Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

Discarding Storage Containers

It's a rainy Saturday morning. Quiet and calm, but not inviting to go out at all.
Somebody might feel upset with such weather but not me…ok, not now.
This is the perfect weather to stay at home and start decluttering session!

Yes, today I'm discarding storage containers.

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

These storage containers are here for weeks. During decluttering I discard unnecessary items but keep their storages. Wt least until I'm sure I will not use them for other things I remained.

But turned out I had so many storage containers! I piled them up for a while - and this "a while" lasts for several months for now. I think it's just right time to get rid of this clutter.

What storage containers I discard today?

Well, not all will be discarded. My target for today are only that 3 pieces on the photo, just to release the space. I still will keep some - better quality – until I'm sure I will not need them too… oh, that's so typical logic for me. But it's not easy to discard everything at once, so I'm trying to progress how I can, move at least by baby steps.

1) Paper storage box

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

I used to keep my underwear there. But after a few rounds of decluttering suddenly sufficient space in the wardrobe drawer appeared, and everything managed to fit there. That's a good news! Seems we wil not need this box any longer, so I just discard it.

2) Empty trash bin

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

That may be funny that I used it as storage container too. I kept my belts collection there. Recently I discarded most of that collection (it's in the post Decluttering Belts)… just because I didn't need them. Other belts were relocated to more appropriate storage, and trash bin was standing empty.

3) Plastic drawer cupboard

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

I removed most of the drawers from the cupboard and I used as storage trays. It has already done a good job, so I can discard remaining of the cupboard with no regret. (P.S. After taking photo I still managed to use the remaining drawer!)

And that's it for today! It's just several pieces less, but they were bulky enough to notice that now room became a bit more spacious.

Thanks to rainy weather encouraging to do this since the morning:-)

 

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Decluttering Belts:

I use to treat my belts with respect.
I keep them carefully…
...in the trash bin. Oh no no, in clean trash bin!

Yes, it's still ironic. Guess my mind realized I have too many belts and was giving me hints what to do with them.

I knew I had too many and can’t even remember what I had inside that bin.
Belts used regularly are always on the top, so I don’t have to dig I side to get them. No wonder eventually I couldn’t even remember what’s there inside.

Do I really need so many?

I wear only 3 belts regularly: wide belt, medium and narrower version. That’s all I really need and use. I have no idea about the rest of the content of the trash bin. Let’s check it!

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Wow. I didn’t expect I had SO many! I counted...21 number.
Oh me, former shopaholic, why you bought so many?

Ok, I bought them not all at once. I recall I accumulated this stock for 5 years.
Each time when I bought some, I just put into storage box and forget I have it at all.
Genius, right?
Every time when I needed it I went and bought new. Just because didn't check that I already had it (I think impact to my budget with such approach is quite clear).

Oh, and also one version of something is never enough for me.
Minimum two! I need to have choices!
Never mind that all choices are the same and often of a questionable quality.
Now I see this pattern very clear - while doing decluttering in the house.

So, let’s continue!

This is the belt mountain I just retrieved. Most of them are duplicates of what I already have.
After checking them all one by one, I realized either I don’t need them or I’m using a better version now. Then I just discard others.

This is a mountain for discarding:

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

2 belts from the mountain I decided to remain. They have potential for my outfits...Hmmm, at least I will give it a try.

So now i will have 5 belts.

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

And discard 16.
Good that now it’s much less amount to keep and will take less space.
I will roll remaining belts and put them into the tray (plastic drawer from accessories storage I just unassembled).

Will keep belts in the wardrobe just under clothing.
I liked this decluttering belts session and hope you too!

 

Decluttering Desk Space (and Discarding stuff)

Decluttering Desk Space

Many houses have their own clutter spots.
Places where you put something unintentionally and just forget to clear it later.
One of mine is under desk space.

Decluttering Desk Space

I kept procrastinating decluttering desk space because this area is not really on display. Cannot see – cannot know! – my motto for hidden clutter spots.

I pushed under unintentionally put and left how it is forgot to remove: exercise mat, storage box with necklaces collection, shoulder bag, camera bag. Certainly, under desk is the best place for all of them! Especially piled up on the floor.

Decluttering desk space:

One by one I take everything out from under desk insides.

Exercise mat. I don’t recall when I used it last time. Definitely more than a year ago. Over a year ago we shifted to new place, and I didn’t use it a single time here. Then I just discard it.

Storage box. As many of my impulsive buys, I bought it on sale just because it had promotion price and I liked it. Is it a serious reason that I should own it?
That time I thought it was, and it ended up in my shopping basket.
Now I do not care neither about it’s attractive sale price nor why I suddenly wanted it. What I care now is that it takes space and I do not use it.
Well, I will discard most of its content but will remain empty storage till the end of house decluttering overhaul. If I need to store something inside I will do. Otherwise I may sell or donate it.

Shoulder bag. Yup, every time I come home, I put my shoulder bag under the desk…
…Oh!
Moment of understanding.
I gets clear why my quite new bags get dusty and worn out that fast.
Ok, I allocate some space in the wardrobe to treat them more careful.

Camera bag. Why under the desk? I didn’t find a place where to put it and just throw carefully put below.
I will keep it nearby shoulder bags in the wardrobe. Also a bag, right?

After decluttering done I can enjoy a view…of a dust! Oh no. I know I know, what else I could expect when never clutter the place and never broom it. Time to correct it.

Decluttering session is over:

And now finally, enjoy moment! Under desk is cleared (oh, I will miss a storage box below used to rest my feet when I’m working:-), no longer a clutter spot.

Decluttering Desk Space
Secret thought – now my job is to sustain it well and not clutter again.
I
will try to put an efforts to it🙂

 

Decluttering Overhaul: Where to Start?

Decluttering Overhaul: Where to Start?

     First steps are usually the most difficult to take. The most daunting sometimes, but the most valuable. Starting decluttering is no exception.

     One day I got so tired of the mess in the house that realized decluttering is the only solution. I simply was not able to care of the house, and ti did make me feel uncomfortable.

     Sudden visitors? What can be more terrifying!
     Planned visitors? I will spend hours before they arrive in non-stop cleaning.

     Over years I realized that just arranging my stuff will not help.
     It’s too time consuming to organize clutter.
     The only what might help is discarding.

     And then I gazed around our place and was wondering where exactly I should start. Literally every single corner required full attention. Not exaggeration - every single corner.

     Drawers are full with stuff, storage containers on the floor – it’s hard even just to move! Shelves are fully packed. Wardrobe is cracking overfilled.

     I hardly could imagine how I could ever make our house in order. Where to start, what to plan? One thought about it made me overwhelmed.

     And you know what I did? I simply started doing - genius, right?:-)
     Without much thinking or planning. Just pointed to the very first area nearby and started from there.

     I still remember it was surplus beauty products. I knew I was not going to use them and just discarded. Some space on the bathroom shelf released. It made me feel so much lighter!
     
     I didn’t realize before that unnecessary stuff weighs on my mind.
Unmade decision what I was going with it, how to care of it, when I’m going to consume that stuff. And once my first decluttering session was done it, I felt so lightened and inspired!

     The next time I did the same – just randomly chose what I want to tidy up right that moment, and I did so.

     Over time, when I discard more stuff and released more space, I already could plan what exactly to do next. Clutter did not terrify me anymore. I knew that after extensive work – well, what else I expected, I was growing that clutter for years! – I will have an incredible reward. Additional space in the house and indescribable feeling of becoming lighter are that reward.

     So if you long to do decluttering in the house, but do not know where to start... just start somewhere. Where you are looking right now. Or what creates most inconvenience for you and your family.

     I know, it sounds obvious but this is what worked for me.

     I did my first step by starting decluttering at that day.
And it did look overwhelming to start, but now I do it every week. It doesn't seem to be hard, and I rather enjoy it. Condition of our house obviously improved, it became neater and more spacious. It was really just about taking the first step!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Decluttering Coffee Table:

It's such a pleasure to live in a tidy home. I love tidiness, I see it as a kind of chic...unachievable chic with my level of home running skills.
I admit: I don't really love cleaning, or brooming, or doing laundry, I just sometimes do it.
But I love decluttering.

This little coffee table stands in the middle of the living room cum kitchen. And it’s one of the hottest clutter spots in the unit!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

It’s so convenient to put all the things to the table and forget leave there for a while...sometimes for a long while. But today I will stop it! Ok, at least I take an effort. Yup, decluttering is my continuous solution!

Oh, no no, clutter on the table is just a small issue. Big issue? Clutter under table. See that storage containers?Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Me too. I used to see them every day and never use anything from there. Neither my husband.

And they make floor brooming impossible. To broom below the table, I have to move everything around. Sure I don’ t like doing that - so I never do.
Finally there is a lot of dust and trash accumulated between them, on top of them and even under! Oh, this view make me suffer quietly but keep procrastinating with cleaning day by day.

Until a shining idea came – will decluttering coffee table area help?

I took out all the stuff. As usual with our forgotten storage boxes, I see most the items we do not need. Lots of stationery kept for years – wonder why do we keep so huge stock at home? Hubby agreed we don’t need and he would bring it to the office.

Old gadgets and devices, long time outdated. We will donate them for recycling.

And husband’s tools – well, this we can keep. I put them into dedicated box and placed on the shelf.

And that’s it! All containers became empty and space below the table released!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

It happened to me for the first time - I felt enjoy brooming the floor! I dreamed to do it do long but kept delaying. Now it’s finally happening!

Another baby step in house decluttering overhaul is done. Good! Now I have to care of a bit less stuff than I had to before. It will stress me less because will take less time and efforts to care about.

This is why I love decluttering!

 

Decluttering Session: Discarding Shoes

Decluttering: Tidying-up Shoe Rack and Discarding Shoes

Why do I need suddenly to start discarding shoes?

     That's probably common to own more than 1 pair of shoes.
     I own more than 1.
     To be exact, it's ...12 pairs. Only for summer season.

     ...I'm looking to the pile of shoes gathered on the floor. I wear regularly just several pairs of shoes, where is this pile from?

     I admit I used to believe and follow fashion urges like:
- Woman should have choices in her wardrobe;
- Not possible to have too many shoes/bags/dresses/accessories;
- Shopping is the best mood lifter.
      I know...I look like a victim of fashion marketing. To be honest, so was I.
      I thought everything is alright…until my wardrobe closet became a cluttered chaotic mess. Frankly, the entire house, not wardrobe only.

     Every weekend I used to buy something new. Shopping was the main entertainment I saw for weekends.
     And the next day opening my wardrobe I wonder why I don't like anything.
I didn’t realize I felt upset with the messy wardrobe closet.

     But now I understand. It's mistaken approach to quantity instead of quality.
      Suffering from clutter, spending money on unnecessary things, feeling unsatisfied with results...Finally a bulb is going off around now - more and more I become interested in rather minimalistic approach to the wardrobe.
      I’m decluttering clothing, accessories, bags. And now discarding shoes!

     Among all I actually can make use only of 6 pairs. Some on weekends, some on weekdays or special events. And that’s it! The rest is going to be discarded.

     I took out all the shoes and found pieces about which I didn’t remember! All this time they were sitting on the rack in wardrobe taking the space. Better late than never, so now I’m going to part with them.

Decluttering Session: Discarding Shoes

     Many are quite new and worn just several times.

Then why am I discarding shoes which are new?

     I admit, many were bought on a whim. Result of impulsive buy. Though, aside just being surplus each pair has its drawback making it easy to part with.

     After decluttering rack became more spacious, all remaining shoes fitted properly. It's no longer 12 relaxed pairs, but 6 hard working ones.
Amount of shoes reduced twice, but I didn’t lose a single necessary pair. The only what has gone from the rack is clutter.

 

Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe

Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe     That word - minimalistic - may sound scary. Women like shopping...maybe not absolutely all, but many. Do you? Me – for sure.

     I have to admit: here it is, a former shopaholic. Particularly keen about clothing shopping. Feeling down or stressed? Get away meditation, vitamins, relaxing or sports - stores are the best mood lifter!

     Over time this budget-friendly approach has gone, but a habit of having fully packed wardrobe remained.

    Frankly, opening my closet every day I didn’t realize it was fully packed and almost cracking. A view of plenty of clothes was not a sign I should stop bringing new friends to my fashion pieces.

     But I did realize I didn’t wear most of my collection. And it gave me quite uncomfortable feeling. Every morning I was standing in front my numerous fashion choices wondering why am I so unsatisfied with my wardrobe? Maybe need to buy something new what I would like?

     Cluttered wardrobe was so unpractical and unsightly that I decided to reduce it to just a few pieces - but only those which look great on me.

Trying to go minimalistic:

     Due to specifics of local climate and my profession, I need different wardrobes for office, for weekends and for special occasions. So I started with my office wardrobe.

     After weeding out, I have remained only 3 dresses, 5 tops, 2 bottoms and 2 blazers. For actual minimalists wardrobe it probably does not sound minimalistic at all neither look so.

     But it’s times less than I had earlier.

     I see free space in the closet!

     I never had it before. My wardrobe has always been full and cracking, 3 bags of clothing for donation is a proof.

Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe

     And you know what? Since then I didn’t regret about a single things discarded. Happened I need much less than I owned.

     And what about my love for shopping? After having a limited set of favorite clothing, I’m fully satisfied. I’m not craving to buy something new anymore. And yeah, it helped me to increase my monthly savings around twice. Not bad benefit, isn’t it?

 

Decluttering: Stand-Alone Kitchen Rack

Decluttering: Kitchen Rack

     Today I feel trembling. I’m going to deal with procrastination lasting for months.
     I’m approaching this kitchen rack for decluttering!

Decluttering: Kitchen Rack

     Oh, how long it took me to get courage for that!
     I was walking around the rack.
     I was planning.
     I was viewing.
     I was ready to do everything except for starting working on it. I’m going to spend ages decluttering it!

    ... I’m shaking out my hands in an hour’s time. Done.

     Seriously, done.

     Ok, it took me 2 attempts of decluttering, around an hour each time.
     Yup, sometimes I break lengthy jobs into smaller pieces...hmmm... let's say it's to be less tired.

     I used this rack to keep dry food products, dishes with cutlery, cooking appliances and essential oils I used in skincare routine.

     Frankly, I purposely procrastinated tiding up kitchen rack. I realized how much work I will have to do here, it’s was messy! Surprisingly, it took me less time and even less efforts than I expected.

     After I discarded lots of cooking vessels recently, I was able to relocate dishes, cutlery and other non-food kitchen items into the cupboards and drawers.

     And I changed my approach to storing dishes.
    Earlier I kept it permanently in the dish drying rack. After each use and washing I returned dishes to the rack to dry and store them. But finally I decided to stop using the rack and relocated dishes into the drawer:

Decluttering: Kitchen Rack

     Rack was taking too much space. And because dishes put there were always wet, tray accumulated a lot of moisture. Not attractive, not hygienic. So I changed the way I store dishes now.

     Relocation of dishes and cutlery was the only major change for the kitchen rack. The rest what I have done is just checked all food products, thrown those which expired, and arranged everything what possible into storage trays according to categories.

     My main intention for kitchen rack arrangement is to be able to see a glance what it contains. I need to be see things to remember I have them and to keep using.

     To make it less difficult to get used to new arrangement, I tried to save former location of storages as much as possible. For example, kitchen appliances that we use seldom we kept on the top shelf so I remained them there but arranged neater.

     Food related items we kept on the second and third shelves, so I remained that. But regrouped foods into storage trays according to my convenience.

     Second bottom shelf is for keeping most used kitchen appliances: multicooker and rice cooker. I put there rice storage too, it’s still about rice, right?

     Bottom shelf content has almost no changes, so beauty essential oils and herbs remained in place. I also added a tissue paper storage to bottom shelf. Well, can we consider it under beauty category?

Here it is, kitchen rack after decluttering!

Decluttering: Kitchen Rack

     Yes, you can say that - still not perfectly organized.
     Still cluttered? No!
     Ok, I also see it's not the top of perfection... I didn't dare to discard all the stuff, but plenty I did. At least first decluttering attempt is done -  my dream for this rack. Oh, and I can see all the stuff from a glance!

 

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

      Slowly but surely I’m reaching the kitchen for decluttering!
      Kitchen is one of the places in the house where I could only dream to tidy up, but never dare to do so. There is a lot of cooking vessels, cooking appliances, dishes and food gathered in one area.
      To add on, we don’t have a dedicated kitchen room in the house. Our kitchen is actually joint with living room. So there is only one corner with stoves, fridge and cupboards denoting that this is kitchen.
      And it's literally screaming for decluttering. Well, ok, as well as almost every corner in our house (but except for bathroom which I recently tidied up and got happy!:-).

     When we just shifted to the place we are staying now, available built-it cupboards and a drawer was not sufficient for me to house all the cooking stuff I had (they all got fully packed and I still had lots of things not fitted there), so I immediately purchased additional kitchen rack to fit all my kitchen belongings.
      It did help and was able to fit them all.
      But things arrangement has never been my strength, so everything was literally shoved to the shelves without any order.

     Over a year it was like this, until I gradually got fed up with messy space and messy kitchen. Since I launched my overall house decluttering overhaul, kitchen is going to be one of the most targeted areas.

I have 3 goals with kitchen decluttering:

- convenience for use

- easy cleaning

- attractive look (of course, otherwise how to enjoy being there!)

     The only way to achieve that intentions I see is to keep all the things away from kitchen counter top: inside cupboards, drawers, on shelves in storage containers. And to achieve that, I may need to reduce the amount of stuff I have. Surely I’m going to remain all I need and use.
But it looks I have more stuff than I need, so I will discard those items.

     First I’m starting with cooking vessels. In fact I use regularly only several of them.
      The rest I NEVER use!
      I packed cupboard shelves with casseroles, skillets and bowls which I didn't use a single time at least for months, and some for years! Each has specific reason for that, but mainly it’s because I either do not need (because have other more convenient substitute) or they have some drawback in use (like difficulty in cleaning or being heavy for lifting).

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

     Now space constraint is really a concern. For this reason I prefer not to keep cooking stuff I do not need and have to discard it. That’s really a big amount of things! My cupboards immediately got a lot of space inside where I relocated necessary things I use: dishes, cutlery, lunch boxes and other little kitchen items.

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

 

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

 

Decluttering & Organizing: Kitchen Utensils

     Clutter in the kitchen was really overwhelming! I will need a few attempts to tidy it up to the final result. I will post it day by day following my progress.
      But for now - at least I managed to organize kitchen utensils and  see available space for further arrangements!

 

Decluttering: Expired Make Up

     Decluttering: Expired Make Up

     I love everything related to beauty, and make up is no exception.
I have a good range of make up, different products, brands, many are high-quality from department stores. I was able to accumulate a good collection of lipsticks and eyeshadows, however I use
d on a regular basis only a few of them. Others were just kept. Just in case. What if I may want to use them?

     And...
     R
ecently I was really shocked by discovery: expiry date of open make-up products differs from the date stated on the pack (that date is only for brand-new unopen product). And it’s shorter than I might even expect!

     Open lipsticks, glosses, foundations and other creamy type make up products can be kept after opening for only around a year. After that product gets spoilt, sometimes even becomes smelly and has to be discarded.

     Powdery type make up products like powders, eyeshadows, powder blushes and so on have to be used within 3 years after opening. All older than that may have unhealthy impact to the skin and recommended to discard.

 

   This was surprising news. Most of my make up collection exceeded recommended use period and have to be thrown (sigh!).

     To be fair, I do feel upset I wasted money buying them and not using.
But it also gives me some feel of relief.
      First, because it does not weigh in my mind that I have so many products and not sure when I can use them all!
      Second – yes, because I’m able to release a physical space from unnecessary products. I might not dare to throw most of my make up for other reasons, even realizing products are unnecessary. But now I have a fair reason to release the space they took and be more conscious when buying any make up in future.

     Well, I still have make up – but now it’s only new products I bought within past several months and using regularly. All outdated items I can throw without any regret, and no unnecessary stocking anymore!