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Right back at the start of 2019 I made a resolution to myself. I would make 2019 a year to clear. I’ve always been a bit of a consumer and hoarder, but since becoming a mum I have realised that it had got out of control. Plus I realised that all these things were causing me to feel overwhelmed. Buying may initially give me that instant gratification euphoria, but it quickly turns to regret. And the realisation that I don’t really need all these things to be happy. All this consumerism really isn’t good for the planet. So how did my year of decluttering go? Read on to find out.
My Year Of Decluttering
I set myself quite a task considering how much I had been used to buying. But like most addictions, it really needed tackling. So – taking each of my pledges in turn, how did I do?
Not Buying Anything Unnecessary
I made a vow at the start of the year that I wouldn’t buy as many unnecessary items. Including books, DVDs and toiletries, as I have always just bought what I wanted when I wanted. This has actually gone well for me this year.
I have just been using up all the toiletries that I have had in my cupboards. And it shocked me how much I already had. I’ve hardly bought anything new this whole year, but instead used up the contents of my cupboards.
As for books, I have started to use the library more, reserving books rather than buying them. And if the library has not had the book I wanted I have bought second hand rather than new to help the environment. In turn, I have cleared out another glut of DVDs and books to Music Magpie and Ziffit. They may not pay a huge amount, but it has cleared some space.
Clearing Out Two Items A Day
My next goal was to clear at least 2 items a day. Which was a rather modest goal in reality. 700 items isn’t a lot of items to clear out when you really do have cupboards overflowing.
However, I certainly haven’t put anything like 700 items up for sale on eBay as I had hoped. I HAVE sold 130 items this year though, and made nearly £2000 from selling my unwanted items, which is not to be sniffed at.
I’ve donated to local charity shops, sent to friends who have younger children, and even tried a cash for clothes outlet. I’ve definitely got rid of the 700 items. And may have even doubled it. My only regret is that we never did the car boot that we do still need to do, so there is still a large pile of things in the attic. But it does look massively neater than it did earlier in the year when I discussed my decluttering progress.
(By the way, I wouldn’t go to a cash for clothes outlet if you shop at H&M. Did you know they take a bag of old clothes from any shop and give you a £5 H&M voucher? I had to take 10kg of clothes (a large black bin liner full) to the cash for clothes for a £5 return!)
Not Buying Any More Fabric
At the start of the year I did make a promise not to buy any more fabric. I stopped following a lot of the fabric sellers on instagram that continually tempt me to buy new patterns and fabrics. I also unsubscribed from a lot of the fabric selling websites.
However, I still failed. I have bought some fabric, as I do follow some fellow sewing enthusiasts who are constantly showing me new patterns that I would love to try. But I still haven’t bought anything like the amount I was buying before, which had become a problem.
Plus, I have been using more and more of the remnants that my sewing creates, which makes my hobby a bit more sustainable. And i have been finding more and more ways of upcycling old clothes and cloth that I have cleared out when decluttering.
Not Buying So Many Clothes For My Little Girl
Similarly, I have reined this in a little, but I do like to buy my little girl nice things. So, much of the money made on eBay has gone on buying some other clothes in larger sizes for my growing little one.
I do feel that this is justified though. She does need some new clothes, as she really has grown this year. And in turn these clothes will be decluttered along the way. Just like I have been doing all year. And I have reined it in somewhat. E certainly doesn’t need all the clothes she used to now she is at school, and this will be the case even more as she starts going full time next September.
I think that my year of decluttering has really worked. It has helped. But there is still work to keep doing. I shall be taking my decluttering into 2020 with a renewed zeal to clear my life of clutter once and for all!
Do you think that you need to declutter too? Here are my tips for decluttering to lower your stress levels.
- Have a system – in this post I share how I work through my clutter.
- Do one room or one part of a room at a time, and set yourself a time limit. Do you procrastinate? Read this post.
- Try and be as eco friendly with your decluttering as you can. Sell it, or give it away over landfill if at all possible
- Remember that it isn’t just the physical world that can be cluttered. How about decluttering your digital life too?
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