I’ve been looking round the house and realised that I probably need to do a declutter before Christmas, before we bring anything else into this house. To make it less painful I think I’m going to a room at a time, rather than trying to do one big mass clear out. I think it’ll take a couple of weeks, but I’ve discovered that if I rush it and try and do it all at once, I get frustrated, bored and then I don’t do it. And now Hubby is finally reading the blog on RSS I will actually have to do it!
I try to follow the decluttering advice of ‘if you haven’t worn it in 18 months then you’re not going to wear it’. And if it’s still in the box it came in a year later, chances are it’s not going to be played with/used. So bearing this in mind I’ll be creating the following piles
To Keep, Friends with Younger Children, Charity, Recycle, Tip
So here’s the plan
Clear out the side board of old candles, and all the general Miss L colouring/toys stuff I’ve shoved in drawers when we have visitors.
Move the Wireless Printer upstairs to the office where it should be
Paint the little table which I’ve been meaning to do for 8 years
Have a clear out of old XBox & PS2 Games as we don’t actually have either anymore!
Discover what is exactly at the back of the corner cupboards? Who knows??
Clear out the canned foods & Dried Foods that aren’t in date
Old Clothes have a charity turn out and put summer clothes into storage (suitcases on top of the wardrobe )
Magazines…..honestly I don’t really have 4 piles in there….maybe 😉
Return all of Miss L’s things that she never ever uses or plays with that have made their way into our room.
I’m also going to make the tiny built in cupboard in our room into the airing cupboard and make the airing cupboard into extra storage for seasonal clothes etc. The sheets etc will fit into our cupboard and be more accessible.
Miss L’s room
This is the big one…. sort through old toys, sort through books, clothes etc
Under her bed…who know’s what’s under there? But clearning it should create more storage.
Clothes…she’s had another growing spurt and I know there are loads of summer clothes that need to goto charity.
Tame all the school work, we’re not doing too badly with the actual work but I need to clear down the things she’s made and put them into storage/throw out. There is only so much you can have on display made of out toilet roll!
I always, always give Miss L the final say over giving away toys, or saving items. But I’m proud to say she’s really good about donating to charity and has been know to offer all her toys to’little girls who might not have any’ – Proud Mummy moment! Finger’s crossed I can get all this done before Christmas!
So are any of you going to do a Pre Christmas De-clutter?