Day 279: Getting Rid of Things Gives me as Much Pleasure as Buying Things

A few months ago (Day 204), I wrote about items in vs. items out and you will see that both can be positive moves forward. I think it’s important to put the brakes on any spending unless it’s been thought through. Stuff coming into the house is a target for future clutter.

Recently I started a list of items that I think I want to buy e.g. bulb planter, and then if I still want it after a week or so I’ll buy it. This particular item has been on the list for about a week now and I still want it, as I think it’s going to help me to make holes to plant bulbs. It won’t need to be stored in the house either so it can go with the rest of the gardening tools. Has anyone else used a bulb planter?

Getting rid of things

Throwing it all away

It’s rubbish day today (it comes round quick) and I was disappointed that I didn’t have a full black bin outside. My routine now is to empty the bins around the house daily, so as I did this after the school run there was nothing more to pick up inside the house. I was desperate to throw something else away, so I did the following:

  1. I popped into the garage and found a few things that I’d already thrown in the skip pile. I bagged up what would fit easily in the bin and threw it all away.
  2. I went round the garden picking up rubbish that had blown in. I also decided to throw away two old toy water guns that were down the side of the house. Not sure why I was keeping them – the girls haven’t used them for years and no one else is likely to use them now they have been left out. Things get spoilt if they get left out. Not ideal, but at least it helps me make a decision.
  3. I found an old bag of clothes which I was going to use as rags. This went in a bag on top of the black bin for the textiles collection which is also tomorrow.

Bedroom Designer Visit

We had another designer come round today to go through how we could build new wardrobes and get some matching chest of drawers. This man wore a mask the whole time he was here. He was also much more professional and patient with us than the guy yesterday, and together we came up with a really good plan of the bedroom. He is going to email me tomorrow with the design and all we have to do is choose a range etc. As soon as we decide this, it will take 6-8 weeks until it can be fitted.

We’re slowly getting there.

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 Day 279: Getting Rid of Things Gives me as Much Pleasure as Buying Things

  1. When I finally got my closet organizer (35 years) it was a game changer.

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