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Declutter diary

21 Aug

I’ve been trying to declutter my flat for some time now. Space at home is limited and i had reached a point where the 2nd bedroom started to take the role of a storage room. I try to be as minimal as possible with furniture and stuff. “Try” is of course the key word here. The problem is that i rarely get rid of things i no longer use. Sometimes i even purchased duplicates of things is already owned because i could not find them through the clutter or could not even remember owning them in the first place.

So i started the decluttering process by first giving away clothes, tv series box sets and books. I also took an old all-in-one HP printer and a VHS player to a recycling center. I sold and traded away board games i no longer wanted.

But it has been an on and off attempt and it is simply not enough.

After being inspired by blogs such as the dailyclutter blog i’ve decided to start a declutter diary. I will be removing clutter from my flat which is no longer needed. Something that it is simply sitting there whereas it should be simply thrown away, recycled or could be of more use to somebody else.

The following clutter has been cleared out recently:

  • 3 bags of rarely (if ever) used clothing – donated
  • 3 pieces cookware (bought in 2002 but never used because were not suitable for ceramic hobs) – given away
  • 4 fiction books (already read) – given away to friends and strangers
  • Expired and empty medicine packages thrown away
  • All-in-one printer – recycling
  • VHS player – recylcing
  • Kettle – given away

Some pics

One of the clothes bags

Expired & empty meds and other stuff

Incredibly, there are still so many things i own which i don’t need. I have found a new way to get rid of the fiction books i own. More on this soon!

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Declutter diary, Lifestyle

 

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2 responses to “Declutter diary

  1. jameswharris

    August 21, 2012 at 14:39

    I’m also going through a de-cluttering process. I’m getting rid of bags and bags of books, to start with, but I’m also going through closets and cabinets looking for old stuff I don’t need. I’m reminded of the old science fiction film Destination Moon. It’s about the first men to land on the Moon, but they use up too much fuel finding a landing spot, so they have to get rid of hundreds of pounds of gear so they can take off again. Whenever I feel bogged down, I feel lighting the load will help be get back in orbit.

     
  2. Costas Taliadoros

    August 21, 2012 at 14:55

    What surprises me is how attached i feel to things i don’t use or need.

    For example i had 2 cardigans which i’ve only worn once or twice for the last 3 years and yet felt bad donating them even though i have 4-5 more i could wear instead. The even more surprising thing is that i don’t actually care about clothes anyway!

    I feel doing this exercise does help put things into perspective. With regards to how we spend our money.

     

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