I’d say I’m a pretty active user of Facebook. I admit to accessing it far too much. It’s always there open in a tab on my laptop or pushing notifications to me via the app on my phone.
I hit a point over my New Year break where I was scrolling through updates from local cafes, events I wasn’t even going to, organisations I’d liked to get free Wi-Fi, places I’d followed because I was visiting the town or country. Then I realised I didn’t need to see this shit.Read More »
I’ll hold my hands up, I own jeans in every size from a size 6 to a size 20. And at some point in my life, all of these jean have fit me. At the moment, I’m around the 16 mark (verging on a 14 – hopefully soon!).
If I’m honest, I haven’t been anywhere near the 6-12s in the last 10 years. I hit my target weight with Scottish Slimmers on 31 August 2004 (in my size 6s). I’ve eaten my way steadily back up through all the sizes and well beyond my original ‘fat weight’.
You’d think, at some point in those 10 years, especially when I did some major decluttering in 2014, that the skinny jeans should have been thrown out.Read More »
Those who know me, know my holiday pre-planning/packing list is legendary.
I don’t write a new one for every holiday, that wastes time. I have one ready, typed up in Word, pre-filled with all your holiday ‘must-haves’. That said, one size doesn’t fit all – there’s not much of a need for a snorkel in Tennessee – so there are amends for every trip.
At least I know that all the essentials are there – of course, all this is a bit of a moot point when your case doesn’t show up.Read More »
Well I’m knackered. A day of decluttering really takes it out of you.
I’d been mentally preparing for this weekend. I’d planned to revisit my wardrobe – I had a massive clear out two years ago (over the Easter weekend) – but I was aware that I’d kept things that I shouldn’t have.
I started slowly with a lie in!
I decluttered some make up while still in bed. This is clearly the way forward. Stay in bed, throw away old mascara, have another lie down.
Once I got myself up and showered, I decided to tackle my drawers. This is where I keep my underwear, nightwear and socks/tights. My approach to storage is broadly to toss the clothes into the drawer designated for them. It sort of works. It’s just a bit messy.
I don’t know why but I decided to see if there was a guide to Marie Kondo’s folding technique. I’d read about this before and decided it would be a total waste of time and not for me. But today something sparked my interested. Armed with a nice summary provided by Goop, I started.
It’s so addictive! I can see all of the socks I own! My pants are no longer just a mass of black – they are neatly displayed in rows. I think I’ll keep this up!
Tackling the wardrobe
I got myself a bin bag and a bunch of old charity bags and started. I pulled all of my tops and jumpers and t-shirts off the shelves and onto my bed. There’s so much stuff. No wonder I couldn’t find anything! Most of it comes from TK Maxx – I bloody love that shop, this is why I’m in so much trouble.
I managed to fill two charity bags with tops.
Next I tackled jeans and trousers. I’m really bad at buying new versions of things and keeping the old. So I got rid of the duplicates that had crept in.
Next up, dresses. I wear a lot of dresses. I should have counted them. I think I must have had around 40 in my wardrobe. Some are worn to death, some still have tags, some are out of style/old, some will never fit.
I tried. I really tried. I probably got rid of about 10 or so. But I’ve still got ones that don’t fit because one day they might.
Everything has its own hanger now. There’s no doubling up. And at least now I can see the new clothes I have – so maybe you’ll actually see me in it at some point!
I ended up with one rubbish bag and four charity bags filled with clothes.
There’s still more to go. It’s a good start though and there’s still the rest of the long weekend yet!
Let me know if you are on a downsizing journey – any hints and tips gratefully received!
I’m rewarding myself with a glass of wine now. Cheers!
I work in a digital team. You ‘d think we would have nailed the paperless office thing by now.
We’ve moved locations maybe four times – each time I’m proud to say that we get rid of more stuff.
24 crates, 11 people – this doesn’t add up
Our latest move was last week. We moved 11 people and it took 24 crates. There were at least four shared crates and the rest matched up to an individual. I managed with one. It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that some of my colleagues used more than this!
I threw away loads of paper. I filled at least one recycling bag.
As a team loads of files and stuff from as far back as 2001 was bagged and binned.
I’m in my new space now – and after a week I’ve thrown out an old make up bag. I shouldn’t have moved it in the first place.
The comb was a freebie for Just Seventeen magazine. I dread to think how long I’ve had that.
The ties that bind
There’s someone in my team who is holding on to some ‘just in case‘ ties.
When questioned, it’s clear that he has no intention of ever wearing them. They are university-branded for a start. And let us not forget, he’s keeping two. This is partly because one is in a display box and “it’d be a shame to just throw it out”.
He’s even said he would never ever wear one of them. Why won’t he throw them away???
This reminds me of the Minimalists’ approach to just in case. They invite you to try the 20 dollars/20 minutes rule. The idea is that if you have something that’s could be ‘just in case’, ask yourself:
“Can I replace this for less than $20 (if I need to) and will it take under 20 minutes to do so?”
The answer for these ties is a resounding YES on both counts.
I’m going to steal them from the desk drawer under cover of darkness – be warned!!
It’s almost two years since I started my decluttering journey.
The office move and some recent conversations with friends who also do this (usually because of moving house) have inspired me to do some more.
Like I did back at Easter 2014, I’m going to use Easter 2016 (that’d be this weekend then) to throw out more stuff that I don’t need!