It has been almost a month since I started decluttering and I have had unexpected results from it.
Aside from 2 days I have stuck to my decision to declutter a little each day. One of the days I was off camping and the other I was out of the house most of the day, unexpectedly, and came home passed midnight.
I have to admit to being a little annoyed about missing the daily challenge and was almost tempted to quit, thinking “Well there you go no point in continuing now.”
But I kept going. I acknowledge that in my life I may not do it for one day. Some days I’m simply too tired and in too much pain, other days I may have sick children to tend. What’s important is I keep going. I’ve also had a mindset change. I found myself thinking, in the middle of decluttering “Oh I have my ten, I can stop now.” But this isn’t what I want to be thinking. So I changed my thoughts to “10 is the minimum in a day to get rid of.” And that small change is all I needed.
It is Sunday morning and not even 10am I have discarded 8 things. So I am quite relaxed about it. The challenge will come in another week or so when I turn my attention to the craft room as there is just so many things in there at them moment from moving house. All dumped and disorganised.
So far I have taken a box every couple of days, unpacked and sorted and then discarded the box. But soon I will need to attack it with a better plan in mind.
I am also looking outside the box. I kept thinking I can’t unpack this bag as I have no hanging space. Well I have changed that thought process I do have hanging space. I have picture rail all the way round my bedroom walls. Is it ideal for me? No, but it gets the clothes up so they don’t get crushed, and bags out of my room. It is a slow process. I am looking at everything and asking;
“Does this make me happy?”
“Does it make my heart sing?”
And so often the answer is no. I don’t have many clothes, but I have now realised I have many clothes that I own simply because being a larger woman when the fit and look ok, I would buy them. I am not going to do that any more. I can’t get rid of all my clothes as I need to get ones that I do enjoy but once I do get them, I will remove the others.
A major benefit for me is that the house is staying tidier, I have been working mainly in bedrooms, but he spill over can’t be denied. My lounge that always gets very untidy from kids toys and other items is better. They play and tidy away, even if it is at this moment to dump into bedrooms. But the main areas of my house are tidy.
No clutter in the entryway, lounge, dining or kitchen. Youngest daughter’s room is normally clean and tidy and if it gets untidy it is easier to clean.
I have gotten Miss 15 involved in her own room. Each day I ask her to choose 10 things to remove. She hasn’t done too badly.
So the month is is almost gone. What are my results. As of this morning before getting my 10 for the day I have removed 544 items from my house.
This is concentrating mainly in 2 bedrooms, Miss 6 and my own. Plus a few items from other rooms. But the majority from these two rooms. A month has moved a lot faster than I thought it would.
I am proud of what I have accomplished.
So the plan is to keep going. I am extending another month. I am going to attack Miss 10’s room and keep going on my room. Yes I know I can hear you thinking “Really?” ” I still have stuff in my room after a month?”
Well yes, my bedroom had become a dumping ground while moving, bags that had no where to go (because the craft room was full) ended up in my room, as did other items, so as I am doing a thorough job while unpacking it’s a slow job, but it will be done well.