Week 1 is down, done and dusted.
My 13 rooms 13 weeks experiment kicked off with a small area extending from under the stairs and taking in the hall beside it. The area houses a freezer, ironing board and iron, and a shelf with gloves, winter hats hats and summer caps. The washing machine lives under the stairs, along with the laundry supplies and wash basket. All nice and neat.
Only it wasn’t. My hard working Dyson vacuum cleaner was supposed to live underneath the stairs too, but in it’s place were bags and boxes of stuff past it’s use-by date stacked up for a promised trip to somewhere else, along with sundry homeless items that just didn’t belong anywhere.
The tiny space was full up of items I didn’t need, but either hadn’t got around to or didn’t want to throw away. Some of those were just rubbish, like spare parts for a broken steamer and some, like my grandfathers typewriter, were items that would be of value to somebody else.
It was hard detaching myself from items so filled with nostalgia, but I’d had that specific item for about 6 years, unused. Once I’d accepted that the typewriter held no living link to my grandfather and I only had it because no one else in my family wanted it, then whittling down the rest of the items was easy.
Starting with a small space is a good idea, because it’s manageable and gets the ball rolling. After tipping away in spare moments during the week, by the end of the week I had:
- Removed all the rubbish that had built up, both junk, waste and recycling
- Given useable items to a stellar neighbour for a car boot sale to become someone else treasure.
- Siphoned duplicates into the charity shop pile – just how many gloves and hats can someone wear!
- Hung pictures-in-waiting up on the wall.
- And stowed the Dyson back in its newly spacious abode.
An amazing carload of stuff exited this week. My small space now has space and my head has an ‘I can do this’ attitude.