DECLUTTERING

What is it about the Spring that makes us all go a little la la for a good old sort out? There’s just something in the air – and it’s contagious…no sooner as someone mentions they’ve eBayed all their old toot and the cogs start turning, planning an industrious clear out of the house, drawer by drawer and cupboard by cupboard.

A Mum friend forwarded me this article on www.mother.ly about how a clutter free home leads to a more focused parent. I have to say I found it quite inspiring, and whilst it’s not for the faint hearted, it did build on my mindset of less ‘things‘ for 2017.

I guess it was on the cards that many of the baby centric gear around the house was going to have to go sooner or later – after all, our youngest is now two and a half, at pre-school and apart from the lack of potty training, our baby days are far behind us. 

Whilst I’ve always been incredibly sentimental and emotionally attached to baby toys, clothes and maybe on a lesser scale, equipment, with each Christmas and Birthday the piles of things in every crevice of our home are getting a tad ridiculous.

And so, with a timely twist of fate, one of my best friends who just had her surprise third baby (and first girl) is first in line to a tsunami of baby girl clothes, and as the Mouse outgrows each size they are not being returned to the loft archives to rot into a bag of dust but passed on to a rather gorgeous new owner. Well, maybe a couple of things I just had to keep – for special memories sake. It makes sense – with no plans to revisit the uncertainties of extending the family, and our family extension project being more of the loft extension variety, we’d just be delaying the inevitable clearout.

Over the last few weeks we have been on a rampage of sorting out kids clothes. Bagged up for the baby, loaned clothes returned gratefully to their original owner. Tigs’ clothes packed away for the Mouse, and new bags of seconds we gratefully received finally able to fit in the wardrobe to replace them. Plus all her knew birthday  gear which I’d been unable to shoehorn in since March.

It’s always bittersweet hanging a new season of clothes up in the Mouse’s newly emptied rails. It seems so unbelievable that the dresses her sister wore just moments ago, are now hers. It just doesn’t seem possible. Time is flying by too fast and these material things are just one of many reminders how their childhood is whizzing by. One of the blessings of having two children of the same sex is that you do get to love these beautiful items all over again – create new memories with them and, of course, laugh about how similar the children look wearing them two years apart.

It’s not just the kids clothes either; I’ve decided if I cannot find a hanger to hang an item of my clothes in the wardrobe with, then one thing has to go in the jumble. It’s working so far, and with my reams and reams of redundant work wear that’s dating with every month as a SAHM, I can’t see me wanting to wear a lot of it even if I were to be offered a dream job tomorrow.

We’ve also sold on eBay – old scooters, beautiful wooden toys and I’m seriously considering putting the travel system up for grabs too. With every branded accessory from buggy board, parasol, even mosquito net it’d probably do someone a good turn, that Joolz that we loved so much. Maybe it’s even time to say goodbye to the Pacapod Mirano too…although it would make a nice laptop bag?

Just this morning I entirely emptied the cupboard under the stairs, having gotten sick to death of the ongoing battle to close the door after the taking the hoover-out-coat-avalanche. Enough is enough. There were enough bags for life bundled in there to last at least four lives, and a variety of coats for each of the four of us for every weather eventuality hanging miraculously off three hooks. I’d had enough.

As with any hard core sort out, things always get worse before they get better. At ten thirty my despair was real as the house was littered with boxes, bags, random odds and sods. The kids thought Christmas had come early as they declared each trinket theirs to keep (as did the hubby). Mum however was ruthless – someone has to be. The point you wished you’d never started is normally rock bottom, and the only way is up from there. With each re-stacked shelf and door, drawer or lid that now closes you’ll be giving yourself a high five and you’ll have earnt that tea, wine or chocolate when your work is done.

One thing I have learnt for certain however, is that bags of charity donation toys need to be moved on fast – don’t leave them lingering around small fingers and eyes to probe, otherwise day by day your good work will be undone. And, certainly, never let the kids see you near their toys with a black sack or they will be traumatised for life. Be stealth, move after dark, and never let them detect you on your mission.

Shed, your cards are marked, and shoes…I’m coming for you.

There’s no denying that a little, or a lot, of decluttering does us all the world of good.

x MMT

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31 thoughts on “DECLUTTERING

  1. Nicole Reply

    I had the biggest decluttering session ever this past month as I was packing up to move houses. Threw out so much crap and donated so much stuff, I feel so much lighter and better already!
    #coolmumclub

  2. notasoccermom28 Reply

    Oh I know. It already makes my heart ache to think he’s going to grow out of all of these things. I try to make peace with it early and donate things to this local moms and babies charity when I can. #coolmumclub

  3. beautybabyandme Reply

    There is something so refreshing about a declutter and clearing out stuff that’s clogging up the house! Love this post xx #coolmumclub

  4. Pass the wine please Reply

    This is a great idea – I’ve just sorted through bags and bags of Miss O’s old stuff for my friend’s new baby girl – has been hard to pass it on but it has just been cluttering up her room for months and I’ve not so much as glanced at it, so had to go! #CoolMumClub

  5. justsayingmum Reply

    Oh I’m all about the decluttering at the moment! New storage boxes arrived yesterday – that wardrobe of mine is getting a makeover! Oh and love the idea of if you can’t find a hanger then pop something in jumble – just fabulous! #CoolMumClub

  6. mummmeetsworld Reply

    This is great! We are having a messy extension done- it’s been a great decluttering process!

  7. Donna Reply

    I declutter regularly. I basically keep nothing. I get annoyed and bin everything! But we still have so much stuff?!! It’s the cleaning part of the spring clean I’m crap at! #coolmumclub

  8. ruth cartwright Reply

    Since being out of work, I sort of decluttered my wardrobe. As things got worn out, they were gone and I didn’t replace them. Love my pared back look now. #coolmumclub

  9. Tubbs Reply

    Last week’s post was about decluttering! There must be something in the air. Be afraid shoes … Be afraid!

  10. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Oh my goodness I LOVE a good old declutter we have been raiding all the cupboards and sending off stuff left right and centre I feel so light I could fly!!! Sending lots of #coolmumclub loving your way xoxo

  11. Mess and merlot Reply

    Ooh I LOVE a proper clearout!! Feels so good doesn’t it? Unfortunately my daughter is such a hoarder that I have to battle to get her to give up one item of clothing – seriously! Now we have a one-in one-out rule as a compromise, ok so it doesn’t help me reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ she has but at least she will sacrifice her beloved unicorn leggings (that are faded and 2 years too small for her) in return for a pair that actually fit her. #coolmumclub

  12. Louise Reply

    Decluttering is so satisfying. I’m currently in the process of working through our mountains of clutter too. I have a similar rule with the wardrobe now as well and it’s helping keep things under control. It is bittersweet though when you hang a fresh season of clothes up in the children’s wardrobe. I do love the fact that the clothes get passed down from Jessica to Sophie though – it’s nice to see those favourite outfits coming back again. Good luck with the last of your decluttering 🙂 #coolmumclub

  13. rockandrosesmama Reply

    Iv literally just done this! Its so refreshing to just have a massive clear out! Although I do still have an unused hallway FULL (like piled high) with car boot saleable shiz that needs to go! Ive Ebayed clothes and the rest is car boot! The dollar for your unwanted stuff is pretty good too! #coolmumclub

  14. hjsburnettaolcom Reply

    You are so right! We are moving and I have found that if I allow the children to see the Goodwill (Charity) bag it will soon be empty-even though it is full of toys they haven’t played with in FOREVER!!!! I feel like I have to psyche myself up like an athlete to do this clean out-you said it best…”ruthless”. My husband is a bit of a hoarder so it’s all on me. Glad I’m not the only one! Also glad I found the #coolmumclub

  15. Mom Of Two Little Girls Reply

    It’s not quite decluttering but I’ve just put away all the summer stuff and hauled out all the winter coats etc. Along the way I have thinned down the kids wardrobes as much as I can. It does feel good.
    #coolmumclub

  16. Misa Reply

    We’re decluttering madly, babyising* the house before Eldest presents us with our granddaughter. Oddly, the list of Things To Do seems to be getting longer, not shorter.

    *is so totally a word.

  17. Winnettes Reply

    It really does do the world of good. I decluttered the kitchen this week and the playroom last week. I have the bug now… There will be no stopping me! #coolmumclub

  18. thetaleofmummyhood Reply

    We’ve done exactly the same over the past couple of weeks. The house definitely feels better for a clear out! #coolmumclub

  19. anywaytostayathome Reply

    I just went through my wardrobe today. I love a good declutter, one of my most satisfying chores. #coolmumclub

  20. New Mummy Blog Reply

    I’m currently doing the same, although part of it is also going through boxes of stuff we move house with and have sat in the study and spare bed ever since. It sounds like you did a fab job well done Mrs!! X
    #coolmumclub

  21. Alana - Burnished Chaos Reply

    My whole house is in serious need of a declutter. I did finally get rid of a pile of toys I’d had stacked up in my room with the intention of selling them. They’d been there months so I finally decided enough was enough and took them to the charity shop. Rediscovering that corner of the room has made me want to do every room in the house now x
    #Coolmumclub

  22. Mum in Brum Reply

    I’ve literally just started to do this today! The clutter has been seriously building up and since we’ve been planning to move I haven’t really been doing too much about it. But I have no excuse now that we have our moving date confirmed and it felt soooo good just making a start. I have a ridiculous amount of girls baby clothes hoarded which I thought I’d be able to use again – turns out not!! It is so hard not to be sentimental with certain things. I also need to throw out all of my old work clothes, as you say I’d probably want a whole new work wardrobe anyhow if I was to return to the office xx #coolmumclub

  23. Muffintopmummyblog Reply

    I certainly need to get on and do this! I think biting the bullet and just getting stuck in is the way to do it. #coolmumclub

  24. Helena Reply

    I feel like I’m constantly decluttering here. It’s funny how much they get through in just the first six months. #coolmumclub

  25. tammymum Reply

    I SO want to declutter. I have so much stuff I want to get rid of, is to not having plans to revisit the baby stage but instead embark on an extension. It’s just, whete is the time?! The amount of stuff that could be removed from our house apparently takes so much time to sort and actually remove! One day though. If like you I can get past the sentimental value. #coolmumclub

  26. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    my best friend is pregnant so i’ve been able to give her a lot of Ben’s old stuff to keep or borrow dependant on the items. perfect as it clears my house and i can get it back if we have a second baby. perfect excuse for a decluttering! #coolmumclub

  27. absolutely prabulous Reply

    I so relate to the having 2 girls and seeing the younger one in the older one’s dresses and it feeling so odd. thankfully we don’t have any ‘getting the hoover out shoe avalanches here as we have more storage facilities in this house (the ONLY thing it’s got going for it) than we’ve ever had. Separate shoe room, downstairs cupboard for hoover, etc plus another storage room (spare bags, sports equipment, office cupboard, printer, dvds, probably a dead body). Does this mean our house is tidy? Ha haaa HA. I’ve decluttered endlessly over the last few years but I swear the house doesn’t look any tidier and unless the storage room and shoe room are tidy, it looks like we’ve not decluttered anyway! Pretty sure hubby will bury me in one of the numerous black bags of charity stuff I’ve ‘concealed’ behind our large Indian wooden screen if I dont get rid of them soon. On the plus side, the baby hiking carrier that we were given 7 years ago that he’s threatened to burn is Finally. Going. This. Week. WIN #coolmumclub x

  28. Tracey Abrahams Reply

    I love good declutter and am always happy to get rid of stuff. Usually a month or so before I need it again. Prime example was clearing out all my old baby stuff two months before finding out I was pregnant again!! #coolmumsclub

  29. Naptime Natter Wendy Reply

    I love a good declutter but I am guilty of starting and feeling overwhelmed by all the mess and shoving it all back in the cupboard! You are so right about the toys, Leo can month without playing with something but the second I go to bag it up it becomes the best toy in the world xx #coolmumclub

  30. Kristie- Mammaprada Reply

    I’m so desperate to do this! I feel like our loft is closing in on me! I feel like I can breathe better when I’ve got rid of loads of things! Slightly crazy maybe?! Xx #coolmumclub

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