Getting tough with the stuff

Hello Friends,

Well there’s been a pretty big clear out this week.  Yesterday I took 5 big bags of clothes, books, bags and shoes to the charity shop.  I gift aid it as well, so it means more for the charity.

Bee’s room looks amazing.  She has finally tackled all the paper clutter (old school papers going back 2/3 years) and it has made a big difference.  The recycling bag is going to be overflowing this week, but at least it is out of the house.

As we’ve kept going with the de-cluttering, I’m finding that I’m getting much more ruthless.  I’m asking myself if I ever will get around to selling things on ebay, am I ever going to wear things I haven’t worn in the last two years?  I love books, but I’m even looking at the bookshelves now.  I’ve just put three cookery books in the charity shop bag.  I’ve only used one recipe out of one of them, so I’ve written that down in the book Edie gave me last Christmas and sent the book off to a new owner.

Apart from getting rid of stuff we don’t need or use, I know I now have to think about how I stop stuff coming in.  I have learned to say no when offered things for free by others – if I won’t use it or haven’t got room for it, then I can’t store it.  I also need to change my habits – I am not perfect, and books are my downfall.  I think it’s going to have to be one in, one out from now on.

What are your tips for stopping the stuff crossing your doorstep?

Until next time, Tawney x

Comments

Getting tough with the stuff — 4 Comments

  1. I was going to suggest a Kindle too.

    For fiction maybe a one in-one out or on in-two out rule, if you’re buying and donating to the charity shop then it’s not too painful cost wise. Swap with friends or use a local bookswap somewhere, the library, start your own recipe book rather than buying whole books, just jot down recipes you like the sound of. Stay out of the shops and don’t look as a leisure activity or to pass the time, the less you look the less temptation there is.

    Good luck!

    • Funny you should say that – We have bought Edie a kobo for her year in Uzbekistan (she was over the luggage limit due to all her books when she came back from Canada) and I’ve been very impressed.