So here we are then. on the 7th day of #MinsGame, and here is an update for you.
The idea, for those of you who missed the original blog post, is to make a bit of a game of de-cluttering.
1 item on the 1st day of the month, 2 on the 2nd, etc, until 30 on the last day of the month.
Making a total of 465 items.
So this week, a total of 28 items have left my house.
Actually, not all 28 items have physically left the house yet, but they are on their way.
I found this pair of old work shoes lurking in the porch!
2 chalkboards that the Smalls were given last Christmas and they haven’t really played with. And a big clip thing for hanging bags onto a buggy handle.
These all went onto the Buy Nothing Warminster page, and have now been gifted!
Random selection of things: some jasmine tea ball flower things (gifted on Buy Nothing Warminster); a part used scented candle (gifted on Buy Nothing Warminster); a terracotta herb growing sheep (no one seems to want him on the Buy Nothing page, so he is destined for the charity shop); and a mincer that my mother in law gave me, that I used once, decided it was very hard work, and am giving back to her!
A load of random toys and shampoos that came with the guinea pigs. I am not sure they ‘play’ very much, so thought that someone else might like them (the toys, not the guinea pigs…). These have been gifted and are awaiting collection.
More random stuff: a phone holder arm band thing for running, that is too small to take my phone; a paper pompom, some fake tan, a lip salve and an anti-hayfever balm thing that all came free in various goody bags; some paper plates that I bought to do crafty things with the kids, but I don’t think we need quite that many….
The plates, pompom and arm band thing have all been gifted, and the remaining bits I will give to my mother in law to car boot (she raises money for Save the Children)
A collection of books, magazines and knitting/crochet patterns.
I have listed the Good Food magazines on the Buy Nothing page, but no takers as yet-they may be destined for the recycling bin (I’m counting the 3 magazines as 1 item)
The Self Sufficiency book came from the library when they were selling off some stock-this is going to the charity shop.
There are 2 sewing books-I have listed them on the Make Do and Mend-able Pre-Loved craft stuff page, free for postage, but no takers yet. If anyone here wants them, leave me a message (They are Yeah I made it myself by Eithne Farry, and Handmade Begninnings by Anna Maria Horner).
The pattern is also up for grabs if anyone wants it-it’s Simplicity K2588.
There are a few old knitting/crochet patterns-I’m counting these as one bundle-these might end up being recycled if no one wants them!
And lastly, a Pretty Nostalgic Vintage Scrapbook, full of beautiful vintage-y type images. If you want it, shout!
So there you go.
28 items gone or nearly gone.
The things I am struggling with are:
-wanting to de-clutter, but not wanting anything to end up in landfill. So this means it takes more time.
Some of the things, aren’t really things that I think charity shops would take, like the random toiletries and cosmetics. For things like this, sites like Freecycle/Freegle and our Buy Nothing Warminster page are fab-one person’s trash and all that! It is however, more hassle than simply taking them all to the charity shop. I have to take a picture, and then list the items, and pick someone to give it to, arrange collection….
I find that once I’ve sorted it, I want it gone!
-I’m impatient. And kind of all of nothing. So I am finding the little and often approach a bit frustrating. I would rather have a massive blitz on one room, and take it all to the charity shop.
But I am being patient. Kind of.
Anyway, 28 items in, and my house looks and feels no different. Just where does all this random stuff come from…?
I am also finding that de-cluttering, is making me much more aware of things that I am bringing IN to the house.
It’s a bit of a pain if I’m honest, to de-clutter in a zero waste manner. And if I’m going to all this trouble, I am going to make damn sure I don’t re-clutter again just as quickly…!
I know that quite a few other people are joining in, which is awesome-we could keep a cumulative tally!
Let me know how you’re getting on in the comments, and I’ll tot it all up 🙂