I just found out how tidy people keep tidy!!!!!

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MrsBobDylan Mon 25-Oct-21 20:37:01

I have not felt this excited since I discovered sanitary towels can prevent new boot blisters.

You had better sit down.

Tidy people have less stuff. That's how they stay tidy.

No one bothered to tell me this life changing information. Bastards.

We are downsizing to a flat from a four bed house with a garage. I reckon I have donated/taken to the tip, at least half of the contents of our house.

We didn't need all that shit. I don't think I liked most of it.

Turns out, two mixing bowls is fine, 3 pans, 10 mugs, one duvet cover/pillowcase for each bed, no spare bedding for guests since they can bring their own, 6 bath towels, one coat each, three pairs of shoes each...I could go on.

Since decanting half of my house, it is lovely and tidy. I move a few things from room to room each day and clear the kitchen at the end of day. All manageable. I even have time for a nap on the sofa fgs.

Now my cupboards are not filled to the brim, I can PUT THINGS IN THEM.

The easiest and most satisfying clear out, was the knick knack cull. Photo frame we got for our wedding? Gone. Glass vase from my Uncle Harry? Gone. Mini collection of ornamental owls? Get in there!

It is easier to clean a house with less stuff in it. Surfaces get a quick wipe, floors are mopped without have to slalom round tables, chairs and plant stands.

If you have a friend who feels overwhelmed by keeping house, please pass this on.

You're welcome <faints from genius exhaustion>

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Chicchicchicchiclana Mon 25-Oct-21 20:38:34

You didn't know that having less stuff makes it easier to be tidy?

Really?!!!!????

WaltzingBetty Mon 25-Oct-21 20:38:38

Thus is helpful. But what's the sanitary towel boot tip please??

DramaAlpaca Mon 25-Oct-21 20:40:02

Hang on... I know how to keep tidy, but what's that tip about boots and blisters??

Sleepinghyena Mon 25-Oct-21 20:40:12

No spare bedding???

MargotEmin Mon 25-Oct-21 20:40:52

Err your guests need bedding, bringing your own is not a thing!

Otherwise though, I'm delighted for you grin

TheFoundations Mon 25-Oct-21 20:42:39

I think you'll regret it when it comes to the ornamental owls. I'd be lost without mine.

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minniemoll Mon 25-Oct-21 20:43:01

You want your guests to bring their own bedding????

I can't see you having many guests, somehow....

olivehater Mon 25-Oct-21 20:43:39

We have no spare bedding. We bimble along just fine. Only occasionally end up sleeping in a sleeping bag because the sheets aren’t dry!

Total clothes hoarder though. But I still wear things from ten years ago happily so don’t think I can change that.

stairgates Mon 25-Oct-21 20:43:40

And you have to be ruthless in your cullgrin literally get rid of everything you can!

thelegohooverer Mon 25-Oct-21 20:43:51

Yup. I spent years thinking I needed more storage. I just needed less crap stuff

ABitOfAShitShow Mon 25-Oct-21 20:44:10

TheFoundations

I think you'll regret it when it comes to the ornamental owls. I'd be lost without mine.

😂😂😂

MilkCereal Mon 25-Oct-21 20:44:56

I need to do this! We are overwhelmed with stuff!

rrhuth Mon 25-Oct-21 20:46:31

minniemoll

You want your guests to bring their own bedding????

I can't see you having many guests, somehow....

Another bonus grin

LawnFever Mon 25-Oct-21 20:46:40

The only thing I question is having only one feeding set per bed, I guess that only works if you have a tumble dryer but yeah the rest of it I agree on!

rrhuth Mon 25-Oct-21 20:47:55

But yes I agree. I had a major minimalism phase and whilst I have gone back a bit I have maintained most of it - it is bliss not having much stuff.

Ionlydomassiveones Mon 25-Oct-21 20:48:13

Can you tell my DH? He hoards broken and out of date electric equipment in case he can ‘make something out of them’ (but never does) sad

PinkStink Mon 25-Oct-21 20:48:32

LawnFever

The only thing I question is having only one feeding set per bed, I guess that only works if you have a tumble dryer but yeah the rest of it I agree on!


Well if you're feeding in bed then there will be trouble wink

grafittiartist Mon 25-Oct-21 20:50:10

Sadly I think you are right.
Hard to part with stuff though isn't it.
Well done!!

dancemom Mon 25-Oct-21 20:50:30

A wise woman once told me

Don't put it down, put it away.

Stood me in great stead when it comes to a tidy home.

MrsCardone Mon 25-Oct-21 20:50:33

This is so true. We have no spare bedding. Everyone has one duvet cover set and when they wear out, we throw them away and get new ones.

Everyone has one towel.

The DC have one set of school uniform that I wash on a quick wash every night.

Much simpler. And tidier.

MrsTophamHat Mon 25-Oct-21 20:51:06

You are so right. Since I had children I can't stand how much stuff there is everywhere. Sadly I am married to Mr It Might Come In Handy One Day so my culls are not as ruthless as i'd like.

Monsterpumpkins Mon 25-Oct-21 20:51:51

Dc moving out =less stuff..
Ds moved out 3 years ago this week (sad).. Took an assortment of biker clothing +helmets.
About 10 coats.. 20 pairs of shoes. Assortment of pans and boxes of knives (chef not a cannibal serial killer)..
A dozen sets of chef whites.
And a push bike...
I acquired a huge cupboard...
So I filled it.
With Christmas decoration storage boxes
FULL ONES!!
blush

DuvetDayIsEveryDay Mon 25-Oct-21 20:52:38

Once every 2 years I get a skip and fill it.

It's fab.

MrsBobDylan Mon 25-Oct-21 20:53:38

Yes, who wants guests?! My in laws are our only guests and they choose to bring their own bedding. I have camping sleeping bags for the dc to have their friends to stay.

You may be right about the ornamental owls...I kept my best one though.

Sanitary towel boots - Get a sanitary towels and use the sticky side to fix one of the back of your heel before you wear your new boots for the first time. No blisters, it's brilliant!

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