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Chez

Decluttering challenge, Nov 09

Right then. What do people want to declutter or tidy / throw out? Shall we each post a list of five small places / areas that we want to knock off and then attack them one a day?

Mine are:

1. Towel pile - waaaaaay too many baby towels now
2. Area under stairs - needs some kind of storage putting in, too
3. Underwear draws
4. Basket by phone
5. Books - select five a day for a week to give away
welsh veg grower

oooh what books have you got?

see I'mnot good at getting rid I end up adding to my stuff.
frewen

Oooh - I need towels for children's felting workshop Very Happy !
Jo S

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*
frewen

Ooops - that's the wrong way round isn't it...

Getting rid of things Frewen - not getting more things Laughing

(although I do need towels Confused )
Cathryn

Smile I can't manage one a day (I'm in work, can you tell? Embarassed ) but I am working my way around the house.

Priorities are

Put away clean clothes! They just keep mounding up and it's no use thinking at least they are all clean! Arrrgh!
Check out toy chest in upstairs bedroom before Saturday Wink
Break up the nest that daughter creates in the sitting room and reclaim it as the room for us all to use. Smile
Clean and tidy and wash everything in students room before he returns home in a few weeks.
Keep on pushing outwards aiming to reach end of house before the winter ends. Smile

I emptied under the stairs at the weekend and found some treasures and a couple of wicker wine holders, you know the sort, seventies classic. I can't bring myself to throw them away, especially the one edged with gold wire... Help! Smile
gz

bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*

joins you there Laughing

Every time I think I've cracked it, more boxes of stuff appear Sad
Then it is all a mess again Confused
Jo S

gz wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*

joins you there Laughing

Every time I think I've cracked it, more boxes of stuff appear Sad
Then it is all a mess again Confused


That's why I never started Very Happy
gz

bring me sunshine wrote:
gz wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*

joins you there Laughing

Every time I think I've cracked it, more boxes of stuff appear Sad
Then it is all a mess again Confused


That's why I never started Very Happy

On the other hand I just imagine it when it will be done.... Smile
Chez

A box at a time, ladies. You know you want to!

Get the box out.
Go and make a cup of tea, coffee, etc.
Take beverage in to room and put down beside box.
Sit on floor.
Open box.
Take drink of tea.
Go through box and divide in to things that you will use in the next twelve months and things you won't.
Put first section away somewhere.
Put second section back in box, ready for the tip or the charity shop - whichever seems best.
Jo S

gz wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
gz wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*

joins you there Laughing

Every time I think I've cracked it, more boxes of stuff appear Sad
Then it is all a mess again Confused


That's why I never started Very Happy

On the other hand I just imagine it when it will be done.... Smile


Hmmmmmm.

Or .... just do what I do: close the door and pretend you don't have a living room Very Happy

Is ok, it's just rented and I fully intend to win the lottery before I *need* anything in there Very Happy
Chez

Well, Judith more or less helped me go through our 'room of doom' before we left Wales. The one box at a time approach really works - you can take a box out and shut the door on the rest.

It was surprising how much we just decided we didn't need any more and simply got rid of.
gz

It is the Black Hole aka the Room of Doom.!!

It is second on son#3's List- first is my workshop so that I can use it properly Very Happy
(He has even been sorting his room Shocked )
Bebo

OK. Can I include outside as well?

1. Clear all of the remaining tomatoes out of the polytunnel and do something with them.
2. Ditto chillis.
3. Sort out the clean clothes pile, iron and put away
4. Finish sorting bookshelves into alpahbetical order
5. Get some box file thingies and sort out the pile of magazines that is verging on being structurally unstable.
Jo S

Chez wrote:
A box at a time, ladies. You know you want to!

Get the box out.
Go and make a cup of tea, coffee, etc.
Take beverage in to room and put down beside box.
Sit on floor.
Open box.
Take drink of tea.
Go through box and divide in to things that you will use in the next twelve months and things you won't.
Put first section away somewhere.
Put second section back in box, ready for the tip or the charity shop - whichever seems best.


Or ...........

Reach for a box
Fall over the OH's bike, bang leg on coffee table, knock over opened box of books, swear profusely as they all fall on head
Clear up mess, pick up the first box that comes to hand
Take to bedroom as there's no room in living room
Make coffee, put down next to box
Open box
Gasp at the contents (so that's where that is!)
Make a 'to keep pile'.
Shoo cat off said pile
Cat knocks over coffee
Jump up, swear at cat, run to get cloth
Come back to find cat missing, dog's run off with something important
Close box, take back to room
Still can't find cat
Return to living room, open box, rescue cat
SandraR

I was told at the week end the attic needs sorting/emptying Shocked The 'attic' is an extension built several years ago as a shower room and ensuite bedroom. It was never finished for several reasons - money, time, circumstances but now it is going to be done. Being a dormer bungalow (with little storage space) and having three offspring return home from uni it's full of stuff with nowhere to go. Chez you timimg is perfect but I'm dreading it...one box at a time, one box at a time.

What to part with though? I think I'd rather see the children leave home than part with my dolls cot from cough cough years ago.
welsh veg grower

ladies ladies your not making me look forward ot the moving and unpacking bit at all are you.

I now have boxes in old house
Boxes in rented house
stuff in both houses and garage

all needs to be in new house next week and most needs to be unpacked quick as I have guests coming soon
judith

bring me sunshine wrote:
Chez wrote:
A box at a time, ladies. You know you want to!

Get the box out.
Go and make a cup of tea, coffee, etc.
Take beverage in to room and put down beside box.
Sit on floor.
Open box.
Take drink of tea.
Go through box and divide in to things that you will use in the next twelve months and things you won't.
Put first section away somewhere.
Put second section back in box, ready for the tip or the charity shop - whichever seems best.


Or ...........

Reach for a box
Fall over the OH's bike, bang leg on coffee table, knock over opened box of books, swear profusely as they all fall on head
Clear up mess, pick up the first box that comes to hand
Take to bedroom as there's no room in living room
Make coffee, put down next to box
Open box
Gasp at the contents (so that's where that is!)
Make a 'to keep pile'.
Shoo cat off said pile
Cat knocks over coffee
Jump up, swear at cat, run to get cloth
Come back to find cat missing, dog's run off with something important
Close box, take back to room
Still can't find cat
Return to living room, open box, rescue cat


Or my own personal technique, which is to efficiently sort box, corner or whatever, putting everything into the relevant Chuck, Donate, Keep boxes. Then to get tired, shove ALL the boxes into the other half of the Room of Doom where I can't see them and then forget all about them for another 6 months. Embarassed
Chez

judith wrote:
Or my own personal technique, which is to efficiently sort box, corner or whatever, putting everything into the relevant Chuck, Donate, Keep boxes. Then to get tired, shove ALL the boxes into the other half of the Room of Doom where I can't see them and then forget all about them for another 6 months. Embarassed


We are addressing that on Friday afternoon, aren't we? I have wine as a reward when you are finished. And maybe cake.

If I can do it, anyone can. Honestly. It's just a case of being sensible about it.

GSHP, can you give your dolls cot to someone who will appreciate it, rather than letting it languish?
judith

Chez wrote:
We are addressing that on Friday afternoon, aren't we? I have wine as a reward when you are finished. And maybe cake.


I love it when you use your Head Girl voice. Very Happy
alison

I'll play

sort out 5 drawers in filing cabinet
find workbench near toaster
clean book shelf in lounge and sort books
SandraR

Quote:
GSHP, can you give your dolls cot to someone who will appreciate it, rather than letting it languish?


Up until a couple of years ago it was used by the minded children, now I think it can go along with everything else that fits into the 'if not used in the past year ' category.

I have only just finished sorting my late mother in laws house....admittedly several boxes from there have crept into our house.

I'll start tomorrow ! Shocked
marigold

I had quite a good sort out in the front bedroom a couple of weeks ago, but haven't got the stuff for recycling out of the door yet, 'cos I'm waiting for a friend to come and pick it over first in case there's anything she "needs" in the pile.

I also need to sort out:

books for recycling
WIP arty/crafty projects
getting eBayable stuff listed
filing cabinet
photos (prints and digital)
Fee

Ooh, I like this, my decluttering has subsided lately, I was doing so well in the summer.

My main priority is that we're going to move my office into the larger spare room so we can create more of a library rather than piles of books everywhere, so with that in mind...

1. Computer books (we really don't have the need to keep a Windows 3.1 manual other than for prosperity Rolling Eyes)
2. Filing cabinet (I'm scared of that one, and it only has 2 drawers!)

But, before we can move them, we need to:

3. Clear out wardrobe in spare room #1 (which mostly contains things that were put in there when we moved here 6 years ago)...which can be broken down further by:
4. Empty/sort cupboards inside wardrobe which appears to be full of cables that were so needed 6 years ago that they weren't chucked, yet haven't been touched since Laughing

And I suppose we need to sort out the understairs storage issue, might pick something up in IKEA on thursday for that.
joanne

I'll play too - I want our dining room which was all lovely and perfect last Yule (admittedly it wasn't actually finished until 7pm on Yule but hey!) back to the way it was and the bits that were never finished finishing - I also want to get to the corners of the dumping ground we laughingly call the conservatory as I'm sick of looking at it

Tidying these 2 areas up means I'll be able to move the PC back downstairs out of our bedroom and reclaim that space as well
Chez

Ahem. Are we talking an Ikea trip on your way to Wales? Just askin', you understand ...
SandraR

Idea If I sort out /empty out the' not yet unpacked since moving boxes ' in the under stair cupboard, I could put boxes from the attic in there ..yes?
Fee

Chez wrote:
Ahem. Are we talking an Ikea trip on your way to Wales? Just askin', you understand ...


No, before, do you need something? I'm going on Thursday!
Chez

GSHP, yes, you could. And then, ahem, sort them out another time Wink

Fee. Maybe. Yes. Please. I want a thingy to put stuff in ... I will go and look at their online catalogue.
Fee

I'm planning on getting one of these for under our stairs, they come in many sizes with many options on drawer types:

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S29862951
SandraR

Sitting room:- 2 drawers sorted 4 to go.

Not the attic but I thought I'd start gently. I'm sure I no longer need a poultry auction cat. from 2004 do I ?
mochyn

OK I'll do every drawer in the house, one a day, for however long it takes. Starting tomorrow.
Nicky Colour it green

ok:

1. clear stairs of all those things meant to go up or down that just got put on the the stairs themselves

2. one box from moving cough years ago

3. the pile of books and magazines to give to my mum

im not commiting to anymore just yet...
gz

I now have a carrierbagful of paper for recycling and the bank statements and various house bills are going in ring binders instead of wallets, so that I can see which is which on the shelf Very Happy

cuppatime coffee2
Fee

colour it green wrote:

1. clear stairs of all those things meant to go up or down that just got put on the the stairs themselves


Not just me then Laughing I contemplated one of those stair box things, the people we bought this house from had one, but I decided it'd just be one more place to stuff stuff.
Green Rosie

bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*


Aug 08 - nothing - we moved here in Aug 07 with unopened boxes from our previous move in 2001 Embarassed
Green Rosie

Regarding previous post I think I should join in.

Swap summer clothes for winter ones and downgrade anything horrible etc to duster pile.
Clear through boys drawers
Declutter feed/garden shed
SandraR

Embarassed Embarassed boxes under stairs since move in 1998

Don't think I'll be needing anything from it.

I have done 4 drawers now though and sorted the feed shed last Sunday.
gz

Green Rosie wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*


Aug 08 - nothing - we moved here in Aug 07 with unopened boxes from our previous move in 2001 Embarassed


I have been unpacking books and pots, over the past six months, that have been packed for moves made in 1989 and 1998, moved twice in 1999 then to here in 2004....

thankyou Tanwen!! (daughter) and Malc (SIL) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
mihto

Now for an interesting observation:

Unless I'm much mistaken (correct me if I'm wrong) every entry but one in this thread is made by women.


What does this tell us about division of labour on Downsizer? Is this a wasp's nest better left alone?

I have several lists on this rather bothersome topic.

1. Lately a lot of general clutter, mostly uninteresting mail and things that can wait, has been put into plastic bags. They now live in a spare bedroom. Some of the stuff is important Embarassed

2. Boxes have kept coming up from Bergen. My stuff. Never expected to be brought back after a failed move 8 years ago. Saved for 40 years or more. Partly also my parents stuff, salvaged from wrecked lives and important to no-one except myself. Heartwrenching stuff.

3. Photos. Big boxes with zero system. Goes back from before my birth. Will take years to even make copies of hundred of negatives.

4. Paint buckets. I like the colour of my library. Just happened to buy the double of what I needed. Same goes for lounge and outside of house.

I need help Rolling Eyes Surprised
Ren

I'm in - as much as I can be.

The summer challenge didn't quite make it!!

Since dogsitting 2 weeks ago, we tidied the living room so that he could sit down without 'disrupting' all my carefully discarded piles. The down side being that the Room of Doom is

BACK with a VENGEANCE!! Twisted Evil

And spreading. Embarassed And I have family coming soon and no room for blow up mattress!

I have books to get rid of, fabric to make into something, same for yarn, and and and....

Isn't there a magic decluttering fairy that knows what to do, the best things to get rid of and sell and can maintain at clean levels?
Chez

Ren wrote:
IIsn't there a magic decluttering fairy that knows what to do, the best things to get rid of and sell and can maintain at clean levels?


Judith.

Wink
SandraR

Quote:
Unless I'm much mistaken (correct me if I'm wrong) every entry but one in this thread is made by women.


Whose the bloke??
Ren

I have listed some books on the book bus thread!
frewen

I am not decluttering this, despite never using it and only just having unpacked it




Prize of self satisfaction to the person who can tell me what it is !
Barefoot Andrew

Ooh, bout time that was bumped...
A.
frewen

Never! It's pre electrickery and everything Laughing
mochyn

I know. It's a wossname. You know, thingy. Oojah.
Hairyloon

It is strange. I am great at decluttering other people's sheds/lofts/cupboards, but I can't seem to do my own.
I find that doubly odd, because I know out of mine what is crap and can be binned, but with somebody else's crap, there is no way of knowing if it is of some deep sentimental value, so an appropriate home for it needs to be found.
The basic trick is de-randomising the junk.
frewen

mochyn wrote:
I know. It's a wossname. You know, thingy. Oojah.

Close Laughing very close Laughing
Chez

Is it some kind of sewing machine? Wink


HL - I think that that's what is great about having a de-junking partner. They force you to examine if you are genuinely emotionally attached to things or just think you are.

Arvo freecycled my grandmother's clock instead of his grandmother's. I was emotionally attached to it, but it's been good to let it go.
sean

Barograph?
frewen

No - but I can see why Very Happy
Chez

Do you stuff stuff in the top and it comes out of the bottom flat?
frewen

No - stuff goes in the bottom Shocked
sean

Is it something to do with music? (I'm thinking player piano type thingies.)
mihto

Frewen Feltmaker wrote:
I am not decluttering this, despite never using it and only just having unpacked it




Prize of self satisfaction to the person who can tell me what it is !


It is a beard-rolling machine. Men with long beards stumbled when they walked and needed this machine to make the beard more compact.

Now if there are any German speakers around you would know what I mean Laughing
frewen

@ Sean - No - and it's smaller height wise than most of HFW's books !

Mihto Shocked
Hairyloon

Chez wrote:
HL - I think that that's what is great about having a de-junking partner. They force you to examine if you are genuinely emotionally attached to things or just think you are.

A good way of doing that is to take it all to a car boot sale.
When you see it on the stall and decide you must keep it, you can just take it off.
Cathryn

Laughing Laughing Laughing
This decluttering thread is becoming quite a challenge.

I am considering taking the pickup with me to the gathering on Saturday. However I will be bringing it back (nearly) empty. Smile
mihto

Frewen Feltmaker wrote:
@ Sean - No - and it's smaller height wise than most of HFW's books !

Mihto Shocked


Das ist so alt und hat so einen langen Bart, dass man die Bartwickelmaschine im Keller aufsetzen kann.

Sorry Embarassed Sometimes my rather sick sense of humor cannot be contained Embarassed Embarassed
frewen

My German is rubbish - so all I can discern is about something being old and a cellar Shocked Embarassed
Ren

That is so old and has such a long beard that the beard winding?
machine can sit (stay) in the cellar

Many years since I did any german Embarassed
mihto

Ren wrote:
That is so old and has such a long beard that the beard winding?
machine can sit (stay) in the cellar

Many years since I did any german Embarassed


well done! Laughing

just silly, I'm in hte silly mood corner today. Honestly, whatever it is is so old that it could probably live in the basement Embarassed

Is it a stencilling machine?
frewen

No it isn't and it would never have been any good in a cellar period Razz
judith

Does it have anything to do with wool?
sean

Bandage rolling machine? *Tries to remember Frewen's entire career history.*
frewen

judith wrote:
Does it have anything to do with wool?


Nothing Nada Nil Shocked

I know - I am shocked too Embarassed
frewen

sean wrote:
Bandage rolling machine? *Tries to remember Frewen's entire career history.*


No - nothing to do with that - unless keeping pestilence at bay is a tenuous link Wink
mihto

Frewen Feltmaker wrote:
sean wrote:
Bandage rolling machine? *Tries to remember Frewen's entire career history.*


No - nothing to do with that - unless keeping pestilence at bay is a tenuous link Wink


something to do with smoke?
frewen

No - smoke can't be contained Wink
sean

Does the big cream bit rotate? Or does it act as a container? Or both?


sean

Frewen Feltmaker wrote:
No - smoke can't be contained Wink


Oooh, do you burn herbs in it or something like that?
Hairyloon

Is it for logging something over time? Humidity? Temparature?
frewen

@ sean - Smoke is nothing to do with it really Embarassed

The cream drum rotates - that is the purpose of the mechanism, and the drum is spread with something *sticky* Shocked
frewen

Hairyloon wrote:
Is it for logging something over time? Humidity? Temparature?


It doesn't measure anything !
Bebo

Is it a fly trap?
sean

Is it a 'Gentleman's Patent Rotating Fly-Paper Machine as used by the Crowned Heads of Europe'?
frewen

Yay - claps for the last two respondents Cool Cool Cool

Now show your workings gentlefolk Very Happy
sean

It revolves and it's sticky and it keeps pestilence at bay.
Does it work?
frewen

It does - last time I tried (when I was about 10)
BethinPA

FF, it's a wonderful-looking device! I think you should keep it IF (oh, it's a big if) you can recycle/freecycle/donate the same number of books it displaces on the shelf. Deal?

I want to be excused from this exercise until December. I've been talked into hosting Thanksgiving (next Thursday), and am in a full blown panic about it. I thought it was going to be 20 people, but my Mother won't stop inviting people (to my house). Help! Rolling Eyes

Though, it might be a sort of productive way of procrastinating. I need to load up boxes of books for small children to give to my brother (who has a very tiny child), box up clothes my children have outgrown (and pass them to cousins or charity shop), and weed out threadbare towels (to put into draft excluders). Maybe that'll happen before T'giving, probably not.
sean

Move house? Or knit an enormous house-cosy very quickly and claim that it's one of those fumigation tents and no-one's allowed to enter the building for x* days?

*Where x is a number that would take you safely past the festivities.
Jo S

gz wrote:
Green Rosie wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*


Aug 08 - nothing - we moved here in Aug 07 with unopened boxes from our previous move in 2001 Embarassed


I have been unpacking books and pots, over the past six months, that have been packed for moves made in 1989 and 1998, moved twice in 1999 then to here in 2004....

thankyou Tanwen!! (daughter) and Malc (SIL) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


Phew! Some of the unpacked boxes are from when I was at uni... No idea what's in them, but it's good to know that the sellotape I nicked from the students' union has lasted the best part of a decade Very Happy
Green Rosie

gz wrote:
Green Rosie wrote:
bring me sunshine wrote:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeep

*runs away and hides behind the numerous piles of unpacked boxes since the move in August 08....*


Aug 08 - nothing - we moved here in Aug 07 with unopened boxes from our previous move in 2001 Embarassed


I have been unpacking books and pots, over the past six months, that have been packed for moves made in 1989 and 1998, moved twice in 1999 then to here in 2004....

thankyou Tanwen!! (daughter) and Malc (SIL) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


Thank goodness for that - I thought I was the only one with unopened boxes from previous moves. Mine contain books and I will one day have a shelf to display them on and maybe even read them again. I also have my family history research in several large boxes and one day I'll get back to doing my tree and sort through everything ......... honest .....
SandraR

Laughing Today so far so good. I've sorted out my house plants..not really de cluttering but threw out those beyond recovery and tidied up the others. Sorted more drawers and found 25 worth of gardening tokens and a really tacky Mother's Day card that sings my Mum's the greatest Mum that made me smile !
marigold

Going to make a cuppa and shut myself in the front bedroom for a while. If nothing else I must measure up the CS curtains that I'm going to remake for the living room, so I can buy the lining material...
judith

GSHP wrote:
Sorted more drawers and found 25 worth of gardening tokens and a really tacky Mother's Day card that sings my Mum's the greatest Mum that made me smile !


Laughing
That's what I call a result!
SandraR

I've come to a standstill now...just sorted envelopes full of photos...took ages Very Happy I can't believe how skinny I was in the 80's and how fat by 2000 Embarassed

Also how dreadful the house was when we first moved and although I thought we hadn't done much to it ..we have !!
Nicky Colour it green

GSHP wrote:

Also how dreadful the house was when we first moved and although I thought we hadn't done much to it ..we have !!


thats a good exercise to do - its easy to forget how far you have come!
Nicky Colour it green

well I emptied a box from moving - paperwork - I killed my shredder in the process, but it recovered once it had cooled down.

I have sorted out the books to give my mum - just need to actually hand them over before that piles becomes something I get used to looking at.

just have to deal with the stairs now...
SandraR

Very Happy Well done.
I've done all the drawers in the sitting room and the hall and the drawer in the kitchen. Tomorrow my bedroom Shocked
Jo S

*whistles*
mochyn

I did all 5 drawers in my fabric dresser: didn't throw anything out but I found stuff I need and now I know what's in there.
gil

Not seen this thread before, but today I had another 'trip to the tip', and came back without
a manky old single mattress
old fishing net that rats had nested in
some disintegrating black polythene
defunct old hoover
old bald mop

Still loads of old black poly sheet in the shed - I have no idea how it got there.
gardening-girl

My decluttering started in the garage, we got rid of the woodburner and two belfast sinks, other things are promised, and the Help for Heros pot is growing.
My new task will be to keep the end of the table tidy.Think large pile of paperwork, books, knitting, egg boxes,lists Embarassed

If anyone IS going to Ikea, could they get me something (could be passed on at the Devon meet)They do a pack of 10 basic white flannels, very usefull for dishcloths and can be boiled.
Oh won,t let me go Crying or Very sad to Ikea
marigold

I just did half an hour's worth in the front bedroom, but managed to shift quite a lot of stuff. I think short bursts rather than specific goals might be best for me.
frewen

All I managed was a good go through my merino drawers Embarassed

Didn't actually throw anything away, but it is nice and tidy Smile
judith

Frewen Feltmaker wrote:
merino drawers


They sound rather cosy. Very Happy
frewen

Laughing
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