! Really messy cupboard cleaned and decluttered - filled a whole bag of recycling! Plus a few bits for the bin and a few bits to pass on.

I also have my NEW labelling machine on the go! So my next job is to stick the labels up in the cupboards I have finished to help them stay nice! It will also mean when I am in hospital (Happens quite a bit at the moment!) it shouldn't get all messed up while whoever looks after my kids is here!

Aintnobodylovesnanbetter Mon 10-Mar-14 12:18:47

I'm off work this week so planning to -
Sort out mine and dd's wardrobes
Sort out dd's toys and books
This morning i've cleared and cleaned my kitchen cupboards and hoovered throughout downstairs

LilllyLovesLife Mon 10-Mar-14 16:07:42

I am very pleased with myself! I have done everything I planned to do today and more! DS has slept more than usual during the school day today which I guess is why I got so much done. My overflowing cupboard of tins and baking stuff etc is now also done so that's 2 cupboards done today in the kitchen.
Although now have nothing sorted for dinner as I thought I got meat out the freezer but didn't! Opps!

NightCircus Mon 10-Mar-14 20:47:28

Have so much stuff!
3 black sacks for bin
2 for charity
2 carriers for nursery

Good progress though prob about 0.5% done!

Spychic Tue 11-Mar-14 01:32:40

Yesterday dh replaced a lightbulb in the bedroom that's been out for over a year! I am counting that as a positive action because in my mind, decluttering includes getting rid of broken things and ensuring that your home can run smoothly.

LilllyLovesLife Tue 11-Mar-14 07:40:51

mightcircus that's amazing well done! are you able to go and actually drop the bags off today? I find I need to get rid of them asap before I change my mind about stuff or it ends up sitting here for weeks! Lol.

I also managed to do the chest of drawers in my hallway yesterday too. and then much to my suprise, while my girls were in the bath, I managed to tidy the whole of upstairs except my room (bombsite!) and hoover It all! felt amazing. Mainly because my upstairs has always been so messy that it would take hours, sometimes days to get one bedroom tidy enough to hoover!!! i decluttered the hallway while i was doong it which was piled up high with crap. but as the kids rooms have alter been declutter it was so much easier! Just trying to work out a plan for today!

think the plan is:
One load of washing first thing
clean the kitchen so it starts off nice and I don't get behind.
clean the fridge
start decluttering in the extention (which is supposed to be our dining room but has got so messy the past couple of weeks we have had to eat in the living room blush )
really need to do some labelling for the NCT sale as I'm running out of time really. need DH to get a load of bags out the loft for me so I can sort through all the kids clothes (had to keep all the girls and boys stuff that wewere too small until we knew the sex of this baby! now I can sell all the girls stuff as we are having a boy!).
But dreading the mess of getting it all down!

AllFurCoat Tue 11-Mar-14 11:55:08

I've been on a massive mission recently, I've got rid of so much it's unreal up to now! There still seems to be so much though that doesn't have a place! I've always been a hoarder, our family motto seems to be "but it might be useful one day!" I realised I needed to change when I heard 5yo DD say it!

In the last year-ish, I've managed to completely empty the spare room which you couldn't even walk into and turn it into a proper bedroom, the living room is now pretty much clutter free, although there seems to be some creeping in, our room's better, bathroom cupboards get a regular clear out, kitchen cupboards have been gutted and bleached, all baby stuff is almost gone (youngest's 4)!

I do feel a lot better now, although there's still lots waiting to go to charity and cash4clothes. It's our room that gets me down though, it's the dumping ground as no one goes in there and I've still got piles of stuff to sell. Lack of storage space is a bugger too. Maybe today's task can be selling stuff!

LilllyLovesLife Tue 11-Mar-14 13:16:42

Allfurcoat you sound exactly like me! and my bedroom is the same. its a dumping ground for everything! We have lots of storage in there but because the kids have virtually no storage all their clothes are in our room, meaning not so much storage left for us and general household things.
sounds like you have made amazing progress through! my problem seems to be, when I do one part of the house, another part suffers! Trying hard to change that though!

have you tried Facebook local selling groups for selling stuff? Iv made hundreds from selling on there lately. I do still have several boxes of stuff to sell though. sad

iv made a start on my extention which is a dining room/utility room/overflow room! its awfully messy! hoping DH will move the drawers from upstairs into the extention later so I can get the school uniform put away properly as it's all over the place down here.

Still haven't cleaned out the fridge - can't face it hmm

having a well deserved cuppa now. got another 2 bin bags or so to list for sale already from the extention and iv hardly dented it yet blush

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 11-Mar-14 13:26:06

Lurking. I might manage to get tge charity shop bags to the shop this week and gwt another bag or two filled but can't bring myself to do the massive clearance just now. I am dreaming of it, or I should say having nightmaees where I've thrown lots out and then wake in a cold sweat. sad

mum2jakie Tue 11-Mar-14 15:32:13

I'd love to join in and am reading for tips and inspiration! I am having a new kitchen fitted after Easter so need to make sure I'm not paying to store a load of useless clutter!

I also desperately need to sort the stuff my three boys have outgrown and, hopefully, try to recoup some cash from there. I've emailed for information about selling at a local NCT Nearly New sale in April so hoping that will motivate me a little.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 02:19:03

right so today my son has been unwell but still got a fair bit done.
I have: cleared part of the extention, helped move the drawers downstairs, labelled up some stuff for sale for nct sale. sold some stuff on Facebook, sorted some of the newborn clothes, cleaned kitchen and living room, did washing and usual housework. and picked up my new book case for my kids.

IIv not been able to sleep, second night in a row now sad so may even just have a nap tomorrow if I can while DS sleeps and the girls are at school. Think I'm at bit overwhelmed by how much there is to do that i can't switch off at night sad

how is everyone else getting on?

warmleatherette Wed 12-Mar-14 05:12:41

I'm so impressed at those of you who manage to sell. When I get the decluttering bug I just want that stuff gone and do huge drops at the local charity shop. I could probably make a fortune but I know the stuff would just sit around for ages and I'd probably never get round to it. How do you motivate yourselves?

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 08:17:44

I'm the opposite! I am envious of those who can just drop it at the charity shop and therefore have instant results and far less work to do! but find I just can't let go. I think it's because iv never had much money so have it in my head that I need to get as much as I can all the time. and the cash does come in handy. I buy most of my stuff second hand and am really good at bargain hunting and also good at selling it for a decent price so it often means I don't loose out at all, and sometimes even make a profit.

my living room is currently over taken by stuff for the NCT sale and it will probably be like that till about a week after the sale sad

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 09:10:56

iv been up most of the night again and feeling absolutely exhausted. so may have to sleep when baby sleeps today, meaning not much getting done. And when he Is awake he has been vomiting and very upset. sad

so going to have a small list of achievement today. Would like to:
- get kids uniform put away.
- clean and tidy kitchen
- list some more stuff for sale/label NCT stuff
- bath DS and change his bedding

warmleatherette Wed 12-Mar-14 12:47:26

I'm very impressed at the selling. I have a Cath Kidston flowery tent and a Phil and Ted's double buggy to go. I should sell them shouldn't I? I need the money. I must do it.

No decluttering yet today as have been having admin nightmare doing car insurance renewal, dealing with parking permit bureaucracy and sorting out a new washing machine. Managed to wrangle a £35 discount on the machine so at least that's something.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 14:50:22

where have you all gone? sad

I have labelled lots of items for nct sale, sorted out more bits to sell too. Didn't get my nap but not really surprised! my kitchen is a mess, I really should of made that top priority but just couldn't face it when feeling sick, wanted to sit down and do something!
Iv also sorted the kids uniform, eds finishing off but baby woke up and got to go and get older kids after this.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 14:51:28

sorry warm - your post didn't show till after mine blush

warmleatherette Wed 12-Mar-14 16:30:52

NP Lillly. I've taken loads of stuff to the car including the children's Octopod and Batcave (don't tell them!) and that darn Cath Kidston tent. Will take to the charity shop in a minute. And I'm cleaning the windows. I don't understand how it seems that running / cleaning this flat and taking care of two DC seems to take my every waking hour. I'm sure I used to do stuff not just housework but since I had kids that's all I ever do.


LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 17:11:56

I find that too with it taking ALL my time. It's depressing sad

BUT I am hoping that with less stuff to clean and tidy, there maybe light at the end of the tunnel....until July when baby number 4 is born hmm

phantomnamechanger Wed 12-Mar-14 20:38:52

I sooooo need to join this thread! I can never clean the house properly because there is so much junk everywhere it takes me ages to do just one room. We had an extension built last year which gave us more space in our living area and the kids no longer share bedrooms, the trouble is, we have more space to fill. They grow so quickly I cant keep up with decluttering their clothes, they have so many rammed into their drawers the fronts are falling off and they just wear the same few outfits which are easy to get to over and over again. I have 3 kids and they have all had birthdays since Christmas - more stuff. I feel pleased on the weeks when I manage a couple of carrier bags to the charity shop but it makes no impact. we need to get rid of a skips worth of stuff before it would look and different and be able to be easy to maintain, I reckon.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 12-Mar-14 20:47:55

phantonamechanger - join us! you have just described me! But I'm determined to change and to get on top of it! We can do it together! it could be life changing!!

I'm sat still labelling the see blooming labels for NCT sale! Every time I do one I say it's the last time! trashes the house, stresses me out big time and knackers my back! And they take 25% of everything I sell anyway, and that's on top of the £7.50 iv already paid to do it!
I'm seriously going to cry if at least half doesn't sell. I THINK iv priced it to sell but it's always pot luck to see what else is there.

phantomnamechanger Wed 12-Mar-14 20:54:38

Thanks for the welcome.

should I just get off MN and do something useful instead? smile

trouble is it gets to this time of night and I am whacked. I work p/t and have been running about sorting the kids and the essential shopping/cooking/washing jobs, plus I have had Rainbows which I run tonight. I don't feel up for doing anything to declutter, when there are no instantly evident benefits.

LilllyLovesLife Thu 13-Mar-14 07:29:37

what flylady suggests is spending 15 mins per day decluttering. do you think that would work for you? I don't do flylady as such but liked the group on Facebook and see some of her updates.

right my house is a tip where iv been spending the time on other things. so I'm going to allow today to catch up and then go from there if there's time spare at the end of the day. I don't seem to be able to sit still lately as I am just determined to get it down! I wonder if I'm nesting? wrong time of pregnancy I think but wondering if it's still the same instinct, to get everything sorted and ready for baby?
My list for today is:
- do several loads of washing and get out on the line if nice enough.
- load the already filled boxes and bags of NCT sale stuff into car so they are out of the way
- Tidy and hoover living room
- clean and tidy kitchen.
- bring down stuff to sell from bedroom, clearing much needed space in there!
- get something sorted for dinner

get more of the nct stuff sorted if any spare time!

petalsandstars Thu 13-Mar-14 07:58:04

I feel your pain doing nct sale myself. Toddler and baby make decluttering a very slow process.

LilllyLovesLife Thu 13-Mar-14 09:22:42

Petalsandstars - Yes I have 3 children, youngest being 13 months and I am 23 weeks pregnant. So NCT sale is a pain in the arse! And iv got heavy bags and boxes to load/unload too.

I can't be arsed to get going today sad

warmleatherette Thu 13-Mar-14 09:56:34

After you've done all the washing, sorting and pricing up, plus doing the sale itself, plus what the NCT takes, how much money do you make on average per sale? I've always felt like it just wouldn't be worth it - I'm not rich btw, just lazy - but maybe I'm wrong?

Today as well as a general tidy to right the place after the children trashed it last night I must go through all the stuff that hasn't made its way back to the kitchen. Also the workmen left loads of tiles on the balcony so i need to carry them downstairs, even though they are so heavy I will only be able to do about three at a time - thanks workmen! That's probably all I will have time for decluttering-wise as then I will have to bake cakes with a tiny person and take her to the park.

Can I join? I've done a few flylady threads but always come acropper as other people stop decluttering and start off on their missions, while I'm still surrounded by clutter mostly DH's.

Actually that's my real problem. He can't throw anything away and just sees every decluttered drawer as virgin territory...

warmleatherette Thu 13-Mar-14 10:00:30

Also OP, I was thinking about what you said about how having such a messy house makes you feel stupid / lonely. I feel the same, I feel terribly judged (I'm a single mother which apparently means people feel entitled to comment upon your parenting skills) and feel sure that having an immaculate house might be a good way to pass at least one of the numerous tests we as women / mothers have to pass.

I am also terribly conscious of not wanting to be like my mother (dirty house, piles of stuff everywhere waiting to be tidied) and wish that the drive not to be like her had made me super-tidy and OCD, but it hasn't. Sometimes I feel that I lack a certain knowledge of how to tidy and clean that other people have inherently. That's daft isn't it?

I don't know if it is daft, warmleatherette. I think if your parent has difficulty throwing things away it's hard for you to do it...

LilllyLovesLife Thu 13-Mar-14 10:59:02

NCT wise I tend to make around £200. Obviously it depends on what stuff you have and how much of it actually sells. If I make less than £200 this time I will be disapointed if I am honest. I have mixed feelings on if it's worth it or not.

Longtail - of course you can join us! The more the merrier!

I agree with Parents being Hoarers make it harder. Although I guess it depends on the person. My parents are mega Hoarders. They have a large 5 bedroom house - all kids have grown up and left home. They can't have their Grandchildren round as there is no space hmm They just have so much stuff that it's taken over their lives/house and is certainly effecting their relationships with their Children and Grandchildren. This is my main motivation to get sorted before we end up like them!!

However my sister, seems to be the opposite. The way our parents were has made he really minimal - Although she doesn't have children of her own yet. But their house is always clean and tidy, and everything has it's place. She has always had enough money though not to worry about chucking stuff out as much - if she realises she needs it one day, she can just buy another. We are much more financially stable now, however have been very poor at times, especially when my youngest 2 were babies (Their Dad was an arse who spent all our money, separated now though and have lovely hard working partner who supports us). So I think part of it was money that got me keeping stuff that I may need. I couldn't afford to buy stuff, so made use of what I had, and took anything that was offered to me. And if I did get rid of something, I would always make sure I sold it for maximum profit.

I am trying to change though. I don't ever want to be wasteful though - I hate wasteful people, regardless of their financial situation. So if I am not going to bother selling it, it will go to charity/given away etc.

AllFurCoat Thu 13-Mar-14 11:23:12

Crap, I forgot about this thread! I'm trying so hard to be organised, but I've just gone back to work and even though I'm only doing 2 days, it's making a big impact on house work, I didnt realise how much the little things I do on a day add up!

eBay/fb selling I've been doing a while and have made a few hundred in the last 6m - even a broken tv made £20 on ebay! Will try and get more on fb today!

Have binned some kids toys this morning, sick of bloody beads being thrown around the living room! Just got to find time to keep up with everything, I feel like I've got a million plates spinning!

Loveyouthree Thu 13-Mar-14 13:13:03

Hey guys, can I join? smile I love decluttering, but have a dilemma:

We have three young DC, and while we were pitifully poor when we had our first two, we finally had a bit of money with the 3rd. So she got all the baby stuff I'd always wanted to buy e.g. Expensive high chair, nice cot wi matching bedding, tonnes of beautiful clothes, maxi cosi car seat and base, jumperoo, matching bouncer chair, etc etc...

I'm pretty sure I don't want any more babies, but Im only 24, and don't know whether to keep all of the above?! I sold everything from the first two, but for some reason I'm holding onto all of this. It's taking up our huge boiler cupboard and the girls' bedroom cupboard.

What to do?!

Ps logg1e I'm I'm lincolnshire ;)

warmleatherette Fri 14-Mar-14 10:38:42

That's what my parents' house is like, Lilly. Four bedrooms and a massive garden all stuffed full of junk. A double garage full of junk. An attic full of junk. Not even groovy antique junk, just rubbish. Mum has to buy every gadget going for example - there's not a clear surface in her kitchen because there's a slow cooker / electric frying pan / fancy juicer / remoska / soupmaker in every single place.

Loveyouthree, why not wait until all the stuff is driving you mad, then take it all to the charity shop and lose out on all the money you could have made Ebaying it like a sensible person? That's what I'd do.

Today: declutter the playroom until it is of a standard that a friend can stay there next week. Also: apply for jobs. While I'm enjoying being a full-time declutterer my bank account is starving to death.

Loveyouthree Fri 14-Mar-14 13:05:20

Haha! That's what I did with all the stuff I decluttered at our old house. Put it in a "car boot sale/ebay" box then got fed up tripping over it and gave it all to charity blush

Mygoldfishrocks Fri 14-Mar-14 13:10:39

I recently did this...

I'll start by saying that I believed my house to be relatively clutter free. It's always clean and tidy but I decided to rid each room of 'stuff' and my god!!!!

Over the course of about 6 weeks I took in excess of 40 bin bags to the charity shop. I binned the same again, easily. And I paid a man with a van £80 to take away and tip the contents of my shed PLUS another 20 odd bin bags.

I gave away lots of stuff via FB sites such as a table, chairs, clothes etc....

And then ... I was done.

To say my house is minimalist is an understatement grin and yes I'd LOVE to come to someone's house and help them do the same

warmleatherette Fri 14-Mar-14 14:27:00

Yes please! Anywhere near East London?

SugarMiceInTheRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:22:57

Lilllly - sounds like you're doing really well. I find that depression can make me so overwhelmed I can't see the wood for the trees. I don't know where to start and end up just getting nothing done. I definitely need to do an NCT sale, but not for a while, as I have just had DC3 (hopefully our last - she's gorgeous, but I had a uterine rupture so am thinking DC4 would be a baaaaad idea!) Still using the baby stuff so can't get rid just yet. NCT sales can be a bit hit and miss with what you sell - last one I did, a bunch of my stuff ended up not even being displayed and was hidden away under a table. I was angry especially after all the time spent pricing, labelling etc. Mind you, it's still a lot less time than you'd spend writing ads, taking photos etc for Ebay, and after you take into account Ebay final sale price fees, Paypal fees and listing fees, you probably end up with more money from selling through the NCT.

Also, today I stumbled across a 2nd hand baby clothes/ equipment shop, they buy stuff in good condition and sell it on - probably wouldn't get much for things, certainly less than I'd get at an NCT sale, but might be worth a look as it's probably easier than the faff of an NCT sale. Anyway - sorry for going off track. I'm going to start by trying to get rid of a few things of mine each day. For a while I did Flylady, but find it too prescriptive, however some of her decluttering and 'crisis cleaning' tips are good.

Ok - my plan is to sort out clothes my DSs have finished with, as well as their old toys, take them down with me next time I visit my family and see if my stepsister wants any of them for her DSs (who are a couple of years younger than DS2) and if not, charity shop them. This means I have a few weeks to specifically sort boys clothes and toys out, as I will go down to visit at Easter. My boys do tend to hoard stuff and get really attached to toys they don't even play with any more so I may have to come up with an incentive (preferably one which doesn't end up with them getting more stuff), maybe I will bribe them with a trip to Legoland or something if they can each get rid of one black bag full of toys... hmm

Mygoldfishrocks if you are in the Midlands and fancy helping me, I will gladly pay your petrol etc (and make yummy cakes!) wink House is feeling too crowded with the arrival of DC3, but moving is not an option so I need to create more space by getting rid of tons of stuff!

Mygoldfishrocks Fri 14-Mar-14 18:08:45

oh sad sad sad I'm not. I'm Oxfordshire. but Hmmm - not a million miles away! and I'm a super good de clutterer grin

LilllyLovesLife Sat 15-Mar-14 08:40:54

hi. Sorry I don't think I came on yesterday. Got all the baby clothes out the loft? and sorted all into sizes and what to keep. can get rid of all girls stuff for a start. its great and needs to be done BUT has totally trashed my living room in the process and and made me feel a bit overwhelmed. Iv also been ill and hurt my knee so it's been a little slower.

Iv done all my labels for nct except the stuff I have in the loft which was left from last time so already labelled up but I need to sort through and reduce stuff so I don't get it back again. plus there is probably some newborn boys stuff in there which I will want to keep now I'm expecting another boy! smile then I will reuse the labels as I still have huge piles of stuff to sell.

I'm in 2 minds weather to purchase more labels from the NCT so I can get more stuff there but I dunno if it's worth it or if it is easier just to sell the rest on Facebook. confused

Job for today is to finish sorting baby stuff so it can go back in the loft out the way. then to general tidy up and get shopping put away from delivery today.

warmleatherette Sat 15-Mar-14 09:57:19

I am so happy to have decluttering the playroom. I mean, it needs lots more work but at least it looks....sane, y'know? Before, it was like the lair of the Hackney mole man.

phantomnamechanger Sat 15-Mar-14 11:32:44

Today the sun is shining and DH and the DC are all out all day and so far I have -
1) washed up from breakfast and tidied the inside of the fridge and food cupboards
2) done 4 loads of washing
3) got together one large carrier of clothes etc for charity shop
4) got one small bag of textiles for recycling
5) swept & tidied the utility room
6) tidied the pile of school letters/receipts/vouchers etc off the kitchen dresser
7) tidied the cupboard under the kitchen sink which really was an absolute eyesore and you could not see or reach anything in there

Most of that will not even be noticed when the rest of the family get home (that's a whole other thread!) but I know and it feels good. I am now having 30mins for a coffee and MNing and then back to it! smile

Loveyouthree Sat 15-Mar-14 12:58:06

Sugar mice - where in the midlands are you? anywhere near lincolnshire?! smile

Loveyouthree Sat 15-Mar-14 13:00:07

Warm leatherette - we've got a playroom too, what have you done to yours? smile tbf ours isn't that cluttered, but Im always looking for ways to improve ...

warmleatherette Sat 15-Mar-14 13:50:30

Oh it's not actually a playroom, it's the children's bedroom. But they mainly just end up co-sleeping in my room (I have a super-kingside bed) so we call it the playroom. That's why decluttering is needed so desperately: the three of us (me and two DC) live in a 2-bed flat so we need it to feel as spacious as possible.

Loveyouthree Sat 15-Mar-14 14:58:43

Oohh I see! That's really sweet, I feel all cosy reading that smile


SugarMiceInTheRain Sat 15-Mar-14 15:30:55

Loveyouthree I'm just on the edge of Leicester.

Had a fairly productive morning/ early afternoon thanks to DD napping a lot! With DH's help (and input from DSs) we sorted the boys' bookshelf, which was bursting at the seams - we've ditched a bag of really tatty books/ used sticker books & colouring books they've outgrown, got a bag to hand on to someone with younger children and a bag of books they've outgrown which I want to keep for DD when she's a bit bigger. The slightly depressing thing is that the bookshelf is still full to bursting, so DH is going to try to build an extra shelf for it, though when is another question entirely! grin

Also sorted my underwear and sock drawers out, ditched quite a few things that had seen better days blush - unfortunately, I'm at a slightly depressing in-between stage with clothes, and breastfeeding so have a load of bras I can't currently wear but should be able to some time next year - they are now in a box along with my non-BF friendly clothes to go in the loft. Have also got all my maternity clothes which have been sat in a pile in the corner of the room now in a big holdall ready for the loft. Can't quite bring myself to charity shop/ ebay them, just in case I have another hmm This is wear I need someone to give me a massive kick up the backside and persuade me to get rid!! Haha. As DH has taken DS1 & DS2 out to the park, I have cleared out a few of their toys which they have outgrown from the living room toybox, which is now going to be filled with blankets and baby changing paraphernalia which is cluttering up the room! The living room toybox has been reduced to a tub of toys belonging to each of the boys, which they can sort through and find a home for when they get in.

LilllyLovesLife Sat 15-Mar-14 17:15:52

Hi all! Hope your all having a good weekend! I managed to get all the baby clothes organised into size and sorted lots out to sell. Now got loads of stuff waiting to go back in the loft till we need it. Feel one step closer to being prepared for this baby!

Iv also thoughly cleaned the kitchen and emptied the fridge and scrubbed it out. We have a bigger fridge in the utility though which still needs doing. Might get it done today, might leave for another day. Want to organise the 2 fridges properly, label stuff up, use containers for certain things like sandwich bits, another for teethers and cold packs etc to keep everything clear, clean and organised.

I am starting to seriously consider a cleaner. BUT a) can't really afford it, but would just about manage. We are saving so it's less money we can save towards home improvements and B) I am not sure how much it would actually help, as we tried it a few years ago and it was more stress than it was worth. But I am fed up of my entire life being based around housework and cleaning. SOOOO hoping this mega de clutter helps make life easier.

Iv also got a HUGE load of clothes to sell, run out of NCT labels so will be facebook selling. Unsure weather to list tonight, or wait till after the NCT sale next weekend so I am on less of a deadline for other stuff? But want it out the way so tempted to just do it tonight? There are about 2-3 bin bags worth just of clothes, 2 boxes of books plus other stuff.

Spending the day at the in laws tomorrow. They are doing us Lunch and dinner so that's one less job to worry about! So tomorrow will be mainly a day off, spending time with the family.

LilllyLovesLife Mon 17-Mar-14 09:55:21

Right I had a day chilling yesterday and then went to bed at 7.30pm! Well needed though after several sleepless nights!

This morning iv got kids ready and older 2 to school, done one load of washing and hung it outside and now about to crack on with clearing and cleaning in the extention and cleaning the second fridge which is pretty minging. Hoping my lables will stick inside the fridge so then I can get the fridge organised too so we stop ending up with food getting lost and going mouldy! blush we can't afford to waste food and I hate cleaning it up!

petalsandstars Mon 17-Mar-14 10:07:57

I've finally labelled up the nct stuff too. Ran out of labels in the end too. Won't get much done now till Thursday as DH is working and DD1 is a whirlwind who wants to help (destroy) everything

Aintnobodylovesnanbetter Mon 17-Mar-14 10:23:58

Done a wash and hung it out
Made some flapjacks in between emptying dishwasher and tidying kitchen
Just had a cup of tea now i'm going to tackle the utility room and sort out the coat rack and shoe box then do my ironing and put some laundry away

LilllyLovesLife Mon 17-Mar-14 10:32:53

Petalsandstars - when is your NCT sale? Iv got an extra 20 or so extra labels to use now as I got my unsold stuff from last time out of the loft and we want to keep some of that now that I am pregnant again so pinched the lables and will re use for some other stuff tonight.

Iv just loaded the dishwasher AND washed up the bits that didn't fit (totally unheard of for me!!). As I wanted to clean the kitchen while DS is sleeping. And iv done the first shelf of the big fridge (doing one shelf at a time so I don't have to empty it and can do it properly instead of rushing to get it back in.)

Just having 5 mins sit down while I prioritise the next thing to do.

petalsandstars Tue 18-Mar-14 07:37:41

My local one is Saturday, am aiming to get in early to see if I can pick up some pjs for my DD as my sister has my old baby clothes but DN hasn't grown out of them yet. confused

I hope I have priced to sell. I don't want to get lots back.

LilllyLovesLife Tue 18-Mar-14 11:01:58

same here. I'm volunteering for the day so get access to the volunteer sale so get first dibs on anything. really going to have to be strong and try not to buy too much! I do have things I need though.

Iv been a very busy lady today grin iv gutted my living room. just cleaning and decluttering ready to put things back nicely. have also done the washing already and other bits and bobs. just hoping DS behaves while I get this finished as need it to be done before the school day finishes really. then plan to spend the evening listing more stuff for sale. got several bin bags of it piled up on the sofa so really need to get cracking with it!

I'm wondering if I need to do some car boot sales if this stuff hasn't sold soon. but hate them really! sad Going to try really hard to get sold on Facebook but then I guess I need to decide between ebay, a car boot and a charity shop. DDs birthday is next month which will no doubt bring in more crap :-/

petalsandstars Tue 18-Mar-14 19:08:44

I was looking in asda today eyeing up garden toys for DDs birthday - at least they stay outside grin

LilllyLovesLife Tue 18-Mar-14 19:20:19

i've been trying to think of outdoor stuff we could get for her birthday but really can't think of anything! She is going to be 5. She already has a Playhouse, swing, slide, balls, swing-ball etc and between the kids they got an 8ft trampoline for Christmas, which hasn't gone up yet. Any ideas?! lol.

I finished putting the living room back together. Have moved stuff around and knackered my back. But it's all clean and tidy. Have still got a big Expedit unit to declutter but that's last on the list as it's only been here this year - already overfilled and cluttered though blush

LilllyLovesLife Tue 18-Mar-14 19:23:23

I have the biggest mountain of stuff I intended to list for sale tonight. Still hoping to at least get it off to a good start, but got to pick DD1 up from beavers at 7.45 so by the time she goes to bed it's likely to be getting on for 8.30pm. And DH will be shouting at the TV as the footie is on - so maybe tempted to go to bed and hide! Lol. Will be dissapointed with myself if I don't get at least some of it done though!

BeaWheesht Tue 18-Mar-14 21:25:00

Hi can I join in?

I / we've decluttered a lot lately especially toys but I really need to sort dd's room as she's getting her new bed in a few weeks and also the kitchen cupboards - they are jam packed.

The decluttering we've recently done has focused on playroom (garage conversion) , cupboard under stairs and living room. Oh and dining room. Now....just the rest of the house to do!

I'm out most of tomorrow and Thursday but am hoping to get back into it on Friday, I've 'fallen off the wagon' lately as we've had a 2 week stomach bug in the house.

Well done to you all.

BeaWheesht Tue 18-Mar-14 21:39:30

Re your dd what about an aquaplay set? My kids love them. Or a swingball?

LilllyLovesLife Wed 19-Mar-14 09:38:52

BeaWheesht - what's aquaplay? Never heard of it? Is it like Aquadraw etc? She already has a swingball that she got for her birthday last year and has played with about once or twice!

Of course you can join us! The more the merrier! Iv got toddler group this afternoon and then got school run straight from that so need to fit as much into the morning as possible. Doing well so far though, have put dishwasher on and tidied up generally. Put rubbish out as it's bin day and had time to quickly run round the house collecting any additional rubbish/recycling that was hanging around. Felt good to be on top of things (ish!) before I even did the school run! Just having a sit down while DS eats his breakie then will put him up for a nap and get on with stuff. I didn't list my stuff for sale last night as my back was hurting so much and I was knackered so decided an early night would be more beneficial.
I did however get the kids new book storage up and filled it with their reading books. I LOVE it, so much better than on a normal bookshelf as now they can see/find the books so easily without making a mess.

So my plan for the morning is:
One load of laundry
Get myself and DS bathed before toddler group
Pack/Sort nappy bag
Empty dishwasher
Clean kitchen
Tidy living room
Hoover downstairs
Clear and declutter the downstairs hallway and stairs - it's embarrassing when I Have the front door open and somebody looks in!!! blush
After school:
Clean and declutter bathroom while girls are in the bath - get rid of anything that doesn't fit in the current storage!

After kids gone to bed:
List mountain of stuff for sale! No reason why I can't get it done tonight as no clubs on for the kids.

Then hopefully I will be able to get on with decluttering the next room tomorrow!!

LilllyLovesLife Wed 19-Mar-14 12:06:10

Iv done my morning list and more! Except hoover as DS is still asleep from his morning nap! Hoping he wakes up soon as he needs lunch before toddler group at 12.40pm! And needs to get changed!

BeaWheesht Wed 19-Mar-14 12:47:54
LilllyLovesLife Thu 20-Mar-14 11:30:17

wow that does look good!! Although quite pricey. but will certainly be looking Into that.

decluttering wise I'm a good half way through my mountain of for sale stuff. And going to sort through the summer stuff from the loft when DS has his nap.

We have been to baby music class this morning. It's great that he had had fun but does mean iv got nothing done and it's messed up his sleep :-(

mum2jakie Thu 20-Mar-14 14:32:14

Well, small progress here. I listed some items on the free ads section of my local paper. Only managed to sell one item so far. (Paper was printed yesterday.) Fingers crossed some more things go...

I have also been inspired to register as a seller at the next NCT sale (5th April.) Just waiting for my labels to come. I've been in the loft to check what I've got to shift. Scary stuff! I've also printed off some posters to promote the sale as I want to make sure there are plenty of buyers.

I've got a growing bag of old (unsaleable) clothes for the cash to clothes place too. I'll wait until it builds to a reasonable amount and then get OH to cash it in. (It only fetches pennies but at least it is something and the stuff is getting recycled.)

LilllyLovesLife Thu 20-Mar-14 14:42:13

Well done. Can you list stuff on your local facebook selling groups? £20 worth of clothes I listed today have already been reserved. I don't find many people use the papers for buying and selling nowadays, although I maybe wrong if you have sold something already. Or Netmums also have a Nearly new board on local groups.

Iv sorted through the summer stuff from the loft, got some more stuff to list for sale tonight and put the stuff we are keeping in the girls wardrobe. Not got as much done today thanks to baby music this morning meaning I missed out on the 2 hours that he would of slept for. But still achieved some stuff.

I have to go and pick the girls up from school now and then get DD1 to rainbows and then dinner so busy really till kids are in bed, then I will get back to the selling :-)

mum2jakie Thu 20-Mar-14 15:44:14

Well, I've just had a call about a different item so there must be people still reading the paper. (Although the caller decided it was too far to collect in the end.) I don't mind listing on there as it's quick, totally free and I don't have to bother with pictures. (I hate downloading pics!)

I'm not really a big user of Facebook. If I listed something on a sellers page would it show up on my feed and sent to my Facebook friends? Do people normally add photos of items for sale on Facebook?

PurpleFrog Thu 20-Mar-14 16:36:01

I still occasionally list in the local paper. In the past couple of years I have made sales of large kids items to various Grandparents, and also sold schoolwear with the school logo on it. I think it is good for local pickup of large items and you can reach people that don't use Gumtree, Facebook etc..

I have joined our local "Facebay" group but haven't got round to listing stuff yet. People do add photos.

LilllyLovesLife Thu 20-Mar-14 19:43:40

oh ok, fair enough. maybe I should be giving it a go then as iv got loads to shift. I hate talking on the phone though for some reason. I'm weird about phone calls, no idea why! Lol

as for Facebook selling. depends what type of group you use and it's privacy settings. I wouldn't ever use an "open" group as yes, then it would appear in news feeds and your friends will see it. But the groups I use are all either closed or secret. meaning nobody who isn't in the group can see it. and obviously the people in the group are in the same boat. There are thousands of members just in my very local area (there are also national groups but would rather sell locally and have items collected then be bothered with posting). so stuff sells pretty quickly if it's priced right.

Iv got 2 bundles of clothes being collected tomorrow so that's some more space gained grin

keep forgetting about NCT sale on Saturday. Hoping I'm feeling better as Iv been very sick this afternoon. Hoping it's just pregnancy sickness but I think it's actually my gallstones which often results in hospital admission sad but will avoid if at all possible.

mum2jakie Thu 20-Mar-14 19:58:26

Thanks Lilley. I've had a quick look and there are a few sellers groups on FB locally. Good tip about joining a closed group. I did wonder why there were some closed and some open. If my items don't go on the NCT sale, I might give it a go.

See, I don't mind phone calls but detest taking and uploading pictures of things which is why I don't like ebay (plus the fees of course.)

LilllyLovesLife Fri 21-Mar-14 06:11:30

I don't mind uploading photos on Facebook as I take say 50 photos at a time, from my phone and have it set up to automatically upload to drop box, and then my laptop automatically downloads them so I don't have to faff about transferring them or anything. Then I have an album in each of the 4 selling groups and literally upload the whole lot at once and takes about 2 mins. but then have to add all the details obviously but find iv got it down to a fine art now! Lol. X

Mumof3xx Fri 21-Mar-14 06:37:56

I will join!

My kitchen cupboards are jam packed with crap! And I need to do an all round clothes declutter as I have a cash for clothes collect booked in two weeks

LilllyLovesLife Fri 21-Mar-14 09:50:06

I have been up since 5 am with DS and already have totally cleared my hallway, which is always a mess. Iv swept it and hoovered it, ready to be mopped when DS has his nap, which won't be till later than usual as he had a nap before the school run.

also had a bag of clothes collected already this morning, and another bag ready to go.

Iv done 2 loads oof washing that I'm about to hang out on the line. Then for a sit down with DS and have our late breakfast and then tidy up down here. Once that's all done I'm off to tackle the bombsite that I call my bedroom hmm

Mumof3xx Fri 21-Mar-14 09:56:38

I was up at 6

Aside from getting 3 dc fed and dressed, 2 school bags packed and doing the school run I haven't done a great deal but you have now motivated me to get off my bum so thank you!

stuckindamiddle Fri 21-Mar-14 10:37:34

I need to do this and have two days next week when I plan to make a dent in it as I'm off work and DS is at nursery. It's v hard to find even small chunks of time to do this with a toddler I find. He needs constant
entertainment and supervision and so I can only do things occasionally.

Anyway I'd really appreciate some help with getting over the fear/hesitation/guilt about getting rid of stuff. Will mostly be going to charity shop as I can't be bothered with eBay selling (I buy lots off there though!) but will keep some bits in loft and garage to put on gumtree and for the next NCT sale.
Would also appreciate tips for shoe storage including muddy boots in hallway. Our hallway isn't small but we store DS's trike in there and sometimes a buggy and due to the position of a Radiator that's too tricky to relocate we don't have much wall space for storage furniture.

LilllyLovesLife Fri 21-Mar-14 10:46:12

Haha, I never used to do much before about 9.30am but all this house clearing is really motivating me. I am like you - I have 3 children to get up, dressed and 2 needing school bags and packed lunch sorting. Also for sports relief it was extra complicated today as they are doing various sponsored activities and needed extra stuff organising.

I am pregnant and my morning sickness means I can't have my morning cup of tea as it just makes me vomit. I am 24 weeks now so should really have passed. But in some ways, not being able to sit down and enjoy a cuppa, probably makes me do more as we all know how easy it is to sit down and not get back up! LOL.

Right 2 loads of laundry now outside on the line, DS has had a play in the garden while I did that and now both inside having some food and warming up!

Finding my "to sell" pile is growing quicker than I can list it, and trying to think of ways to speed it up. DH keeps saying to charity shop it all but I just had the waste of money! Especially as I know most charity shops nowadays are very wasteful themselves and bin a lot of things. I guess I could freecycle it but I really would like to earn the cash from it really. But means it sitting around cluttering the house up in the meantime. We are not THAT low on money, but I like the fact I can bring in a bit of money this way and that it pays for anything I buy for the kids really. And think I would be less ruthless if I wasn't getting any money for it.

Mumof3xx Fri 21-Mar-14 10:50:18

Well I folded two lots of dry laundry and chucked in a third, cleaned out the animals, put away the shopping, fed dd some snack and am now contemplating which cupboard to attack first!

LilllyLovesLife Fri 21-Mar-14 14:23:25

Well done!

Iv sorted out the newborn and 0-3 baby clothes into draws. So no more hanging around all over the place.
Stripped my bed
Put loads of washing away and put some more aside to list for sale.
Put DS clothes away in his room.
Dishwasher on.
Cleared upstairs hallway.

Mumof3xx Fri 21-Mar-14 17:53:36

Stripped and washed 2 dcs beds and cot
Sorted through toys in older dcs room
Shoved bin bag of old broken toys in shed
Hoovered older dc room

Next I need to look at their books, clothes and shoes!

BeaWheesht Fri 21-Mar-14 21:10:29

I've cleared 3 bin bags from what will be dd's new room and rearranged all the craft stuff.

Have also sorted the living room so there's nothing in here that shouldn't be.

Mumof3xx Sat 22-Mar-14 09:04:28

Doesn't look like I'll be getting much done today as dd is really suffering with her teeth

Have managed to strip our bed and put a wash on, put some laundry away and do the pots but I don't see any cupboard or clothes clearing happening!

LilllyLovesLife Sat 22-Mar-14 18:01:57

just got in from nct sale. Omg! Never again! I never bloody learn but this time I really never want to go back.

Mumof3xx Sat 22-Mar-14 18:48:55

Buying or selling?

mum2jakie Sat 22-Mar-14 20:14:44

What was so wrong with the NCT sale??? I'm down to sell at one in a fortnight!

SugarMiceInTheRain Sat 22-Mar-14 20:19:32

Oh dear... what went wrong with the NCT sale?

stuckindamiddle Sat 22-Mar-14 23:35:59

Curious about NCT sale too...

I managed to send a full sack to the charity shop and declutter the bathroom this morning. Feeling pleased!!

Mumof3xx Sun 23-Mar-14 05:07:35

Up since 330 with poor dd really suffering with her teeth. Just got her back to sleep and really need to sleep myself but instead I'm thinking about cupboards

LilllyLovesLife Sun 23-Mar-14 07:09:42

sorry, was too tired for proper posting Last night. I volunteered, sold and bought at the nct sale yesterday so was there from 8.30 till 5.30. I literally didn't stop all day. I'm heavily pregnant and not one person offered to help me Carry any of my boxes or bags, including several men who could of easily spared 5 mins of their time. so I've hurt my back and my legs are absolutely killing me. I have still got a car full of unsold items, despite pricing them redicously cheap, well below what I could get selling on Facebook. and obviously the stuff I did sell by the time they have taken their 25% plus the £7.50 sellers fee it's not really going to be much.

I have sold there and volunteered before so maybe it's just worse because I'm pregnant and I really found it hard work. but I'm Def not doing it again as it's just not worth it.
my feet are so sore, despite wearing trainers all day. and obviously all the time It took to label everything up before hand contributes to it too.

Just feels like it was all for nothing as u priced to sell so I didn't get stuff back sad

as for buying there is a half an hour volunteer sale before it starts but found I was already exhausted by this time and there was so much stuff in the hall it was very hard to find what you wanted in the short time we were given.

Mumof3xx Sun 23-Mar-14 07:17:35

You need a day with your feet up!

LilllyLovesLife Mon 24-Mar-14 06:23:49

right back to it today. had a busy day yesterday with a kids party at soft play and them went out for dinner.

but still managed to get thee house back to how I left it on Friday (DH had all 3 kids here Saturday while I was out and came home and house was a tip).

Also spent my whole evening yesterday selling. I am starting to get really frustrated with all the stuff waiting to be sold. I don't know what to do with it all. It is selling but it takes so much time. I can't help but think if I was one of these "dump it off at the charity shop straight away" types then my house would be so much clearer and cleaner and maybe I would even have finished the whole house clean/declutter as I wouldn't have spent half my time trying to sell the stuff and my living room wouldn't be full of stuff waiting for somebody to buy it hmm
BUT the money does come in extremely handy and I know it's still a few hundred pounds worth of stuff to shift so would totally loose the money if I just donate it. confused
so I don't know what to do.

plan for today:
1) make a start sorting the unsold NCT stuff. Think I will just do one box/suitcase a day as I just can't face it!
2) finish listing the box of clothes in my living room
3) declutter between my sofas in the living room and clean.
4) put clean washing away upstairs (there is a lot of it!)
5) 2 loads of laundry wash and dry
6) clean kitchen
7) generally keep living room tidy throughout the day and hoover after DS eats.

Blondieminx Mon 24-Mar-14 08:27:17

I am currently on a mega-declutter too smile - have taken 3 binbags to charity and sold loads at our NCT NNS a couple of weeks ago (5 huuuge boxes worth). I help co-ordinate our one and just wanted to say that it varies as to how much deposit/commission happens depending on how the sale is run. In our branch (in Essex) we do a £5 deposit and the commission is 30% here but the sales are the branch's biggest fundraisers and that 30% then goes into funding activities run by the branch (snacks for the 2 groups we run, funding for the cloth nappy library etc etc). So I can't begrudge it, I do keep 70% of the proceeds grin

I am selling stuff I think I can get more than £5 for and donating anything else to charity... Gets it all out of the house!

Blondieminx Mon 24-Mar-14 08:33:56

Lilly it does sound as though you did a very long day at your NNS (after several weeks of cracking on with your decluttering) , I am sorry no-one helped you with your boxes, that's very shoddy. sad

warmleatherette I know exactly what you mean about not knowing how to do clearing after growing up with hoarders (me too!), it's taken me 10 years to really get my head round it. Doesn't help that DH has hoardy tendencies either!

LilllyLovesLife Mon 24-Mar-14 13:21:46

I got a bit side tracked from my list (DS not helping being a miserable sod!)
But I have got a fair bit done.

I cleared out my downstairs shower room, which has litrally never been used (bought house 18 months ago!!) As DH said it was rubbish, just a cold trickle so until we can afford to replace the extention (Will be years!) to just not bother with it. So it's been used as a storage space until today.Emptied it out, cleaned it all up, switched the shower on and there's nothing bloody wrong with it! DH had said about how he was concerned the gaps in the tiles (It's a very old bodge job, the whole extention is) would leak but that can be sorted no problem with some polyfiller! SO I have just gained a shower basically! It's not the best in the world, but better than nothing! Only have a bath in main bathroom so this will be a godsend in the summer. Although I haven't actually used it yet so will test it properly tonight! At the absolute least though it will be handy for cleaning (Mop bucket filling etc), foot washing, rinsing very messy kids off from the garden, hair washing etc. So I am very please I did it!

Obviously I have no lost that storage space now though if we want to use it as a shower! But will save me a lot of time and effort in the long run, especially if I can get the girls to shower for 5 mins instead of spending an hour in the bath! (They are 4 and 6, moan they don't want a bath, then never want to get out once they are in there!!) Still at the age I can't leave them to it without supervising in bath so when it drags on it can get a bit annoying!

Found all sorts I didn't realise I still had. Including a whole plastic draw full of hamster stuff - considering it's been at least 6 months since we owned a pet I have no idea why we still have them!

Iv emptied out 2 big suitcases of unsold NNS stuff, there wasn't as much as there looked as it was all just sort of thrown in at the end of the day so actually half empty. Still got more in the car but that's for another day!

I then filled the 2 suitcases with DD2s birthday presents, it's her birthday in exactly 1 month so will put them in the loft tonight (hopefully, if DH will do it!) along with the car seat we have ready for new baby.

Going to list the rest of the stuff for sale in big bundles and let it go cheap, just want rid!

BranchingOut Mon 24-Mar-14 14:05:11

Congratulations on your new shower!

I used to have a smallish issue with hoarding and began fighting back nearly 12 years ago. I am so much better than I used to be. For example, there is space between all the items in my wardrobe, space between the toiletries in my drawer...lovely!

I hate to say it, but one important decision is to just stop buying. I can now go into a shop full of lovely 'bits' and just say 'Ahh, that's lovely' and leave it all in the shop. Also, think very carefully how much you really need, especially when it comes to your DD's clothes etc.

LilllyLovesLife Mon 24-Mar-14 18:43:08

I must admit that is something I struggle with. I don't hoard in a way of holding onto stuff I don't need, everything we own has a use, or has done until recently and Is waiting to be sold . but I buy stuff as quick as I sell it. blush I am really trying to work on it. today somebody offered me some free baby boys stuff (am expecting a boy in July). And I couldn't help but jump at the chance. We really tried to be minimal with what we get for baby as we don't have the space but It's just so bloody hard! Iv grown up like it so I guess it's trying to change a habit of a life time.

BeaWheesht Mon 24-Mar-14 23:00:20

I too have shopaholic tendencies.

Well today I have rearranged the playroom and tidied half of it totally - sounds like not much but dd had taken great delight in mixing up boxes of toys.

I would've liked to finish the job but if I'd touched ds's Star Wars toys I'd be dead!

- clean kitchen
- tidy living room
- try and rearrange dining room - MOVE fucking MASSIVE TABLE FOOTBALL.
- pull out all living room furniture to clean

Hopefully dd will let me get some done! She has been a nightmare of late!

warmleatherette Tue 25-Mar-14 09:09:12

I feel like I haven't been able to do any decent decluttering for aaages - been looking after sick but needy child (not the kind of sick where they just sleep, the kind of sick where they just whiiiiine all the time). Anyway he's nearly better so hopefully I'll be able to get stuff done today. I have been washing things with my new 7kg drum washing machine... I was able to get the WHOLE DUVET in there. Joy unbounded!


tackle my bedroom
declutter DD's clothes
put laundry away
declutter Expedits in front room and playroom

Sorry to hear about the NCT sale fail, Lilly. Your house probably would be clearer if you just dumped it but you'd probably feel really bad about the money! I just say to myself, well, this feeling of peace and freedom is worth the £100 I could have got for it. Plus I get more time to declutter instead of spending time selling. That being said, I do have an Etsy shop to sell my vintage clothing, but that's on the back burner for a bit while I get the house sorted.

I wrote an essay. Sorry!

stuckindamiddle Tue 25-Mar-14 09:44:22

Warm - I'm decluttering an Expedit today too, amongst many other things.

My working pattern has changed for this week only and my little one is at nursery as usual on the days I normally work, giving me two clear days. I plan to declutter, tidy, clean, catchup on paperwork and bitty DIY jobs and then hopefully still have time to reward myself with a workout and a nice soak in the bath.

Having given it much consideration and consulted other mumsnetters, I'm giving the bulk of what I'm getting rid of to charity or freecycling it. I'd thought about eBay and boot sales but realistically they're likely to be more hassle than they're worth and the clutter will hang around longer. I'd also rather spend Sunday doing something nice with DS and DH. smile I value my free time more than I need the small amount of money I'd get from selling stuff.

I will feel virtuous by giving to charity shops, especially once gift aid is added. I also vow not to feel guilt about giving away things I've hardly used. Will tell myself the money was
wasted when I bought the things and better someone else who needs / wants them has them and uses them. grin

All wise advice gathered from mumsnet!

LilllyLovesLife Tue 25-Mar-14 12:38:20

I have an expedit unit to declutter too. But not today.

If it was just £100 of stuff I probably would just give it all away. But I have made a minimum of about £600 since xmas selling stuff and thats not including the NNS which I don't know the result of yet. I find if listing clothes indervidually for say £1 each, you end up with £10-20 every time somebody buys a carrier bag full, and when you have several suitcases full of clothes, plus boxes and boxes full of toys, which seem to sell even better, plus baby stuff, household stuff, electrical stuff etc it easily adds up.

Iv got phones I really need to get my arse in gear and sell on ebay. Maybe tonight as I haven't achieved much else. They should total at least £200 between them I would imagine. But doesn't clear up much space I guess!

Can't be arsed today. Me and DH have been arguing (Partly NNS to blame as it totally proved him right that I shouldn't of done it and he seemed to take pleasure in that). And I never get anything done if I am upset/pissed off. Wish I was one of these people who get stuck into cleaning when stressed!

NightCircus Tue 25-Mar-14 13:59:02

Not been back much but the great de clutter continues.
Moving house so no time to sell stuff. I could have got a fair bit using cash for clothes but I can't afford to give to charity at mo so am thinking of it as my donations for now, (previously have had a few charity direct debits).

So cleared- 9 bin bags to refuge
3 bin bags to friend with new baby
8 bin bags to charity shop
About 8 bin bags in bin

Thinking about whether to get rid of CDs and videos

LilllyLovesLife Tue 25-Mar-14 14:27:37

Wow well done NightCircus! See that is what I wish I could do! I think I am going to give it till the end of the Easter holidays and then donate anything that's not sold by then. My daughters birthday is 2 days after they go back to school so would clear space for her new presents and she is having a birthday party at our house the following weekend. So that gives me a target date and something to work towards.

I think I will use freecycle instead of charity shops so I know where it's going, or see if I can find somebody who wants it to sell on if they are short on cash themselves. I used to live above a charity shop and saw how wasteful they can be, and I know others who have said the same. I can't bear the thought of stuff getting binned if somebody else can use it!

warmleatherette Tue 25-Mar-14 16:26:11

Wasteful how? I thought clothes they couldn't use were sold for rag? I always felt good about giving away to chazzas, now I'm worried....

I am well stuck into my expedits today. Being ruthless about books. It's difficult though because when you decide to get rid of the book (especially cookbooks) you have to get rid of the vision of yourself the cookbook engendered in you, y'know? Makes you realise how you're just you and nothing is ever really going to change that much. Well, except you'll have less stuff.

NightCircus Tue 25-Mar-14 18:16:01

I've got rid of 3 cocktail books- kept one. I did think I should buy one/two bottles of spirit and make cocktails more brandy sours or something.

BeaWheesht Tue 25-Mar-14 20:22:29

Well done people!

Today I have

Cleaned all through living room / kitchen floors (inc under furniture)
Cleaned living room windows
Tidied all of kitchen (not cupboards or table sadly)
Taken 2 bags to dump
Taken loads of tins we hAvent used but are in date to foodbank
Listed on eBay

Tomorrow I'm out with dd all morning. When she's at nursery my plan is:
Maintenance tidy of kitchen and lounge
Clear hall and declutter the millions of coats and shoes we have
Clear kitchen table
Clear windowsill in kitchen
Get kids to tidy playroom (think of a bribe)

stuckindamiddle Tue 25-Mar-14 20:30:08

Well done bea.
I've almost sorted through all 8 Expedit boxes. Filled two green recycling bags with old paperwork and the kitchen bin with rubbish smile
I've gathered today all the random euros leftover from previous holidays and put them with our passports etc ready for the next one.
I've also got together odds and sods of old foreign currency to donate to charity.
I've done a big load of whites, unloaded and loaded dishwasher and packed away grocery delivery.

Tomorrow I plan to clear the two bathroom cabinets and tackle the giant wardrobe in the spare room which is half full with random stuff that's not clothes! If there's time after that I'm going to sort through my many shoes and boots and really rationalise them.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 06:34:21

Well done ladies! Sounds like lots of progress is being made!

With the charity shops, the one I used to live above used to just throw loads of perfectly good, useable stuff out into our communal bins (Often stuff got stolen after that which I actually thought was a good thing! But shows they could of sold/given away). They said once they were full they would still get donations and had no where to store it. I have seen people on here say similar things from people who have volunteered and seen the amount of waste. There is one local to me, that until recently only sold children's items. They were desperate for volanteers and I was going to talk to them about if I could help out as and when I had childcare rather than commit to certain hours. But while I was in there shopping, they binned 5 bin bags of cuddly toys (not crappy old ones, it included disney, current TV shows etc) and just put them in the normal rubbish. It annoyed me as even if they couldn't sell them, why not give them away? Stick them on freecycle, give them to a school for a teddy tombola or even just stick them outside with a FREE sign on. It put me off so I didn't offer to volunteer, if I had to witness regular waste like that it would really upset me. I do want to get more ruthless with getting rid of stuff but I NEVER want to be somebody who just bins stuff that somebody else could use. Takes 2 mins to list it on freecycle or something like that and free stuff always goes.

Right well for today! I plan to have a quick tidy up downstairs, then work on my dining room. It's been our dumping ground for weeks and we can't even eat in there anymore blush. If we got back to eating in there every day then it would probably help me keep the living room cleaner as I wouldn't have to hoover 3 times a day! And if the space was clear then maybe DS would be less mischievous in there. He is currently a total nightmare! (When I say dining room it's actually a very strand combination of dining room/utility room/route to the garden/storage of kids crap and uniform/route to downstairs toilet and shower. It contains the fridge, freezer and washing machine etc so the dining table becomes a prefect place to put piles of clean washing!

warmleatherette Wed 26-Mar-14 11:14:00

That's disgusting lillly. Was it a known chain one or an independent? I like to think when I am giving to, say, the Salvation Army that I can trust them to sort the semi-decent vintage from the Primani and direct items to the requisite shops. Am I giving them too much credit?

Today: maintenance tidy everywhere. (First child-free day in an age!) Take stuff to charity shop. And buy Polyfilla, and order some plasterboard fixings. It is time, ladies, for this single mama to attempt to learn DIY.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 11:48:15

My food shopping is done and put away, Half way through clearing the mountain that was on the dining table.

My Sister has just invited me round to hers for lunch on Saturday along with my other sisters and all our children. Sounds lovely excpet I actually have a child free day on Saturday and planned to have a day actually achieving stuff and then maybe doing something nice with DH after he has had a stressful few weeks at work. Now I don't know what to do as I would love to see them and I feel bad turning her down when I could easily change my plans. But TBH the last thing I want to do on a child free day is be around everybody else's children. Is that really bad? Love them all to bits it's just that it's rare to have child free time and I have a to do list longer than I could ever write. So bit stuck!

I guess the problem with any charity shop is that everybody's standards are different. Plus I guess if they kept everything they would be overflowing. But I personally, if I ran a charity shop, would prefer to sell it all at a cheap price, than just sell stuff for more but end up binning half of it. The charity shops round here are massively overpriced and then wonder why they don't sell it. hmm

PurpleFrog Wed 26-Mar-14 12:08:18

This discussion of Charity shops makes me feel that I am not mad in targeting my donations to certain shops. For example there is a Barnados book shop in the town where I work and I take certain old paperbacks and hardbacks there that I'm sure that the Cancer Research shop would bin. When I am sorting out stuff for Charity I often go around local shops to see who is more likely to display/sell it! blush For example, not all shops seem to sell children's clothes or adult shoes.

On the other hand, I am feeling less guilty about my large bag of run-of-the-mill clothes that I have deemed unsuitable for eBay and am collecting together for a Cash For Clothes place. smile

LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 12:34:53
LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 12:36:16

Link above to thread on charity shop problem,as I may be wrong and it may have just been a badly run shop.

Todder group has been cancelled for the afternoon and it's very annoying as I planned the day round it and now have a bored child who hasn't been out all week and has now had his sleep for the day.

PurpleFrog Wed 26-Mar-14 12:47:15

Thanks Lilly - I have just gone over and read it. Some of the comments reinforce my suspicions.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 14:06:48

there used to be a lovely one near my girls school. But it closed down. They were always genuinely grateful of donations and sold stuff cheap enough that if you went in you could let the kids choose an item of their choice and know it wasn't going to cost much. so I used to bribe them, donate a big bag of old toys and you can choose one new one. miss it really

LilllyLovesLife Wed 26-Mar-14 19:15:15

iv sold quite a bit today. about £50 worth of clothes and bits and bobs so that's cleared a bit of space and also reminded me how much easier Facebook selling is compared to the NCT NNS. Just about to have dinner and a bath and then get the rest of the unsold goods out the car. The boxes of stuff I sorted through turned out to only be half mine - loads of other sellers unsold goods had been put in my stuff! not by me I must add! now waiting to hear back as to what I do with it. makes me wonder what oof mine has gone home with other sellers as it clearly wasn't sorted properly angry

Blondieminx Wed 26-Mar-14 20:31:44

Tbh it was probably sorted by other volunteers, who just like you at the end of a long day were trying to get home as quick as possible and accidentally mis-sorted stuff. Believe me when I say that sorting out hiccups like that is not fun for the volunteers who try and co-ordinate NNS either!

Glad you are having success with your fb selling smile

LilllyLovesLife Thu 27-Mar-14 11:38:31

Blondie - yes it was sorted by volunteers (including me) but I was very careful and double checked everything I put in any bags/boxes. It's lots of very low priced items from a whole range of sellers so TBH it's probably not worth their while to come and pick it up or anything, which is a shame.

Sorted the rest of the NCT stuff very roughly, mainly just into what's already listed on facebook/netmums and another big box of stuff I need to photo and list. Stuff does seem to be selling but it's just a pain having so much of it hanging around in boxes in my living room. I wish I had stored it all upstairs now really, I don't have much space up there but there is a bit of floor space where the cot for the new baby will be going But now it's in huge boxes that will be too heavy to lift I would imagine. It's mainly down here as I like to sit in front of the telly and do it so it's not as much of a chore. But it is in the way big time now.

My friend might be coming over tonight now and she is the biggest clean/tidy freak ever and I am now stressing about the state of the house. I HATE this. We were meant to be going out for the evening but now DH may not be home in time so we have said here as a back up (she has no children). I am however giving her 4 bags of stuff I cleared out from my wardrobe, for a charity fund raiser she is doing at the weekend. So that will free up some space!

Right off to clean and tidy the entire downstairs to attempt to make it visitor ready hmm

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 27-Mar-14 13:11:22

Lillly- the same happened to me when I did an NCT sale - they sent me a cheque for a fraction of the proceeds of the things of mine that had allegedly sold. I queried it and they realised they'd made a mistake and sent me a cheque for the difference, but it did make me wary of doing it again... I also had other people's items in my box when I collected at the end, but I looked through it there and then and handed them back so it wasn't my responsibility!

warmleatherette Thu 27-Mar-14 13:54:40

I feel like I'm getting quite a lot done, decluttering-wise... but then I go out, come back to the house, look at it with fresh eyes and realise that it doesn't look "minimal". It just looks like the point at which a normal person would start their decluttering journey. Sigh.

NightCircus Thu 27-Mar-14 14:06:31

Well my dec littering continues- loads more for the skip and also done for the skip shop!
I don't mind if charity shops bin some of my stuff as long as its out of my hands. I struggle to find the time to list stuff and I want it OUT!!
I def have hoarding tendencies so the 'charity' bit helps me to part with stuff!

warm I think the same and expect I'll need to do a second declutter in our new house. That one will be harder though as it will be less obvious what needs to go.

Any more blog/YouTube recommendations? I love American YouTube videos of home management binders etc!

LilllyLovesLife Thu 27-Mar-14 14:53:18

Warm - you still must be making good progress though. It takes time, and lots of it unfortunately!

NightCircus - I soo wish I could do it. Just give it all away. I really do. I am such a tight arse though blush it's the way iv been brought up I think sad

Iv just realised the time! The day has flown by! I am lucky I checked as I was about to start on something else but i've got to leave in 10 mins and DS is running round naked after covering himself in food so having some nappy free time for his sore bum. And i got back in my PJs for the pregnancy comfort of not feeling squashed! LOL So better run.

Got lots done, House semi tidy and semi clean. I did realise the full extent of the amount still to go though sad it's bloody depressing.

LilllyLovesLife Fri 28-Mar-14 14:38:27

How's everybody getting on? Iv manage to give my extension a good spring clean today, we now have a fully functional dining table out there and everything is clean. There is still clutter out there but it's all going to take time. Each area out there is pretty much a whole day job so would rather not take on too much in one go and not do a good job. I am happy with the progress for today anyway. Got one bin bag out for the rubbish, a box to give away and a box to sell. And a bowl of black dirty water that came from various hard to reach areas I managed to clean.

LilllyLovesLife Mon 31-Mar-14 10:16:06

We spent a lot of time over the weekend in the garden, looks much clearer now and more space for the kids to play. Still lots of work to do but looks good.

Today DH has gone back onto nights so it's a bit strange adjusting after a long time of days. But hoping he can go in the loft later which will help get rid of the pile of stuff in the living room.

Got a big pile of washing to catch up on, a kitchen to clean and realistically a whole house to tidy. Plus loads of stuff to list for sale. So have lots to be getting on with!

LilllyLovesLife Mon 31-Mar-14 17:33:50

I feel lonely on here sad where have you all gone?

BeaWheesht Tue 01-Apr-14 20:58:15

lilly I'm still here just on holiday just now so decluttering not on!

warmleatherette Wed 02-Apr-14 10:35:16

Hello! I haven't been able to do much since the playroom Expedit decluttering due to extended child illness. Such a bore. But today I have managed to palm them both off on the childminder so I have to tidy the entire house, which they have destroyed, apply for jobs, list things in my Etsy and Ebay shops and freecycle some white tiles which are on the front balcony. It never ends, never ever! I just want to get rid of literally everything in my house so that there is nothing to make a mess with!

LilllyLovesLife Wed 02-Apr-14 11:31:45

Warm - you sound so much like me.

Glad you haven't all gone!

I am having a shit day and have achieved nothing!

TalkieToaster Thu 03-Apr-14 00:17:33

Can I join too please? There is not a single clean and tidy area in my house. We have an entire small bedroom just filled, hoarder style, with bin bags and boxes that we put there when we moved here three years ago and stuff has been added since in the name of 'Just get it out of the way for now', but we never sort it. That's not even bothering me right now, it's the rest of the house.

I've been trying to use Unfuck My Habitat and I have the app. I know it's all about small stages and doing a little bit at a time, but I feel so overwhelmed that I can't even start. When I do start, I feel like I'm uncovering more problems.

As an example, we have piles of stuff in front of the wardrobe in our room, which means we can't get to the wardrobe and use it. I decided I was going to tackle it, so we had somewhere to put our clothes instead of having massive piles of them everywhere. When I cleared a path to the wardrobe, I realised there was mould that had come through from the wall, through the back of the wardrobe and it was all over the shoes in the bottom. I've abandoned the attempt to sort it because it's now become a 'big' thing and I can't cope.

LilllyLovesLife Thu 03-Apr-14 12:20:45

TalkieToaster - Yes you are more than welcome. Sounds like you need to take action! Can you afford any help with it at all?
If not, I think you need to start with one room at a time. What's your kitchen like? As that's the most important room to be clean and tidy and functional. So would be a good place to start.

What part of the UK are you in?

warmleatherette Thu 03-Apr-14 13:03:55

talkietoaster i love the UFYH app! i find it very helpful, and love the random shouty motivations too. in a way the mould has made it easy for you to get rid of the shoes and anything mouldy in the wardrobe, right? so at least that's one decision made for you.

i had a very nothingy day yesterday too lilly. just tidied up and that was it. bit depressed about money situation (that'll teach me to give all my stuff away instead of selling it!). trying to figure out how single mums are meant to work and do all the kid stuff too. it seems impossible.

today i've finally put down the new rug from ikea which my children have been using as a slide, and now i'm off to the sylvia pankhurst exhibition at tate britain with a friend, because i lack adult conversation so much that i talk the poor childminder's ear off when i collect the children. i'm sure cultural stimulation will allow me to declutter with renewed vigour tomorrow morning!

TalkieToaster Thu 03-Apr-14 14:01:05

That's a very good point! It will be easy to get rid of the shoes now. I hadn't thought of it that way. I'm in the north west.

Our kitchen is messy, but mainly ok. We have dishes that need doing, but my cupboards are organised. Far too many clothes piled on top of our dryer but they'll have to stay there until the wardrobe gets sorted.

We can't afford help at the moment, but we might be able to in the near future. We had a cleaner once who was amazing and helped us to organise the kitchen and we've built on the foundation she laid. She left cleaning altogether for another job and we miss her.

TalkieToaster Thu 03-Apr-14 14:02:20

Today, my aim is to clear the sink of dishes, put the ones in the drainer away and clear and clean the worktops. Experience tells me that it will take half an hour at most to do that, but it makes me feel so much better and spurs me on to do other things.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Thu 03-Apr-14 14:13:17

Talkie - your house sounds -a lot- like mine used to

We had the spare room problem, but when the DSs decided they nolonger wanted to share a room, I had to sort it!

Like the mould in you wardrobe, it was a blessing in disguise.

Good luck to all, it's tough!! But worth it flowers

JKSLtd Thu 03-Apr-14 21:30:38

Can I join too please?

I have been working on various bits over the last few years, randomly, as I felt our house was just filling up with stuff (all sorts, baby, toys, clothes, furniture) as when we moved in we had nothing so accepted every freebie going.

We decided no more DC (have 3) so that's been a prompt to start clearing out seriously.

Luckily my MIL works at a women's refuge and they'll take all kids clothes, some toys, other baby bits for the women to turn up with nothing.
Knowing it's all going to good homes makes it much easier to just give away rather than try and sell small stuff for pennies - with all the associated work involved.

Think I've got rid of all maternity stuff now, and nearly all the baby stuff.
The cot top changer got forgotten last weekend by PIL so that's in the hallway waiting for when we visit them in 2 weeks. Annoying but still on its way out.
I've also got a box full of reusable nappies - some of which I never used blush - that I'm determined to try on eBay.

We've got an ancient sofa in the car ready for the tip tomorrow.
And I've got a couple of boxes ready for DS2's school PTA fair supplies - prob not until after the holidays now.
And sorted through DD's clothes, again, have some for textile recycling tomorrow & some for friend for her DD.

I need to sort out lots more 'stuff' and make sure from now on we only acquire what we want or need. No more freebies/handmedowns that aren't necessary.
And sort boys clothes.
This is the year of Get Rid smile

LilllyLovesLife Fri 04-Apr-14 10:01:51

JKS - that is exactly how I started getting so much stuff. Had nothing when the girls were tiny so took any freebie I could, got obsessed with free-cycle and hand me downs and ended up with more than needed. If I were buying it all brand new from a shop I never would of ended up with so much stuff!

Sold LOADS yesterday and one woman is interested in taking a load more as she was really happy with her bargains. So that's one of my jobs for today to sort out. As well as a general tidy up before kids come home for the Easter holidays!

Talkie My house was like that at one point too. It def gets better! THe more you can clear out, the easier it is to keep clean and tidy too.

I visited my Mum last night, just for half an hour on the way home from visiting my sister in Hospital. Her house gets worse and worse everytime I go there. It's my inspiration and motivation to keep going. Her house is too full, it's not functional! It's clean but massively cluttered with stuff that hasn't been touched for 15 years or so!

JKSLtd Fri 04-Apr-14 16:34:10

Thanks Lilly.
My parents aren't too bad as theyvemoved lots so have had to clear out lots too.
My pil though - I look around their house knowing it'll be me sorting it all one day (dh has one brother in Oz)...
Fil was an only and kept pretty much everything of his parents. Mil is one of 2 and has lots of sentimental crap from her parents.

Dh took old sofa to the tip along with a pile of garden rubbish too big for the green bin.
Textile recycling went this morning.

Then ds2came home with the raffle prize - a giant rabbit!

stuckindamiddle Fri 04-Apr-14 17:05:36

Baby steps here! I've gone through all my bras today and taken some to the bra bank at Debenhams and listed a couple on eBay. The ones I've kept are now all sorted by colour in my drawer. smile

JKSLtd Fri 04-Apr-14 20:16:53

That's great Stuck - the smaller places really help when you catch sight of them again and see organisation where there used to be chaos.

Just to clarify - DS2 came home with a giant cuddly rabbit! which ds1 has promptly adopted and taken to bed!

A list I started recently keeps me going:

ebay; all 5 items gone (some were big too)
ink cartridges from old printer freecycled
charity shop box to charity shop
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
cot (last baby thing apart from nappies)
last maternity bits (I think)
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table

Still to go:
more toys given away
eBay; reusable nappies to photograph & list
sort through boys clothes
box for school fair stuff - added to
baby swing seat
potties/toilet seats (as DD doesn't need them anymore, keeping steps for now)
box of girls clothes for friend
balance bike that my kids don't like
try and have a cuddly toy cull

LilllyLovesLife Sat 05-Apr-14 09:19:05

Well done! Sounds like we are all making good progress!
I got rid of about 5 bin bags of kids clothes this week, and made around £100 from it. All in big bundles. I seem to have "regular" buyers now who look for when I put more on!

I still have 2 bin bags of 2-4 years girls clothes though, I have listed it but need to sort through and work out whats still there as I am in a bit of a muddle with it blush

Listed the about half of the many many books to go. Did it in big cheap bundles so hoping it won't take too long to sell.

I also have several boxes of washable nappies that will eventually need to go - they are all on top of my wardrobes so not top priority. I am dreading it though. I haven't use them since my girls were in nappies and the younger one is about to turn 5 blush we use disposable now that we have a bigger family and less money problems.

My DD is having her 5th birthday party here at the end of the month, and starting to feel very overwelmed with how much there still is to do.

mum2jakie Sat 05-Apr-14 15:38:36

Well, thanks for your inspiration, Lilly! I've just picked my unsold stuff up from the NCT sale and seem to have sold almost everything!! (I'm a little sceptical, though, as I took a mountain of toys and they have all sold. I wonder whether half of them have made their way home with somebody else by mistake?!) I did find a couple of items that weren't mine and returned them before coming home.

All the big stuff (moses basket, baby walker, bath seats) etc seems to have gone and all I've really returned with were clothes - it doesn't look as though any of those have sold- bedding and a few books (which have gone back on the book shelf, never mind.) The unsold clothes I'll add to the bag I keep for the 'clothes for cash' shop. I managed to sell a couple of pairs of outgrown shoes too which surprised me.

My oldest son's bedroom has been jam-packed with all of the old baby stuff from out of the loft so it has made a big difference. If the money tallys up when it eventually gets paid, I'd certainly consider doing another sale next time. I got bored with the pricing and still have plenty of outgrown stuff and equipment in the loft.

JKSLtd Sat 05-Apr-14 20:24:04

Argh, friend just dropped back a pile of slings & a baby swing I'd leant her - i'd forgotten about them and wasn't expecting them back again!
Anyway, DH can take the slings to a colleague who's expecting.
Not sure if they'll want the swing, so may freecycle it seeing as I wasn't expecting to sell it ever.

Sorted lots of paperwork today, lots in the recycling. Not much else in terms of decluttering.

BranchingOut Sat 05-Apr-14 22:03:43

For anyone who is interested, the cloth nappy tree site is quite a good place to sell on nappies.

Does anyone use a national Facebook children's buy/sell group that they could recommend?

TalkieToaster Sun 06-Apr-14 10:44:22

FFS. Our washing machine has broken. We have a repair plan on it, but the place we need to call is closed over the weekend so we'll likely be without a washing machine for a week.

On the plus side: I have had to quickly get a few wash loads together to do at my mum's. It's inspired me to sort through the rest of the clothes later on when I have time. I know I should ideally wash everything and take what we don't want to a charity shop, but to be honest, I'm past that point and I think it will be good for my mental health if I sort through and just bag and bin.

TalkieToaster Sun 06-Apr-14 10:46:30

And, so it's an achievable thing: When I get home this evening, I will sort through the pile of washing downstairs. I will set aside clothes we want to keep and throw the rest away. (We have more than one washing pile and lots of too small stuff is mixed in with them.)

littone Sun 06-Apr-14 11:39:55

Talkie toaster I will be sorting out my ironing basket, full of outgrown and not needed things I think. I have just had a baby and mum was desperate to take my ironing home to catch up for me, but would be a complete waste of her time until its sorted out!

LilllyLovesLife Sun 06-Apr-14 21:51:21

I feel like I'm loosing the energy to do all this. entering 3rd trimester and think all the energy I had before is just fading!
I still really want it done though. I just ache constantly and feel exhausted. I can't sleep at night a lot of the time but don't have the energy to get up and get on either sad

coffetofunction Sun 06-Apr-14 22:02:43

Oh can I come help, I loved decluttering/organizing/sorting other peoples homes--I debated starting a business--

I am ruthless tho smile

Good luckthanks

LilllyLovesLife Mon 07-Apr-14 08:02:48

Coffetofunction - you would be welcome in this house! I feel totally stuck with it all sad

coffetofunction Mon 07-Apr-14 13:07:17

Just seen your expecting, I'd be happy to help if I was near by, I'm sure it's not as bad as you think, hormones won't help thanks x

MegaClutterSlut Mon 07-Apr-14 14:58:40

Managed to clear 5 black sacks of crap from the loft which DH has taken to the tip grin have started to sort DC's room today which I'm starting to regret

JKSLtd Mon 07-Apr-14 15:46:11

Gave away a squeaky toy to a friends dd - only one small thing but nothing has come in today so I'm happy with that!
Having the baby here made me get out some other stuff and realise I've still got lots of toys my kids have friends out of. Toy & book sort overdue I feel.

LilllyLovesLife Mon 07-Apr-14 17:37:07

iv had 2 bags of stuff collected today.
However I did buy 3 laundry baskets blush but they will help me organise upstairs as there is always washing on the floor. Hoping to have one for soft toys in the kids room too. wink

dobedobedo Mon 07-Apr-14 19:58:35

This thread has inspired me!
I'm on maternity leave now (due in 4 weeks) and I'd quite like to spend about 2 weeks reorganising the whole house, chucking stuff out, ebaying clothes and toys and generally getting the house ready for me spending so much time in it! Normally dh and I work 50 hours a week out of the house, and since we're so busy and have a 9 year old ds, housework and organising household stuff has been on an "needs must" basis. It's not ideal.
The only thing is, I have spd and need to use crutches to get about most days. I can't work as fast as I'd like.

Will gladly take tips from those of you who seem to be well on your way to clean and organised houses!

JKSLtd Mon 07-Apr-14 20:04:10

dobedo - take it easy with your spd, i've had it and it's not nice. Sit and sort through stuff if you can, but not cross-legged (sorry if you already know this!)
My main tip is to get rid of stuff in the quickest, easiest way possible - ebay is great but...stuff tends to sit about waiting to be ebayed for ages - in my house anyway!

DH is only going to take one of the slings to his colleague, think that leaves me with 3 others! blush

ebay; all 5 items gone (some were big too)
ink cartridges from old printer freecycled
charity shop box to charity shop
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
last maternity bits
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table
squeaky toy!

Still to go:
more toys to be given away
eBay; reusable nappies to photograph & list; other slings
box for school fair stuff - added to
baby swing seat
potties/toilet seats (as DD doesn't need them anymore, keeping steps for now)
box of girls clothes for friend
balance bike that my kids don't like
try and have a cuddly toy cull
general toy cull for anything too babyish

LilllyLovesLife Mon 07-Apr-14 21:15:16

have achieved a lot around the house today including some decluttering and organising baby things. But I feel like I have nothing to show for it. I think because the kids are off school so there is a constant trail of mess. although I did make them tidy their room before bed.

I have spoken to somebody regarding them doing a deep clean of my bathrooms, which I just can't do with my back the way it is at the moment. scared about letting somebody else in to see my dirt! blush but it will make me feel better once it's done. Also looking for a window cleaner to do the outside as the whole of the back of my house is glass and looks awful from the dirt. If i do it myself it will be a full day job and days of paying for it with my back.

I'm taking the kids out tomorrow to a soft play that's in a shopping center. I do need to pop and get myself some new comfy shoes but it's going to be a real challenge to avoid buying loads of crap while I'm out. I'm a sucker for pound land etc. blush

I'm so scared about DDs party. having school friends etc round in 20 days and the kids are off for most of it. how on earth will I be ready?!?

mum2jakie Tue 08-Apr-14 15:18:07

Stay strong, Lily. Remember buying less crap in the first place is much better than any time spent getting rid of the clutter you already have! Just try to picture your overflowing house when you are tempted by any 'bargains!'

Few small steps today. Just put the bag of unsold NCT stuff back up in the loft and had a poke about to see what else there is left to sell next time! I've also bought down a pair of trousers for middle son, an old video to pass on to kids club and a toy that my youngest will play with for a while (and can then be sold!) Baby steps...

JKSLtd Tue 08-Apr-14 20:01:09

Anything gone is good!

Work today so not done anything at home. Had an attempted break in at 3am - why couldn't they have taken some crap?! grin

Box for friend gone today, nothing new into the house = a minus day, yey!

ebay; all 5 items gone (some were big too)
ink cartridges from old printer freecycled
charity shop box to charity shop
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
last maternity bits
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table
squeaky toy!
box of girls clothes for friend

Still to go:
eBay; reusable nappies to photograph & list; other slings
box for school fair stuff - added to
baby swing seat
potties/toilet seats (as DD doesn't need them anymore, keeping steps for now)
balance bike that my kids don't like
try and have a cuddly toy cull
general toy cull for anything too babyish

LilllyLovesLife Tue 08-Apr-14 20:02:25

I was pretty good. we only went to 3 shops and mainly bought some summer bits that were needed - hats and shoes etc for the kids.
We did go to a charity shop for the 3rd one but just bought some clothes and let the kids choose one small toy each. its been a long time since I took the kids shopping so was nice to be able to get them some bits but without going overboard.

got rid of a full bag of odd socks today shock
plus a big bag of towels and bedding. I decided now we have a tumble dryer, we don't really need many spares. now have 2 sets of bedding for each room and 2 towels each.

dobedobedo Tue 08-Apr-14 22:43:59

Today I totally spring cleaned my bedroom, and put new bedding on the bed. It looks lovely! (before it was all piles of clothes and books everywhere). It did take the whole day though. I had to keep stopping for breaks.

Tomorrow I'm going to start on the mountain of washing and also ds and I are going to sort thorough his toys and his bedroom clutter. I don't even know if I can be arsed to eBay it!

I'm knackered, spd and hoovering don't mix, but tomorrow will definitely be easier. Decluttering ds's room means I sit on the bed and direct him what to chuck out and what to put where! smile

LilllyLovesLife Wed 09-Apr-14 08:08:52

dobedoedo - if you are not worried about getting money for the stuff then I would recommend freecycle. Can give away seperately or in a big bundle but people always come and take it all away within a day. I usually just put it on the drive and tell them my address so I don't even have to see anybody or be disturbed.

dobedobedo Wed 09-Apr-14 08:12:06

I'm not on free cycle. Will join up today and take that advice!

Kerosene Wed 09-Apr-14 09:39:58

I'm decluttering for a move. Threw away four huge binbags of random bits on Monday, freecycled a stack of DVD box sets and a terrifying amount of unwanted books/comics on Tuesday, this morning I sorted through our coats, vacpacked the winter ones and chucked the ones that haven't been worn in 18 months into another binbag to go to a charity shop at the weekend.

Today: Living room. Tidy all the things! Put the cat toys somewhere I won't fall over them, remove all the crud from the table and either find it a home or get rid. Kitchen overflow to overflow into a cupboard, not my bookshelf.

Tomorrow: Bathroom. There is no need to keep bubble bath given to us three years ago when we don't have a bath and I don't like the smell of it anyway. The only things to be in the bathroom are products currently in use and towels.

Friday: Kitchen. Massacre of the unused condiments.

Saturday: Bedroom. Have I used it in 18 months? Will I use it in the next 18 months? Actually use it, or just would like to? If not, into the bin/charity shop bag as appropriate. Steeling myself to be mercenary with it all! Then, actually take the things to the appropriate place. It doesn't count as uncluttered until it's out of the house!

Cleaners are coming on Tuesday, so I want to get as much stuff out of their way as possible. And after that, I'd like to curl up into a little ball and sleep.

LilllyLovesLife Wed 09-Apr-14 15:56:09

Kerosene - wow that sounds like a good plan!

My main mission for today is to list the baby clothes that we don't want to keep for the next ones up for sale. Have done at least half so far. I have just done in big bundles for each size and I am Hoping I have priced to sell quickly.

My next job is to actually aim to get in bed at a reasonable time tonight as I am exhausted. Kids seem to be taking it in turn to have a sleepless night lately. Just as my third trimester tiredness is kicking in sad

I am looking into getting rid of some stuff through music magpie or a similar site. They don't pay much, but it looks so easy and stuff leaves the house quickly. Reviews say takes forever to get the money, but I don't mind that as long as I get it eventually. Trying to work out if it's worth it or if I should just wait for things to sell on facebook where I get more money and no posting but have to have things hanging around in the meantime.

JKSLtd Wed 09-Apr-14 20:14:00

Big plans Kerosene, good luck!

Lilly - you in bed yet?!

Left the house today: bag of tablets for a charity
Came in: nothing, yey.

Having a friend of DS1 over for a sleepover tomorrow night, sometimes that means I get more time as they all play, other times the little ones get in the way and need policing. Wanting to get on with kids books & toys, esp the books as I've just gone mad and bought loads more online!

LilllyLovesLife Wed 09-Apr-14 21:13:01

JKS - no, not yet. I did get a little lie down earlier though as DH took all the kids to his parents for dinner. But does mean they have not long been home, so they are late to bed, and I haven't eaten yet (my own fault).

I listed the baby clothes today and some have sold (providing they get collected tomorrow as agreed) which is a good start to getting them shifted.

Not sure what my next plan is confused

mum2jakie Wed 09-Apr-14 21:59:35

Just found out I'll receive £50 from my proceedings at the NCT sale. Will definitely do the next one in September and clear the loft!

LilllyLovesLife Thu 10-Apr-14 08:38:11

mum2jakie - glad your pleased with it smile I personally found it too stressful to be worth £50, but I did volunteer all day and I had a LOT (7 seater car load) Of stuff to bring.
They haven't told us how much we have earnt yet, but have said there were a lot less buyers and a lot less takings at the till. I did the first round of label sorting though on the day and there was a decent size pile of labels in my bag.

Other sales I have earnt £150-200 but they were VERY busy sales with more buyers than I personally found safe to have in the hall, and a que round the car park. I don't expect to earn anywhere near that this time. I also priced my items a lot lower this time round, in a hope to just get rid, so I guess even if I sold nearly as many items, the price still wouldn't add up as much sad

On an average week facebook selling I earn between £30-60 ish and keep all of it, don't have to carry it anywhere and can go at my own pace. Plus obviously if I have a big item go then I earn more. There is a woman HOPEFULLY coming tomorrow to buy my double buggy tomorrow which will be £100 and a big space in my dining room!

I must admit though, when selling my unsold items on facebook, I did keep the labels just in case as I do have a bit of a week spot for the NCT sales. Which is why I have always ended up doing anyother one, after swearing never again blush

LilllyLovesLife Thu 10-Apr-14 09:10:23

We are taking the kids swimming this afternoon so wouldn't be mega productive. However this morning I plan to do general cleaning/tidying and then to start decluttering the kids crafts, providing DS goes down for a decent sleep. Need to pull out a couple of units and clean behind them etc. It gets very damp in that part of the house so it's not going to be pretty but needs to be done.

BranchingOut Thu 10-Apr-14 09:13:58

Have a look for other sales going on too. There are mother and baby table sales in some areas where you just rent the table and handle the cash yourself.

My tip for the day is to get rid of all your DVD cases and just keep the actual discs in a disc wallet.

BranchingOut Thu 10-Apr-14 09:17:21

When I say 'mother and baby' I am trying to convey that it is for maternity clothes too, not that it isn't for parents in general...Gah, bad night's sleep.

BeaWheesht Thu 10-Apr-14 09:28:15

Hi everyone, had fab holiday now tryin to get back into swing of things!!!

Have cleared bathroom and kitchen windowsills this morning and last night finally managed to sort through photos and put them in frames and display them.

Playroom, living room, small toilet, dining room and kitchen all remain presentable which is fab!

Dd's room still isn't ready for her new bed so will crack on with that tonight, ds has a friend to play later.

Also really need to sort through ds's room, it's tidy but there's loads I could get rid of and I need to make it more grown up thinking a Lego theme.

mum2jakie Thu 10-Apr-14 14:15:21

Re: the NCT sale, I just dropped everything off in the morning and picked up the unsold stuff in the afternoon so it was well worth £50 for the effort involved in labelling stuff. I don't think I would have £30-£60 worth of stuff to sell every week!

I kept most of my baby stuff and reused it for all kids (3 boys) so there were only a few bits that I bought new for my youngest.

Kerosene Thu 10-Apr-14 15:34:05

Sounds quite dramatic, doesn't it? I managed most of the living room - still got to sort some kitchen overflow - but took 20 minutes to clear out the most obvious bathroom crud. Then I got pouted at for throwing away a bottle of showergel that we'd been given in 2010 in case the givers asked after it. hmm no wonder we've got so much clutter!

Maisie0 Thu 10-Apr-14 15:48:37

I need help. Hehe. I knew I will find support here. I've moved back to my house around August time, and I said to myself that I need to throw away my things from like childhood days ! (Yes, I am a hoarder.)

Each time I come across something of memory, I would stop and reminisc, and this is driving myself nuts! I cannot figure out what to keep and what not to keep any more. But in terms clothes, I am throwing away a lot. As I cannot have that "oh, this may fit one day". Even when some of those pieces are like from my early 20s ??! (I am now 36.) How do you find the will power ? Help.

LilllyLovesLife Fri 11-Apr-14 08:56:35

Mum2Jakie - Did you not even have to put all your items out? shock

Maisie - Can you maybe have a box in the loft of stuff your keeping because it's special and from your childhood etc? And then you will have a set amount of space to keep for that and then get on with the decluttering? Sounds like you have the right idea with the clothes though.

I decluttered one chest of draws in the extension yesterday full of crafts/cards/wrapping paper and general kids crap stuff that gets bunged in there. Now have a pile of crafts to do over the easter holidays (And then I can get rid!) and some tidy and clutter free drawers. All the stuff from on top now fits inside it neatly. Got more to do in the other drawers though but need to clear some space in the room first as really I need to pull them all out, which I was going to do yesterday but realised as we were out all afternoon it would turn into one of those jobs that I start, make a huge mess with and then run out of time. So I think it was sensible to leave it.

DS was then sick last night so didn't get evening jobs done.

Trying to decide on a plan for today...

FriedFishAndBread Fri 11-Apr-14 09:33:19

My house is really quite tidy and I don't have a lot of clutter.

However I have three Monica cupboards I really need help with to sort. grin

I have so much stuff there just stuffed in I have no idea how to start to sort it. I have bought a few storage boxes but motivating to start is hard.

there's bags and bags of clothes and toys I had sorted out to sell but never got round to it. I usually do the charity shop dash or bin what's not good enough for charity because otherwise it ends up like now with crap hanging around.

JKSLtd Fri 11-Apr-14 12:45:44

FreshFish - get started, even 15mons will make you feel virtuousgrin

I have gone through all the kids books & filled a big box to go to ds2's sch.
Also a smaller box of some toys I think are too babyish.
Even with the books I've ordered online I think I'm still net loss so that's good!

Started sorting the reusable nappies yesterday, not got very far though.

Also need to freecycle balance bike & baby swing.

FriedFishAndBread Fri 11-Apr-14 12:58:59

JK I did.

I went through the dc bedroom and chucked out broken toys and have a black bag of clothes, and I've done one of my cupboards (easiest one) and have another black bag of coats and a black bag of rubbish.

now on to the next two... I opened the door and shut the door LOL

Kerosene Fri 11-Apr-14 15:21:27

Maisie - don't give yourself time to think. If it doesn't fit, or you've not worn it for 18 months/2 years, it goes into the chuck bag, then onto the next thing. As soon as you see yourself thinking "oh, but what if/remember when....", drop it in the bag as though it were on fire and pick up something else - you'll then have to think about that item instead. If you can get into a rhythm of Yes/No, you'll be busy with the next thing before you've properly had a chance to waffle.

Also, try not to do extended stretches - you'll flag and lose willpower if you try and marathon it.

Tonight, I'm mainly going on strike. There will be curry and beer and I'm not moving from the sofa. Because tomorrow is Dump Day.

Maisie0 Fri 11-Apr-14 15:37:47

You guys are good... I like the out of the door idea, cos I have been starting to think of different options to get rid of it. Freecycle, Ebay, charity drops, and then I had to think if I could save a few pieces for the fabric in case I want to start sewing. OMG.

Yes, yes, out of sight, out of mind.

JKSLtd Fri 11-Apr-14 17:24:26

Definitely Maisie, the quicker it's out of the house the better!

I've listed the baby swing & swing seat on freecycle.

Hoping someone wants both and can come tomorrow!

mum2jakie Fri 11-Apr-14 18:11:53

Lilly For the NCT sale, I just had to bag/box everything up according to age/type and leave it for the volunteers to put out. I just put the larger items (moses basket, rocking horse etc) in the right place and left the rest.

It was so pain free that I was happy to pay the commission.

FriedFishAndBread Fri 11-Apr-14 20:45:54


FriedFishAndBread Fri 11-Apr-14 20:47:39

woop I did my three cupboards and it's in the bin or at the charity shop.

my only problem now is my books. I have a huge cupboard think airing cupboard size full of books that I can't bare to let go.

I haven't dug around and found an old favourite to read in a couple of years but I can't let them go either confused

LilllyLovesLife Fri 11-Apr-14 21:02:32

that makes so much more sense at the nct sale. Ours you have to set your own stuff out. which is a bit pointless as the volunteers end up re sorting it anyway as so much ends up in the wrong place. And then everybody helps pack away at the end, hence why mistakes are made I guess. I think if it was as a
simple as yours I would be happy too. I just felt that it nearly killed me!

sorted the crafts drawers, just haven't pulled them out to clean behind yet. Will do that tomorrow though and then that's another job done. smile

Maisie0 Fri 11-Apr-14 21:18:52

Lol. I am so glad that I am not the only one. I have around 100 books... (says she, in a very quiet voice).

FriedFishAndBread Sat 12-Apr-14 09:09:38

Maybe we could read them all again and any book we don't feel like reading has to be charity shopped maisie

3DcAndMe Sat 12-Apr-14 09:10:51

I well and truly fell off this thread!

JKSLtd Sat 12-Apr-14 11:24:33

A while back we had a massiveclearout of books - donated 2 car loads to the library - having checked with them first they wanted that many.
Fiction - I keep ones I will/have reread or parts of a set /series. All standard paperbacks get passed onto family of charity shops.
School also take some for Christmas fair book tables.
Non-fiction more varied but if I think we'll actually refer to it I've kept it. So much is searchable on the net now. And travel books go out of date quickly.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 12-Apr-14 15:57:39

Can I join you all please?

Every room needs attention blush...some much more than others blushblush

I have a list of things that need sorting out, urgently but just can't get started.

The iPad is about to run out of charge so now is a good opportunity to go and start my first task!!

I'll report back in a couple of hours!!

JKSLtd Sun 13-Apr-14 15:43:50

Hi Hiccup - hope you're not lost under the clutter!

I have at least photographed all the nappies/bundles.
Hoping to list them on eBay today...

Jemster Sun 13-Apr-14 16:24:54

Hi I've been reading all the posts and would love some support. My 3 bed house is filled with stuff and it seems to be my life's mission to declutter it. Trouble is no matter how much I do it is still a disorganised mess. I hate living like this but in between working p/t and looking after dc's including a very feisty two year old dd, I find I just have moments here and there when I can declutter. Do you think it's really possible to get on top of it? People say to me it's a phase as the dc are so young but when I go to other mum's houses they are not in this mess.
I'm starting to resent it all as I spend every spare moment clearing up when I want to sit and play with my dc. That is after all why I decided to be p/t at work. There is always endless amounts of clothes lying about in every bedroom waiting to be washed, never get on top of it. I never iron as don't find time. After dc have gone to bed I eat my meal and fall asleep on sofa, exhausted so get nothing done in evenings.
I don't want to live in this chaos but just can't seem to sort it out. I've even wondered if I have ADD as I just don't seem able to focus on a task and see it through to the end.
Sorry to be so depressing but I'd really welcome any advice as to how sort myself out.

BeaWheesht Mon 14-Apr-14 09:08:08

jemster I think it's doable but you have to force yourself to be disciplined, before you sit down once kids are in bed do 15 minutes, often I find I continue after that once I've started. Also be ruthless. I have given loads away that I could have sold but I just needed it out that day.

Am impressed by the craft drawer decluttering Lily, I find it so hard to sort all that stuff out.

Kids are back at school and nursery today so am hoping to make some progress, dd has a cough and had me up during night though so I'm shattered.

Sorted through dd's clothes yesterday - she has so many because my sister gives me all DN's old stuff which is usually in perfect condition. Have weeded out all the stuff she's outgrown and put most of the other stuff away.

RunnerBeen Mon 14-Apr-14 09:36:21

Can I join? I am a bit flakey with not returning to threads i post on but will try to remember to check back in.

I de-cluttered the living room last week, didn't throw much out but it looks very tidy now.

My aim is to get at least the whole of downstairs done before the easter holidays are over.

This includes: Emptying the two huge downstairs cupboards and getting rid of one uneccesary and ugly wardrobe.

Clean and decorate shower room.

declutter and deep clean kitchen.

declutter dining room which is so full of junk i can't even put my table up.


starfishmummy Mon 14-Apr-14 09:51:56

We did a bit at the weekend. But it was punctuated by ds - "what's that? That's mine, I want that, you can't get rid of that" to almost everything whether it was his or not and even if we were just moving it. So I am guessing I won't get anything done over the school holidays!!

He is also expecting a large haul of Easter presents as my Mil treats Easter like Xmas. Sigh

JKSLtd Mon 14-Apr-14 09:53:30

I decided not to list yesterday as we're away at the weekend. Need to think when do I want the listings to end ?

Jemster- I am only starting to get on top of things and my youngest is 3 this week. Helped by her growing out of toys and books so I can feel justified passing stuff on.
It is tough but one good tip is just do 15mins out a timer on if necessary. Even if you don't finish something you are 15mins further ahead than you were.
Also - electronic devices given to DC give me time to get something done grin

JKSLtd Mon 14-Apr-14 10:03:02

Runner - doable depends on DC I think!

Like Starfish my eldest DC can't let anything go.
And it's dd's birthday this weekend as well as Easter. Pil will be giving the kids loads I'm sure.

Lookingforfocus Mon 14-Apr-14 10:12:51

Can I please join? We are just about to move and although our house is not completely cluttered there are places where stuff just MUST GO! I am determined to cull as much as possible and not move anything unnecessary to our next home. Our house right now is actually pretty big which I find a problem as the cleaning and tidying is so daughting.our new place seems more manageable. I did help one DC clear out her room on Saturday (and it has about 50% less stuff now!) and started with my son's yesterday. I just find I grind to a halt so would appreciate some cheerleading to keep going.

What I plan on doing today (kids are off school) is boxing up for donation , gifts or sell. The stuff is sorted but in plastic boxes and it needs to be in cardboard to leave the house. I have the boxes in a room outside. Please encourage me! I need to do some more in my son's room but I think that will have to be later after the kids and I have done a Big Shop for food.

Maisie0 Mon 14-Apr-14 10:31:43

Jemster - Have you tried to move things to their designated areas and then blizz them as you go ? Like toys in the baby/child area. Books in a dedicated corner. It may be easier then to blizz it section by section.

Maisie0 Mon 14-Apr-14 10:35:01

FriedFishAndBread/JKSLtd - Thanks for your advices. I will have to remind myself as I do them and come back to re-read the thread. I have come to the realisation that I have a memory of a goldfish. Lol !

PecanNut Mon 14-Apr-14 10:36:51

Please can I join too?

I've been reading the thread and need to post so I've made the commitment before going off and getting distracted....

Lookingforfocus Mon 14-Apr-14 10:42:03

Hello PecanNut what do you want to get done today - let's be accountable to each other!

PecanNut Mon 14-Apr-14 11:49:35

What do I want to get done today? Good question. Make a start, I think. My kids are also off school so I need to be realistic. Do yours help with sorting? A house move is a great incentive to chuck stuff out.

I was on one of the minimalist threads a while ago, and did manage to sort and get rid of quite a lot of stuff, but since then things have slipped and somehow there seems to be stuff everywhere again.

I'm trying to gradually get rid of my baby stuff as my youngest is now 1. I've just identified two breastfeeding cushions, a baby bath seat and a playmat which can all go...

JKSLtd Mon 14-Apr-14 13:15:01

Lady came and got the baby swing. Also listed a big old print and the kids old balance bike on freecycle.

ebay; all 5 items gone (some were big too)
ink cartridges from old printer freecycled
charity shop box to charity shop
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
last maternity bits
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table
squeaky toy!
box of girls clothes for friend
baby battery swing
general toy cull for anything too babyish
kids book cull
old cardboard box DS1 was storing his army men in/replaced by a nice plastic box with lid from Factory Shop

Still to go:
eBay; reusable nappies to photograph & list; other slings
box for school fair stuff - added even more to
baby swing seat - on Freecycle
potties/toilet seats (as DD doesn't need them anymore, keeping steps for now)
balance bike that my kids don't like - on Freecycle
old big print - on Freecycle
try and have a cuddly toy cull

Jemster Mon 14-Apr-14 13:32:50

How do you decide whether to charity shop, ebay or freecycle? I can't ber the thought of chucking stuff when I think of all the money I've spent over the years but at the same time I just want it gone. Have done ebay but things seem to go for very little so just don't know if it's worth the time involved listing it.

PecanNut Mon 14-Apr-14 13:38:09

JKS - what part of the country do you live? I've been thinking about getting a balance bike for my kids...

<defeats object of joining this thread!>

PecanNut Mon 14-Apr-14 13:40:56

Jemster - that is exactly my dilemma. In the past I've found that I think I'll ebay things that are in good condition but then I put them on one side and never get round to it. I still have a tall pile of books and DVDs next to my desk that I keep meaning to trade in.

Then DD crawls over and starts dismantling the pile...

starfishmummy Mon 14-Apr-14 14:00:34

I just tend to charity shop or pass things on to friends rather than trying to sell them. Yes some stuff is in good condition but I think that I have had my moneys worth from it so it can just go.

JKSLtd Mon 14-Apr-14 14:34:30

Pecan - south essex if you're nearby you're welcome but it does have a wobbly handle that needs looking at.

I do faff about re selling/giving away.
Then get fed up and just want rid!

Anything that ds's sch PTA can use for selling at the Christmas fair I'm planning to hand over to them next term.
Anything I can pass on to friends I do. Have a boy &girl 'outlet' handy atm.
Something I don't know who to pass on that might be worth selling I try and eBay. But I never make much - and never as much as I paid for it.

Atm I'm planning to eBay the reusable nappies and a couple of slings.
Freecycle anything that I think a charity shop will bin/can't sell.

mum2jakie Mon 14-Apr-14 15:26:02

Oops - I dropped a couple of unwanted books off at a charity shop whilst in town (with kids.) Came out with more children's books and a top each for them!

Maisie0 Mon 14-Apr-14 17:34:23

It's going well for me today. I managed to cull my clothing, and squeezed two sack full. I just can't bear to look at them now as I realised I spent so much on work shirts that I can no longer fit into. This is like therapy isn't it ? lol. On an odd moment of realisation, I can now see that my body frame has grown also since my 20s? Isn't it odd ? smile It shall be tough, but they will leave this house.... Anybody want some nice work shirts?

JKSLtd Mon 14-Apr-14 18:27:20

Well done Maisie!

Lol mum2jakie - i do that!

Went to Factory Shop for some fancy dress outfits to give to our local playgroup.
Came away with:
new cuddly monkey for DS1
new Thomas train for DS2
stickers for DD (added to birthday pile)
box for DS1's army stuff (useful at least). Sigh.

Got rid of big old print in a broken frame today, yey.

And have finally listed all the nappies on ebay, double yey!

Now can obsess over watching for bids!

Maisie0 Mon 14-Apr-14 19:37:16

I bet it's hard to drop them off at the charity's. lol. I think I need a box for all the bits and bobs that I bought for my nephew and cousin's son's and daughters. That's it. I need a box.

Oh I forgot. To also get rid of toys and bits and bobs, you can do those shoe box schemes as well. I normally do this, but I forgot last year. It gets rid of my shoe boxes as well as the toys which I get from Happy Meals and things like that when I go out and be auntie.

The other thing is, do not throw out the very beloved toy. smile Just save those ones that your little one loves. I STILL remember how my father threw away my beloved jigsaw and I was in tears. I thought he didn't love me. lol... I remember my SIL had to hide my nephew's sleeping bear til he was older, and "suddenly" he appeared again. He still remembers it. ;)

JKSLtd Tue 15-Apr-14 17:36:05

Agree about beloved items. For the sake of avoiding heartbreak I'll happily keep too many precious cuddlies grin

Been at work but have managed:
Repack piles of stuff for ds2's sch into fewer boxes.
List a sling on eBay.
Take everything off patio as man coming to clean it this weekend.
Think that's it for today.

Lookingforfocus Wed 16-Apr-14 09:17:58

I know I could make money on eBay etc. if I sold some of the stuff I am giving away to friends/donating but then it just becomes yet another project and I just want the stuff gone!

Yes, we all have spent plenty of money over the years on this stuff but we also got good use of it. If we find things we barely used I think instead of keeping it we should see it as a lesson learned that we are buying more than we need and try and be wiser shoppers! Stuff I don't have time to sell is my Stupid Tax for letting us live with too much.

I just sent a box of clothes to a friend in another country. It's great as she has two girls younger than mine so I feel my stuff is going to a good home. I know it gets used and she's glad of it as she has 6 kids and it saves her the time of having to drag them all out to shop. Anything she doesn't want she passes along. I have loads to send her at the moment but am glad I got one box out of the door.

My youngest two are 7 and 10 and have been great in the past few days, we have been sorting and we sent up cardboard boxes in the hall labeled donation, sell and one was for a young cousin. Of course we are also filling recycling bags and trash bags too. Yesterday we were out all day and nothing got done. Right now here I am on MN procrastinating! But my aims today are:

A) Help 7 yr old son finish sorting and clearing his room.
B) Finish boxing stuff up we started on Monday
C) Fill another box for my friends girls.

DH has access to an internal network at his workplace that is like a smaller version of Craig's List so we are selling a few things but selling stuff could just take too long and I need to see progress - I want stuff physically out of the building! Once I get going I want to see space, light and organization not just heaps of crap moved to a new location in the house.

Lookingforfocus Wed 16-Apr-14 09:23:54

I agree with anything precious - the kids are choosing what goes. Although I have encouraged them to think if they really will use something, the rule is if you love and and/or use it keep it. If you are not sure, keep it. I am happy to say they have all culled a lot of stuff but this is our first major cull since moving here 5 years ago so a lot of stuff and games they have just outgrown now.

Doing it with them helps I find. They tell me what to do with an item and we sort it together. Otherwise they get just as overwhelmed as we do!

JKSLtd Thu 17-Apr-14 13:56:48

Rickety balance bike went yesterday - freecycle.
Stuff on eBay is being watched or bid on (1) and ends on Monday.
Taking some bits to PIL for the refuge this weekend + the cot top changer to go with the cot they've passed on to someone.
Generally looking better at home, can't wait to get the school fair stuff out then I'll be happy - and need a new project! Think dh's office might be next.

4littleones Sat 19-Apr-14 07:54:19

Wow this thread is inspiring! My DC2 birthday is next week and I would like to have a clear out before hand to make space for new toys.
But not sure if there is enough time!

But anything is better than nothing I guess!

I am tempted to put all stuff in one huge pile and sell cheaply as a car boot job lot? That way I will get something for it but will get it gone? I am unsure - do people buy these things? I have seen friends selling on facebook but agree with it becoming another project if it just piles up in a new location.

Mum2Jakie I do that too with charity shops! I need to stay away!

JKSLtd Tue 22-Apr-14 15:56:36

Job lot sounds good to me!

All small & medium reusable nappies sold - all but one bundle paid for and posted.
The large ones didn't sell so may try free cycling them. Unused too.

BranchingOut Tue 22-Apr-14 21:03:22

Have you tried 'cloth nappy tree' for nappies?
I have had some success selling on there.

JKSLtd Tue 22-Apr-14 22:03:05

I did have a look but it was a bit confusing and I had to register and stuff - lazy - so didn't. Sold most on eBay just the last few left. Will contact the local refuge tomorrow I think.

Mothergothel1111 Wed 23-Apr-14 15:08:23

We decluttered today, I do this about four times a year and it just creeps in! Arrrrrr it coincides with some decorating and it being spring grin

3 bin bags of old broken, outgrown toys gone to the tip or gift pile. children's rooms tidy.

Kitchen two bags of rubbish put,a full clear out and freshly decorated. New curtains, table cloth and cushions. Looks lovely.

Lounge also freshly decorated and decluttered.

Utility decluttered and clear.

Garden, 2 bedrooms, study, hallway and boot room to go. Plus a tip run at the end of the week when I'm done. Exhausting.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Wed 23-Apr-14 15:38:24

Wow Mother that's amazing !

I was thinking of decluttering today, but DS1 was off school sick sad

Read the thread for inspiration today, there's always tomorrow...

[procrastination emoticon]

poppycarew Wed 23-Apr-14 22:36:42

I am near W London.
Have recently decluttered huge house to small house . If you want a hand for a day or so let me know . I know this is a post from t'internet but would be happy to help . I have decluttered beyond anything I previously thought was possible. Of course I understand if this sounds a bit weird but I just love clearing stuff !

PM me if interested .
Sorry to intrude


Mothergothel1111 Thu 24-Apr-14 07:41:23

OK ladies so today I will enter the boot room, it's a Monica's closet really. Need to put all of the winter coats away and go through the shoes. It won't be quick.

Quite a lot of washing to get out on the line..hope it's dry today.

Children are on strict instruction not to mess up today!

JKSLtd Thu 24-Apr-14 20:00:45

How did it go?

I have last nappies boxed up ready to give to friend of a friend tomorrow.

Been busy with work so haven't been doingmuchelse. But keep spotting more areas that need work. Kids all back at school from next week so hope to get into it.

JKSLtd Fri 25-Apr-14 16:37:52

Have given away the box of nappies and bits today.
Also listed a too big coat, seat protector on freecycle & am trying to list a big tapestry but my photo won't load.
Also have a Thomas toilet seat to list if anyone might want it.
And have brought down a bag of bags from the loft to go through.

JKSLtd Sat 26-Apr-14 11:10:16

Some old bags thrown out , some put into pile to use.
Too big coat collected.

Think I might tackle my wardrobe shelf - jewellery, hair bands & random other crap!

IorekByrnisonsArmour Sat 26-Apr-14 11:20:05

JKS you have inspired me!

I have the house to myself this afternoon (unheard of) and I was going to potter and watch TV etc blush

But now I think I'll go through the books in the dining room.

Thank you! -wish me luck-

JKSLtd Sat 26-Apr-14 13:16:47

Ooh not sure I've ever inspired anyone before. grin

I tackled, tidied & chucked.

Have a new bag for the charity shop.
Stuff for the bin is binned.
Other stuff rehomed around the house to the right places.
All empty hangers to the kitchen ironing pile.
All wardrobes and drawers tidy.

Some higher up bits still need looking at esp the kids memory boxes.

pudseypie Sun 27-Apr-14 09:16:18

oh well done everyone, i have been flicking through this thread and you've all inspired me so I'm going to have to join in!

My 2 bed terrace cottage is full! Especially the loft and ds room. I don't have the heart to throw away any of his baby stuff in case we have another in the future but I can't move forward with all the stuff! Any tips? We have bags of all his baby clothes in the loft - should I just keep a small selection of each age group or am I wasting money in the future if I have another boy?

I've tried clearing the loft so many times but it's still full! We don't have a shed or garage so all tools etc are up there, plus all baby stuff. I definitely don't want to part with the baby swing, moses basket etc as we want to try for another in a year or two.

On my list for this week is to clear out the wardrobes and make some space in there.

I also want to sort out some of the toys and books ds has never been very interested in and take those to charity.

I need to buy a big box I saw to put all ds art and cragt stuff into to stop it spilling all over the top of the freezer where it's currently dumped. ...

I'm aiming to get to a clutter free house with some space in the cupboards! I see other people's nice neat houses and wonder why can't mine look like that?!!

JKSLtd Sun 27-Apr-14 09:50:35

Good luck Pudsey - I think until you've stopped having babies it's very hard to make space as you keep everything 'in case'.
Once we decided 3 was (more than) enough we've got rid of so much.

Need to jet wash and tidy the patio furniture today and decide if it's all still worth keeping as some chairs were v cheap and are now old and rickety. Not sure they're all safe to sit on!
Haven't done the memory boxes yet either.

Dh away with work from tonight til Friday - I actually think I'll get more done!

JessicaMary Sun 27-Apr-14 10:15:58

I got rid of 50 (yes 50) black sacks of old toys and books last year and it's been wonderful since as instead of the books double stacked we can see what we have - fewer but able to access them.

We also stored 20 storage boxes each in the loft of my two daughters' things from their bed rooms (still a lot left in their rooms but just in the wardrobes even though they've left home). I got a company in first to put a light in the loft, boarding and a loft ladder - well worth doing.

What I have found is that when I had small children it was very very hard to clear out things as not much time. Now they are teenagers (the youngest) it's easy so everyone's time for this will come even if they find no time for it now.

I can't understand how no matter how often I clear things out to the charity shop we still have so much more.

I did my home office the other week. I got rid of about 6 black sacks again of books.

Then about a month before I cleared about 50 storage boxes of files (for confidential shredding from the garage - I work from home). It seems to be like painting the forth bridge - as soon as you finish more has built up.

I still have the other garage full of furniture etc from my parents' house from when they died supposedly for my daughters.

It is much easier now children are teenagers however. Their stuff tends to be electronic, so much easier to store than loads of baby toys and baby equipment.

pudseypie Sun 27-Apr-14 12:19:15

Well I've started already and have cleared one wardrobe and just sent dh out to put 2 black bags of clothes and 3 carriers of books in the charity bins at the local supermarket. Will clear the other wardrobe and the blanket box out tomorrow.

I have a whole storage crate of royal doulton reflections dinner service my gran left me but can't find an online china place to buy it from me. It's not to my taste and I'd rather sell it. Any ideas? I tried chinasearch I think but they didn't want it, I guess they already had lots of it.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Sun 27-Apr-14 15:59:37

Yesterday I cleared all the -lego- toys out of the sitting room post easter holiday build up.

It is back !

I managed to re home some books etc and that is it.

Pudsey keep the dinner service. As you get older your tastes change and you might regret selling it [sentimetal fool] but it is a lovely set envysmile

It is true that it often seems like a never ending battle. You clear space and then before you know what's happened the space is full again hmm

JKS you have now reminded me twice to check through my DCs memory boxes, I really should do it...


JKSLtd Sun 27-Apr-14 20:05:53

Well I'm aiming to do them tomorrow - I have the first ever 'day off'! All 3 kids are in school for their respective full days, 6 hours alone, woo-bloody-hoo!!! grin

Jetwashed nearly everything, missed one chair, grr. And probably could do some other bits anyway, so may get it out again tomorrow (6 hours rapidly filling up!).

DH away with work until Friday, and need a hand to get all the furniture back onto the patio from the grass so that may wait unless a friend pops round in the meantime.

Think I need to review my list, and add to it:

ebay stuff
ink cartridges from old printer
charity shop box
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
last maternity bits
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table
squeaky toy!
box of girls clothes for friend
baby battery swing
general toy cull for anything too babyish
kids book cull
old cardboard box
eBay; reusable nappies to photograph & list; other slings
balance bike that my kids don't like - on Freecycle
old big print - on Freecycle
junk/rubbish from my wardrobes

Still to go/sort:
box for school fair stuff - added even more to - to school soon!
baby swing seat - on Freecycle
potties/toilet seats
try and have a cuddly toy cull
bathroom cabinet
DD's shelves
my desk
drawers in living room
arts/crafts area (big area of doom!)
kids memory boxes
DH's study (nightmare, but he's away, heehee!)

pudseypie Sun 27-Apr-14 20:13:09

Hmm will think about the dinner service but I'm not convinced I'd ever use it. I have a Denby set for best that we never use too but I want to keep the Denby as that one is to my taste
You've all reminded me to create a memory box for ds, will help store his precious things together better.
Another drawer cleared this afternoon, and a load of unworn clothes to ebay tomorrow. Be nice to make a little cash too!

JKSLtd Sun 27-Apr-14 20:24:48

Have googled - is it the blue set? I think it looks lovely - though it would prob gather dust right now in our house. we only use ikea/tesco/asda plain white stuff that can be broken and replaced as needed.
Our wedding company went bust so we never got a dinner set sad
One day - when I'm a 'proper' grown up, I'll get one from somewhere.
Though we had agreed on plain white with a silver edge, I think maybe a better choice now would be something more interesting like that blue set.

It would get dishwashed though!

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 27-Apr-14 21:14:26

inspirational thread. Have written a to-do list and decluttered the bookcase; sadly have got nowt worth selling but lots and lots of useless and worthless crap.
and 3 dc, including a 4 week will be doing ''tiny bits and often'' the less crap there is, the less crap there is to keep clean.

I love spring smile

pudseypie Sun 27-Apr-14 21:41:19

Yes it is blue. I think it's okay but I don't even have a dining room let alone somewhere to store or display the full dinner service! I guess that might change in the future and I might never afford a full formal dinner service like it in the future. Although not sure about ever affording a house with a dining room either at this stage!!
I will put it to one side and clear the rest of the loft first.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 28-Apr-14 12:22:58

ok. in between baby feeds hmm I have done under the stairs. and removed a massive spider complete with egg sac EEEWWWWWWWWW. have ordered fancy coat hooks off amazon for £3 to put on wall to hang school bags/caps to clear off the floor.

have also mucked out the craft box of doom which was out of control but is now almost empty. result.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Mon 28-Apr-14 14:06:13

Mmm, days off with no work or children !

pudsey good idea to put the dinner service to one side. I also wish I had a proper grown up set JKS smile

I wonder at what age does one become a 'proper' grown up?

I have sorted out a large box for charity, a bag of rubbish and some recycling this morning

I haven't done as much as I'd like, but it all helps.

Chaff congrats on the baby smile I'm amazed that you are even able to think about decluttering at the moment!

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 28-Apr-14 14:15:21

it's because of him grin
and his one million baby things everywhere leaving no room for the reams of tripe that usually hang around

IorekByrnisonsArmour Mon 28-Apr-14 16:00:48


1 small bundle of loveliness = 1 million things that you never knew you needed

How does that happen?

JKSLtd Mon 28-Apr-14 16:10:31

I don't know re proper grown up ness,I'm 40 next year maybe illsuddenly wake up more mature??grin

Have sorted 2 out of 3 memory boxes. Ds1's is done but thought he might like a look before I put it away.

Also done tonnes of laundry not that that helps with decluttering much.

And friend dropped round bag of clothes for dd. Thanks & sigh!

Boxes of crap to ds2's sch tomorrow though yey. Then I can try and tackle the studywhiledh is away.

I have a real problem pressing space for some reason!

pudseypie Mon 28-Apr-14 18:30:38

The dinner service may be in the loft for many years before I feel like a proper grown up! Mid thirties but in my mind I'm still an irresponsible teenager.

Can't believe those that are doing clear outs with little babies- its taken me 2.5 yrs after birth of mine to get the time to do it!

Eww at the big spider too!

Cleared out a wardrobe and a blanket box today. More to go to charity. Given ds room a good hoover afterwards. Feels good to have a room done!

JKSLtd Mon 28-Apr-14 21:16:02

Well done Pudsey.
I can't really say that I've 'done' any room yet.
My youngest is. 3. ( 3? How did that happen ?!) so hats off to anyone with younger ones trying to declutter.

I finished and put away the jet washing stuff.
Put a few other bits in the shed.
Lots to leave the house tomorrow but then at work all day so nothing else to report.

JKSLtd Tue 29-Apr-14 18:20:47

Loads of boxes gone to school today.
Charity bag in the car.

Ds1'smemory box tidied and put away.

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 29-Apr-14 20:02:37

good work!

small bag gone to charity today, all the unused tripe from the craft box, an old book and toddler hat/scarf extras

even though ds3 so young, the thought of ''saving'' everything of ds2's for the next x years is unrealistic, so only keeping the good stuff - ie football kits, good coats, spotless clothes, and binning off the cheap stuff.

like the thought downthread of letting stuff go...when you have had your money's worth - just let it that concept

Holby on now smile

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 29-Apr-14 20:19:56

marking place. back later to read properly. But I AM IN!!

JKSLtd Wed 30-Apr-14 09:38:36

Sorted through all 3 DCs clothes, put some winter stuff away and have like of boys clothes for friends and a huge pile of girls clothes for other friend.

Have to keep with the pace of donations as different friend gave me a bag of bits for ds1 last night!

Food shopping came and I remembered to give back a pile of plastic bags.

Off to work in a bit. Need to try and go past a charity shop - well actually stopping would be more useful!

JKSLtd Wed 30-Apr-14 09:39:13

Oh and I've let dd go mad with some stickers so that'll get rid of them!grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 30-Apr-14 16:15:36

only got one cupboard cleaned out today - but it was a doozy. sprayed the sucker with bleach.

also started wiping down a random wall..bit mistake as now there's a clean bit of wall making the rest look 100% worse

JKSLtd Wed 30-Apr-14 17:49:41

Lol I have done exactly that! Wish I hadn't started.

More Thomas trains arrived for ds2 today, sigh. He dies love them so much though and we're using them as bribery reward for toilet training.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Wed 30-Apr-14 20:50:27

I managed to clear away some craft projects -that will never get finished- and sort through a box of random things. sad

DS1 is off school sick at the moment and has kindly shared his illness with me. I am too tired -and grumpy- to take on much, but I'm pleased to have done something.

I was looking at a spot on the wall today and thought I should wipe the wall down. I now know to wait until I can do the whole thing.

Thanks for the tip grin

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 30-Apr-14 21:14:13

I want to join you, I really do but I haven't even had time to read the thread yet never mind start! I can tell you one thing though the less you go to the shops the less there is to do. I normally do online shopping but I keep nipping out for stuff and get distracted by more stuff and buy stuff that looks like I might need. B &M is the worst place for it. When I get home I don't even want to unpack my car because its all such a mish mash of randomness that I dont know where to put. STAY OUT OF THE SHOPS.

JKSLtd Wed 30-Apr-14 21:31:02

Stay out of the shops, esp the 'stuff' shops. At least food can be eaten grin

And don't try to read the whole thread, just jump in!

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 30-Apr-14 21:55:54

yup. Leave the walls alone

<sounds like a quote from the movie Labyrinth grin >

now I'm thinking I want to sort out and wash the crockery drawer tomorrow, there are weird long wooden sticks in it, I last made kebabs circa 2006 so they can probably go.

Stripyhoglets Wed 30-Apr-14 22:24:15

Pudseypie , we started to use our Denby for Best set for everyday as we already used the pasta dishes, they are tough and survive being dropped and dishwasher end so we got rid of the cheap ikea stuff that chipped easily and now use the nice stuff, reducing the storage requirements!

IorekByrnisonsArmour Wed 30-Apr-14 22:46:37

Chaff grin

I HATE shopping and shops !! Especially big shops where there are vast amounts to look at. I am also quite indesisive -and tight- so I only buy things after I have given it -too much- a lot of thought.

But this means I find it difficult to part with things as I have the "this might come in useful,blah blah blah" thoughts EVERYTIME I have to decide what to do with an outgrown/unused's exhausting!

Like JKS we are not having anymore babies, 3DC are enough, but I still have most of the baby things in the loft blush

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 01-May-14 14:47:33

bugger. instead of sensibly staying in and washing things I went shopping. and got drowned in the rain. bought a new shower curtain though, the other one can go straight in the bin. Nothing useful to report.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Thu 01-May-14 15:29:21

sad - useless rainy day here too

I have moved some boxes of toys into the basement. They were to go into the loft, but DP hasn't put them up for me. I can now clean the floor - yay!

2 bags of rubbish/recycling binned and I can now access the window in my bedroom-happy days grin

JKSLtd Thu 01-May-14 15:46:56

Nothing useful here, work & sch runs the order of the day.
Mcds for tea - more plastic tat.

pudseypie Thu 01-May-14 16:14:27

Stripyhoglets problem is I have a nice white set that wasn't especially cheap that we use for everyday and I have all the matching white pieces so like to use it!
I haven't done any clearing out for a couple of days. Must get back on it soon.

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 01-May-14 16:50:11

just sneakily cleaned out the saucepan cupboard while looking for a casserole dish. then remembered dh smashed both dishes a couple months ago shock
clean cupboard; but rethink on dinner. and a trip to buy a new one next week grin
dammit - didn't want to buy more stuff...

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 01-May-14 16:51:43

those damnable happy meals! I always ''lose'' the toys after a day or so.. they got a bit precious over the smurfs though

JKSLtd Thu 01-May-14 17:45:15

I have a box for the happy meal toys which I halved a few weeks ago and nobody noticed!
Today was books though so that's a bit better.
And just 2 as ds1 has an adult meal and I sometimes give in and buy the sodding toy! But 2 books the same is enough!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 11:40:10

hoovered ds2 bedroom. took ages. then sorted his books out.
also moved our room all around to fit the cot in, as ds2 running out of moses basket space!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 12:05:33

oops ds3 in the basket

JKSLtd Fri 02-May-14 16:40:30

Have tidied the living room today, put away all board games, made sure all Wii games were in the right boxes, tidied DVDs & photo albums.
Also moved sofas and found some toys/some rubbish.
Tidied away remotes.
And recycled lots of unnecessary Wii paperwork.

Gardeners have been and tackled totally overgrown front and it looks great! So am claiming that as I organised them to come grin

Then gave ds2 his new Cranky so trains & track all over the floor now. Hey ho.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 20:38:30

worth it for a bit of peace though? grin

started on dd ' s room, all done bar the hovering. she helped me so not too bad; threw away 2 big bags rubbish. going to move furniture around a bit tomorrow, experiment in her room as they'll all be moving when ds 3 goes into ds2's old room <complex> <head hurts>

IorekByrnisonsArmour Sat 03-May-14 11:19:13

You two put me to shame grin

The reason for the many boxes in my bedroom was due to 'musical rooms'.

DS1&2 shared a room until quite recently. We had endless bickering dueto this so I suggested 1 move into the -tiny- spare room.

DS1 said yes -I hadn't see that coming-

But DS2 didn't want the big room to himself.

So DD moved into the big room, DS2 into her room and DS1 into the spare room. It was chaos and resulted in overflow being put into my bedroom.

But the bickerfest has ended grin.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 04-May-14 20:42:44

am dreading
a) under the kitchen sink cupboard
b) the landing airing cupboard of toiletry doom

they are so full of stuff. that allegedly we need, so can't chuck away, just need to reorganise.

JKSLtd Mon 05-May-14 18:46:25

Had a few days away so haven't done anything at home. Now have to unpack and do the laundry, sigh.
Think washing machine may be a bit dodgy too...

Tomorrow work do prob won't get much done, missed my child free Monday time!

IorekByrnisonsArmour Mon 05-May-14 21:08:43

I have dusted and polished the staircase spindles [worst job ever]

DP has finished the wardrobe in our room so I can actually hang clothes up <excited>

I moved and cleaned some furniture.

JKS hope you had a lovely weekend

Chaff re the under sink cupboard - it's very rewarding when it's done and I have saved a fortune on cleaning products as there were so many forgotten duplicate items grin

It's all rock 'n' roll here

pudseypie Mon 05-May-14 21:25:40

Oh I also need to clear out the cupboard under the sink. I did open it and look in it but decided to close the door quickly instead!

Not done much the last few days as got a bad cold but have managed to sit and ebay some clothes from my wardrobe clearout so not completely wasted the time. Still got lots to put on ebay but was pleased as managed to get a little money already for a couple of unworn items.

Still got a set of storage baskets to go through and the cleaning cupboard. After that will have to move onto the loft...

JKSLtd Tue 06-May-14 10:59:56

Quickly went through heap of paperwork and receipts this morning and recycled lots.
Found I'm missing a bank statement - does it even matter if I can look online anyway I ask myself?
Need several days at home on my own to feel like I'm on top of things - will never happen though!

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 06-May-14 15:09:48

might do sink cupboard 1 shelf at a time :-/
had Velcro baby syndrome today so just spent last 6 hours feeding/winding/feeding/nappy/et al ad finitum

haven't even hung out wet wash from this morning... need to bust self off here and so some schizz

cowbiscuits Tue 06-May-14 15:16:00


I need help with this too. DH is a bit of a hoarder too and we have boxes and boxes of junk. I haven't read the whole thread yet, will look back for tips.

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 06-May-14 20:16:15

have sorted out the pots in the garden. major awesome, whilst his maj. slept & sun shone.
moved strawberries and pansies.

avoiding sink cupboard even using gardening. 'tis sad.

pudseypie Wed 07-May-14 10:23:54

Chaffinch I woke up this morning determined to tackle the cupboard under the sink. So far I've started cleaning the oven...
I will tackle it in between scrubbing the oven today.

JKSLtd Wed 07-May-14 10:41:06

I tackled the bathroom cabinet this morning - it was filthy and overflowing.
Thrown out a load of stuff, tidied the rest, found stuff I'd forgotten about & refilled the shower dispenser.
Have cleaned the outside of it but ran it of time for the top.
And want to keep the top as clear as poss too.

Didn't manage anything else though and at work now, then swimming lesson then home.

Want to wrap DS1's presents tonight - sure I've got too much for him now!

JKSLtd Thu 08-May-14 09:17:20

Wrapped and hid the presents last night.also bagged up a bag of boys and a bag of girls clothes to pass on tomorrow at playgroup.

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 08-May-14 10:37:30

it's so nice passing on clothes. loads of people gave me a tonne of clothes for ds3; it really means a lot to people as it saves so much money

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 08-May-14 10:39:27

he's def. in a clingy baby phase, even yells if I leave room to switch on kettle. I also got more wet washing to move somewhere & heavy rain happening outside

JKSLtd Thu 08-May-14 13:37:37

Posted too soon as meeting started.
I've been passed on so many clothes for boys & girls so love passing it on even further.

I really want to get on with dh's office as it's a black hole but at work then sch runs.

JKSLtd Thu 08-May-14 13:38:03

Clingy baby is not good. Good luck with coffee!

JKSLtd Thu 08-May-14 18:55:33

Let kids have mcds for tea and tv after - bad parent!

But have finished the bathroom cabinet & cleared the top.

Am in the middle of dh's office but have to stop for DC bedtime. Big pile of stuff I hope dh will agree to getting rid of grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 08-May-14 21:11:44

I dream of doing ''the attic'' now that is an epic task.... I bet there's 10 binbags of shite at least up there

if Im in the right frame of mind I'll dump the ruddy lot, xmas decs included!

however wont get a chance to go up there until the weeun is at nursery, probably hmm

today only achieved hanging out the wet washing. baby def in a clingy phase. it's lucky he's so cute!

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 08-May-14 21:13:50

my dh is a total hoarder too. he completely saves everything and gets very grumpy when I chuck out. he also gets grumpy when I buy stuff. he is actually always rather grumpy.

JKSLtd Fri 09-May-14 11:50:49

LolChaffinch. I think I'm the grumpy one in this house.

Passed on girls clothes but boy&mum weren't at playgroup so they're in the hall - may just give to Mil for her women's refuge as she's here tomorrow.

Right back to the office for 20mins...

JKSLtd Fri 09-May-14 17:16:48

Dh's office now looking like a disaster zone!

JKSLtd Fri 09-May-14 19:57:07

And I'm done!

Even managed to get him to go through piles and bin loads.

Now looking at lots of random CDs with photos on to see if anything worth keeping.

JKSLtd Sat 10-May-14 15:45:31

Put lots of photos onto my laptop - which backs up onto a cloud thingie - so big pile of CDs to bin.

Going to try and watch our wedding video later - an unofficial one.

Pil here so just taking a moment to chill upstairs.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 10-May-14 20:56:31

sorted out the laptop bag.
ate a lot of chocolate.


JKSLtd Sat 10-May-14 21:02:14


Currently eating chocs pil brought.
Didn't manage anything useful today.

Busymumto3dc Sun 11-May-14 07:37:51

I didn't do anything since I first posted on here the other weekend and cleaned out two cupboards lol

BluebellTuesday Sun 11-May-14 07:45:45

Can I join you? I am on a mission this summer to declutter house, attic, garage and my office. And do my garden, but that is mother matter. It feels slightly overwhelming, but needs to be done for my sanity.

Busymumto3dc Sun 11-May-14 07:50:50

I tell a lie

Yesterday I cleaned out the cutlery draw

Now I feel better

JKSLtd Sun 11-May-14 14:44:50

Well done grin

We went to a charity train day and came home with:
4 x cuddly toys
1 puzzle
1 toy car.


ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 11-May-14 18:52:43

<<contrary to overwhelming message of thread>>

you can never have too many cuddly toys! grin

grin grin hmm

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 11-May-14 18:53:58

I want to get my cutlery drawer done - may get chance tomorrow

JKSLtd Sun 11-May-14 19:55:01

Chaffinch my DC x3 agree with you!
Mil was a bit meh but I said it gives them so much pleasure, the money went to charity anyway & in years to come they won't even want to come out with us let alone be ecstatic with a new cuddle monkey or three...

JKSLtd Mon 12-May-14 15:53:09

Some toy sorting today - somebrokenbits for bin, some stuffy charity.

Also pile of hangers for school PTA uniform sale.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 12-May-14 20:55:48

nothing doing here. baby rules this house and he says No Tidying!

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 13-May-14 14:14:52

did a general lounge tidy/hoover as a hv type came round today

<hiss, boo>

JKSLtd Tue 13-May-14 15:36:31

Nothing today as at work, sch runs then out tonight.

JKSLtd Wed 14-May-14 18:16:13

Dh took a pile to work & I have back a book I'd borrowed ages ago.

Not quite a decluttering job but something I've been meaning to do for ages - dentist. 2 big fillings being replaced under sedation later. Am hopeful I'll wake up without toothache for the first time in months/years.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 14-May-14 21:03:25

decluttering your mouth is awesome! dedicated to the thread, good on yer.
Similarly, I had a haircut today - decluttered my scalp grin

JKSLtd Thu 15-May-14 14:48:08

Well done!

I took another couple of big boxes to ds2's sch for the PTA. Also posted off some dvds dh borrowed years agoblush

The neighbours are busy decluttering my view! By cutting down their horrid Leylandii hooray grin

Mid cake bake for ds1's bday tomorrow. Sch run now though.

IorekByrnisonsArmour Thu 15-May-14 19:05:38

I unpacked my summer clothes ( it's now or never, this is summer) and put my -hundred- woollen jumpers away. I should have de-cluttered as I packed, but once again I didn't hmm

I managed to find a box of old toys in DS1s room to charity shop and I have a large box of assorted items to go at the weekend.

I haven't done very much as DD has injured her back in a fall at school sad

And it's SATS week sadsad

Looking forward to a sunny weekend and decluttering the -jungle-garden grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 16-May-14 12:52:25

bought various clothes from charity chop... and a sunhat for dd
so that's a bit anti-thread

do any of you follow the principle of one item of clothing in = must get rid of one too?
am going to look again at my wardrobe, there's stuff in there Ive never worn yet can't bear to get rid of.. why is it so hard to let go

also - wedding dress - Ive still got mine, was halfheartedly saving it for dd but am tempted to sell it... hmmmmmmmm what did you do with your wedding dresses

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 16-May-14 12:53:09

Iorek hope your dd is ok sad

JKSLtd Fri 16-May-14 15:07:35

Wedding dress - still in wardrobe ...

Agree it's irrationally hard to let go of some things.

Few more puzzles in box to go.
Bag for friends Ds going later.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 17-May-14 20:40:26

OK OK this bleep is getting serious
I have bought a MOP and a bendy DUSTER STICK

in my defence I thought I had a mop but dh thinks he may have used it to mop the garage hmm and kind of remembers putting it in the skip hmm

so in a moment of madness Vileda Supermop came home with me.
I have removed the cobwebs in the lounge and hall; and my mop looks nice... unsure when I am going to have time to mop any floors however

JKSLtd Sun 18-May-14 20:01:25

Lovingthe mop buying! Maybe even use it one day wink

Emptied out the toy box under the boys bunks. Have a bucket of bits to sort through downstairs tomorrow.

Tomorrow ismy most-child-free day so hope to tackle a few more places.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 18-May-14 20:48:47

theres a MN swap thread happening for your unwanteds wink

JKSLtd Mon 19-May-14 12:03:09

Sorted through that bucket - some broken bits to bin, toys to correct homes.

Also went through the kids clothes (again) - some for clothes recycling, some put away for DS2, bag for friend's DD.
Summer clothes into wardrobes, DD has been given tonnes of shorts, she'll never wear them all!

Need to dig out my old list of areas to tackle...

JKSLtd Mon 19-May-14 12:07:20

Right, old list:

ebay stuff + old phone posted today
ink cartridges from old printer
charity shop box new bag in car
more toys in 'halfway out' box
spices/sauces/pasta/etc cupboard cleared out & lots composted
toy cars mountain reduced
last maternity bits
other random knackered sofa
pile of garden bits too big for bin
old keyboard
unwanted freebie coffee table
squeaky toy!
box of girls clothes for friend another bag ready to go
baby battery swing
general toy cull for anything too babyish
kids book cull
old cardboard box
balance bike
old big print
junk/rubbish from my wardrobes
boxes for school fair stuff
bathroom cabinet
drawers in living room
kids memory boxes
DH's study
under boys bunkbed

Still to go/sort:
baby swing seat - on Freecycle
potties/toilet seats
try and have a cuddly toy cull
DD's shelves
my desk
arts/crafts area (big area of doom!)

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 19-May-14 14:43:58

baby swing seat? pricks up ears which area are you? grin

JKSLtd Mon 19-May-14 19:43:24

South/Sarf! Essex smile

It's one that attaches to a frame outside not an indoor one.

I bought it off eBay a few years back and though I'd freecycle it but no takers. Might relist it soon as the weather has improved.

JKSLtd Mon 19-May-14 19:46:54

South/Sarf! Essex smile

It's one that attaches to a frame outside not an indoor one.

I bought it off eBay a few years back and though I'd freecycle it but no takers. Might relist it soon as the weather has improved.

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 20-May-14 21:05:52

ye gods. last few days it's all I can do to just be a human being; no chance of doing anything remotely tidy or organised sad

JKSLtd Wed 21-May-14 08:14:58

Here too.
Sent off most birthday thank yous just 1 left plus a trip to the PO. Sort of decluttering as I used up a pile of cards we already had.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 21-May-14 10:33:53

have hoovered and the playmat is in the wash. baby won't nap so stuck here rocking bouncy chair with my foot and MNetting. what hardship! grin

JKSLtd Fri 23-May-14 18:36:49

Havebeen busy & ill. Turns out I'm now decluttering my throat of bacteria with ABs. Nice.

House is chaos. Ds1 away for the weekend so hope to feel better and get stuff sorted with only (ha!) 2 DC in the house.

JKSLtd Sun 25-May-14 21:17:30

ABs doing their job thankfully.

Been in the garden (front & back) all day, dug up tonnes of pampas grass, loads of weeds (have bindweed everywhere) and planted 3 new plants from B&Q.

Also acquired a sun lounger grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 27-May-14 20:44:40

pampas grass is evil, well done.

Have cleaned the bathroom <bows>

JKSLtd Tue 27-May-14 20:55:48

Uncovered more of the damn stuff. But then it started raining.

Sun lounger looking sorry for itself grin

Have rearranged xbox/cables.
Have acquired a free computer desk for ds1's computer and tidied the corner.
Have also managed to get his computer at least part working again.
<v impressed with self>

Dh & I decluttering our champagne stock - 10th anniversary tomorrow grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 27-May-14 21:50:07

ooh congratulations.
and shock at champagne stock hahaha

have put 6 bags baby clothes all too small into car to give friend due in 2 weeks smile love passing them all on

also need major paperwork sort out in attic as no idea where some crucial insurance stuff is hmm

JKSLtd Tue 27-May-14 22:38:57

I think he's been secretly stockpiling!!

Also forgot to mention. I treated myself to a pile of new bras & pjs and have chucked the old greying ancient ones that weren't fit to be worn/seen.
Bhs - a high st secret, according to a recent article, great for certain things. And they had a sale on grin

JKSLtd Fri 30-May-14 09:46:25

Have tidied & cleaned one of dh's wardrobes.

Plan is baking & tackle art/craft/crap black hole today.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 30-May-14 09:50:14

ooh bhs!! wink

clingy daytime baby counterbalances himself by going 7 hours last night! yeassss!!!

given 7 bags baby/maternity clothes to friend. done lot of ironing, sorted ds2 clothes..realised he needs few more bits..

JKSLtd Fri 30-May-14 11:08:08

Malteser & mars bar traybake in fridge - yum!

Right, I'm going into the arts & crafts Area of Doom - i may be gone some time....

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 30-May-14 14:00:07

stuck rocking bouncy chair with my foot... smile

enjoy the craft box!!

still haven't gone 'under the sink' there is so much cleaning crapola under there...

JKSLtd Fri 30-May-14 14:09:05

Make sure to alternate feet - for exercise purposes grin

Art stuff all over kitchen.
And of course dcx2 have to do every activity I uncover.
(Ds1 at legoland with mil, lucky them!).

Have 'filed' an awful lot of paper, sorry artwork!
And sorted out colouring books.
Onto paint and playdoh plus accessories now.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 30-May-14 14:15:20

<switches to left foot> <left foot not as smooth>

I filed our playdoh a-top the fridge about 2yrs ago!

it's sad as you want to keep + cherish every scribble they make, but there's really no room. Mine have a baby file each, theyre all bursting so cant really keep anything else... has to be filed under R for Recycle grin

FiloPasty Fri 30-May-14 14:21:46

It looks like I'm a bit late to the party but I really need to join this thread!
I need to take action and stop being lazy/procrastinating!
I need to get on top on my mountain of ironing and washing first but then am keen to do a room by room plan of attack.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 30-May-14 14:25:25

I have a list of everything that I need to do on WORD and I love highlighting each bit I do. It's slowly turning yellow
also doing the swap thread on here, and major charity shop drop-offs... it's ace to have s p a c e to think/ be able to swish coathangers around!

JKSLtd Fri 30-May-14 18:30:16

Have tidied/organised/chucked out x lots.

It is all much better and the recycling people come tomorrow so that's good riddance grin

Also managed to put up and take down the new gazebo I bought last week (for summer/camping). And I've found an Ikea bag for it all and put in the shed.

And pretty much finished the laundry too.

I need a few of these at home days every now and then- more often than they happen really.

Need to drop some cakes to neighbour, get 2 DC to bed then open the wine smile

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 30-May-14 18:42:26

cake & wine

well deserved!

JKSLtd Sat 31-May-14 11:43:58

Last minute friends coming tonight- have set up air beds and moved stuff around. Have to say it still doesn't look like ive got rid of anything.

Luckily these friends have an absolute houseful so they make me look great!

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 31-May-14 16:36:17

we had last minute visitors too, but only for a couple hours.. just got acres of baby clothes everywhere, need to thin them out. got given so many beauties's hard...

JKSLtd Mon 02-Jun-14 12:55:34

They were very complimentary smile

Today is just a get back on top of things day. Posted birthday card. Lots of laundry. Rehoming toys scattered all over the house.

Aiming to get some more pampas grass out but we'll see.

JKSLtd Mon 02-Jun-14 17:22:16

More laundry.
Pampas grass in one area gone.

Boys to beavers - an hour-ish with dd watching tv.

Got to finish sewing pile now.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 02-Jun-14 20:22:04

ooh reminds me I have dd's leggings to marooned by the baby across my lap though grin

cleared out the medicine cabinet and under the sink at last!! but needs doing again as couldn't get the stuff back in <grrrr>

also sorted out dds clothes and took bags round for her cousins.

JKSLtd Mon 02-Jun-14 20:35:59

Well done for getting anything done!

Did the sewing. Now onto ironing.

JKSLtd Wed 04-Jun-14 09:58:40

Work getting inthe way lol.

Have tackled pile of paperwork this morning and made some phone calls/emails that needed doing.

Then off to work, orchestra & swimming lessons.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 04-Jun-14 13:31:12

baby unputdownable!!!

still not sewn leggings

at least dinner is in the slowcooker. swimming tonight here too. <tiredface>

JKSLtd Wed 04-Jun-14 19:57:56

Friend just gave me 2 huge sacks of boys clothes. Sigh.

I am grateful honest. Just sat here looking at them wondering how on earth to fit them in the boys wardrobes. Some serious culling needed I think!

JKSLtd Thu 05-Jun-14 20:39:46

Have a huge bag to pass on to friend's DS.
Another bag for other friend's DD.

Sorted through all the boys clothes x 2 - have packed away stuff for DS2 for the future.
Don't think I need to buy either of them anything for quite a while.

Need to tackle DD's tomorrow as I know she's got some too small stuff I need to pass on.

Also did some toy repair/supergluing.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 06-Jun-14 11:29:22

er.....JKS <whispers>

do you think we're the only ones mad enough still decluttering?? grin

sewed the damned leggings grin hovered the downstairs grin done a tonne of washing grin
need to sort out my clothes AGAIN as loads of stuff doesn't fit properly /looks shite

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 06-Jun-14 11:30:17

do you have 2 or 3 dc? I have a dd and 2x ds grin

JKSLtd Fri 06-Jun-14 11:45:13

I think we are!grin

I'm the same, 2 boys and a girl. So ds2 gets all the handmedowns lol.

Dd gets spoilt by family and has far too many clothes. Currently in a passed down dress that will only be worn today as it's too small already. She's a big girl!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 06-Jun-14 12:13:32

today it's all about washing and line drying before the weekend deluge thunder lightening hail and general malaise

JKSLtd Fri 06-Jun-14 21:22:58

Yep same here.

I've got halfway through dd's clothes, pile to give away already.
I'd like to reach the 'ideal' of just enough clothes to fit in the drawers/wardrobes.

Gave away the huge bag of boys clothes this morning.

finish dd's clothes & pass on
Some gardening if poss
Finish current book

JKSLtd Sun 08-Jun-14 19:50:58

Did some gardening - not as much as I planned to.
Didn't finish DD's clothes (easier tomorrow when she's at school).
Working on book smile

Tomorrow is my 'doing day' so hope to achieve some useful sorting/clearing out stuff.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 09-Jun-14 09:48:48

what are you writing? <deeply impressed>

got lots odd stuff done yesterday, hovered the upstairs, pile of ironing, tidied kitchen, wiped down some cupboard doors thoroughly, hovered cobwebs in landing <we sound like the Addams family>

warmleatherette Mon 09-Jun-14 09:58:59

Haven't been on this thread for ages. But still decluttering! Am peeling film off the bedroom windows now - I put it there pre-kids in a "I am a minimalist, I do not need curtains!" moment of delusion. Then to clean the windows and tidy the balcony. Then...job-hunting. Sigh.


I'll join you a thread like this will be more inspiring & less annoying than a thousand fly lady emails a day. I have started on my hall way today. X

Doingakatereddy Mon 09-Jun-14 10:44:46

Please for the love of all that's holy let me join. My house just has these.. Areas of crap piling up and I can't seem to get shot of them!

We're moving in 4 weeks and there is NO way I'm moving all this crap with use.

Where do I start??

4littleones Mon 09-Jun-14 11:09:17

I am also decluttering. but I feel like I have already been doing it for years. In fact. I HAVE been doing it for years because I kept making the mistake of buying more and accepting hand me downs that we realistically don't need.

now I have come to the conclusion that my problem is not hoarding but it is buying too much.

I have been good though and been on a no buying anything we don't need rule for about 2-3 months. I've also been steadily decluttering and giving away/selling a steady flow of stuff.

It is making life easier housework wise and have started paying a cleaner temporary while I deal with some heath problems and end of pregnancy. I have funded this through selling stuff so I feel it's justified. I physically cannot do it all at the moment and it's pretty depressing! I've got 2 more bags of girls clothes to list today and I've already been to the post office to post some cloth nappies I've sold over the weekend. It's time consuming but It's something I can do while sitting and resting so makes me feel less useless when I can't do the other stuff. smile

I did a car boot sale about 3 weeks ago and now need to do another, the first was brill, made about �70!

I tend to duplicate things I use a lot - I have 5 pairs of kitchen scissors hanging from the hooks over my counter <emoticon of shame>

So I need to a) chuck b) charity c) car boot (again).

Bins are collected tomorrow so I will do a big clear out when I get home from work.

Towels - another area of duplication. It's only me and DD - I do <not> need 3 shelves of towels - in fact, as laundry is the one area we tend to keep well up to date, we could cope perfectly well with about 2 sets each, about 3 hand towels, and about 2 guest sets. Right, that's my aim tonight, to pare down the towels.

Does anyone else have a problem with keeping the boxes things came in "just in case"? DD has about 15 shoeboxes, I have a lawnmower box and one from my sewing machine. I even have a free recycling bin they could go into but they are still cluttering up my hall...

JKSLtd Mon 09-Jun-14 11:46:41

Welcome/morning all.

Chaffinch - I'm flattered but no, I'm just reading books! But I've had piles of to read for ages and I'm working my way through them to pass on/get rid.
Then I aim to stick with the library as they don't take up permanent space.
(Or maybe one day a kindle but I'm too old fashioned for it I think!)

Have tackled dd's clothes - big bag ready to give away.
I do need to buy her a few bits though as she's just growing like a weed!!

Also sorted through sailing stuff as the boys are on the beach with beavers tonight. And added some too small bits to the bag to give away.

Am now sat in surrounded by toys. Bit stalling. Much. grin

JKSLtd Mon 09-Jun-14 12:46:54

Meant to be 'not stalling'.!

Anyway have done lots of tidying, some stuff to give away/bin. But hungry so paused for lunch.


Well did the hall feels much better was hoping to to lounge and conservatory but feel asleep. Shit. Will try again tomorrow.

Dreamingoutloud Mon 09-Jun-14 14:48:25

Hi smile
I need to join this thread, we're hoping to have a baby next year, only problem is there is nowhere to put it!
We've lived in our house four years and have accumulated so much junk it's unreal.

I only work part time and have no kids yet so it's really embarrassing that our home is in this state blush I need to get on top of it before we bring a baby home and our world gets crazy!

I will go through and read past posts looking for hints and tips but just wanted to introduce myself.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 09-Jun-14 16:56:26

from upthread.... the inspirational messages for me ::

'' look at a thing... if you don't need or use it, let it go... feel happy that you had your money's worth from it... pass it on for someone else to enjoy and use ''

I get so emotionally tied up to things, plus I am saving stuff for years ahead - is this realistic?!? will dd <now 7> Really want my old handbags?? WILL SHE?? <seriously...will she??>

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 09-Jun-14 16:58:27

write one big master list of everything that needs doing. this has helped me remember while Im in the hall for example to quickly do XYZ

plus it's fun highlighting it when it gets done

4littleones Mon 09-Jun-14 17:34:30

I've managed a fair bit of tidying today which is quite an achievement with a 8.5 month pregnant bump!

I've also sold lots and have a few more bits by the front door waiting to be collected.

does anybody else have laundry overload? I am always on top of washing and drying it. but it often then builds up into loads of piles of clean washing. and it escalates into a huge job that takes hours to sort out. I know I should just put it away every day but I just don't! This I need to sort out!

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 09-Jun-14 21:21:08

when you say parcel s awaiting collection - which co? is it cheaper than royal mail? have stuff to flog but need cost effective way to shift it

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 09-Jun-14 21:23:22

Im a bad washing hoarder too...its the folding/putting away I cant bear. yeurgggh.
so what's your due date? don't put your back out!! Ive got a 10 week old, the other dc are at school so I can only tidy when he naps...

JKSLtd Mon 09-Jun-14 22:16:06

Mon night is my time to tackle the clean washing pile. Dh is away, I watch junk tv and iron/sort.

JKSLtd Mon 09-Jun-14 22:17:10

I did lots more with toys - halved our play food & utensils. - bought a tonne years ago and we are not running a playgroup here lolgrin

4littleones Mon 09-Jun-14 22:37:11

Chaffinch - I wasn't meaning a couier. I sell on local facebook selling groups (closed groups only though as open ones let all your facebook friends see what your selling and I don't like that). It's fab. Doesn't cost anything and people pick up from you.
I can't get my head around the paying to sell something thing - It just takes the whole point away for me.
You do get the odd timewaster which is annoying. But I don't wait in specially, I just tell them when I know I will def be home. Which is most of the time at the moment! I don't tend to bother in the holidays as we are out a lot of the time and don't want to wait in. It's pretty effortless and it sells fast if you price it right. I do now have stuff that doesn't seem to be selling though - trouble with local selling is that you need the right person to see the right item at the right time. But it is all shifting in the end.

Dreamingoutloud Tue 10-Jun-14 10:03:40

Well managed to get dh to help me start on our dumping spare room, it was full of laundry that needed to be put away and all our summer clothes that I had bought down to put away and just never got round to!

It definitely looks better and now means I can go shelf by shelf and drawer by drawer as opposed to seeing a big pile of crap to wade through.

Hoping as it's nice out I can tackle a lot of laundry today, I also suffer from laundry hoarding same as some of you wink

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 10-Jun-14 13:09:36

4littleones Oh I see! yes, I like the FB groups too. you never know what is going to pop up on them smile

been out and about today so no housework aside from sweeping the kitchen floor.
I have so much washing now dry, needing sorting out.

JKSLtd Tue 10-Jun-14 21:38:40

Been rushing about all day. Managed to drop off big box of toys to ds2's sch.
And brushed cobwebs off bike & ride it yeygrin

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 10-Jun-14 21:41:14

got a load of old kids clothes listed on local fb group smile
now awaiting the buyers............................................ <silence>

got sod all else done but have noticed a lot of my house needs repainting GODDAMMIT

JKSLtd Wed 11-Jun-14 16:07:54

God don't even start with the actual house- work list!
We've lived here 10 years and it's starting to show!

Outside walls and woodwork
Peeling wallpaper
Missing bits of skirting
Holes in walls

Goes on and on!

Work, orch & swimming today but did make some calls this morning to tackle paperwork.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 11-Jun-14 21:45:48

been into the attic <WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO> and scooped out a load of toys. all listed to sell
had all kinds of determination to scrub the bathroom tiles...then I screwed up my back sad so lolloped about for the rest of the day

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 11-Jun-14 21:46:34

* add cleaning windows to my lists <bah>

JKSLtd Wed 11-Jun-14 21:47:59

Take it easy Chaffinch - rest that back!
Well done on the attic though.

Tomorrow is work & sch runs day. Alarm system man coming too to assess if we should upgrade (£?).

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 12-Jun-14 20:20:00

huzzah! for the fact I managed to wash up today. Small victories. smile still got bad back Boo!!

JKSLtd Fri 13-Jun-14 13:04:22

Been baking PTA stuff for ds2's school. Kitchen is a disaster zone. Laundry everywhere too.
Bought new tea towels so am going through and chucking the ancient grey ones with holes!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 13-Jun-14 20:05:08

oooh new teatowels is such a treat! am jealous!!

managed to get nappies today grin had forgotten last 3 days
some of my old toys are selling through now...pile is disappearing huzzah.

JKSLtd Fri 13-Jun-14 20:13:45

Persuaded dh to part with a tea towel he tie dyed at school. He's 41...!

Chucked out some paperwork.
didn't win a wardrobe on eBay boo.
Am bidding on another. Really need 2 to freecycle what I'm currently using for ds2 & dd.
Ds1 has one of those old gents wardrobes with some hanging and some shelves. Perfect for kids.
Want 2 more ideally.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 13-Jun-14 20:28:06

I got ds2 wardrobe from Tesco online in some mad reduced sale they had, it's great, hangers & shelves and little drawers <socks lol!>

am joining more fb selling groups it's so addictive......

JKSLtd Fri 13-Jun-14 20:44:09

Ooh do you know what it was called?

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 14-Jun-14 21:24:22
JKSLtd Mon 16-Jun-14 12:16:01

I'll keep trying ebay. Not a fan of Argos furniture (bad experience!) and want a ready made not flat pack ideally. I can justify spending much/anything as we have got storage atm. It's just not big enough esp as they keep growing!

De cluttered the crumb tray of the toaster lol. And went through the plastic cupboard - bit grand to call hoarded takeaway boxes Tupperware grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 16-Jun-14 15:18:50

look on your local fb groups & freecyles too..good luck!

did lidl today, need to declutter lounge to a pristine standard as dds party here on fri night. lots to do.

JKSLtd Tue 17-Jun-14 18:43:14

Good luck with party!

Work, sch runs & orchestra.

Tomorrow work, baby sports day & swimming lesson.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 18-Jun-14 09:17:27

urgh been struggling as knackered my Im a zombie as baby reverted to 2-3hr sleep pattern so Im up and down all night sad

this too shall pass.....right...?

few more bits sold through. tidied around last night, not going to bother hoovering until Friday last minute heheheh

JKSLtd Thu 19-Jun-14 21:50:11

Hope back & baby cooperate!

DS2 is ill, not sure with what, high temp & on ABs.
Due to go to PIL for weekend tomorrow.

Done 2 sports days (DD & DS1) but not a huge amount else.

DH just asked if I'd sent off a cheque that was due on the 16th, err no!
Haven't made calls or sorted emails in days.
Inbox now at 72! When my personal target limit is <20.

On a good note, the patch I intensively weeded last weekend is still weed free. grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 21-Jun-14 09:45:20

oh jks I'm sorry about ds, hope he improves today.
had dds party last night - jesus. never again. was some shockingly naughty kids.
house got really tidy, though, moved a lot of stuff and put away. I seem to have too many clothes again. it's v hard as am bf and still got a lot of babyweight so need big clothes; but want to lose it & get back into normal need twice the damn clothes.....

back better. until attempts to entertain party kids involved teaching them a dance routine...back slightly bad again now... smile

JKSLtd Mon 23-Jun-14 08:13:26

Ds2 better again. Slightly scary high temp and not sure what caused it but better now phew.

Right, Monday again. Kids all off to school. Washing machine repair and alarm system repair/update today.

Want to tidy up, clear emails and get some gardening done.
Need to try and find ds1's glasses in the chaos!

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 23-Jun-14 13:41:17

dds shoes broke as we stepped out of the house this morning - clarks - 9weeks old ffs.
Luckily the shop changed them no bother thank god no way I could lose another £35.

we will be doing something easier for ds'2s birthday in a few weeks, can't do a home party again.

*thread update* grin

fairly decluttered. apart from the too small baby stuff gathering up again, don't want to dump it on my friend yet as she has just gone overdue with her 2nd... she wont need 3-6mth clothes yet
need to clean oven. defrost freezer, clean fridge. all of the breathtakingly crappy jobs.

JKSLtd Mon 23-Jun-14 20:38:20

Haven't dared look in the fridge recently! I know it needs a good empty out and clean.

Didn't find ds1's glasses. Midday so any gardening.
Alarm man came but hotpoint man was a spectacular disaster and ended up with him storming off on his van!

Did some emails.
Cleared study.
Collected new kitten grin

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 24-Jun-14 10:15:18

dyeing hair as I type.....

new kitten!!!! details! what name? colour? girl/boy? cute grin

how do you get a hotpoint man storming off!!!!!

done a load washing don't want to hang on line with crazy wet hair while colour takes hold...dark caramelly blonde BTW smile

JKSLtd Tue 24-Jun-14 13:04:12

Little boy called Charlie (we have a 10yr old called Barney). Black & white. V cute!

So many typos in last post;
Busy so no gardening I think I meant.

Hotpoint mansard he tried to come in he morning (when he was meant to) but a big truck was blocking the road and there was nowhere to park. Nowhere? Not even down the road? Plenty of space idiot!
Then didn't tell me.
I rang to chase found out he was thinking of coming later (when it suited him - I think he was lying about even trying to come in the morning tbh, I'd been keeping an eye out and seen no truck at all.)
Then he turned up, I explained I had to pop out for sch runs but would be happy to let him get on with it.
He said he couldn't stay in the house without me (fair enough as a policy but it was his fault he was there at that time). I said I'm not best pleased about this morning. He said you'll be even less pleased when I get back in my van and drive off!
I said is that your professional attitude he said looks like it and left!

Supposedly someone else coming next week...

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 25-Jun-14 14:29:28

wow he sounded like a knobber.

mess mess everywhere :-/

JKSLtd Sun 06-Jul-14 20:38:33

So, fallen off the wagon big time:

- various summer fetes = more tat in the house!
- lots of sports days, plays, teacher meetings = even the basics not getting done.
- went away for a hen weekend & then out for charity midnight walk last night = usual weekend jobs also not done.


House is not feeling any less cluttered than the beginning of the year!

Soft toy cull MUST HAPPEN
dry cleaners for dress hanging about since last weekend
assess if we can get rid of the train table as we never use it - except to store others toys on
generally tackle paperwork, esp in the kitchen

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 07-Jul-14 14:11:14

advertise train table on a facebk group? Im selling loads of stuff. it's ace!

even old kids' shoes!!

got school fete nxt week, will stick to sweets rather than toys haha. both older dc had/have their birthdays over june/july so lots new toys hanging around. need to declutter dds room again; I want a proper desk... and 2 desk chairs...

JKSLtd Mon 07-Jul-14 21:42:08

Didn't get round to thinking about the table.
Bag of cuddlies ready to go in the car. You can hardly tell though!

ChaffinchOfDoom Tue 08-Jul-14 16:23:55

need to do something about under the stairs.... family of 5 where 4 wear shoes...
5 yo has 4 pairs, 8 yo has 4 pairs... dh has 6 pairs and I have about 4
= 18 pairs shoes. where to keep them all!!!!!!!!
let alone coats, raincoats, umbrella, 2 rucksacks, 2 football bags, argh.

JKSLtd Sat 12-Jul-14 20:40:20

18? How've you managed so few?!

I'm not even a typical 'girlie' shoe person but I have loads.
We have a messy pile in the hallway.
Without looking:
DS1 school
DS1 trainers
DS1 sandals (he won't wear)
DS1 wellies
DS2 trainers
DS2 beach shoes
DS2 wellies
DD school
DD non-sch
DD crocs
DD flip-flops (won't wear!)
DD wellies
me fit-flops
me trainers
DH work
DH trainers
DH crocs
= 17 I think just in the hallway.

I have in my cupboard
3 x heels
red shoes (a whim a few years ago)
black court
Ugg boots

DH has other work shoes x lots
dunno what else

DD also has ballet shoes & some silver ones she was given that she hasn't worn yet.

Oh and PIL came for the weekend with extra plates (big & small) and bowls.
And a cuddly toy for each child.

Getting nowhere fast.

PIL taking DS1 away for the week, DS2 still at school, so just me & DD most of the time. Hoping to rearrange the spare room & then the play room.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 13-Jul-14 15:50:21

I have more in my wardrobe grin
a red pair I never wear.. brown boots, black boots too small, 2 pairs flats, silver sandals, agh. will sell black boots in autumn on fb, kerching.

ds doesn't help with his normal trainers, his football boots and his football trainers for indoors, his swimming crocs, and 2 pair school shoes - he actually has the most grin

as far as tidying goes was chuffed with self for hoovering/tidying before the plumber came on Friday. A few more bits have been sold, too, but we're doing major works in the garden so need to clear a lot more so we can lose the 2!! sheds <an avid gardener used to live here before us> we've already lost the 2 greenhouses...

JKSLtd Wed 16-Jul-14 09:07:43

My parents moved into a bird breeders house - think powered/heated sheds for chicks - lots of sheds to get rid of.
And prev owner seemed v keen on buying compost & keeping every single plastic bag it came in.
Lots of trips to the tip!

Have cleared lots from spare room (to mil's refuge) & moved train table to there along with ds1's toys (well the other two may play with them but not much) - lego, playmobil, action figures, etc. so he can have chill out time away from pesky siblings.
Playroom is mid-chaos but a lot emptier so hoping I can set it up more for the younger 2 to get to all their appropriate stuff.
Still want to give most of it away but trying not to be too mean!

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 16-Jul-14 20:15:44

I took some stuff out of the attic today and heartlessly listed it to sell ! tough luck. they have enough stuff & new stuff tomorrow for his birthday grin

HippityHoppityLaLaLa Sat 19-Jul-14 13:05:57

Feeling I can join in at last. Yesterday I had a day off work. As well as doing 2 loads of laundry and 1 dishwasher load, I got rid of a bin-bag's worth of stuff from just my dressing table alone! A small bag for the charity shop as well. I went through every single box, make-up bag, purse, envelope etc. Found a few things I'd forgotten about, paired up some earrings, found receipts dating back up to 10 years ago (for things I no longer have!). Co-located other things: all those spare buttons are in one bag now.

The above took me the same time as a normal working day: frightening! But the clear surface and tidy drawers were worth it.

All I need to do now is tackle the rest of the house and when that's done, do phase 2: go through everything again and be even more ruthless, eg why I am keeping those buttons? At last half probably don't belong to clothes I still have.

I'm on a roll now and have started on the kitchen. DH has even joined in!

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 19-Jul-14 17:50:40

excellent stuff!
re buttons - have you got dc to count/sort/make them into patterns/glue onto pictures? buttons ace for all that kind of stuff summer hols prep for rainy days

HippityHoppityLaLaLa Sat 19-Jul-14 18:15:25

Chaffinch - lovely idea, but youngest is 20, not sure it's really his thing (and he doesn't live at home) grin I on the other hand may well use them myself on a craft project ... if I can only work out which ones I can safely use.

'That drawer' in the kitchen yielded 9 (yes nine) pairs of scissors and I can now confidently say I will not need to buy any permanent markers, highlighter pens or sticking plasters for the rest of the decade. Any why would I have needed 2 nutcrackers? This is cathartic!

DH has binned lots of unread professional magazines, and is now tackling the paint lake in the attic.

morethanpotatoprints Sat 19-Jul-14 18:22:22

We are terrible here and it doesn't help that we inherited lots of my parents stuff. It isn't clutter to others and I'd like some money for some bits as they treasured their things.
The stuff we have collected over the years though I am getting through slowly but surely.
I'm not sure if this will work for others but I'm looking at just clearing a couple or few carrier bags a day to rubbish bins, perhaps one bag for charity. It is difficult with sentimental stuff, the rubbish are the easy bits.
I would like to get the whole house de cluttered during the holidays and have text eldest ds to come home and pack his room. He only uses it for storage now and I could do with the space.

HippityHoppityLaLaLa Sat 19-Jul-14 20:30:26

morethan - ah yes, I feel your pain. My parents' things, the ones which I didn't want on display but which I couldn't bear to throw out, have been living in our attic, unseen for about 18 years. My parents were hoarders. PILs are also hoarders (but they are still living among their clutter!). However, around the time my parents died, DH lost a relative, his parents cleared her house and dumped half the stuff with us! It's in the attic, beside my parents stuff. DH has almost cleared a path to it now ...

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 19-Jul-14 21:20:41

yep we've inherited a fair bit of stuff...some useful, some not so much.
Ive been selling stuff on FB groups, but it takes time, and I think a carboot would be faster, just impossible with a 3mth old...
my other 2 dc would love to do one though

decluttering here is a constant battle. I need storage for lego now, after ds birthday it's fecking everywhere

HippityHoppityLaLaLa Sun 20-Jul-14 14:14:24

Chaffinch - Lego is such a difficult one! It lasts for ever, too (still have it in the attic, of course). Someone (on another thread?) suggested a large, shallow under-bed box. It can be pulled out, and rummaged through, with no need to tip it all onto the floor.

You are brave even contemplating a carboot with such wee ones. I did the occasional one, when mine were older than yours, but with little success. The best ones in our area require you to turn up about 5am to book your pitch (people queue from earlier!) with no guarantee of getting in. We are not morning people at the best of times! Yes I realise this is a pathetic excuse, but there you are. I do take stuff to charity shops though, and when we first cleared my parents' house I did sell some things to antique shops and dealers (no eBay then!).

Good luck selling online. Every item is one step closer to the clear house you want. Maybe I should get into that, but once I've decided to get rid of something, I have to do it there and then before I change my mind. May try it with small things which are not taking up much space.

JKSLtd Sun 20-Jul-14 15:24:48

I prefer just to get rid once I've decided in something too.

Have intended to do boot sales many times and never got round to it.

Dh away with the kids so ive been doing bits and pieces. Need to start finishing things before they get back!

Sorted dd's clothes - bagged up stuff to pass on & rubbish bits in recycling.

Done all laundry & ironing so I know there's nothing left that doesn't fit.

Have rearranged toys but not finished or got rid of any yet so it's a mess in there!

meisiemee Sun 20-Jul-14 16:49:38

I started this today, ds room and box room. Currently box room is a tip and ds won't have anywhere to sleep tonight if I can't get arse in gear! 4 boxes for the garage, 3 bin bags and 3 boxes for charity. But still cluttered! Didn't think it was that bad to start withshockshockshockshockshock

HippityHoppityLaLaLa Sun 20-Jul-14 17:27:58

*meisiemee" - I think clutter breeds in the dark. Also, it seems to expand when you take it out and put it in a bin bag. I was pondering this myself when I filled a bin bag out of just my dressing table! Your haul sounds really good - a very productive day, I'd say.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 20-Jul-14 18:17:58

hippity liking the shallow box idea...but would need firm subdivisions for the diff sets so as not to mix <sigh>

MrsGingerbread Sun 20-Jul-14 18:48:57


Are newbies welcome? We are quite a way through a major house declutter and I am in need of some fresh ideas. smile

I have had a read through a lot of your previous posts. .. so nice to know I'm not alone!

MrsGingerbread Sun 20-Jul-14 18:49:37


Are newbies welcome? We are quite a way through a major house declutter and I am in need of some fresh ideas. smile

I have had a read through a lot of your previous posts. .. so nice to know I'm not alone!

shitatusernames Sun 20-Jul-14 19:50:27

Hello another newbie here, I'm in desperate need of decluttering, have 4 dc's 18,8,6 and 17 days so doing a huge de clutter is not going to be easy so it'll have to be little steps for me as and when I can, but I'm back to work in November and really want the house to be mostly sorted so I can keep on top of it.

Job 1 for me really has to be the living room, book shelve, and all the crap that's in there.

Then my bedroom, god I need some motivation!!

meisiemee Sun 20-Jul-14 20:53:42

Thanks Hipperty, I got there in the end! Ds room sorted except for wardrobe and 2 small boxes. Spare room almost empty (needed to be to make it into a guest room) and even tackled ugly shelves in our bedroom!!! Feel grin.
Now for the bookshelves downstairs, air cupboard, all cupboards in fact and coat place, then I will be super gringringringrin.
Once you start it seems endless but when you complete a section it's so rewarding! I know I won't feel so embarrassed when people pop by without notice and I expect the cleaner will be happier too!

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 20-Jul-14 21:48:02

of course all crazed declutterers very very welcome here to inspire each other
took me about 8 weeks of summoning strength to do the ruddy under sink cupboard, it already looks crap again but if I don't keep the bucket under there dh steals and uses nefariously in the garage then I don't have one to mop floors indoors gah.

also - saucepans. dare I give the ruddy never used thoughtful gift of the egg poaching pan and all of its glass inner parts stupid fecking thing kindly given to dh by my own traitorous caring mother??!

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 20-Jul-14 21:49:28

to quote Frozen

Let It Gooooooooooooooooooooooo

JKSLtd Sun 20-Jul-14 23:11:55

Pmsl. Let it go. Turn away and slam the door. Poached eggs never bothered me anyway gringrin

Tidied lots of toys. Cleared out (for sch Christmas fair) mcd toys &, bizarrely, fire engines. We had way too many!!
Rearranged and put away lotsof toys. Playroom now looking good - will it stay that way??

Also got on top of various bits and pieces so feeling positive. smile

Lots of areas still left to tackle.

MrsGingerbread Mon 21-Jul-14 02:37:42

Thank you. So lovely to have somewhere to vent and motivate each other. smile

I bought a really good shelf kit for the cupboard under the sink - that has made a huge difference it fits around all the pipework and helps you to make the most of the space. After 3 weeks it's still looking beautiful (which I have never managed before! )

meisiemee Mon 21-Jul-14 06:52:39

Oh god the bug has got me, woke up early this morning so started on the little cupboards in the lounge!!!!!

shitatusernames Mon 21-Jul-14 07:20:22

No tidying for me yet, sports day for ds2 this morning, 3 fecking hours, so will try and crack on this arvo if baby will let me, I need to get a sling.

And good morning all brew

JKSLtd Mon 21-Jul-14 07:54:48

Morning & definitely get a sling. See if you've got a sling library near you?

Hoping two DC will go to holiday club at school for a few hours, ds2 still at school until tomorrow. Then I can hopefully carry on from the weekend.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 21-Jul-14 08:22:57

both mine are broken up for hols...making mess and moving things all over the place. grin and it's too. HOT. to tidy.

however just had to clean the hob as dh threw gravy all over it yesterday , that's good work for 0800. almost military.

JKSLtd Mon 21-Jul-14 10:32:07

Well done!

Got given two huge bags of girls clothes this morning. Sigh.

shitatusernames Mon 21-Jul-14 12:48:55

Back from sports day and have sorted the book shelve out, just got to get the kids books upstairs and onto their shelves, sorted the crap on top of the printer too, hopefully baby will nod of soon so I can take the books upstairs.

Mine break up wednesday grin

JKSLtd Mon 21-Jul-14 16:17:11

Sorted through handmedowns. Put box of too big clothes for each DC in the loft.
Also got down some extra shelves I needed.
More toy sorting, some babier bits ready to pass on tomorrow.
Going to try a bit more before tea as all DC busy...

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 21-Jul-14 18:04:36

whoo good work JKS
managed to get a refund today for a dress bought in June & one I'd taken tags off! luckily had receipt. had been trying to sell with no luck so am bloody thrilled they refunded it. I bought it as it was on a 14 hanger and I was rushing round with the baby. got home, delabeled it.....and put straight on. noticed it was humungous around my boobs. It was a size 20 shock
the refund woman saw me with all the dc looking hot and weepy and took major pity I think! grin so nice to not have it hanging in lounge.
love you asda XX

shitatusernames Mon 21-Jul-14 19:57:14

Result Chaff grin

My next task is sorting my wardobe out, the baby will be in the room with me and hubby for a good while so I really need to sort it out.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 21-Jul-14 20:01:42

how old is your LO shitusername ? I got a 16week old grin boy do they get in the way of decluttering!

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 21-Jul-14 20:02:25

PMSL sorry I got your name very wrong there blush

shitatusernames Mon 21-Jul-14 20:40:58

Ha ha Chaff that's ok grin

She is 3 weeks on Wednesday and yes they really do get in the way lol, I will persist though as I want it sorted by the time work looms in November, I'm bank domestic so not entitled to any holiday/maternity etc.

JKSLtd Tue 22-Jul-14 18:22:33

Been at work now setting up pool in the garden. Kids happy with water pistols. No decluttering managed as charity shop was shut by the time I got there.

meisiemee Tue 22-Jul-14 19:19:37

Oh it's never ending.... Might have to bop Dh on the nose soon as he is worse than DS, no sooner I tidy the sooner he is messing!!!!! confused

shitatusernames Tue 22-Jul-14 19:41:55

Oh meis what will we do during the holiday? Think they'll be driving me insane.

Mum is taking baby for a while tomorrow, so upstairs is being tackled, my wardrobe, and all the clothes lying around sorted ready for the cot purchase.

meisiemee Tue 22-Jul-14 20:03:13

Shitatusernames, holiday club for a fair chunk of it as I will be working!

shitatusernames Tue 22-Jul-14 21:37:10

Ahh ok, maternity here at the moment, back in November, so I shall be making a dent in this decluttering, it just seems sucha task at the moment, but I know how much better I'll feel once it's done.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 23-Jul-14 09:44:39

Ive done OK but need to purchase some storage big time, and can't quite make myself go storage shopping with 3 dc in 80degree heat...

have looked on amazon but + delivery charges = rather expensive
want a toybox for baby's expanding pile of toys, and 2 under bed boxes <big and shallow as suggested!> for lego bricks and built pieces

also want a narrow but desk height table to fit 2 desk chairs for their bedroom, and keeping an eye for a little nursing chair for what will be baby's room

shitatusernames Wed 23-Jul-14 11:14:16

Not doing so well this morning, mum's got baby so I've hoovered downstairs, dusted etc, just having a coffee then mopping the kitchen floor, which hasn't been done since before the new arrival blush, but no chance to do upstairs as mum is doing lunch (egg and bacon ) baguette so I'm not turning that down lol.

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 23-Jul-14 15:31:05

that sounds ace shit gotta take troops to swim lessons in a bit, am hot and tired bf not fun this hot

JKSLtd Wed 23-Jul-14 19:13:31

Yep did ds1's swimming lesson. Far too hot and stuffy in there.

Passed on big box of girls clothes today.
Friend coming for boys clothes tomorrow.

Failed on charity shop & giving back tuba today though.

shitatusernames Thu 24-Jul-14 10:54:38

Well a morning of not doing much, baby asleep on me, kids are now off but I will pull my finger out tomorrow, got hair cut this arvo which is desperately needed.

Gosh I don't envy you being at swimming in this heat.

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 24-Jul-14 21:07:32

''Tuba'' LOL

bugger all done today smile lovely day though

JKSLtd Fri 25-Jul-14 11:06:48

I know it's a bit randomsmile

Had hordes here yesterday. 6 hrs of kids in the pool and garden. Then one stayed for a sleepover. I went put and left dh in charge. Drank too much and suffering today.
Builders here causing mayhem - fixing damp from last winter.
Did manage to pass on some boys clothes yesterday but got given bag of books.

Lazy day so far all still in pjs.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 25-Jul-14 21:25:26

never stopped today enjoying the sun. brill summer, but v tiring!

slowly trolling through attic selling bits off. 2 more going tomorrow. need storage. dh going bit nuts says he wants to go shopping tomorrow but it's sooo hot to look round shops.

will have a good clean round lounge tomorrow - hoover, straighten rugs, tidy toys, clean surfaces lots of toys toys toys all over the show. also got a bit of ironing to do <sigh> kitchen is a bomb site.

JKSLtd Fri 25-Jul-14 21:40:07

Ditto kitchen bombsite. Every counter covered.
Laundry backing up.
Dw backing up.

Tomorrow I need to get to grips with general stuff.
Then see if I can separate more toys out to pass on.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 26-Jul-14 14:42:48

done 2 loads washing. 2nd load drying on line. paddling pool up out filled. baby fed. lunches eaten. too hot for owt else <sigh>

JKSLtd Sat 26-Jul-14 16:31:54

Agree. Had to do 3 yr old party in sunshine.
Home with tea now.

Lotsof laundry doing. Some artwork recycled <mean mummy>.
Slow going though.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sat 26-Jul-14 18:40:49

ooh I did break open the magnolia mega tin of paint leftovers, stir with a stick and slap some over the dirty marks up the stairs, got a few covered before yelling baby...managed to splurt some on my new converses though sad

still pleased though [hooray face]

BoffinMum Sat 26-Jul-14 23:44:54

Haven't been on for a bit, but I wanted to flag up my eBook is free until about lunchtime tomorrow, if anyone didn't manage to download it for free last time.

Austerity Housekeeping

I am also feeling very virtuous because I have just managed to declutter DH's rust bucket kit car by selling it, after a 17 year campaign. gringringrin I cannot begin to express how delighted I am. (It did 16 miles in 3 years, so legitimate grounds for decluttering, methinks).

BoffinMum Sat 26-Jul-14 23:46:00

Shall I sell his old racer bike as well? <mean wifey emoticon> grin

shitatusernames Sun 27-Jul-14 16:03:12

Ha ha meany!!

Really struggling to get anything done, it really isn't easy when the kids are off and baby wakes everytime I put her down, have managed to start on my wardrobe though.

Haven't even started on dinner yet, at this rate it will be a take away.

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 27-Jul-14 20:38:23

<<wow the baby just rolled himself onto his tummy 1st time>>

I got a bit more of hall repainted wa-hoo
and cleaned lounge. am boy, was it bad...there were mini eggs under the sofa for gods sake <shakes fist at sky> the last time we had mini eggs was easter.
Have bagged up non-selling tripe for charity shop drop tomorrow. re-used a random spare box for baby's toybox negating need to buy another one.
<wondering what baby will do now he's on his tummy>

ChaffinchOfDoom Sun 27-Jul-14 20:40:12

Boffin if he doesn't use the bike...sell it!

I got £20 for my old one grin

h can always buy one from a local fb group for around £50 in the yrs to come if he really wants one

BoffinMum Sun 27-Jul-14 20:57:18

It is actually a specialist one that people collect, by Pat Rohan who apparently was the top bananas when it comes to racing bikes. Apparently.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 28-Jul-14 08:44:02

<sell it!> <sell it!> <sell it!> <<Indiana Jones type rant over a massive hot pit of fire>>

shitatusernames Mon 28-Jul-14 12:46:17

Awww well done mini Chaff on rolling over, mum has kids for a bit, so I'm off to finish my wardrobe then I'm off to mother's, no bacon and egg baguette this time though lol.

meisiemee Tue 29-Jul-14 10:45:55

Day off work but packed DS off to club for a trip. Started the upstairs wardrobes and airing cupboards. Could do with a snooze but can't move in bedrooms for all the stuff!!! Wine o'clock yet...?????confused

shitatusernames Tue 29-Jul-14 21:18:00

Oh me, I feel your pain, I done that the other day lol, it is wine oclock now wine

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 30-Jul-14 09:13:17

bleurgh. I don't like cleaning.