When my environment is cluttered and untidy I feel stressed. I get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing because I just don't know where to start. Yesterday I took a long hard look at my home and thought 'Where do I start?' There were clothes everywhere. I hang clothes to dry from my open stair case (less ironing required), I have a clothes dryer (we call it a clothes horse here in Scotland, is that universal??) There were clothes drying on the radiators. I had piles of clothes in my bedroom (all clean I hasten to add) Basically clothes everywhere! And I'm really not that into fashion or what's trendy. So, I decided they were a good starting point. Using the 6 rules above I ruthlessly decluttered my wardrobe.
See, ruthless!! Using Pinterest as inspiration I worked out what my work uniform consists of and got rid of everything that didn't fit into that category. For work I usually wear a dress with a cardigan over it, thick tights in winter and flat shoes/boots. None of my dresses are expensive (usually eBay stuff) and are all machine washable (essential when working with small kids!) I kept a couple of pencil skirts and white blouses and a good pair of black trousers. Everything else went!
It's a very odd collection of clothes, some impulse purchases on eBay that didn't fit/suit or free stuff from my mum. I'll be donating it all to the charity shop The Teenager works in. Next task is my casual wear.
On the food front, I 'decluttered' my 2 freezers and made an inventory that is now stuck to the side of the fridge/freezer. I've asked The Teenager to score out what he uses so we can keep a track. There was so much food in there I could feed a family of 4 for a month easily!! Both need defrosted so I want to run them down and give them a good clean out. I also scored another huge 7.5kg bag of potatoes for 70p. So far we've had roast potatoes last night with pulled beef from the freezer. Might make some rosti today, they went down well the last time. Chutney is also on today's plan. Trying to get ahead for Christmas there ;-)