Measuring Decluttering Success

I know when I’ve had a good decluttering session by measuring the following:

  • How much I’ve put in the rubbish bag
  • What I’ve managed to recycle (which is usually a larger pile than the rubbish)
  • What I’ve added to the charity bag
  • What I’ve put aside to sell

Today has been a good day as I’ve spent the afternoon going through some of the study/spare room. My husband (who I won’t let help me for fear he’ll throw everything away 😀) told me this week that the entrance to the room was a fire hazard. This did upset me a little bit but when I’d stopped sulking and really thought about it, I decided that he was probably right and I really wouldn’t want to tempt fate and leave it in a mess for any longer. Death by clutter doesn’t sound like a good way for me to go 😂!

On a serious note, I was telling my daughters yesterday how excited I was to make a start on the study as I now have everything I need to sort IN ONE PLACE.

I started with emptying most of the drawers and the small bedside cupboard. A lot of it what I was clearing consisted of my daughter’s stuff from when she used to be in that room, so I moved it to the cupboard in her new room (for her to sort when she has time). It was very satisfying having drawer and cupboard space in the study.

I made a quick decision about what I wanted to store in the drawers and got to work on sorting through the bags and boxes that were cluttering the entrance and middle of the floor. Having space made it easy to put things away!

I have actually enjoyed today. Although I’ve not finished the room by any means (a lot of stuff concentrated into one room takes time) I have made very good progress. I sat on the sofa afterwards looking at what I still had left to do. It’s a lot but it feels more manageable.

I will continue taking small steps this week and at the weekend. I should be able to empty the filing cabinet drawers and start shedding a load of paperwork. That will move me forward even more steps.

I’m now going to reward myself with a Neflix movie with the family and a relaxing bath!

Until next time…



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 Measuring Decluttering Success

  1. StitchNSew says:

    Sometimes we need a dose of reality to help kick start or motivate us to start decluttering. Well done on making a start on it on the room. I like that you gave yourself a small reward 😃

  2. Having everything in one place can be great because it makes the whole thing very visible. I think that is why so many people loved the Konmari Method.

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