I’ve been thinking a lot since I wrote this post.
Thinking and staring into cupboards and rifling through drawers and wondering if I’ve even scraped the surface of this decluttering thing.
I’m convinced less is more
My heart says yes
but my cupboards aren’t so sure
and the drawers say not even nearly.
I’m no hoarder, not even close, I don’t need an excess of stuff to keep me feeling OK in fact its quite the opposite but still I find my cupboards filled to the brim and more than a few of my shelves laden down.
Its taken me a while to work it out.
While I’ll happily let go of things we no longer need or have grown out of or that are broken or for whatever reason I no longer want
There are other things I have a whole lot of trouble letting go of.
- that might come in handy one day,
- that are still useful or pretty or I really like but for whatever reason I never use.
- clothes that I love that I wore when I was pregnant or thinner or younger, T shirts and outfits the kids wore and wore and loved when they were three and I look at them and remember how tiny they were
- favourite toys from when they were little
These are the items that do my head in because they have that heart attachment.
Heres the other thing I haven’t been good at letting go of – the excess of volume. Its the difference between having five sets of pillow slips and twenty five, same goes with towels and sheets and maybe shoes and plastic containers.
So its the excess I’ve been working on recently rather than the heart attachment stuff simply because its easier and less mentally draining.
Before we get into that though heres a couple of things I have worked out from underneath this mountain of stuff
The space is worth more to me than the stuff.
Even if I do let go of something that I may need later on – its OK – the space I have created is still more valuable that the item I may have to replace somewhere down the track.
An excess of stuff steals your time, your peace, your enjoyment of your home and it just takes far more than it gives.
Letting go of unneeded, unnecessary things makes room for the things that actually matter – heart wise, home wise, soul wise.
So I bought a twelve pack of the largest garbage bags I could find – they’re the stand up on their own kind which is very handy but I found out impossible to lift when they are full so maybe not such a good idea but anyhoo I decided that I was going to fill everyone of them up for donation before Christmas arrives.
Three down – nine to go.
Unbelievably I filled one with just random things sitting around the house without even opening a cupboard so that was kind of scary.
I filled two cleaning out my linen cupboard. Now keep in mind I have cleaned out this cupboard many a time before but somehow things it just seems to fill up.
Heres the before – I accidentally chopped off the very bottom section with the random shoes and plaster casts and dust collecting and God knows what else.Unfortunately theres no way of making this before shot look good even with the morning sun streaming in .
Very bleak to open your cupboard door and be faced with that. So I launched in one shelf at a time in twenty minute stints. No I didn’t pull everything out onto the floor in one go and then step over it for a week as has been known to happen. One shelf at a time is far less dramatic but on the upside I retain my sanity and my motivation.
And heres the after.
Not perfect but a vast improvement. As you can see I did a little makeover on the shelf fronts with an old map I had on hand – details are below. I had a rearrange as well and folded everything as neatly as I could which I might say is not as easy as it may sound. Now it may not stay like this for long but amazingly I can now find a pillow slip or a sheet when I want one. The containers and tubs have always worked well for things like fitted sheets which are impossible to keep neat and for the smaller items like pillowslips to keep everything corralled and out of sight. And now that I’m done I see I could do with a few more cause those folded clothes aren’t looking too pretty to me.
Regards the makeover of the shelves I had thought about painting the whole interior of the cupboard but I didn’t want this to turn into a six week project. Somewhere in the process of folding sheets I got the idea to do something with just the shelf fronts. I love a quick little project and this one was very very simple. I cut five strips of map the width and length of the shelf fronts. I applied a coat of Aquadhere craft glue onto the shelves and just pressed the strips on. That’s where I discovered my cutting could have been a whole lot straighter but too late to worry about at that stage. I let them dry overnight then sanded the edges very lightly to get rid of any slight overhang then I put on one coat of clear Estapol. That was it. I love the soft mottled colours in maps so I like the result.
This is what I let go of
- Most of flat sheets because we rarely use them anymore.
- At least 15 pairs of pillow slips.
- The double bed sheets and doona covers as we only have single or queen size beds here now.
- Some lovely table cloths that I never used
- Anything I had to iron before it could be used
- Everything on the very bottom shelf.
- Scrap pieces of pretty material that I have had forever and haven’t used
- A couple of random blankets
So I’m happy with the result, happy I can now find things in my linen closet and happy my little map project didn’t go pear shaped as I thought it might.
I thought I would keep photographing and sharing decluttering progress as I make my way through my various cupboards. I’m gonna just go ahead and assume your as interested as I am in what’s going on with other peoples cupboards and share away.
Now I’m no expert on the topic of decluttering or organisation so please feel free to weigh in. Any thoughts? any tips or tricks? anything in progress your way – would love to hear.
Love as always from my home to yours xx