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Out with the old and in with - NOTHING! Further adventures in minimalism.

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MrsPennyapple Fri 12-Apr-13 21:34:59

Following on from the Minimalist Journey and Minimalist Quiche threads. The journey continues...

ArtemisatBrauron Fri 12-Apr-13 21:40:15

woo-hoo! Glad there's another one smile just scanned in c.250 old photos and have about 1000 to go, am planning to bin the hard copies but husband wants to look through them one last time, they will be out before the weekend is over though!

LemonBreeland Fri 12-Apr-13 22:23:37

Third thread amazing!

I took two black sacks to the dump today and a large ikea bag of clothes to cash for clothes. Still don't feel like I'm getting very far but I am trying to be happy about what is happening.

LimeLeaffLizard Fri 12-Apr-13 22:43:59

Hoping this thread will keep me on track in my mission to sort out the mountains of Stuff in our house. So far I have taken two bags of toddler shoes to the recycle point, given a bag of good quality toddler clothes for a friend's baby, and taken a bag of unwanted new-ish toys to oxfam.

Did you know that H&M are now giving a voucher for £5 off a spend of £30 if you bring in a bag of used old clothes? I'm planning to do that next time I'm in town.

MrsPennyapple Fri 12-Apr-13 22:48:49

Today, I did something so obvious that I'm stunned and ashamed that I hadn't thought of it before now. Like, proper beginner stuff. I went onto my online banking and changed my bank statements to online only. Why on earth I didn't do this years ago I have no idea. No more chucking unopened bank statements at the bottom of the stairs and then filing four or five at a time! I have two accounts of my own plus two joint ones with DP. That's a lot of statements.

BeCool Fri 12-Apr-13 23:06:01

Love the thread title! Hello.
Day out in London today. Big boat ride up to. O2, cable car, run around and handstands in turbine hall of the Tate. The kids had fun too grin. We dodged the showers and saw a rainbow - awwwe!

So no decluttering. Attacking clothes and bedroom on Sunday. It was lovely to come home to a relatively tidy flat, kitchen clean and clear and ready to cook dinner in <<preens>>.
Loving sorting all this crap in my life out.

BeCool Fri 12-Apr-13 23:06:57

MrsP I did that about 4 months ago. It's fab! Why not 4 years ago?

Ponderosa Fri 12-Apr-13 23:22:29

Marking place!

Today I've put a few more boxes and bags aside for the charity shop including some things I wasn't even considering chucking this morning. Toddler DS is off to DMIL's in the morning so hope to get some more stuff in bags and take it to the shop.

Teddimac Fri 12-Apr-13 23:45:40

Evening all - ooh, lovely new thread! Despite doing very little over the hols, I feel all the work so far is starting to show. I still need to do a big sort out of the kids' toys but now have the majority of them all neatly stacked in my room (it's the loft room, so they're tucked out of sight under the eaves for just now) ready to go through a bit at a time as soon as the DC are back at school.

I am also very proud to report that today I recycled ........ four white vests! Baby steps and all that grin. I did have six shock despite the fact that I really don't wear or suit white clothes and the majority were looking sad, grey and mis-shapen... I also reluctantly chucked a pair of Fitflop boots - they were flipping expensive and I loved them, but they were looking very sorry for themselves and starting to let in water after a good five years of use, so feels good to have put them out of their misery. Better be some bl**dy sunshine now!!!

Mum2Fergus Sat 13-Apr-13 08:20:28

Morning all! Now Im settled in new house, time to get through all the stuff that came with me unmecessarily!! Loft floored but have resisted temptation to throw everything up there lol clearing through Xmas/Halloween decorations today then they can go up. Bathroom will be finished today so storage boxes in there are next on the agenda!!

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 13-Apr-13 08:25:39

Hello - have just seen the title of this and felt inspired to wonder in <after tripping over everything on the floor> top tips please smile

MrsPennyapple Sat 13-Apr-13 09:00:27

Welcome Loves!

Top tips: little and often works well if you can't have a big decluttering session. I just have one carrier bag on the go at a time, and put items in as I come across them. It goes to the charity shop once it's full.

Some of us have had success just getting rid of one item a day, or setting targets for, say, ten items.

Most of us have found that once you get started, the sense of freedom from all this STUFF spurs you on, it's amazing.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 13-Apr-13 09:08:49

That's what I need. There is stuff everywhere. Old clothes I need to sell/get rid off, toys in every room and overflowing sad

MrsPennyapple Sat 13-Apr-13 09:18:43

Don't let it get you down. It's often overwhelming thinking about it all. If you can break it down into smaller tasks it might not seem so daunting. Just choose one pile or one corner and get started. You don't have to do it all today. Even if you can take one bag to the charity shop, that's a bag of stuff GONE. No longer taking up space and weighing you down.

ArtemisatBrauron Sat 13-Apr-13 17:53:42

7 items in bag for charity shop (never worn shoes blush, pestle and mortar (we have 2!), 2 lovely but huge and cluttery photo albums, a naice scarf, some more clothes). That's not from a clear-out but just from tidying up and cleaning today.
I actually downsized a HUGE amount when we moved here (15 bin bags of clothes, shoes, sold £500 worth of stuff on eBay, about 200 books to charity, giant suitcase of craft supplies to local scrap store etc) but there is still a LONG way to go!.

LemonBreeland Sat 13-Apr-13 20:17:05

I've had a lovely day out with friends today so no decluttering. However as my house is now tidier and less cluttered I can properly enjoy a day out rather than worrying about what I should be doing at home.

A friend of mine was joking with me the other day about whether I have anything left in my house as she sees all the stuff selling on fb. However after discussing my plans with her I cam to a realisation that there is stuff I'm keeping in cupboards just because we have the space. If we moved house I know ai wouldn't take it so why is it there. I fel a ruthless clearout coming on.

LemonBreeland Sat 13-Apr-13 20:18:22

And welcome loves you can start small and still see a difference.

Ponderosa Sat 13-Apr-13 21:44:21

Well I've taken most of my 'china' cabinet down the chazzer today along with some bags, books, clothes and toys. I even got helped to inload the car and carry it in by two lovely policemen - bonus!

I couldn't decide over one particular bag that I love but has a broken handle that I couldn't repair. Every time I opened the wardrobe I saw it and agonised over what to do. At the last minute I grabbed it and added it to the pile. Now it's gone I feel much better - like I've got rid of the heavy feelings around the decision as well as the bag. I know they might not even sell it as it's broken but I don't care. I don't normally give them broken stuff btw but it was leather and in otherwise great condition so I thought it might be ok.

I've also cleared the bathroom out and cleaned it and feel do much better about life for it. We have no storage at all except the bathroom cabinet so I've got bottles all along the windowsill and it drives me nuts and makes cleaning quickly impossible. Not sure what the solution to that is really.

wendybird77 Sat 13-Apr-13 22:10:40

Ponderosa do you have space for a narrow set of drawers or shelves hung on a wall or above the door frame? What about bottles in nice baskets on the window sill - easier to move and looks nicer and more contained? How many bottles do you have / need? Can any of them be decluttered? (saddo me loves a small space storage problem on a Saturday night)

I have decluttered nothing today. I did however show up for a child's birthday party a full 24 hours early. See? I told you decluttering would help you with time management! grin

BeCool Sat 13-Apr-13 22:18:30

Ponderosa. Have you seen these no fixing requirers. I've seen similar used very effectively at end of the bath.

Well done those selling on eBay. I had a huge stash to sell but never got going (though I've done it in the past). So it all went to charity shops. Gone on a flash - some things I'd held onto for years. Priceless!

wendybird77 Sat 13-Apr-13 22:34:17

Loves best tip is that ever popular quote about don't keep anything that you don't believe to be beautiful or know to be useful. Start with one room / category and be ruthless - the massive difference it will make to the room will inspire you to keep going. Don't keep stuff to sell / ebay / carboot unless 1) you will actually do it - give yourself a deadline and 2) it will earn an amount of money that is worth the effort. Generally you need to get stuff out of the house immediately or it finds its way back into circulation. If in doubt I chuck it, but I'm mean like that. Some people will tell you to put it in a box for 6 months, if you don't miss it just donate the box without opening it. Really though it is about changing your attitude about what is valuable. The money spent on an item is gone - so getting rid of something because it would be a waste is incorrect - the money was wasted at point of purchase. You don't have to keep stuff around that was given to you - the gift giver never wanted the item to cause you stress and anxiety by contributing to an over-full house. If it isn't useful to you let it go, someone will find it useful and you are being greedy by denying the item purposeful use - a bit of stretch, but you get the whole release it to it's destiny thing there? Don't keep all your DCs stuff for when they are older - houses are only getting smaller and more expensive and no one wants boxes and boxes of old papers / sculptures / baby clothes to have to store. Keep a few truly special things, photograph the less spectacular and chuck the rest of it. Lastly, you probably have far too many clothes - stuff you don't wear because it doesn't fit right, is uncomfortable in some way or doesn't fit with who you are now (either because you have moved out of that stage of life or because you have purchased aspirational clothes that don't fit with your lifestyle, say, ahem, several sweater poncho things that you don't wear because you can't wear a coat over it / use your arms to carry crying babies on your hip without the sleeve being up your armpit in a most uncomfortable manner, ahem). Anyway, you can get rid of them. Should you ever need such a poncho item, you can buy a new one at the shops or off ebay when the time is right. Life is much easier with fewer clothes that don't need washing / ironing / moving about the house / sorting through / refolding / hanging up / etc.

Those a few choice bits of wisdom from my journey / learning so far. Perhaps some of it will strike a chord. Disregard the rest grin.

AdoraBell Sat 13-Apr-13 22:41:05

Nothing else removed today, but OH and DDs did get rid if the recycling.
Don't know what I'll get done this weekend as both OH and I have obligatory cold that comes with Back To School season (we're Southern Hemisphere so it's all back to front). OH is currently asleep and I'm watching a pot of bolognaise simmer. CBA stirring it

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 13-Apr-13 22:51:45

Thank you all. wendybird77 your post has really spoken to me so much of that is true.

I have started small but not in the house (does it still count?) I've starting by clearing inside the car. Every time I get in it, every time I put the the kids in the back or get them out, I see it. The bits and bobs, the spare hat, the floor from out stupid Stoney drive.

sommewhereelse Sun 14-Apr-13 07:24:13

Car sounds like a good place to start. Now you can fill it up with stuff to take to the charity shop/recycling.
We rented a house with a gravel drive. It drove me crazy, the hallway was always full of the stuff.

Sokmonsta Sun 14-Apr-13 07:48:33

<wanders in, admires the space. Eyes up pile of clutter in corner>

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