We’re moving on in the 2016 Clutter Cleanse challenge but you can find posts about creating capsules wardrobes, finding your style and what to do with all that clothing you really don’t wear in the archives.
This week is all about those things you can never seem to find a spot for and that you keep wondering, why do I have this again?
You get it as gifts, you pick it up on the fly when you misplaced the original, your kids brings it home, you get it when you sign up for a new bank account. You wander a store because you had twenty minutes to kill and you came away with a lot of cookie cutters but you don’t bake and loads of those over the door clothes hangars but they don’t fir your doors and besides, you’re Kon Mari-ing your closet and capsule wardrob-ing so you don’t need them anymore. Yeah, that kind of stuff. Insoles we bought for a heel problem but never used. Things we lost the receipt to but really wanted to return. Paper. So much paper.
Love, and stuff, are all around us.
If you’re thinking about all the stuff you threw into the TV cabinet before your last dinner party, or that bag of things you tossed in the guest bedroom, you’re on the right track.
That’s what we’ll work on this week: all the little things clogging up our homes.
Task #4 in the Clutter Cleanse: choose one drawer or closet and spend thirty minutes unpacking it and reviewing the contents.
Take pictures. Make lists. Nothing like writing out that you have 43 pens, 12 of which do not work, to motivate you to get rid of some and to stop taking the free pen at the bank/hotel/etc. Post them on Instagram with the hash tag #cluttercleanse16 – love seeing your posts! – or tell us about them on the Minimalist Mom Facebook page.
My clutter hot spot: our office/den/the room the baby is currently sleeping in at night (spoke too soon!).
I still haven’t completely moved in to the office because, wait for it, I can’t commit to buying a book shelf. Related: I still can’t commit to buying a side table so I often just pull the kids little table over and use that. So we have a box of text books and a box of books and other book shelf type items still unpacked from our move back from the UK.
The only grace I will give myself is that while we moved six months ago our boxes only arrived three months ago. Plus, you know, Christmas? That’s always a few weeks written with no household tasks checked off. One if my tasks for the week is to right the office and see if there is anything in there we paid an exorbitant amount to ship home but that we really no longer need or that my husband should be taking to his office.
More to come…