Okay, I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that this post *might* not be of interest to the average person, but it WILL interest those awesome folk like *cough* me *cough* who get off on a bit of New Year home organisation.
“WEIRDO!” I hear you cry.
Well maybe, a little, yes, but I am someone who absolutely thrives on an organised life, and that includes my home.
One of my personal goals for 2016 has been to dramatically declutter our home. Whilst to the unfamiliar eye it looks clean and (mostly) tidy, to me it is starting to feel a tad cluttered with STUFF. We haven’t ventured on ‘The Hoarder Next Door’ territory yet, but little things, such as too much stuff in drawers and too many toys, are really starting to boil my piss.
Stuff be gone!
Although this is easier said than done. Whilst in all seriousness I’m really not a hoarder, nor am I overly materialistic in the sense of needing stuff purely for show, I do like my things. I like looking around my home and items telling a story, and reminding me of good times in our lives, so I know I will find it hard to ‘let go’ of certain possessions. I’m a bit of a ‘just in caser’- I like to hang onto certain things like craft materials/books/clothes ‘just in case’ I might need them one day. I also unashamedly like pretty things, which is why I happily use some of my vintage homeware and/or display it on our dresser, before it gets sold in my little online store.
I keep hearing loads right now about Marie Kondo, and her methods of clearing up your home and binning everything lest it fail to ‘spark joy’. I’m actually quite keen to get the book and have a nosy, but in the meantime I’m going to clearing out our house ‘Freeman style’ i.e be pretty ruthless. If it hasn’t been worn, loved or used in the past 6 months it’s outta here.
I’m going to document what I’ve got rid of, how I done it, and how (if at all) binning the clutter has improved our lives.
So here goes!
First up- our everyday cutlery drawer:
Looking at the above photo, I can’t believe we let guests over Christmas brave this drawer! <faints> And I also can’t believe it took so long to notice how cluttered it had become, and so full of utensils and cutlery that we really don’t need.
I took everything out and gave it a good wipe and clean (one of life’s mysteries is how clean cutlery, fresh from the dishwasher, can actually make a tray like this grubbier than you’d think).
Once out, I started going through everything that was in this drawer, thinking about what we actually used on a daily basis, and when we last used the least used things (are you following me?!).
After some brief deliberation (no one has all day to do this sh*t), I managed to get rid of:
- An extra pizza cutter
- 6 old dinner knives
- 6 old dinner forks
- 2 on last legs dinner spoons and forks
- a rusting parmesan grater (we have another one of these, non-rusting)
- 4 big scary knives (we have lots of other big, scary knives in a knife block)
- 2 extra garlic crushers (how much garlic does one family eat?)
- 1 extra peeler
We were left with this:
Not a major improvement, but much better, and I feel less tense every time I open the drawer, which let’s face it, is a LOT.
Now if someone can just tell me where I can dispose of several big, scary knives without getting arrested, then I’ll be set!
Already tackling an area has made me feel better, and I’m hoping the feeling will continue.
Next stop, the food larder, kids toys, and my toiletry drawer in our bedroom!