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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A challenge...

I've been 'trawling' through photo folders stored on the computer and also on the portable hard drive, looking for photos for the DVD compilation for DD2's 30th birthday party soiree ...we have so many photos...groan! As well as those stored in digital form, I have been looking through the boxes and albums of old family photos, and if I'm honest, it has been fun; especially discovering 'long lost' photos.
One digital photo that I discovered was something that I've obviously saved from some source on the Internet...it's a poster and I have completely forgotten how I found it...possibly from reading about it in someone's blog post. Luckily the website is on the poster, 'Forever Organised' and I've been back checking it out again. I like it! And I decided on Monday that I would follow the poster...

Clutter in homes is definitely a 'first world problem' and I've been decluttering on and off for a few years now but some more certainly won't hurt!
Some of the days don't apply to me such as decluttering bath toys, Kid's clothes , Kid's Artwork and Kid's toys, but I figure I can use those days decluttering other things. :-)
So Monday I went through the basket of shoes and the boxes of shoes in the wardrobe...so many that I don't wear as they are shabby/ worn out/ heels too high/ they hurt my feet/ affected by water in the rainy years of 2010 and 2011 etc...gone. (into landfill unfortunately as the op shops would not want such battered items)


One pair though will go to the op shop...a pair of Mary Jane's made by HushPuppies, which seemed comfortable when I tried them on in the shop but hurt my toes when I've actually tried to wear them. Hardly worn and just taking up space!


Tuesday, I decluttered appliances. Even though I decluttered appliances the year before last, I found some more not being used...a pre loved coffee machine that my BiL gave us when he bought a new one. We have never really been able to make a decent cup of coffee using it and I ended up putting it away in a laundry cupboard...unused and taking up space.
Languishing unused in a kitchen cupboard was an electric frypan...not used for at least 10 years, so time to go!


Last year our 30 year old clothes drier started making horrible noises...(our neighbour and children used this appliance more than us) so we stopped anyone using it for safety reasons but didn't replace it...it just sat in the laundry...not any more!

 The appliances are being kept downstairs at the moment until the coming Kerbside Cleanup; we will put them out on the footpath then, in case anyone wants elderly appliances. During these cleanups it's a fact that people go around checking out other people's rubbish and helping themselves to anything they find useful.
Today is 'bath toys' so I must think of a substitute...I have lots of items and places to declutter! :-) Hmmm...maybe DH's shoe 'collection' needs a look at!

10 comments:

Vireya said...

What a great idea to just deal with one type of item at a time!

Too late for me now, as I have to have my house empty in two weeks, but I'll keep it in mind for future use.

Tracy said...

I think I'll borrow that poster. There's something about the springtime that makes a good declutter feel just right.

Una said...

I'm good at keeping clutter to a minimum. My hubby and daughter are terrible at it. Now if only I could get rid of them!

Susan said...

I think I should do that - its not going to happen in 31 days though! probably not even 31 weekends!

duchess_declutter said...

Well done Maria! Now I just feel inspired to do the same. Great list!

shez said...

Hi Maria yes I will do this poster too,but I will wait till I get back from holidays,thankyou for sharing.xx

Marit Johanne said...

This sounds like a great idea! But I am afraid I will not get it done in 30 days. It can be a list for inspiration :) Then I can check point by point, and hopefully I don't have to start on from day 1 when I am finished ;)

Exercising Septuagenarian said...

Maria I love that Decluttering list. I'm doing just that at the moment so I'll be giving your list a work out.
I have already done the shoe boxes just the other day as part of my spring cleaning so I can tick that one off.
The next one on your list is 'appliances'. I'm going to interpret that as 'technology appliances' as I have a special drawer where I put old mobile phones, modems, all stuff like that I will never use again but needs to be disposed of ethically. I might have to check the Brisbane City Council website for that.
Pleased that your hand/wrist is much better.

Mizumatte said...

what a good idea, I want to do a list like that, but of course without some points, but instead of kids toys I can always ad cats toys, but will wait till I'm done outside. take care Jaana

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

well done I really need to do this as well.......