Day 243: Practising Acceptance and Detaching Myself From the Clutter… and I Sold Some Today

Stephanie Bennett Vogt in her book Your Spacious Self, explains that just because we are practising acceptance with our stuff around us, it doesn’t mean that we won’t change.

“Acceptance means that after you have put into motion your intentions and acted upon them responsibly, you’ll get out of the way and detach from the outcome. You allow change, you don’t force it. You feel your feelings completely and fully without owning or personalising them.“

Stephanie Bennett Vogt, Your Spacious Self

After listening to the above words today, I had four people messaging me to ask if they could collect items that I had advertised on Facebook Marketplace over the last week. It’s amazing that three of them turned up to collect them today. I’ve sold two brand new games still in their cellophane and a set of 20 kids books called Happy Families. On Wednesday someone is coming to pick up more books, so including that, it will be £28 in total.

Clutter sold!

These and more have all been sitting in my wardrobe collecting dust for years, and I feel pleased that I’ve been able to part with it all so that someone else can enjoy them.

Games and books seem to sell quickly. The sooner I sort out the games cupboard in the spare room the better; however, today I wanted to focus on the top of my other wardrobe which had various items stacked on it that I am just fed up of looking at when I wake up in the morning. I didn’t show you a picture of the top of the other wardrobe yesterday, but I’m going to show you this embarrassing one.

Top of wardrobe before decluttering

I took everything down and wiped it all. I didn’t want to put any of it back, so I just two boxes from the spare room that look a little bit tidier than what was there. It sort of matches what’s in the other one from yesterday.

Tops of wardrobes after decluttering and cleaning

These wardrobes are old and very unstable and will eventually go, but for now they’re serving a purpose.

Making use of some of the clutter

The large brown cardboard box that was on top of the wardrobe had new items in it that I’d bought and not used. There was a lap tray with spaces for photos, and also two pretty photo frames. My youngest daughter helped find some photos for the lap tray for me, and I’ve now put it in the cupboard in the kitchen (as the others had one and I didn’t). The two pretty photo frames with butterflies on are in the girls rooms with photos of when they were little.

Some special memories have been found

If you saw yesterday’s post you will know that I asked my mum and dad where the cassette tape was of me singing All My Life’s a Circle when I was 3 years old. Well, they went into their garage today and took a chance that it was in one of the nearby boxes, and it was! They found a whole load of cassette tapes. Two whole ones of me singing, ha ha. It apparently kept my mum and dad occupied for over an hour this afternoon. They recorded a few songs and sent them to me (thank you). My girls loved listening to it. It’s only 1m 29 secs and I was going to add it to yesterday’s post but I can’t work out how to add a voice memo file. Oh well!

The Games Cupboard

I started on the games cupboard in the spare room late afternoon. I didn’t get very far, just took a few out to see if they’re worth keeping. There’s so much in there. More on that tomorrow. I got Scrabble out and my husband and I had a game. It was fun, although he did get almost 100 points more that me! Usual story.

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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