I have been a big fan of space clearing for many years. Karen Kingston is the queen of space clearing. I might not do things exactly the way she does things, but I give it a good go. Even though I have downsized to a two-bedroom house, I still find myself decluttering on a regular basis. Getting rid of unwanted or unused items makes room for things you might actually need, provided you have the space.
Sometimes, you don’t want to replace items. You just want to get rid of stuff to create space and flow or to just get better organised. While getting down the Christmas decorations from the loft, I realised that I could have better storage boxes (i.e. smaller) to lug up and down the loft ladder without killing myself. I made a mental note to re-organise everything and buy some new storage boxes (see through) when it came time to put everything away. While emptying the boxes, I also did a decoration purge, and I still didn’t use them all!
Today was the day that I was going to put all of the decorations away, so I hauled down all of the boxes I had been using to store them away. They were all cardboard and all different sizes. It was a bit awkward taking down the boxes as I really couldn’t get a good grip on them. I am glad no-one saw me do it! Before putting everything away, I realised that I had things in clear storage boxes that needed to be looked at first. It was interesting going through items I had put away for the kids. It can be very dangerous opening up a box with items from the past, especially if you are trying to get rid of stuff. Your heart wants to keep things while your mind is telling you that it is essentially clutter as it is no longer being used by anyone. I really did enjoy looking at all of the cards my children had given me over the years and won’t be throwing them out. However, I did get rid of a lot of other stuff and ideas came to me on how to utilize these sentimental items in the future.
I had to draw a line about the box with photos. I swear that I will go through them and make a collage or put them in albums. Some I will frame, I swear, truly. I found things I had forgotten I had put away and other things that I couldn’t believe I put away. I found documents and photos that can be shredded and re-cycled. After going through all this stuff in my loft, I ended up with two empty boxes that I can use to store the Christmas decorations! I call that a result!
It took me all day to go through everything. It probably would have taken less time if I had help, but then I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself so much by indulging in a bit of nostalgia. (I also did laundry, made a panettone pudding, and did some cleaning!) Tomorrow I will be going to B&Q or Homebase to buy some storage boxes for my decorations and then I can start looking for other things to clear out! I think I saw some shoes and clothes I no longer need…:)
January seems to be a good month to have a good clear out with it being the start of a new year. Out with the old and all that. You never know what wonderful thing will come into your life when you make some space for it. Here is to another New Year and a new beginning!