Thursday 7 July 2011

De-cluttering - Ninja style

We're having a serious possession audit, we have been decluttering, with gusto!

I can find it seriously depressing to go through stuff that, at one point in my life I wanted or liked. So I make myself ask these questions

Do I love it?

Do I use it?

Do I have another one that better fits the bill?

3 handmade baby blankets belonging to the Small
one from each Mum, Granny and Great Aunt M

Putting in the charity bag
5 other handmade baby blankets
3 shop bought baby blankets and 5 cot sheets.

A lovely old wicker shopping basket.

Ripping out 
The half-knitted jumper that had been in it for 2 years

Going through a selection of old clothes of mine, I found tops with small tears, skirts that might have fitted me in days (long) gone by and I even found 2 pairs of trousers with giant holes in the ass. 

Why have I held on to all this for so long?

I ended up with 3 pairs of trousers and 6 tops.

Knowing that we had been living with what would fit in a suitcase actually made it a lot easier.

Worth keeping
A selection of outfits for Small
I picked ones that fit the season and her likely pursuits.

Getting passes on
2 party dresses, 3 skirts, 12 t-shirts, 20 pairs of underwear

If more storage boxes is the answer, 
you have too much stuff.

We have now instigated a 'one in, one out' policy on all new belongings.


  1. Just found your site - like this lots. I've been decluttering for a week or so now and have disposed of several boxes of stuff. All to good homes. I also put a box labelled 'free' on the footpath. Its amazing how much has gone from it and every item that goes is one less I have to take to the second hand outfits. It was hats today. How we managed to collect so many between the 4 of us I don't know. I'm sure they breed in there :)

    viv in nz

    1. That is a great idea Viv! We offer a lot on our local freecycle group too, it is so good to know that our old junk is going to someone who will appreciate it.



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