The decluttering continues

The four fruit boxes I got yesterday are already full...

Well, my decluttering continues apace. 

Having been held up briefly by the gorgeous reference books in my fashion bookcase, things proved much easier in the kitchen and I now have 36 cookbooks boxed up, ready to go on the vide-grenier stall for the local horse sanctuary.

Ornaments are flying off the shelves thick and fast as well, mainly courtesy of 'things I don't collect any more'. And cheap glassware, such as the 30 bog-standard champagne flutes that we bought over a decade ago when a bunch of flyers came over for the Beagle Pup Club annual jaunt, and we seem to have hung onto ever since even though I don't actually like them.

Gifts from others are also a category, I notice. Gifts are lovely things, but when it comes to household objects, very few people share your exact taste, and in any case, your taste changes over time. Also, some things just aren't suitable for our life, like the lovely Galileo thermometer bought by friends, which is always wedged in a corner somewhere because of our destructive cats - I like this thing but simply can't display it, so I hope it will now go to a good home. One good tip I read recently, incidentally, is to keep a donation box on permanent standby somewhere (mine's in the kitchen), where you can instantly put gifts that people give you, so they don't take up permanent residence (as some old calendars, mugs surplus to requirements, a wine coaster, etc, have in our house). 

It is a very liberating feeling, freeing up this space. I gaze now from my bed across the room to a clear surface on top of my drawer unit. Formerly a junk site for my perfume collection (now housed in a couple of deep drawers, safely out of the light), it is now topped only with a big silver vase I hand-painted, a little zen garden that I rake each day and the singing bowl that I use for meditation, which also contains my Serenity Runes. Just looking at it makes me feel calm and ready to start the day. 

 

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london rose
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Re: The decluttering continues
Reply #2 on : Thu May 10, 2012, 04:56:05
I read with interest your blogs on decluttering. About 18 months ago, we moved. I'd always thought we didn't have too much 'stuff', but was horrified at how many boxes the 'stuff' would potentially occupy during the removal process. So phase 1 of decluttering began at that point. Phase 2 started almost as soon as we arrived at our new house, and realised that we loved the space 'empty'. So all our books, CDs and DVDs that had been on shelving in our previous home (and which we genuinely thought we couldn't live without) were donated to the local library (which means I can still 'borrow' them if I want to), and yet more boxes of 'stuff' despatched to charity shops. Phase 3 occurred when we decided to knock down a few walls and reconfigure the space. We made a conscious decision to rid ourselves of all the built-in storage units, because that would encourage us to hold onto 'stuff'. We also freed ourselves from TV. So now, Phase 4, is about enjoying a calm, clutter-free environment and retaining just the things we need. Yes, the sense of liberation is immense. Decluttering has (as I suspected) cleared so much more than physical space. And, although we did this for ourselves, visitors always comment on how peaceful the house feels ... Room to breathe, room to think. Good luck, Trish. It's definitely worth it.
trish
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Decluttering
Reply #1 on : Thu May 10, 2012, 13:35:36
Hi Rose. Sounds like you had a serious declutter! It's good to know you are still enjoying your calm environment. We ourselves had that 16 years ago when we bought this house, but we have gradually filled it, and really - for the most part - wih crap. It is very enjoyable reclaiming our space again, although I think it will take a good year to painfully slough off many of our things. But, tomorrow another sackful of clothes goes out, and I am about to do another fruit box...