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Im glad to report i ve really smartened and tidied a cupboard up by having shelves fitted..everything is neatly placed on the shelves now and quite a lot of stuff been chucked
I actually feel thinner when i declutter
Yes i know i am weird!
As to sewing room clean-out I just can't bear to part with anything but the smallest scrap so am trying to take up quilting, if successful I can donate to a children's hospice so a sick or terminally ill child can have a 'snuggle' comforter.
carorees wrote: Spotted this news item examining the parallels between over eating and collecting too much stuff. Interesting. Viewpoint: The hazards of too much stuff - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30849473
@rieson well done for getting into your 20 year old trousers. I found a favourite pair of pin striped trousers which must be over 10 years old. The reason I don't wear them is I have to wear heels, so I'm shortening to wear with flats. I have 2 dresses and 4 skirts from Whitestuff that I do need to let go trying to make them smaller is way beyond my skills - size 12 if anyone would like them? Also on their way to the charity shop are a hipster pair of jeans that fall down and a dress coat, that's it, for now. The rest of the clothes that I have not worn for ages are going for a test run as I'm hoping a few may feel and look better having only reduced by one size. @Sallyo I'm with you, buying from ethical brands is the only way. How far are you in your 12 month quest?
Bathroom de-clutter a coming .... de-cluttered the cabinet in Mum's spare bathroom last week, some of the meds were from the 1990s!
I have a question though for you that troubles me a bit and gets in the way of my throwing arm. What do you do later on when you've thrown away something and the need for it, or maybe just the desire for it, comes up much later. This has happened to me, like maybe even a year or two later and I am filled with regret for having thrown something away, not that I've ever thrown away a really important something. Happen to anyone else? Just bite the bullet and face that it is gone?
Sallyo wrote: Thanks for re-pitching this tent, @Lizbean. I am in a constant state of de-cluttering. Now I have a new cupboard in my sewing room and I had to move everything out, in boxes, for the room to be renovated. I did that in a hurry. Now I have to slowly move back so that is an excellent opportunity to chuck and sort. All my fat clothes have gone though and I haven't lost any more. So clothes are stable. I did see a really good movie, The True Cost, about the fashion industry, and after that I have resolved not to buy any more clothes, at least for a year. I will reassess after a year. My goal is to mend clothes. I already have far more than I need. This movie made the point that consumer items are either 'to use' or ' to use up', and we have started treating clothes as if they are in the 'to use up' category. We all throw away, give away, heaps of clothes. Continually buying new clothes is unsustainable on many fronts. Clothes are cheap because people are working in awful conditions and there are dreadful environmental costs, which we don't see as they are happening in India and Cambodia etc. Ok. Off the soap box. Go and have breakfast.
Thanks, SallyO, This is one reason I like to buy in resale shops rather than creating a demand for new clothes to be manufactured.
Take out all tent clothes, trousers that are kind of loose in the groin...stuff I haven't used in a year I'm not likely to use away. few things to sell (like my Etien Aigner (sp) pumps from the late 80th, IMC), some for re-cycling (some souls might enjoy them) and the rest to throw away. The result? I actually have a walk in closet that I can walk into And - i got rid of like 65-70% of my entire wardrobe, just got to get rid of some dresses and jackets too. The very up thing is that The DH thought it's a good idea to get new and more fitting clothes
Apart from that I have and still am, sorting through a humongous collection of Pokemon cards, to get the rare and valuable one for auction...
So what's the plan Drdee?
@MaryBeth is a resale shop what we call a charity shop?
Actually, @Lizbean I don't know where I picked up the phrase "resale shop". I don't hear it used here--I tend to read a lot of books set in other places and other times, often finding myself using words and terms from those (mostly British) sources
I tend to use "resale shop" as a generic for any store specializing in used goods, whether it's for a charity or for profit and whether it sells clothing or other items--anything short of collectible. Most people here in the US that I know just say "thrift shop" as a generic.
Other people in our far-flung country probably have other usages.
Not much help, eh?
I would like to be the kind of person who is good at 'capsule' clothes where everything goes with everything else but, sadly, my purchasing is more of the 'impulse' variety where nothing goes with anything! Hence the bulging wardrobes.
My daughter has finally given the go-ahead for me to dispose of the plastic baby plates, cups, bowls etc, which we have here for our granddaughters - now they are older, but my heart wants to keep them as a souvenir of those baby times. It's a difficult step to take!
Never mind, some things will have to go! Watch this space!
I think I'm beginning to change my thinking from having to do it all in a hurry to a more modest bit-at-a-time approach. I hope so. I've been thinking, since I have a lot of weight to lose and will be doing two fasts a week for the next year or so, I can really get my house/closets/shed all streamlined by the time I get my body streamlined too!
As th eold saying goes slowly slowly catchee monkee! Slow but sure wins the race x
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