After carving out the usual time to myself this morning, I carried on listening to Mel Robbins audible book Take Control of Your Life. She has a no nonsense approach and I needed that today. I just had to jot down these words to share with you…
If you have a decluttering project that’s overwhelming you, just focus on that one lego block at a time approach; brick by brick to make it stick. You don’t need five hours, attack it five minutes at a time.Mel Robbins, Take Control of Your Life
After listening to that, I put my decluttering hat on and got started!
Sorting out another wardrobe
Today I took everything out of the bottom of the other larger wardrobe next to the one that I sorted out yesterday. I knew that it contained a large suitcase full of clothes that I’d put ‘out of sight’ months ago. I didn’t expect to find another smaller suitcase in there also full of clothes!!
I was a bit annoyed with myself for not getting rid of these a long time ago. Anyway, I did a quick sort by holding up each item one by one and either putting it in the ‘charity’ pile or ‘not sure if I want’ pile. I know, I know… not a good idea, but I’d forgotten that I had this stuff and I kind of liked some of it. There’ll be no final decision until I’ve tried it all on. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that today. I counted 30 items from the pile below that have now gone into a charity bag. Well done me!
In the wardrobe I also found bags of toiletries and shoes (that I’m not sure that my husband knew were there), an old iron, a couple of overnight bags that were all dusty, some papers, an old inflatable mattress and other random items. Quite a bit of that stuff will not be staying!
I vacuumed the carpet inside the wardrobe (it goes round the corner next to the other wardrobe so it’s a bit awkward to get to) and I only put back the items that belonged in there. The suitcase of clothes that I need to try on will also need to be put back in there temporarily; however, I’ll be getting rid of the smaller suitcase because the zip is broken (I was actually quite pleased when I discovered that as it helps with decision making 😀).
I haven’t touched the actual clothes that are hanging up in this wardrobe as my husband will need to do that another time. At least the floor area is clean and clear. Here are the before and after photos of the floor area.
I’m pleased with my progress today, and I actually made some decisions about stuff. I was actually quite ruthless I think. It was a perfect day for this kind of task as the weather has been so windy and a little bit wet today. It’s still howling out there now.
One other important point to add is that I made sure I had short breaks throughout the day. I even rustled up a quick Victoria sponge cake 🍰. It was delicious with a cup of tea.