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 really didn’t think I’d get to this point. And I’ve had to cut myself some slack with being away and just being busy. But I’m still aiming to complete by midnight tonight. There’s only 112 things to go….
Day 27 – I got rid of 25 glasses (I was in credit 😉 ) – these were a mix of tumblers, wine glasses and (mainly) beer festival glasses. Every time you go to a beer festival you get a glass – I’ll not tell you what the percentage of beer festival glasses was
1 muffin tray
1 diet book
1 piece of wood
1 monkey cocktail decoration
3 wooden spoons
1 pan lid
1 colander (how my kitchen still held stuff to get rid of i’ll never know….)
1 piece of string
1 zip pocket holder
7 plastic bits off clothes horse
5 packs of out of date painkillers
1 bag of things
2 more glasses ( I decided to be more ruthless)
1 jar of random nails and curtain hooks (contained at least 29 things)
Obviously I have pre-empted this declutter day as I bring it to you from a hotel room in Dublin.
My minimalism has not stretched to throwing things out of hotel rooms yet – I’m not sure how well received that would be. The hotel room is not minimalist, in fact the décor is quite decadent. The lobby has crazy chandeliers and taxidermy… you heard correctly. Taxidermy in santa hats.