All posts tagged: clutter

14 Ways to Make Your Trash Someone Else’s Treasure

I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m on day 30 of my 100 Day Declutter and that it was all going swimmingly. Truth is by Day 7 I’d already given up. While it was a nice idea – and I’d prepared a huge list of things to declutter in advance – the reality of doing a little every day just didn’t work for me. I’m always one to look for silver linings. I didn’t achieve what I set out to do, but in the process I did put together a list of great ways to turn your trash into someone else’s treasure. Work Clothes: Dress for Success help women get back into the workforce so they can be financially independent. They accept good quality business clothing, shoes, handbags and jewellery that would be suitable for someone to wear to a job interview. They have branches in Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch and lots of convenient drop off points. All Types of Clothing: The Clothing Collective is a second …

The 100 Day Declutter

A while back I embarked on a major declutter and enthusiastically announced I’d have this done in 30 days. That was 6 months ago. During that time I’ve hauled several carloads of stuff down to charity shops and school fairs, but it really doesn’t feel like much has changed. So I’ve decided to undertake a 100 Day Declutter – a rather ambitious task for me I admit, but by turning it into a game (of sorts) I’m hoping it’s something I’ll persevere with. Below is the list – I’ll keep adding to it as I go along. Wherever possible I’ll find a home for my stuff and in doing so hope to hunt out some worthy charities or causes that might be useful fo you, my fellow declutterers. Some will go on TradeMe for sale to help fund my first renovation project – the hallway (and yes, I’m pretty sure that’s going to take me another 100 days to complete….) and other things I’ll post on my Facebook page to see if anyone else can re-use …

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Project One: The Hallway Renovation

I am many things, but one thing I’m not is a DIYer. This is why after 17 years my home is more ‘student flat’ than ‘House and Garden’. That’s about to change – it’s time for action. Only problem is, I have no idea what I’m doing. I have more experience painting the town red than painting something like a wall or a door. Which is why I’ve decided to start with the hallway. It’s the smallest room so figure it’ll give me the most reward for the least effort. The changes are mostly cosmetic and as it’s the first room people see when they visit, it’ll have the most positive impact. What I want it to look like is this (you can click here for a 3D Panorama view) Here’s a list of the projects I’ll be undertaking: Create a photo wall: not only will it look great and really set the whole tone for a family home, it will also mean I can declutter my lounge bookcase which currently looks like this: Get …

Giving Presence, Not Presents

Sometimes life unfolds a series of small and seemingly unimportant events that end up having a significant impact. I’d just finished a rather long and involved discussion with the children on their upcoming birthdays – all three of which are in February. I felt exhausted – having just got through the toy-fest that is Christmas I now had more presents and parties to organise. I made a cup of tea, flicked open a magazine and found an article about a theory called Stuffocation. Author James Wallman believes we are moving  away from the debt and stress of materialism – where we use stuff to declare status – and moving towards “experientialism” where we focus less on what we have and more on what we do. The book has given me the words to explain the changes that have been happening in our household (which you can read about here) in the last year. That same day I got an invitation from a Facebook friend to a Monster Slide Festival. At that moment I realised I …

The Downside of Downsizing

One week in to my decluttering project and already the difference is noticeable. So far I’ve: Gone through all our clothes and got rid of all the kids clothes they’ve grown out of, and any clothes I had to honestly say I’d never wear again Cleared a whole 12 cubby bookshelf by getting rid of CDs, DVDs and books that were no longer of use I don’t even want to think about how much money is tied up in all that stuff. It’s been a real trip down memory lane so it feels a little ruthless and hard-hearted to discover these memories only to have to expel from the house and from my heart. Thank goodness I still have my mind. It takes a special kind of ruthlessness The rules of decluttering are a great guideline, but they don’t prepare you for all the hard decisions that need to be made. For example, I’ve got rid of all of our CDs except this one. My husband and I met at a Mighty Mighty Bosstones gig …