When I started this blog, it was after more than a year of reading www.365lessthings.com daily. This lovely Australian blogger, Colleen writes up to six times a week to inspire people to live with less, and follow her on her journey of decluttering one thing a day. I’m not even sure how I found her site, but I enjoy the community feel. I was sure that my blog would have a stack of decluttering posts, but it seems I did a lot of the leg work before moving into the loft, and I have been in the ‘maintenance’ phase ever since.
Every now and then, maybe once a month on average, I like to list items on freecycle, and move them out the door. I thought I’d share some of my lists I have for decluttering
Use it up
Some things aren’t really give away worthy. You’ll see what I mean:
- 3 tubes of toothpaste in progress
- mini hotel shampoos
- cotton buds with plastic tubes
- moisturiser – 3+ are too many
- satay sauce in a jar – I prefer to make my own, and it’ll spoil soon enough
- pesto in a jar – I might ask the BF to handle this, I really don’t like pesto
- frozen spinach – from the Bf’s to the loft to cohab central, that’s silly!
- Ikea chair cover – I bought one to see if it’d fit my non Ikea chairs
- two hats – from my bald preparation days. I need as many as I expected when I shaved my head
- old stained smelly pillor – hopefully for an animal shelter?
- microwave from the loft
- Caring for Cut Flowers – a beautiful reference from my floristry course, but not in use now
Not my domain
- extra vacuum – I want to keep my Dyson and move the BF’s on. He disagrees. I vacuum
- extra washing machine – mine fit in the space, his has been faulty. Hardly far to sell to someone, but no use in the garage!
- extra hand beater – we only bought the BF one so he could have cheesecakes made for him at his house! I do actually prefer his though, it allows either beater in either hole, way easier!
The hardest thing to ‘declutter’ are things that are unloved, but not really likely to be wanted by anyone else. Like the pillows – that’s clutching at straws. Or socks that have lost their elasticity. I must look into textile recycling in Australia!
Oh, Sunday is my first run in a competition! I’m running the Bridge in a 9km race (my brother is showing me up and doing the half marathon). I’ll report back how it goes – the last run was two weeks ago at 6kms and since then I’ve been sick, so it could get interesting!
- Date night tonight – we’re going out for dinner, which I just LOVE (for those who don’t know :p)
- Got my head around a complex work job – it’s hard to find the right time to switch off power with residence, bakery, resturants, doctors etc, but I’ve resolved it (Sunday afternoon)
- Lunch out with a colleague saving me from my ‘scratch’ lunch
- Cakes at work (to farewell the cake lover who goes on 4 weeks holiday)
- Budget *just* balanced between all my rego/service bills on the scooter (which never sold) and the usual
- I’ve completed and sent all 16 x 500+ word career episode reports to my external mentor, and checked in with my in house verifier! I will be a certified engineer once I submit, verify and get assessed
- My brother saved me a trip to pick up my running bib etc, and collected mine with his!
Australian readers, do you know where I can do textile recycling? What items are lingering in your home that need to move on? What are you trying to ‘use up’?