We are, once again, in the process of packing up the house. We’ve collected boxes from friends and neighbours (which you can see stacked up in the picture above), we’ve collected all the bits and bobs you need for packing – paper, tape, labels, sharpies, bubble wrap and our control centre, and the packing has commenced.
We are well practiced at moving, and we have decluttered so much stuff in the last few years that I am hoping that this will be the easiest move yet!
I have taken the brave step to list my potting shed on ebay – I do love gardening, but with a very transient lifestyle I need to find a way to get all the joy out of this hobby without needing so much gear that takes so much effort to move from house to house. I’ll be sad to see it go, but relieved that I won’t have to spend time constructing it and deconstructing it at each house we live in.
I’ve also really enjoyed living for the last couple of weeks with my cupboards half-empty. I’ve packed up / sorted through the things I don’t use often or won’t use before we move house, which has left much more space and light in my storage spaces. I love it. I wonder if I can be brave when we get to the other end, and either declutter further or think about how to put some of those items in deeper storage..
I am a total stationery nerd. I think it might be my biggest obsession, and therefore also my nemesis when it comes to minimalism.
These were part of a set of little clips that my first ever manager gave me 15 years ago. For about 9 years I never used them – they were too special and cute to use for every day holding pieces of paper together.
Then I used to clip them on my shoes / boots when I’d worn a pair, so that at the end of the week I knew which shoes needed cleaning. I haven’t done that in a few years – so these have been sitting in my jewellery box unused. This shows that it is a reality that you can see an object every day and overlook it, not even realise that you don’t need it.
These have been chucked!
This is actually 7 pairs of boots and shoes that I either haven’t worn in over a year, or that are shabby beyond repair.
I recently spent an entire Saturday going through my wardrobe and clearing stuff out – I am planning to draft a couple of blog posts about that, but these shoes were part of the cull. Some went to the charity shop and some had to go in the bin.
My favourite brown boots had holes in the toes – they leaked in the rain, and the rain water soaked into the leather at the toe ends. I’ve finally admitted that holey two-tone damp shabby boots are not a good look.
We only have one dog but we have 2 harnesses and 5 leads. I haven’t braved the task of weeding out the leads yet, but I have got rid of this harness.
Another thing that I haven’t used in several years.. It’s been sat in my make-up drawer, gathering dust and muck, and not putting powder on my face. So, out the door it goes and my house gets a little more decluttered – one thing at a time! I do need to reinstate our one in one out rule, as our stationery drawer is getting a bit overloaded – so maybe that should be the next area I tackle?
I have recently joined a publisher’s book club. Each month I get sent a book that has not yet been published – the deal is that I read it and write a review. However, because the copies I am sent are pre-publication, I can’t pass the copies on or sell them.
So… I have decided that I need to be ruthless and recycle them as soon as I have read them – I really don’t want them to stack up on my bookshelves.
Free samples of doggy toothpaste given to me by our vet about 2 years ago… Not used it, never gonna use it, out it goes… I try so hard to not take leaflets, samples and other such stuff from people (who I feel bad ignoring) being paid to hand it out on the street or in shops. I know I don’t need those things. Here’s a new conundrum : How do I tackle the things that might just be useful…?