I'm a little worried about where all the new gifts are going to go in our house at Christmas. We are literally bulging at the seams! I'm not a great lover of cleaning, tidying and getting rid of things. I confess to being a bit of a hoarder and I'm afraid my husband is very similar and at least three of my four children are following our example - is it a genetic thing? I always think I may need something in the future and I always think I'll wear clothes in the future that I haven't worn for years!
Another habit I have, which is annoying is that I have bags of clothes, toys etc. etc. that I intend on selling on Ebay. The trouble is it never happens! The stuff goes into bin bags and lives in the corner of our bedroom for a few weeks, then it gets annoying and we put it into the loft where it's forgotten about for a while. We then find the bag again and the cycle starts all over again! Over the next few weeks I'm going to set myself a task of listing five of these items a day and if it doesn't sell after two times of being listed, I'll send to charity. Hopefully I'll make a bit of cash in the process.
Charity bags - now there's a thing, why do I get five posted through the door in a week, then none when I have loads of stuff to donate? This causes a very cluttered porch, piled up with black bags, followed by a very cluttered car as I transport it all to the tip or shop.
To declutter I need a plan broken down into small realistic chunks, that doesn't seem over powering I need to be SMART - going back to my managing people days!
|How I hope my house will look!|
I found a plan on the internet which I've adapted to our house. I just need to ensure I stay motivated. I actually love a clean and tidy house, I'm just not keen on the process of achieving it. As I move more and more gifts into the house and can't find anywhere to hide them, the task has become a necessity. I have just the right number of days left before Christmas to achieve it and even have room to allow a couple of days off. That's if I start TODAY - NOW!
Here's my plan - wish me luck!
- Television cupboard - drinks and paperwork
- Books in bedroom and lounge (I have far too many!)
- CD's and DVD's in bedrooms and conservatory
- Paperwork cupboard/pile
- Coats and shoes in porch
- Bathroom cupboard and toiletries
- Makeup and jewellery box
- Under stairs (will need to set aside a full day!)
- Bedroom drawers and sides
- My clothes
- Husbands clothes (will delegate this task)
- The girls wardrobe and drawers
- My sons wardrobe and drawers
- Toys in the girls room
- Shelves in the boys room
- Freezer and top of fridge/freezer
- Medicine cupboard
- Food cupboards
- Pan cupboard
- Crockery, cooking dishes etc.
- Under the sink, cleaning products etc.
- Kitchen shelves
- Drawer full of junk.
- Cutlery drawers
- Tops of kitchen cupboards
- Kids toys
- Boxes and shelves in conservatory
- The shed
- The loft
I think some tasks will take longer than others and if I'm on a roll I might even blend a couple of days together. Realistically I'm not over confident about the shed and the loft, but if I get everything else done I will be very happy!
Here's to a clutter free Christmas in 30 days!