Calm serene and green. Plants are an everyday joy for me and our indoor jungle means tangles of leaves and pots all over the place. With an ever increasing green home – I find less and less need for other things hanging around. So with support from my lovely friends online and off, I embarked on the ultimate home cleanse challenge – The Minimalist Game. Keep reading to see what I parted with over the first 30 days of March!For the whole of March, I have been making a neat pile of things each day that can be, reused by someone else – recycled or returned to their original owners. 1 on the first, 2 on the second, 3 on the third and so on until over the last month over 465 items have left our home. It has made me really think about how we would like our house to look, and what items in our home have real significance and purpose. It means we no longer have to move boxes of things from room to room while we are still trying to renovate. Surfaces are clear, cupboards have space inside and our attic is now a way more manageable room – all the after renovation stuff is still up there. Wallis is very happy to have more clean surfaces to tiptoe across now. Joining me on my decluttering challenge were Katy, Heather, Hannah and Melanie. I had already been super ruthless giving away about eight boxes of treasured personal things after we hosted our Vintage Jumble sale last year. So, will admit I was digging deep to shed even more stuff from our home! And that is precisely what it is – stuffing – over filled cupboards, multiples of things that will never get used, things kept for best when we use the ordinary things every day. I find the emotional and physical weight of possessions, really gets me down some days. One day I’d love to have a home so scant that we could pack up our jungle and cats hit the road and move to another country. How freeing it would be with only one van full and not need to annoy everyone we know by asking them to lug all our possessions to a new place! :)So the place is calmer, and I do feel so much better for it. Forcing yourself to sort through all those drawers filled with paper, letters and old notebooks, from who know when shoved inside, and to recycle that jar of batteries that has been sitting on a windowsill for weeks, sorry – months. Do you think you would like to take the challenge and try to simplify your life and home in thirty days?The wardrobe got raided, my jewellery box, the linen cupboard, my wrapping drawer – it all went. I am still yet to commit to a 33 piece capsule wardrobe – but I feel that day will come this year. I love going on holiday and living out of one suitcase so how do we end up with so many things?!Dvd’s – no player – Records – no player. An excess of paper packaging saved for just in case and being half paper half plastic it really needs to be reused. If you are an eBay seller let me know – I have your packaging needs all sewn up for about a year?! :)Phew. It does feel so good to be free of all this clutter and hopefully, most of these things will be used by someone who needs them more than we do. Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post! Enjoy the rest of your day – see you soon!
Nicola Ranson says
Well done! That’s an amazing amount of stuff! I’m going to do this for April – thanks for the decluttering inspiration! :)
I think I will still continue until we are bare bones here. It’s kind of addictive! ;)
Eleanor Rae Nickerson-Smith says
I love this! We’re packing up our house ready to move at the moment, and trying to be as honest as possible with ourselves about what we really need to take with us. I’m having the most trouble with books! It’s amazing to think that close to 500 things have left your house in the last month. I’m hoping we’ll be in our new place by the end of April, but I may have a go at doing this as of tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration x
Somehow I have got rid of nearly all our books! I am a ruthless clearer – have a box of faves I know I will read again though :)
Lynn Page says
Hi Jeska,This is a great idea and something I promise myself when I no longer have the energy to wade through so many possessions but for now I’d love to see your Etsy shop stocked with some of the goodies as I’m not quite ready for this giant leap yet!
Jen - Knowing The Light says
Yes, I have been decluttering slowly for a year or so now and it makes me happy to see space around me!