Day 7 of the declutteringness


So today was 7 items of clothing. Nothing very exciting either. But as a result of the cull I have created drawer space, as they were jumpers that have been unworn for the last 2 Winters (at least).


Tidy, tidy, tidy


Day 5’s decluttering offerings are 5 scarves I no longer wear. I have a whole deep drawer full of them so these five (not the five in the photo) may not be the last .

And Day 6 is 6 old videos that, despite us still having a video player, will not be watched again.

Went swimming late morning today and we were very surprised to see barely 5 people in the pool. First full week in January, the schools have gone back and NY resolutions still in play led us to expect a full house. Nope. So we happily swam our 30 mins of lengths unbothered. Nice.


Day 3


And today’s objet d’art which are surplus to requirements are 3 plain, glass tea light holders which haven’t been used for a number of months due to my having more than I need or want. Charity bag.

31 days of Christmas


My decluttering plan is turning into a reverse version of that favourite Yuletide hit, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Today was 2 old DVDs (there were more but I need time to sort them out) so day 1 and day 2’s goodies were dropped off at a charity shop. I had thought that I could wait a few more days before taking said bag to said charity shop, but said bag would then be replacing the clutterishness that I was trying to avoid. It’s going to have to be a very big bag by the end of the month !

Happy New Year


Yes I’m a day late but the sentiment is the same.

As well as decluttering-by-numbers this month I am also embarking on my , now traditional, use-it-up January.. Food in the fridge, freezer and cupboards will be used up before any major grocery shopping is done. Beauty products will be emptied before any lovely new ones are opened. books sitting on my shelf awaiting their turn will be opened etc etc. It’s like having a good old Spring clean but in January.

And day 1 of the decluttering by numbers saw a set of silver stacking cardboard boxes put into the bag heading for the charity shop. These had been sitting on the fireplace hearth in the dining room for quite some time.  Ok there is more than one box but as they are similar to nesting Rusian dolls it only counts as 1 thing. So, off to a good start. If I get carried away my house will end up like the empty minimalist house in the picture. Not sure I need to go that far.

And for those of you making NY resolutions, make sure they are do-able. I saw one blog and the writer was looking to change just about every area of their life. Good luck with that one !



As I caught my breath after a hectic week of family gatherings and entertaining I read an article in one of the weekend newspaper supplements. How to get rid of the bits and pieces that we keep for no reason other than we don’t get rid of them. This article suggested a way of gradually decluttering our homes is to do it a day at a time. So, starting on Jan 1st you get rid of 1 thing. It could be to a charity shop, recycling it or simply binning it. On Jan 2nd you dispose of 2 things, on the 3rd, 3 things and so on and so on.

I love this idea !

I’ve already got Jan 4th sorted with 4 glass tealight holders that I have replaced with more ornate ones. They will be in a bag for the charity shop next Sunday. I am actually viewing it as a challenge and may post on here as I progress.,