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So Now What?

Over the past few months I’ve given a lot of thought to “what happens to my blog when the year is done?”. I’ve asked myself this a few times, and I’ve been asked this by other people a bit more than a few times. I didn’t want to let the blog die and I wasn’t sure where to take it from here. So, with the help of a suggestion from my brother, I’ve decided to keep it going by still sharing what I get rid of every week (whatever amount it may be), and writing an article of sorts pertaining to decluttering.

So I’m going to start where I started. Why declutter?

I started decluttering because I find that when there’s too much stuff around I get overwhelmed, and it stresses me out. More clutter means more to clean, more to tidy, more to buy, more to find space for, and overall wastes your time.

We really don’t need a lot of stuff. Really, you don’t! Just like it’s better to have a few good friends than many acquaintances, it’s better to have a few things you love than a bunch of…. well, crap. They say you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Which is so true! So what’s with the other 80% just taking up space? Make room for what you love so you can really enjoy what you have, and if you can donate it, even better! Let other people enjoy all that stuff you don’t love.

Here are some things I got rid of this week: A pack of socks, a bowl, a glass, a shotglass, 2 dusters, 3 bottles of febreeze, a bottle of bleach (all roughly 10 years old… or expired 10 years ago), another bottle of (very old) cleaner, cutlery, cutlery holder things, a sheet set including 2 pillow cases and 2 flat sheets, a mattress cover (that’s old, stained, ripped), a dress, about 5 shirts and a couple of sweaters. I’d say that is a success! Since I decluttered so much out of my laundry room (with the cleaning supplies), I was able to fit more things into that cupboard leaving my laundry room much less cluttered. Awesome!

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Reflection on the Year

Now that the year is done and I’ve taken a few well deserved days off, I figure I should probably reflect on the year.

It was easy at first, but I won’t lie, at the end of January (yes the FIRST month) I was thinking, oh my goodness, what have I gotten myself into? I was really stuck but after a ton of support and encouragement (all year long) from Evan, and a lot of pushing myself, I got it done! The state of the house how it is now is about what I was expecting, and I’m pretty happy with it, although I am NOT done decluttering. I thought it would take me a while to start again this year but found I’m already decluttering more stuff already!

The reason I started decluttering is because I feel that the more stuff that is around the more unorganized and cluttered my brain feels (and I think a lot of people are like this). I’m much happier with the way our home is now. Also, it has made me a lot more critical of things coming into the house. I buy less, I accept less “does anyone want this?” offers.

I went around and took pictures of our newly decluttered home (yay!). All rooms are here except for the man cave, as we just got a new entertainment centre and it’s not quite finished and that room is a disaster! Hopefully it will be ready soon and I’ll add those pics 🙂

Oh, and to answer a question I’ve had before, “is there anything you regret getting rid of?” No. Nothing at all. Sometimes it took me a couple of months to realize I could let go of something, but there’s nothing that has left that I wish I hadn’t let go. Much happier with the extra space :).

If you want to declutter but don’t know where to start, contact me! I love to hear from fellow declutter…ers.

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Day Three Hundred and Sixty Five – A Grand Finale of Sorts

365 thingsAs the year comes to a close we are visiting my sister and her husband in Philadelphia! Having a wonderful time here and my sister said, “Oh I have a wonderful idea for your blog!”. She wanted to declutter 365 items in her house. In one day. ONE DAY!
So, in one day, (while still doing our usual visiting and touring around) we managed to find 365 things, most of which are in this picture. Pretty impressive! Packed up and ready to go :). Good job sis and bro in law! I know it was difficult at times but you guys are troopers!

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Day Three Hundred and Sixty Five – Tweezers

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Before Evan and I moved in together I had a set of tweezers at my place, and after forgetting them either at mine or his place I decided I better get a second pair. Then I was left with 2 pairs but really only needing one. I figured I would leave one in our toiletry bag, but when my sister came to visit me she said that she also liked my tweezers (these are very good ones, I would recommend!) and that she may get the same ones. Well, I figured I don’t really need 2 pairs so I’d give one of them to her. And so there you have it!