What has left my life forever in February?

It’s fun to write lists of the stuff that has gone. It really helps to keep me motivated and catalogues the evidence!

  1. Teapot (although I did buy another that will not leak!)
  2. 3 pairs of tights, brand new still in packets
  3. A dress
  4. Digital camera
  5. We also got rid of almost the entirity of my husband’s Terry Pratchett collection which amounted to around 25 books. That has cleared some serious space on our bookshelf!
  6. I have sold numerous uni textbooks on Amazon marketplace- probably at least 5
  7. I have traded in a large box of books and DVDs at http://www.webuybooks.co.uk Once again, I highly recommend their prompt and courteous service
  8. I recently gave a bag of food from our cupboards to a food bank because we had no real desire to eat them. I am sure that someone will appreciate them, a bottle of punch, some tinned puddings and something else I can’t remember!

Items that will be going soon;

  1. I have a wardrobe on eBay because we really don’t need 3 wardrobes, there are only 2 of us living here. I was watching an interior design competition recently on BBC2. The designer put Shaker style hooks around the edge of the room, so that guests would have storage when they came to stay! What a fabulous idea. The only reason we were keeping this wardrobe is for the rare occasions we have guests. Craziness.
  2. I am planning on going through my kitchen cupboards again and getting rid of dishes that are surplus to requirements and tins

Virtual minimalism

Well, we all know about decluttering our homes. But what about the virtual spaces we inhabit everyday?

I decided it was time to sort out my inbox. I spend too much time every day deleting emails I don’t want to receive. It wasn’t until I read this idea on another blog- now I forget where- that I realised I could hit the ‘unsubscribe’ button! So, every time these unwanted emails come through, instead of just deleting them- I actually take the trouble to unsubscribe. It only takes a few moments, but think of all the time I will have gained back in the longer term!

In light of this, I can thin k of a few other ways to clean up- virtually. I am going to tidy up my desktop and get rid of all those unwanted icons. I am going to delete files and folders that I no longer need.

Whilst you’re at it- why don’t you also empty your recycle bin and run a defragmentation and a disk cleanup, to maxmise the functioning of your machine?

Any other tips for virtual minimalism? I would love to hear them.

Clearing out clothing

Well, in my minimalist journey- it feels that the time has come to tackle the wardrobes, cupboards and drawers that hold my clothing. I have decided finally, to follow much of the advice I have read. So, I will be turning around my hangers to see which items I actually am wearing. I have also decided to make a start on getting rid of some stuff by getting rid of items with holes in or marks on. Those clothes I have kept for painting, when in fact I am sure I could find something old enough to paint in. And painting happens in different seasons, so I really don’t need to keep shorts and t-shirts, trousers and jumpers! All those just-in-case items need to go!

I have just sold a pair of boots that had seen better days, but were really nice and still had life left in them. I have bought myself a needed replacement. So, from now on I will try to practice the one in, one out theory too. Here are the old faithful boots that I have gone.

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In other news, I have also gotten rid of around 50 books, here are just some of them! The Pratchett collection that was my husband’s. They have found a wonderful new home, as a birthday gift to a fan via eBay.

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After this, I plan to tackle toiletries and make-up and throw out the items I have that I know have been open too long.

I’ll keep you posted!