January 27, 2011

Baby steps forward

Baby steps indeed in so many ways.  First steps into my blog about freeing up a very cluttered lifestyle and first major baby steps in re-housing some of the bigger 'stuff'.  Please forgive my clumsy attempts at photos - a bit basic indeed!  .... and what a giggle that the first photo I attach is a garbage bag :)

If you are visiting my blog - Hi!  I must say I'm a bit surprised because I when I decided to start a blog, the intent was just to record the 'stuff' that I was getting rid of.  However, I'm aware that many people bloghop and its a lot of fun... and I'm certainly one of the crowd.  I have often left comments on my favourites as WendyJW - so this is me.    It may well evolve into something bigger but I'm starting with just the basics of decluttering my house.  

Today it was very hot and humid.  The sort of day which really slows my brain down.  However I stepped up the speed of  all the fans in the house and walked around with a big garbage bag randomly putting things in.  It felt great.  

Taaadaa..... the end result - a large garbage bag pretty much full of things that I am happy to re-house.  I am also very happy to donate things to my favourite charity (Salvos) at the moment following the major flooding in Brisbane. 

This has been a great incentive in ditching things that I normally hesitate over.  I am particularly proud of finally giving up on the tapestry/cross stitch frame.  How many times have I looked at it and put it back thinking that I'd get around to it sometime!?!?  Give up already -it ain't going to happen!  That was a purchase sometime around 1990 from memory.  So - enough time for something to happen if it was going to happen.

Obviously I have donated heaps of bags like this in the past.  It is just that it's the first one for the year, and the first one for the year of the declutter.

However it wasn't just the excitement of one garbage bag today - the main event today was the Salvos truck came to take away two really big items - a large entertainment unit (which we paid quite a lot of $$ for only about 6 or so years ago).  Apparently these big units are now so obsolete that 2 other charities that I rang wouldn't even take it!  Now if someone could just come up with a great way to recycle these units they would make a fortune.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to  - so hopefully someone else will.

The other item was a big fridge/freezer which we replaced about 2 years ago.  It has just been sitting in the laundry taking up space, used occasionally as a 2nd.  I really hope someone is able to make use of it.

The nice guys from the Salvos loading in the fridge and entertainment unit. 

Well that's a start anyway - I don't think I'll keep a running tally of things - think I'll just plod along happy in the knowledge that things are getting moved out.  I may be putting some items on ebay soon too.  

Cheers Wendy 


dreamer said...

Hi Wendy
Thanks for dropping by my blog.Lots of us feeling swamped with our stuff at the moment lol,
Well done on making a start on yours.

Ali said...

Ooo I love a good decluttering! It's hard rubbish in my suburb at the moment too, so we have been cheerfully chucking all morning.

Do you know the flylady website? They are a little bit nutty, but very good at teaching you how to run the household, and decluttering is probably their biggest thing. As I am a terribly messy person by nature, it helps me a lot to have them tell me how to tidy and organise my space.

Thank so much for joining Mud Pie, it's much appreciated!


duchess_declutter said...

ooh - doing the happy dance here! Thanks so much dreamer and Ali for your comments and support. So lovely to hear from you both as I have enjoying following your blogs, but only just de-lurked. Cheers - and thanks for joining in!

Laura @ Our Wee Farm said...

Hi Wendy! How lovely you've started a blog too!
You will be hooked!
I love a bit of a declutter!


duchess_declutter said...

Lovely to see you over here Laura - I have long been a fan of your blog and lifestyle. Thanks so much for visiting ..... and yes I can see I am going to be hooked!

librarygirl said...

Hi Wendy!
great to see you blogging.

cathy@home said...

i am looking back on why you started to blog great idea