Everything must go

January 23, 2012

I’ve got that restless, rootless feeling. There are loads of things that need doing in the house – including a major revamp of the central heating – but I can’t muster up the botheration to get it all moving, even though the bathwater is tepid every morning and the girls’ radiators are covered with ice. I know that I need to sort out (read throw away) a ton of old shoes, otherwise our cupboards will be rammed forever more with pairs and pairs that don’t fit/fit but are agony/haven’t been worn for years because they are such agony/are still covered with mud that I never got round to removing because I was hobbling so much due to the agony/have got that slightly twisted look of shoes which have quietly died before they could cause more agony.

And there is the mountain of unworn jumpers/coats/scarves etc, not just mine but everyone else’s, which are clogging the place up like baconfat clinging to an artery. I did see an ad in a magazine the other day for a declutterer, who comes round to streamline your wardrobe, like a Dukan diet for clothes. I couldn’t face the scorn, though. ‘When did you last wear this?’ ‘What were you thinking when you bought this?’ I can get all that from my own daughters. I’m not sure I need to pay for it too.

Oh dear. It’s all too much to contemplate. But contemplate it I must – because I can’t get on with Book 2 while there’s all this crap swirling around the house. It has to go. Wish me luck.

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  • addy January 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Sounds like my house. As you know, I am in the midst of a declutter/renovation myself. I take one room (or major project) at a time each month and get it sorted out. By concentrating on one thing, bit by bit, by the end of the year, it all adds up.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      That’s a very good strategy, I should definitely take a leaf out of your book there. I saw a TV prog on decluttering once which said you should try the ‘ten minute tackle’ – do a job you’ve been putting off for ten mins a day. All well and good, except it takes me much longer than ten minutes to gear myself up for the ten minutes …. 😉

  • TheLazyGirlBlog January 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    It sometimes seems hard but I did the same last year. I convinced myself that, as I got rid of the tat that was clogging up my cupboard, be it shoes, make up (which was probably decaying) clothes and books, I could then see what I actually genuinely needed and have the fun of buying new stuff. It also made getting ready of a morning easier as I knew what fitted and what made me look huge due to not fitting. I sold the good stuff and made £300, which went towards buying lots of lovely new things.
    A girl has to give herself the motivation somehow!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Hmm that’s very inspiring! Did you sell the clothes on eBay? I’ve just sold one of the girls’ coats – a bit of a faff but quite fun to see the bids racking up …. I definitely do need to go through my wardrobe. But this is just after moving house, so I can’t quite believe I’ve got to declutter AGAIN. Oh well, better just get on with it and stop shilly-shallying – thanks for the suggestions, I’ll try it your way 🙂

      • The Lazy Girl Blog January 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Yes it was Ebay- if you find that a bit tiresome (as posting multiple ads can be), Facebook now has lots of groups depending on area where you can post images for free of the item, what price you want for it, and then interested members will message an offer. That way, you don’t have to factor in fees or post office trips. I sold some old kitchen items on my local “facebay” and got a very acceptable price too.

        • Dulwich Divorcee January 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

          Oooh I hadn’t heard of that! What a great idea, I will have to look into it, but bit worried that no one will want my second hand tat! Mind you some very odd items do sell on eBay so there’s hope! Thanks for the tip x

  • Crystal Jigsaw January 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Lol, good luck. Fancy doing my house when you’ve finished. It’s the master of all pig stys! My husband is a hoarder!

    CJ x

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Actually I would love to come and do your house – it’s always easier sorting out other people’s stuff, isn’t it? Partly because you are not attached to anything and can just bin it all! Not that I’d do that chez toi, obviously (you may be rethinking your invitation at this point!) x