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Less than 3 months to go! It's the DECLUTTERING FOR CHRISTMAS thread...

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fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 08:35:05

My house is a state! I am absolutely determined to declutter in time for Xmas this year. I have never managed it before blush

My main wants are:

- to clear out our tiny kitchen (it's a galley style, so small you can barely swing an atom let alone a cat!) so that cooking is less stressful and we will be more likely to do festive baking etc - another thing I've never managed to do...

- to do a massive sweep of all DCs toys, books and clothes. They have WAY too many, and especially with toys it means that new things don't really get appreciated because they get lost among everything else.

- to completely sort out our living room so it actually looks nice when decorated and there is room to play.

I am unable to do much ATM because I'm not very well, but this could be a long term thing so I don't want to just leave it - I want to do a tiny bit every day. Yesterday I collected a laundry bin full of recycling stuff - mostly pieces from some orchard toys games - some of which due to clutter have never really even been played with properly blush

I can't be the only one who needs to declutter for Xmas - who's with me?

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:35:09

CD boxes sounds good.

I nearly threw out a big wooden cabinet - about 3ft wide, 3ft6 tall, last week, but then realised it held our roughly 300 DVDs perfectly. So it's found a place in the living room - they were all over the floor and on open shelving before and it's really solved a problem as I hated the thought of buying a special Chipboard CD cabinet from Argos!

Sometimes moving things around you realise you've got what you needed all along.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:36:36

Oh MBL. Well never mind. I am sure it will work out for the best smile

You are on the right track I think (not that I know what I'm doing!) because your living space ought to be defined by the things you USE - ie your desks - and your way of life, not the other way round. iyswim.

So keep things you use and get rid of the other stuff, and it will work out.

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:36:38

'seasonal, specialist and sentimental'

I like this!

Probably doesn't cover TWO spare monitors? Just remembered another. blush

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:38:58

Ed We are supposed to be moving to somewhere bigger, but househunt has gone on so long adn we are changing our minds so much that I've stopped waiting for things to resolve IYSWIM. I'd rather live like a normal person now!

It doesn't feel too bad actually, I quite like the idea of arriving in a bigger place with minimal stuff and then very slowly buying furnishings we really like, rather than just filling a bigger space with our existing junk!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 30-Sep-12 10:40:06

Oh, and for people wanting to sell things, have you tried local FB selling groups? Much like car boot sales, people buy anything and everything on them. Even if it's for a few quid, it's out of your house!

Flisspaps Sun 30-Sep-12 10:40:44

EdMc have you tried Freegle/Freecycle for shifting the prams?

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:41:12

Yes MBL I understand what you mean, and it is lovely having less stuff. I feel great when I can chuck something out AND not feel guilty or conflicted about it.

Trouble is this takes a long time to accomplish!

MadBusLady Sun 30-Sep-12 10:42:09

Tis never-ending.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:43:11

Fliss, thankyou, but no, I haven't - but that's my fault because I want to keep them! They are great, nice condition, but just unusual makes that no one on ebay has heard of iyswim - or I know they go for pennies on there.

So I'd like to give them to friends or family, but not just give them away - I'm going to wait till I've had this baby and see what we end up using the most, and then gradually dispose of the others.

Going to be difficult to let them go - I've had about 60 prams/pushchairs, I am a bit of a freak blush

Meglet Sun 30-Sep-12 10:44:55

Same here. I refused to make breakfast today until the downstairs toys were all cleared upstairs. We can see the rug now! <<punches air>>.

Essentially we have reached breaking point, small house + 2 young dc's = too much stuff. There is no more storage space. I need to chip away at the clutter bit by bit with some e-baying and face-baying.

brightermornings Sun 30-Sep-12 10:46:51

I need to join in. This week I've put (amongst others) 3 tops I've bought and never worn!!
My problem is I have piles of stuff that I will eBay.
6 months later it's still gathering dust.
Today's job is dd's wardrobe it's jam packed full and most of it is never worn. Also need to sort out old uniform which I can donate to school.

My dc's are older now so there won't be loads of toys coming in.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 10:53:23

small house + 2 young dc's = too much stuff

Yes that pretty much sums us up! Add in hoarding tendencies and you've got a flipping disaster zone!

It doesn't help that my hoarder parents are selling my big childhood home (they are getting divorced) and keep showing up with boxes of stuff to sort through. There's been the odd thing that I have been happy to see but most of it has gone straight to the tip.

We've done a lot of ebaying over the last year and have done pretty well but TBH right now I can't be arsed. We've kept back a few things to try in the run up to Xmas but mostly I am just desperate for SPACE now. Crucially we have agreed to get rid of pretty much everything that doesn't sell by Xmas apart from a few things that we know are valuable.

EdMcDunnough Sun 30-Sep-12 10:58:01

Ebay is such hard work, as a seller. Every time I do a run of things, I end up with some numpty buyer who makes life stressful.

Then I don't want to do any more!

Meglet Sun 30-Sep-12 11:36:22

yes, I blow hot and cold with e-bay and can go weeks without touching it. Although I've started pricing items from £1.50 instead of the dreaded 99p and they still sell. The slightly improved profit margin seems to make it more bearable.

I'm in, with dc3 due dec 16th I want a sorted house. We don't have a huge amount of clutter but more than I'm happy with. I have just gone through my wardrobe and sorted a 'sell' pile and a 'in the lift until I no longer look like I swallowed a baby hippo' pile. I shall go through dcs rooms when they go to their dads next weekend.

I need to remove all the decorating stuff piled on the landing left over from the nursery. And reorganise the kitchen to put more stuff away in cupboards.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 13:34:08

SIL has just disappeared to the tip with a car full of our random crap! Our outbuilding cupboard thing is now basically empty but isn't it depressing how little difference it seems to make in the grand scheme of clutter things?!? Or is that just our house blush

Well done fuzzpig. I'm starting upstairs and working my way down, although I have done an initial tidy of the kitchen as I couldn't put the decorating stuff anywhere (on route to the shed).

Just having lunch in the middle of a bathroom declutter!

sagelynodding Sun 30-Sep-12 16:18:28

No, you're right fuzzpig! In the grand scheme of clutter doing one thing makes no difference!! But when eventually it is all done think of the space!

I did go through all my books and managed to put about half of them into boxes to give away, but I can't face the kids' book--pile--shelf today. Maybe ruthless decluttering is best without small people getting out everything that I put away!

Lexilicious Sun 30-Sep-12 16:39:01

Today I have...

Sorted through a carrier bag of pens and pencils and saved only those which work. I have put all our finance and insurance files into the 'office' space in the spare bedroom, and got all my stationery and training course files there too. Putting a job on the major to do list of fitting some racking shelves there, but for now the files are in heaps on the floor. But at least in the right room!!

I found that the u-bend trap under the kitchen sink had been leaking, not for too long I think, but fixing that made me take out all the cleaning products and put them into one of those plastic fold-collapsing storage boxes, and all the brushes, dyson attachments etc in another. Which leads to a second rack shelving job in the kitchen. Also sorted out my jam jar collection, came clean with myself that I am not likely to make that much jam/chutney this year, and will free-cycle half of them.

DH brought upstairs all the pictures we own, and we have discussed which walls to hang them on. He also put up in the loft a stair gate, cot mattress and a dismantled changing table that we won't need for a year at least. I nearly had a bag of cot-sized bedding ready to go up but can't find an appropriate box/bag.

Found and have been ruthless with little bits and bobs of tat squirrelled away in bedroom/office. About to attack the two stacking boxes of toiletries and when DS has had his tea, we will be ruthless with his toys - have been getting him used to the idea of this for a few days so he shouldn't be upset. And he bought a shopping basket of play food from John Lewis yesterday with his own money, so he knows that he now has to get rid of other things.

A Good Day here. Well done to everyone who has started attacking the problem!

brightermornings Sun 30-Sep-12 16:48:38

Dd's wardrobe is tidy and you can fit stuff it!!
I've got 2 piles one to eBay and one which I'm going to get weighed in.
I feel like my head is clearer grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 30-Sep-12 16:58:29

I'm in. Was seriously stressed over the clutter leading upto Christmas last year and know I need to start now. Have made a start, one bag of clothes went to a jumble sale yesterday.

ratbagcatbag Sun 30-Sep-12 17:01:17

I'm in, I've got soooooo much paperwork lying around that needs shredding, th only problem is DH is a total hoarder, although to be air, he does store it all in the loft boxed neatly, I have also bribed DSS saying anything he sells (he's 14) he can have the money smile that's resulted in a massive tidy up. Just need to get off from mumsnet and start.

fuzzpig Sun 30-Sep-12 17:14:49

Everyone is doing well, very inspiring!

I'm done for today. The illness I have (or at least what I'm expecting to be diagnosed with in Nov) is chronic fatigue syndrome so I have to be really careful about overdoing it or I will suffer next week (and as DH is still recovering from surgery, I am also doing all school runs, general housework etc).

But - and now this might sound a bit hmm - for us, half the decluttering actually happens in my mind. Because we are both hoarders, we have to mentally get to the place where we can bear to part with stuff.

Like those games I mentioned in my OP - SO many times I have gone round trying to find all the pieces, got upset when I couldn't find them all or they were damaged... and I didn't want them to go to waste. But something has clicked with me recently, and I decided 'fuck it' grin it's more of a waste to have them cluttering up the place and getting in the way of stuff, right? I was also very brave and sought out all the board books as our youngest is 3 so is a bit old. Many tatty ones gone to Recycling but some kept back for charity.

Had a lovely day with SIL and her GF came too which was really nice, they also totally spoilt the DCs with some nice crafty bits, which reminds me I need to sort out all their arty stuff somehow! It is so disorganised and I can never find anything we need so I often end up saying no when they want to do messy arty activities. I would love to gather it all together and then work out if I could get them any extras for Xmas.

popsypie Sun 30-Sep-12 17:22:55

I'm in! I have been sneaking stuff out of dds rooms to sell on Ebay sorting through the dds' toys for most of the day. I want their rooms to start looking cosy and classy, not like a ToysRUs storecupboard.

I also want my lounge to be a lovely clear from crap grown up room when we bring the tree home this year! I usually end up shoving all the crap in the spare room, but I am determined to sort through it before then this year.

Our problem - I am ashamed to admit - is we have TOO MUCH STUFF! So I hoping this clear out will make me think twice about buying more. A bit like the way the pain of dieting makes you think twice before having another biscuit. Actually I am rubbish at that too!

wheredidiputit Sun 30-Sep-12 17:26:55

I'm in today we put all the summer bits (deckchairs/teepee) in the loft. Made Asked DH to take some cardboard boxes/rubbish to the tip.

Last week I started in the kitchen last week so that half done. I've tidied the dinning room and sent a large bag of jigsaw puzzles to DD's school.

This week I'm planning

Monday - DD1 tip bedroom. I need to sort bits to charity shop/school. She is a bit of a clutter bug and drives me mad.

Tuesday - DD2 & DS room they will be much easier as they don't seem to attract rubbish.

Wednesday - Upstairs hallway and bathroom.

Thursday - Downstairs hallway and Bathroom.

Friday - Front room/dinning room and Kitchen.

Then next week I will do our bedroom which will Probably take a couple of days as I want to completely gut the whole room, and it hasn't been done a good couple of years.

This will be on top of the normal cooking and cleaning I will be doing.

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