My home has been a bit extra chaotic this summer with people coming and going with all their stuff. As you know, Edie finished university and brought all her books and belongings home before heading of to Central Asia with one large suitcase and a rucksack. There were piles of stuff in her room, and at one point it wasn’t even possible to reach her bed.
My goal is simple – to straighten things up, get the boxes stacked tidily, clear out the rubbish and clean the room. Sorting out her belongings and deciding what she wants to keep is Edie’s job when she gets home.
When I first went into Edie’s room I didn’t know where or how to start. I then had the idea of picking up three things each time I went into the room. This would be something like three empty plastic bottles, three scraps of paper or a sock, a book and a pen.
After a week there is a clear path to the bed. There is a massive box of text books that I hope to slide under the desk when the floor under that is clear, and after that I should be able to put the remaining shoes and clothes in the wardrobe.
This exercise has taught me that successful clearing and de-cluttering doesn’t have to be done all in one go – a very small effort every day over a longer period of time can have quite dramatic results. This is something I would like to try in other areas of the house.
Have you tried a similar method of de-cluttering? Has it worked for you?
Until next time, Tawney x