Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Decluttering Into The New Year...

So finally - a (kinda) New Year post... actually, I am cheating and combining two posts into one here. I seem to be losing time every day; just don't know where it is going - and with Playcentre starting up again tomorrow, it'll start getting even busier! So - two posts into one it is :-)!

I don't really do 'resolutions' as such, but I do think the New Year is a good time to slow down and reflect on the past 12 months, and take a look at what did and didn't work. From this it is easy to decide what you might like to focus on for the coming year, what changes you want to make.

So for me this year - I decided I need to start decluttering... This started to stand out over Christmas; we stayed with my parents for four days, and they are both 'hoarders' (for lack of a better word) and have piles everywhere - don't get me wrong, their house is CLEAN, just piles of 'stuff' everywhere. I have also always lived like this; but I guess now with a toddler I am much more aware of 'piles' just sitting there, she gets into everything given half a chance!

Mr.C, like his Mum, is a minimalist... he has learnt to live with some of my 'piles' over the years, but has slowly (with each move) encouraged me to go through my stuff and start honing it down. And when I say encouraged - read 'loud discussions' (at least sometimes)! 

But this time - it is all me, I came away from my parents and realised I cannot live like this; it would drive me bananas! And so the decluttering began - first of all with Button's Christmas Presents (shall we admit to going overboard this year, hhhmmmm)... out went some brand new, but cheap and totally unnecessary bits (us to blame).

Next came my computer desk and bedside cube (it's not a table as the photo will prove *grin*):



Unfortunately there are no 'before' pics to show you just how much better this corner looks now!

Then Sunday I tackled my draws/dressing table... 


Pre-declutter and dust


Post-declutter and clean


The over-all new look on my side of the bedroom!

Button has no draws, other than the two in her change table which are overflowing! It is something that has bugged me for a LONG time, but Mr.C won't just buy anything - he wants quality that will last her a life time, however we don't have money for that! He has also been promising to replace my ones for me since we got married over 7 years ago (notice all the missing knobs on the photo above?)... I have finally convinced him that I NEED new draws, in order to pass my old ones onto Button to use (until we can afford nice ones for her), so 'lil M can have the change table in his room when he arrives! Does that make sense?!? I have tried and tried to explain that cheap draws are better than no draws for the kids - and we can replace them with better quality once we can afford to... but this is something he is being totally stubborn on. Most of the time we can come to some sort of arrangement - but for some reason, this is not one of those times!

My ulterior motive for decluttering the draws? I know this is an area that annoys Mr.C no end... some piles he can ignore, but not these ones! So I knew cleaning it up would give me leverage - I have convinced him we can afford to buy me some new draws before the baby comes, and I WILL keep them clean, tidy and uncluttered (here's hoping anyway)!

Some days I am very motivated to hit the whole house, other days I don't care - too tired and too overwhelmed! But I love the feeling it gives me... and I couldn't believe how good it felt to throw away some of the junk that has been sitting around for years on the dressing table. So I know the journey will be worth it; it's just energy-sapping!

Next project: Button's toys... she has far too many, and has out-grown a lot of them. So I have three big boxes ready for me to go through and sort, it'll be months and months before 'lil M will be old enough to play with them - so storage it will be! I may even rearrange the living area when I do this, will have to think about it; have got some ideas but will need Mr.C there as I cannot move the bigger stuff anymore! 

I then have a whole heap of other stuff to tackle also:
- My shoes
- My clothes
- The alcove under the stairs
- My white 'craft' cupboard in spare room

I would like to get it all done before 'lil M arrives... wish me luck! It doesn't sound much, but you ain't seen nothing yet ;-)!!!!



6 comments :

Ange (Tall, Short and Tiny) said...

Oooh, good luck!! If you set yourself little weekly goals, you'll get it done :)
My parents are like yours - tidy piles everywhere, and it drives me insane. Tall and I are both minimalists and have a tendency to be a bit ruthless, but living without clutter keeps me sane :) Especially with an inquisitive toddler who can now open wardrobes and cupboards...!

Lisa said...

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they are on trademe too
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Helen said...

I love a good declutter! So satisfying!

Aynsley said...

Since being on maternity leave I have worked my way through EVERY chest of drawer, cupboard and wardrobe in the house decluttering. It is extremely satisfying to get rid of "junk" that we have moved from one end of the country to another. Most of the stuff was in boxes we hadn't opened in almost 5 years and by my thinking... if we haven't used it, missed it or remembered it in that time then obviously we don't need it. There were some exceptions but we are much less cluttered now. It feels refreshing! Also check out Trademe and second hand shops for chests of drawers - I bought 2 chests of drawers (one solid rimu and one oak)for maybe $40 each and then stripped off the old varnish and waxed them. They look as good as new. Might be a way to get good wooden ones without spending a fortune.

Amy said...

Well done! It is so hard finding the time to sort through things, but like you said, feels nice when you're done. I've just sent three boxes to the Salvation Army - that we sorted out before Munchkin was born - that's nearly 2 years ago!!! They ended up sitting in the garage, partly sorted, till now. Feels SO good to finally have them out of my house. Now if I could just get Boyo to sort the box of his in the conservatory...and get the clutter on my desk organised into the new shelves better...and find somewhere to put the new wok...and get brackets for the microwave to sit on off the bench... Grin!
Amy

MaxineD said...

O.K. glad we are good for something, even if it is motivation!! :-)
Blessings
M
p.s. you have NOT motivated me! And BTW someone thinks he is not a hoarder, that it is all me!!