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The Great 2017 Declutter


I’ve had a (very well deserved) week off with Matt this week. We had nothing planned – no day trips, no nights away. I have, however, been reading a couple of decluttering books recently (It’s The Daisy Pages’ fault!), and come to the messy house, messy head conclusion. This week was therefore going to be the Great Declutter of 2017.

Confession: I have never been a neat and tidy person. I have spells of brilliance where I am 100% a domestic goddess, but these episodes are few and far between. Eventually the clutter seeps back in and I am rifling through unreasonably large amounts of junk to find my car key, or my glasses, or whatever. This makes cleaning more of a challenge too and therefore doesn’t get done as often as it should.

About a week ago, I started feeling the need to watch some old stuff that I used to enjoy watching. Stuff like How Clean Is Your House. I bloody love Kim and Aggie. And actually, watching the available episodes on YouTube made me feel a little relieved as I realised that my house wasn’t in How Clean Is Your House territory. Coupled with this, my appetite has been off this week. Wonder why?!

This week has been devoted to decluttering, as there is no point cleaning around the clutter. 10 big bags for charity later and we’ve made a dent. There is still a lot more to go, but getting some of it gone is a relief. I’ve tackled the naff tasks that I have been putting off too, like taking the duvet to the laundrette, washing skirting boards, tidying the towel cupboard, etc.

Some “highlights” of my finds?

  • 5 bottles of nail polish remover. You know, to remove all of the nail polish I don’t wear (last time I had painted nails was 2016).
  • 2 bottles of Olbas Oil. One went out of date in 2011…
  • 2 long lost pairs of sunglasses.
  • Enough plasters to be an Elastoplast mummy for Halloween.
  • Enough pens and notepads to start my own branch of Paperchase.
  • Spare leaving cards for all of my office (even though no one is leaving any time soon).
  • 4 old mobile phones. Only 1 of which I can get some money back on.
  • 4 old laptops and 1 printer which were taken to our local Currys who can recycle old electricals safely.
  • Countless leads. What do they belong to? Who knows!
  • 12 bath towels. For two people. Oddly, we seem to be short on dish towels though. The Cats Protection that we got Tank and Timo from are now the proud owners of our old towels.
  • More yarn than I feel comfortable admitting. Thankfully, the local Cats Protection and my sister’s local animal shelter will take donations of handmade blankets so I can use up the old stuff that is left over from other projects.
  • A Fitbit and a broken Jawbone Up.

So it hasn’t been the most exciting week off, but it has been productive. There are still bits that I want to have a good sort through and donate/chuck, but my next focus is on finding a cleaning routine that really works for me.

Are you in a good cleaning/decluttering routine?  Any tips you’d care to share?

Author: Steph

Blogger learning to live a healthier life, losing weight and starting to run.

5 thoughts on “The Great 2017 Declutter

  1. When I moved I had a good decluttering. Well I say huge but I’m actually not a huge hoarder or sentimental. So there wasn’t a huge amount to do. But it felt very satisfying!

  2. We did a lot of that last year before we moved, but I do find I need to keep on top of clothes- I look and think if I have worm them in the past year or not, but then I might keep some a little longer, so need to revisit. We only just got rid of the last box for the charity shop (that we sorted out over a year ago)- it had just been sat in the corner of the dining room!

  3. Ahh, your post made me chuckle because I can relate to it so much. It’s amazing what you find once you get started – sometimes some real treasures and sometimes just multiples of things that you can’t remember buying! Well done for bagging up 10 bags for charity – that’s amazing!! How lovely to pass on your things for someone else to enjoy…I’m working on the tidying/cleaning routine at the moment, too. One thing I always do is if I’m going on a long day out (a tiring/difficult day) then I always make sure I leave my lounge/kitchen tidy before setting off. I rope in the kids to help too. It’s a bugbear of mine to come back to a mess if I know I’m going to have a difficult day. Great post!

  4. Great effort! Love your humour. When I decluttered the cupboard under my bathroom sink I found enough tampons to last me 7 months. I’d just kept buying more, not realising I already had some under the mess somewhere.

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