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educatingarti Sun 02-Jun-13 15:47:55

This is the new minimalist/decluttering thread! I hope everyone likes the minimal title!

clearsommespace Sun 02-Jun-13 16:56:56

I do!

ArtemisatBrauron Sun 02-Jun-13 18:00:24

hello! I have listed several more items on eBay today and we are clearing out the chests of drawers in spare room and bedroom so they can be picked up by a local charity. Feeling very much on a roll with this, although because we are trying to recycle things/give them to scrap stores etc there are still things in the house that need to go, but DH has promised to bring them all this Thursday after the charity come to take away the furniture.

bessie26 Sun 02-Jun-13 19:52:05


alarkthatcouldpray Sun 02-Jun-13 20:45:43

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SlatternismyMiddlename Sun 02-Jun-13 21:40:35

I'm scared of minimalism, but did laugh at the title.

MrsPennyapple Sun 02-Jun-13 21:45:36

Love the thread title, and I was just thinking we needed a new thread, thanks for starting it arti

Now I need to declutter something, so that I can feel like a valid contibutor smile

Sokmonsta Mon 03-Jun-13 05:57:02

Loving the title smile

MyPreciousRing Mon 03-Jun-13 06:15:46

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mnistooaddictive Mon 03-Jun-13 08:26:32

I have a pile of about 10 old towels. This seems excessive but we use them when people come to stay and on holiday so I am struggling to justify getting rid of them. Aahh! Why is it so hard?

BreakOutTheKaraoke Mon 03-Jun-13 08:47:43

Hello! I read all of the last thread, but thought I would wait for a shiny clean one to start posting. Today I am going to be decluttering two pairs of shoes that have sold on ebay.

Really want to get this place clutter free, but also need to make some money, so need to get scheduling listings ready. Going to plan in a car boot for later this month too. It's free listings this weekend coming for anyone else who ebays.

I don't really have a problem with the paperwork side of clutter, I'm quite good at regular filing, and throwing away of junk. Mines more the random piles, putting stuff where it shouldn't be, mugs are a downfall of mine too! But I want nice things now, not lots of things in my house, so time to get sorted.

educatingarti Mon 03-Jun-13 10:12:55

Morning all! Welcome to Karaoke, Slattern and Bessie.
Well I think that sorting out two bags of clothes for the chazzer yesterday has really lifted my spirits. ( Or is it the fact that the sun is shining?) I'm hoping to find some time today to walk to the chazzer at the end of my road <convenient> and drop the stuff off.

Slattern I'm scared of minimalism too but I'm using this thread to focus on decluttering down to things I love or use - not on actually being minimalist. I felt quite shocked yesterday when I got most of my clothes out in piles onto my bed and saw just how much "stuff" I had got. I think decluttering and being on this thread is actually helping me to enjoy the stuff I have much more and realise that I just don't actually need some things. I don't want a home that "looks" minimalist though and I don't feel any pressure on this thread to go for that!

I have really got to work seriously this week today. However as I seem to be on a bit of a decluttering roll (is that bit like a saussage roll?), I'm going to try and find some time to do at least a bit of this today too even if it is just tidying rather than proper decluttering

Off to make a start on my work desk!

LimeLeaffLizard Mon 03-Jun-13 10:33:08

Thanks for the new thread Arti!

Welcome Karaoke, Slattern and Bessie!

hobnob57 Mon 03-Jun-13 10:40:06

Feeling overwhelmed again today. Kids off school, absolutely beautiful day, but lost my rag before 10am and threatened to abandon all plans. A lot to do with ds going through separation anxiety and screeching if I turn my face away from him, so normal tidying and pottering around is at a minimum. So clutter has got the better of me and I feel like I am drowning. Kids destpatched to do some tidying whilst I calm down. I'm in awe of Sokmonsta who manages to be productive with so many kiddos. I feel paralysed by mine. Eldest is an attention seeker who is always asking a gazillion questions and trying to plan the day infinite detail to her advantage before your brain has had a chance to catch up. Middle is going through boundary pushing stage and doing naughty stuff deliberately and then lying about it. And youngest is discovering the power of screeching. It's ok if I stay on the sofa...

educatingarti Mon 03-Jun-13 10:50:15

Hobnob - sorry things are so tough today! Hang on in there!

cq Mon 03-Jun-13 13:53:44

Found you!

Inspired by the last thread I have taken 4 bags of stuff to Oxfam this morning. Including 2 of DS's outgrown Abercrombie things which I briefly considered Ebaying - and then remembered the wisdom on here and stuffed them in the bag.

Kids back at school now so can have a serious blitz of the linen cupboard today without having to pause for lunch/taxi/revision aid duties.

Sunshine definitely helps the clearing out mood grin

BeCool Mon 03-Jun-13 14:30:52

Jumping on new thread! Loving the m ......................

hobnob my 2 yo is louder that I would ever possibly have imagined when she feels the 'need'. I swear she was born with a built in microphone (but gee that would be from my side of the family blush)

educatingarti Mon 03-Jun-13 16:17:40

Ha! " bags of clothes out of house and taken to chazzer. It feels soooo good to have got it actually out of the house!

Have also decluttered some paperwork from one of my student's files. ( I have a magazine style file for each student - most of them are bursting at the seams with stuff and need re-sorting to see how much is still relevant).

Fridge freezer has been taken for compressor to be replaced and the kitchen is therefore quite a tip full of fridge drawers and rather dead looking vegetables! I need to have the space where ff was, cleaned before it goes back in tomorrow ( how on earth does so much dust accumulate?) So currently also decluttering dust bunnies from kitchen!

Hope you are all having a good day with at least a bit of decluttering!

Sokmonsta Mon 03-Jun-13 16:49:57

<snorts at hobnob and thinks hobs could have done with seeing us yesterday. I would have done a fish wife proud!>

I'm like a duck. Gliding along on top. Paddling furiously underneath.

hobnob57 Mon 03-Jun-13 16:59:18

..and the bloody child won't sleep and has just screeched through a physio appointment.

But I did go to the dump and empty the boot, and visit specsavers with my old specs so I can say I've done something today. But the kids are avoiding me. And ds still won't let me put any washing away. I must have 5-6 loads decorating the dining room.

Sokmonsta Mon 03-Jun-13 17:03:00

Oh hobs. I can sympathise. Jen has been ill and only I am good enough, or uncle Chris, who adores her but alas does not live with us.

I have a king sized bed I think. I'm not sure with all the clothes to be out away on it (currently working way through to sort school kit for tomorrow).

alarkthatcouldpray Mon 03-Jun-13 21:02:11

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IWillDoItInAMinute Mon 03-Jun-13 21:04:09

Fab title !!

Hoping to start sorting through 6 years of -rubbish- family clutter grin

Will lurk

BoffinMum Mon 03-Jun-13 21:07:58

grin at title!

BoffinMum Mon 03-Jun-13 21:08:54

I have had to go HARD CORE.

I am currently sorting through 100 years, that's 100 years of clutter from DH's family.

I may be some time.

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