It has been a month since I started my challenge to clear 1,000 things from my home and the progress so far has been steady. Over the last month, 247 things have left the house meaning I am a quarter of the way until my target.
Some of these have been big items such as a rockery in my garden and a compost bin. Every time I walk into the garden, there is a sense of freedom from the items that have cluttered up the garden for years.
For a while we have been considering replacing our small lawn with artificial grass and the simple act of clearing these two items has given us the impetus to get this work done. This has an additional benefit of me being able to get rid of the lawnmower and strimmer as we will no longer have a lawn to maintain.
Clearing the clutter in the garden has led to us being able to have a much lower maintenance space to enjoy whenever the sun decides to shine, rather than having to spend time cutting the grass before we can relax in the garden.
Both the compost bin and the rockery were found new homes via Facebook. I have been surprised at how successful this has been to move items on and it’s nice knowing that friends are making good use of items that were superfluous to us.
Other big departures were 75 dvds which were sent to Music Magpie. These netted me £50 to add to the home renovation pot (which will fund the lawn replacement in the first instance). I also sold a few more items of clothing on ebay and passed two pairs of curtains onto charity.
Although the clutter is starting to clear, I have done this in a fairly scatter gun approach taking items from all over the house. Whilst, I can see the benefit of their departure, it also means that no one area looks fully decluttered. So for the next month, this is going to be my focus to ensure that two zones within my house are fully decluttered and act as good motivation to keep going with the rest of the house.
I have decided to focus on our spare bedroom which we use as our dressing room. Although I have got rid of 30 items of clothing to ebay and charity, this room can be a dumping ground. I am hoping that by employing the ‘hackathon’ approach it will provide me with the reward and motivation to tackle more difficult areas of the house.
The second area I am going to attack is the cupboard under the stairs. This cupboard has a coffee table and display unit in it that we stored after our lounge was redone last year. By freeing this space up, it will give us storage for those items we do want to keep and mean that we have a place to put things as we declutter the other areas.
That’s my focus for the next month and I hope to get rid of another 250 items. What’s your goal for the next month? What big things do you want to tackle?