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declutterDid you think that I forgot about my promise to declutter my house?

Did you think that I got so caught up in the holiday spirit – both as cheer and cheers – that all intention to declutter my belongings was forgotten?

Not so, my friends. My valiant attempt to declutter my living space and to organise my belongings continued. Yesterday I tackled my vanity table, my makeup draws and a cabinet full of ‘God know what’.

Doesn’t sound like much, does it?

You’d change your mind when you see the pictures. For now, it would probably suffice to say that in these draws I found hair pins I brought with me from Bulgaria over twenty five years ago.

For crying out loud! For well over 20 years of this time I’ve had hair so short that some of my students called me ‘sir’. (Don’t say anything!)

This time, the task to declutter was not as easy and straight forward as when I did the hall and landing. I had to come up with some declutter rules.

Here are the four declutter rules I believe appropriate to the nature of the items and space:

  • Throw away everything that has expired years ago. (Yes, there were cosmetics that had expired some time ago.)
  • Throw away everything that you have not used in the last twelve months. This was a good one and made the decision to keep or to discard very easy.
  • Throw away everything that you don’t find aesthetically pleasing. Yes, I kept only things I really like.
  • Move items that may be useful in the future and you don’t find ugly to more appropriate place; or organise the in the place where you found them.

I followed these four declutter rules to the letter. My decluttering zeal shared features with The Purge. So, about 30 minutes and three rubbish bags later my side of the dressing room was unrecognisable.

And just in case you are wondering, I still go upstairs every fifteen minutes or so to look at the lovely, clear space I’ve created. I open the draws and the cabinet just to admire and enjoy the practical organisation of my makeup, face creams, perfume, hair pins and boxes with stuff.

(There is a problem in all this, though. I have to make sure that I look only to the right: on the left is John’s part of the room and it is contrastingly messy. Working on him by example but not sure whether it will work.)

But enough talk. Here are the pictures from the second instalment of my declutter diaries.

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And you know what? It feels great.

Are you going to join me?