I have mentioned before my resistance wardrobe decluttering, but this reluctance does not necessarily extend to other areas of my home. Sitting with my gym friends enjoying the usual post-exercise coffee, I happened to mention that I had a boot full of crockery and glassware that I was taking to the charity shop. I was unprepared for the reaction when I went on to say how good it had felt to ‘start again’ with a completely re-organised kitchen. The cathartic effects of getting rid and streamlining are, it seems, not unusual, and when I admitted to a little warm glow of satisfaction the following morning when I’d opened several of the cupboards just to see again how neat and spacious they looked, you’d think they’d all just been told that they had lost a stone at our latest gym assessment (we can dream), such was the chorus of delighted agreement!
My usual method of cleaning cupboards is to empty the cupboard, wipe it out and refill it with the same items, albeit a little more tidily. That was my intention but as I emptied the first cupboard I found myself wondering whether I really needed to hold onto a box full of plastic baby spoons given that even the youngest of the grand-babies no longer uses them? Since I bought the food mixer, did I still need the hand mixer so close to hand? Surely it could now be relegated to one of the less accessible cupboards. And as Husband asked recently – did we actually need four dinner services? So I decided that cupboard by cupboard was not the way forward – instead I emptied every cupboard…
…and piled the contents onto every surface
I even used the floor. There came a point when, as is so often the case when one embarks on such a task, that I wished I’d never begun, but as I ruthlessly discarded each and every item that had remained unused for years, I began to enjoy myself. Four piles were made:
- keep and re-home in my newly organised space
- offer to daughter who has soon to rebuild a kitchen almost from scratch (she said yes please)
- take to charity shop
- destined for the tip
Somehow, this orderly environment has made me feel calmer and I’ve since made a start on the drawers in the bedroom and had a go at the office, but so far I’ve not ventured anywhere near my dressing room!