An Extra Basket of Clean Washing Vs. Full Cupboards and Drawers

Being late in the evening again and having had a long and busy day, I needed something quick to declutter. Then I spotted it: ‘the extra basket of washing’ that keeps being moved from ironing board to bed in the morning, and vice versa in the evening. I set my timer for ten minutes and took a photo…

An overflowing basket of washing

You might recognise that frustrating feeling when you avoid putting things away because every cupboard and drawer is already full. I knew what was on top of the basket, as those items have been recently added. It was time to face what was lurking underneath.

The first item was easy – a towel – and because I’ve already decluttered the airing cupboard, there was actually room in there to put it away. The systems are working! The second was some bedding. This highlighted to me that bedding was an area that I seriously needed to declutter and made a note of that for the coming week. I couldn’t even fit four pillow cases in the divan drawer. I really don’t know what’s in there (that I like anyway).

A jam-packed divan drawer

The rest of the items in the basket were difficult ones; decisions that I just couldn’t make. As I only had six minutes left on my timer at this point, I allowed myself to go slightly over because I was typing this up at the same time. Every time I did manage to put an item away, it reminded me how much decluttering I still have to do.

I did quite well though. I was only left with four decision items and four odd socks (too new to throw away). I will go on a search for their partners tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep now and more decluttering over the weekend.

Thanks to those of you who are following me on my journey to a clearer home. It’s been 38 days so far which means I’ve done around nine and a half hours in total (assuming an average of 15 minutes a day). As some of you will know, I did six and a half hours on my day off last week, so overall it’s probably more like 16+ hours.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to An Extra Basket of Clean Washing Vs. Full Cupboards and Drawers

  1. To be honest the clothing issue is not something I have had much issue with but when I went to help my daughter after a knee operation I cam face to face with it. I asked her if she just went out and bought clothes instead of washing them! I did quite a few loads of laundry and we realized that she actually had no room to put them away.The small closet that she and her husband share is inadequate. She needs 3 different types of clothing as she has 3 different jobs. We did make a positive change when we took out seasonal clothes and packed them away. This is something I do every year and it really helps because I find that I really do not use as much as I have. I will admit to having way too many towels, they are in good shape so I keep them, I guess I should thin them out, thanks for the push.

    • Thank you for sharing that. I’ve never considered putting seasonal clothes away, as I tend to just wear layers throughout the year. Having said that, maybe I’ll consider rethinking that one when I move onto clothes. That might give me some more room to put things away. Thanks again

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