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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...

user1457480085 Thu 10-Mar-16 11:54:32

Love this thread, it's brought Me to mumsnet ... is there a current one please?

Sokmonsta Wed 05-Jun-13 11:29:43

We've decluttered this thread <snort>

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educatingarti Wed 05-Jun-13 10:55:19

Come and join us!

clearsommespace Wed 05-Jun-13 05:25:24

We're all on the new thread called 'm'.

CremeEggThief Tue 04-Jun-13 18:18:36

Two of the four eBay parcels now posted and the two MusicMagpie boxes outside, awaiting courier collection tomorrow morning.

Where are you all? confused

CremeEggThief Tue 04-Jun-13 10:04:04

Right, another four packages for eBay, waiting to be posted; two boxes of CDs and DVDs that Music Magpie are coming for tomorrow; an art kit and lots of spare carrier bags gone to the Nursery, and a bag of 6 or 7 DVDs that Music Magpie didn't want gone to the charity shop. grin

DownsizeAbbi Tue 04-Jun-13 09:35:17

Freecycled another lamp , mirror , cushion , box of plates and bowls which won't fit in new kitchen drawers , and have furniture ready to go to the auction. Making progress . The storage unit costs are a real incentive. People keep asking me why I don't ebay stuff , but firstly I am rather put off by some of the stories I hear about the hassle and secondly I reckon for what I would get it is actually cheaper just to give the stuff away to charity shops before the next storage bill comes in. What I am really dreading is the big box full of photos I know is lurking in there somewhere .
I am guessing ruthless editing and scanning is the way to go

Sokmonsta Mon 03-Jun-13 16:36:12

Nope. Back to school tomorrow. Need to rummage out a swim kit for dd too. Heck knows where I put her swim hat when I bought it lol.

LimeLeaffLizard Mon 03-Jun-13 10:31:18

Hey, sok, back to school today and a chance to tidy up a bit?

All I managed to clear out over the weekend was my underwear drawer! At least I can close it now.

Off to find and mark my place on new M thread!

Sokmonsta Mon 03-Jun-13 06:10:04

I officially hate half term and my mother's ever weirder ideas of suitable birthday presents. Why ask if my suggestions are ignored.

So dd came back from holiday with the grandparents. They gave her a money box, because it went with the pirate theme of her birthday. Despite the fact that a) it was just a convenient unisex theme dd was not particularly bothered about and b) (most important) I culled the DC's money boxes from 5 in dd's case to 2. And now we've got another of the feckers. That doesn't include the silver christening ones they were given which reside in the loft. <ponders the china ones falling off the bookshelf>.

She also came back with the usual holiday tat and a love of moshi monsters. I can cope with those as most of the tat is consumable small stuff - bubbles, pens etc.

Decluttering going badly. Boxes piling up full of tat. Am very tempted to do a blitz this week and take to charity shops before resuming the next car boot stock. I need to make some headway.

educatingarti Sun 02-Jun-13 15:47:04

P.S - I'm starting a new thread entitled "m". It's the most minimal title I could think of!!

educatingarti Sun 02-Jun-13 15:45:50

Just spent a couple of hours going through my wardrobe! I really thought I wasn't too bad at keeping on top of clothes and regularly getting rid of stuff. That hasn't stopped me from identifying 16 items for the chazzer and a few bits and pieces for rag recycling blush . And this is without being very ruthless! I've kept the 4 pairs of trousers that are currently too small because I am ( yes I really am ) going to lose more weight and some "not sures".

Still it is nice to have things very tidy and organised. Like things are hanging with like etc and drawers are opening and closing easily!

At some point I need to have a more detailed "what exactly can i wear with what" sort out and maybe a few more things will go at that point.

Anyway - it's the biggest amount of decluttering I've done for ages!

Must go and eat - random "decluttered things" from freezer will be heated up!

LimeLeaffLizard Sat 01-Jun-13 23:37:45

Also hoping we will have a new thread when this one is full!

LimeLeaffLizard Sat 01-Jun-13 23:36:54

Evening everyone, and welcome to de-lurkers!

alark I really also relate to the struggle to fit in time to declutter into a busy daily life. It was half term this last week and I've done very little. But from the rest of your post it sounds like you've made good progress!

It is DS2's birthday soon and he's having a party, so I expect he'll be given presents from all his little friends. With this in mind I need to have a bit of a clear out / tidy up to create some space. I've already had a chat with him about presents, and said that if he is given something he doesn't want, he could be kind and give it to charity.

I took him with me when I did a charity shop run today (finally managed to take the box kitchen stuff). I'm hoping that him seeing me donate my stuff will rub off on him, but I don't want to traumatise him by forcing him to give his toys away. I'll have to see how he responds - will let you know!

alarkthatcouldpray Sat 01-Jun-13 21:37:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

educatingarti Sat 01-Jun-13 18:19:54

Evening everyone - welcome to bumble and cq and any other de-lurkers.

So - having felt really enthusiastic about de-cluttering clothes this weekend, I'm experiencing a reluctance to start! Does anyone else find this?

I will do it though!

Just off to make myself a cup of Earl Grey first!

I need to look at my list of "ins" and "outs" and put down my most recent purchases in an effort to motivate myself!!

CremeEggThief Sat 01-Jun-13 18:11:50

Only two of us, so usually only do four or five loads a week, but sounds like a good side-effect, BeCool smile.

I de-cluttered some leaflets and took a jug, four tumblers and five fridge magnets to the charity shop. Then I went to do some measuring and to check what we will need to get when we move into our new house. I went around, room by room, giving each room its own page. I chucked a manky mop and bucket and an even mankier toilet brush (I absolutely hate them and never have them in the house!) and the 'To let' sign, loads of circulars and leaflets, a cutlery tray and two loo rolls (no paper left) all went in the recycling bin.

I also sent all the post that had accumulated for previous occupants back, so not bad going for an hour and a half.

BeCool Sat 01-Jun-13 17:08:55

I'm experiencing an unexpected but welcome side effect from decluttering - LESS WASHING!!

I don't know how this has happened - less clothes in wardrobes shouldn't really mean we are wearing less clothes, but I'm currently running at about 60% of the loads I was doing just a few months ago.

Maybe it's down to change of season but we are still wearing lots of layers.

Anyone else found this?

bumblebeader Sat 01-Jun-13 14:46:46

Hi Ladies! Can I join you? I've been reading this rather long post over the past couple of days and want to join. I have been doing what I thought was ruthless decluttering but after reading all of your posts have decided I haven't been ruthless enough. I too have the ebay boxes which are messing with my head as well as a husband who thinks things may be useful so we'll just put it in the loft. hmm So right now I'm starting in my den/craft room/dumping room and having a go at one cube at a time. I've got a tip pile, a charity pile and an ebay pile. New ebay rule for me: I'll list on free listings, relist on the second free listing and if it doesn't sell then it's going to charity.

Looking forward to tips, hints, ideas and updates.

SlightlyItchyBraStrap Sat 01-Jun-13 13:14:21

I have been lurking too.

Today I organized my pantry-- it has stupid deep shelves, so you can't really put a lot of things in the back that you might want to access.

From the top:

Shelf 1 - disposable pans, paper towels
Shelf 2 - plastic shoebox of snacks in front, large container of nuts/dried fruit behind
Shelf 3 - oils, vinegars & spreads on a lazy Susan
Shelf 4 - plastic shoebox of breakfast stuff in front (honey, slivered almonds, chia, coffee, raisins, sultanas....), bread box behind
Shelf 5 - 3 tall cereal containers in front, extra boxes of cereal behind (I was very proud of this lightbulb moment, the extra cereal previously lived in an entirely different cupboard!)
Shelf 5 - more plastic shoeboxes, containing dh's water bottle collection. He actually got rid of 3, of his own accord, during the reorganization.

All shelves have been labeled :-) The boxes/containers in front are all easy to pull out, so you can access things behind quite easily.

Tomorrow i am going to chuck a bunch of ds1's toys in the garage since he really only plays with his Lego, cars, puzzles and drawing things. This will make our living space a lot less cluttered. Not getting rid of them as ds2 will be born any minute (literally!) and we really do have the space in the garage (god I sound like such an excuse-maker!)

What is working for me is:
1. focus on one tiny area at a time.
2. work with what I have - old jars & cardboard boxes as space dividers means the space gets organized NOW rather than waiting until some mystical ikea-infused future.

fromwesttoeast Sat 01-Jun-13 11:35:12

Hi, I have been lurking on this thread and found it very motivating. My house is not too bad as I have always had a less is more mindset, however it is a constant work in progress.
I think the hardest thing is finding time to declutter on top of all the usual daily work that needs doing. Reading here helps keep things ticking along slowly but surely.
DH is slowly coming round to the idea that rooms look better without his piles of paperwork on display!

MrsPennyapple Sat 01-Jun-13 09:00:40

Welcome cq, moving house is always a great motivator to declutter, especially if you are moving somewhere smaller or with less storage. You can get rid of an awful lot in a month smile

Good luck with the paperwork, you're not alone in struggling with that.

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