Last week I told you how the clutter and lack of organisation in our house has made me feel. I also promised myself that I’ll sort out much of it and declutter before Christmas and will hold myself accountable by publishing about it; with ‘before and after’ pictures and modesty be damn.
This morning I’m very happy to report that a part of the house that has annoyed me for – well, forever – was successfully decluttered yesterday. It’s about our hall and landing.
As you’d see from the pictures there was a copious amount of clutter. So, how did I do it?
This areas was the easy one, I should say. All I needed was to apply a very simple criteria and be merciless. Oh, and not let John anywhere near the stuff that went in the bin because being the hoarder he is probably two thirds of it would have sneaked back in the house somehow.
This was the simple criteria I used:
“Anything that has not been used over the last twelve months is not likely to be a necessity to our lives.”
Simple and easy to discriminate.
What did I have to throw away to declutter our hall and landing?
- Old newspapers and brochures;
- Old pens;
- Toys that our son hasn’t touched for years;
- Coins (these went in our change jar);
- Old backpacks;
- Swimming and gym stuff that had been stored in bags forever (I did keep the swimming accessories that we will need);
- Several pairs of my shoes that I had not worn for the last couple of years (it will take another several hours to declutter my shoes completely);
And you know what?
I have been wanting to do this for a long time. Kept putting it off because…Oh, well; because I thought it will take time, it will be hard to choose and it will take time.
I didn’t make a mistake by repeating ‘take time’ twice. My main concern was really the time it will take to organise these spaces.
It took me approximately 20 minutes to sort out the hall and landing. Even more importantly, now every time I come downstairs I get this uplifting jolt of pleasure just looking around.
I’d swap 20 minutes of declutter for weeks (and let’s hope months) of feeling light just looking around. I only have to work on John and our son to keep it going.