For many people September is viewed as a fresh start, much like January with the new year, September signifies the start of a new school year and a way to say goodbye to the Summer and start thinking about the months ahead leading up to Christmas. What better time to have a clear out? I always have great intentions when it comes to decluttering, but never quite manage to follow through until my house is completely decluttered.
This year when Miss A finished her first school journey, we spent a week or so decluttering the old uniform and passing on to friends who would still be able to make use of it. From here I have been slowly decluttering as the weeks have allowed and collected a good amount of unwanted toys and household items that we have recently donated to Oxfam who have a donation drive running at the moment to free your home of unwanted items and help fund the work against poverty and suffering across the world.
In our house we are very good at sorting things out, but they seem to be boxed up ready to be given away, sold or donated and they never actually leave the house. Miss A is a bit of a hoarder and if she decides she doesn’t want something one day, if it hasn’t left the house quickly there’s a good chance she’ll end up finding it again and changing her mind. Hubby likes to keep all his clothes for some reason, even the ones that don’t fit him, so in our home, I am the main declutterer and find it easier to declutter my own items as well as household items in the hope that they will follow in my footsteps. It usually works after a while!
I started with my clothes after sorting through Miss A’s and I was surprised at how much didn’t fit properly anymore. I’m not sure I am keeping them all. After that I sorted that airing cupboard and am slightly embarrassed to admit to how many duvet sets we still have from before we changed Miss A’s bedroom. She doesn’t like them anymore and they are in good condition so they were off to find a new home with my clothes.
I am determined to encourage Miss A to sort her toys but am waiting for the right moment to do so, but for now we have managed to make a good dent in our decluttering journey and I hope Oxfam will benefit from our donations. We were also able to tag our bags which is another way of saying we added Gift Aid, which will enhance our haul for Oxfam by 25%.
Seeing the space that we have already cleared is definitely a motivator to carry on.
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