I decided to update the look of the blog. I’ve played around for a while and decided that this one is the closest to what I wanted. I’d prefer the blue boxes on the right to be a little more subtle but a colour-change is only available if I upgrade my WordPress account to a Business User one and I’m not prepared to pay that much.
One of the things that people tend to hoard is magazines so to discover that there is a magazine devoted entirely to decluttering seems faintly ridiculous. It even contains a deluttering timetable! I didn’t buy this – I found it at the gym.
I’ve written before that I am not a fan of decluttering one’s wardrobe since I find that the wearing of clothes is cyclic. What is unloved one season can easily pop back into favour a year or two later when teamed with some other item. I’m not taking here about fashion trends since I rarely follow them, preferring my own style which has been developed over the years as a result of combining what I like with what suits. Apart from the odd thing that I absolutely know I’ll never wear again (usually something that was never completely in favour anyway), I keep my clothes.
But there are certainly other areas of my home that benefit from the occasional declutter – the contents of my nail polish drawer for example! It’s a job not carried out for some time and it needs doing.
Decluttering my kitchen cupboards is a task I often start but never finish. They’re pretty tidy but they are over-full. I do find myself wondering how many plates a family of two actually needs? As for serving dishes, I could host a party for 50 and still have some left over but as with clothes, I go through phases of which I favour. I ‘ll refrain from commenting on the food cupboards – try as I might to do it differently, I hold my hands up to dismally failing to curb my overbuying of food habit. The freezer is Ok for now though, after last week’s tidy up.
I have recently achieved a small success…my baking ingredients used to be squashed into a too-small cupboard but a recent re-jigging of china and glassware has resulted in freeing up a slightly larger one and it’s so much easier to find what I need. I have a free day today… (after a weekend staying at my son and daughter-in-law’s looking after their daughters whilst Mum and Dad were away)… I feel a cake coming on!
Our loft is a little world all of it’s own. I swear a family could move in and find everything that they needed! Some time ago, finding that access and egress through the small loft-hatch was becoming more onerous, husband knocked the back out of a landing store cupboard and put in stairs which allows for much easier access. This means that it is now easier to pop things in there temporarily. Unfortunately, ‘temporary’ tends to be undefined and seems to effortlessly slide into permanence. Many readers will understand what I mean when I say that husband’s car knows its own way to the council tip and yet, despite our (i.e. husband’s) constant efforts to reduce the loft’s contents, they continue to multiply with alarming speed.
The fact is that we have too much of almost everything – too many books we’ll never read again (and definitely too many uni textbooks that I can’t bring myself to discard), too many dvds and cds that we’ll never watch or play again, too many cushions, too many towels, too many card-making bits….and so on. A comment on an earlier post, in which I showed a picture of my office, said that my workstation was tidy.
But see below the other side of the same room!
I would just add that my office at work is pristine and the rest of my house is always tidy. I’m not quite sure why I struggle to be the same in this room. I sat here thinking about this for a while and have come to the conclusion that what I need in here are cupboards! Which raises the question – is it clutter if you can’t see it?