Montag, Februar 25, 2008
here comes the looong promised blog-post!
Yes, I'm still decluttering. I'm taking baby steps but I guess it will be an ongoing process for me, since clutter seems to come back and back and back and back. And I stil need to establish more habits for me.
Some things worked out really well, like putting everything in the dishwasher as soon as it is used and not needed anymore. Making a cake? Put everything away as soon as you don't need it anymore. If the cake is in the oven, put the bowl and the mixer-equipment into the dishwasher and voilá, the kitchen does look neat.
I try to empty the dishwasher soon after it is done. Sometimes I let it wash over night, so I empty it the next morning. I make a small game for me, to make it more fun. I have a radio in the kitchen and I try to have most of the stuff out of the dishwasher and into the cupboards during 1 song. Works well!
The most chaotic room in the house is my room as I'm the chaotic person in this household. To get it more organized ( read: to be able to see the floor )I have found some stategies that work for me:
- every time I get into my room I pick 1 piece of stuff up and put it into it's propper place
- Let things go, that you don't love. I simply hated the blue yarn I got from my MIL and Maria wanted it, so she got it. Karina did not like some Kauni yarn, now it is mine! I had a coffeepad-maker that I did not use, now my friends co-worker has it and I got some coffee instead. I just went thru all of my sewingpatterns ( the ones in envelopes), I threw some away and some went into the "for my sewing group meeting" bin. Yesterday I took them with me and some of them found a new home!
- Be honest when you are sorting things out. Get help from a friend if you can't part with old clothes. There might be pieces, that you are unsure about. Put them into a box, write a date in 6 months upon it and if you did not need any of the clothes in the meantime, than donate the clothes to the red-cross or similar without opening the box. This also applys to a lot of other things like old schoolbooks and notes. It is nice to keep some esp. funny but ALL of them? For electronic appliances and furniture freecycle is a great way to get rid of stuff!
- Know what you have. I love my ravelry-account for keeping track of what I have yarnwise. I need to get something similar for my fabric. This way I don't forget what I have and the risk of buying something similar is reduced. This also applies for other areas like my make-up box. Why did I have 3 different jars of day-cream or 2 very similar blushes?
- Use what you have. I did tend to use my "cheap" make-up and lotions and stuff because the more expensive one is for "good"... HUH? Why should I not use my nice make up or the expensive shampoo from the salon? If it is empty and I can't afford new I'll buy the cheap stuff THEN. Note to myself: you don't need 5 different bars of soap either even if it is lush, there will always be more nice soap. Even soap does not get better with storage....
- Have a trash-bin near by the entrance and throw away all advertisements and catalogs as soon as you see them, if they don't interest you or read them and throw them away. If you found something inspiring, rip the side out and FILE it away right away.
- If you have a tedious task like putting in pictures into albums, make an appointment with yourself on a regular basis like "Every thursday when CSI is on tv, I'll put in pictures during this one episode" or " every time a new stash-and-burn podcast comes out like be ironing while listening"
This way you have an incentive and something positive to connect with a task that you don't like. Mine will be next " I will listen to the next sticks-and-strings podcast episode while cleaning the windows in Heikos and my room.
Do you have any more suggestions?