Thursday, 27 August 2015

Simplify - it's still there, quietly in the background

At the end of last year I chose 'simplify' as my goal for 2015.  And then I didn't mention it much again. But slowly, quietly in the background, small progress has been made.

It's been a funny year with a lot of distractions and I haven't achieved as much as I would like, but all and any progress is good, and there was never a deadline or specific target to be reached.

I came across this site recently, with the biggest, longest, extremely clever 'infographic' you've ever seen.  Only the top section is relevant to me at present, so I've taken the liberty of copying just that bit I want to remember over the next few months.

13 comments:

  1. I've recently come to the conclusion that I have to much "on show" (i.e. clutter) which has to be moved so I can dust. So this is an encouraging post to read - thank you.

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    1. P.S. LOVE the staircase storage solution on that kink you provided.

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    2. Thanks Dani, I love those staircase drawers too :-)

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  2. Weyhet, I'll make a minimalist of you yet!

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    1. Not unless you move my husband into another house:-) M. is at the opposite end of the spectrum to you, but I would very happily live with things as streamlined and organised as in your home.

      I think this is why I am LOVING the caravan so much, there's nothing in it that does not absolutely have to be there and everything is put away.

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  3. I think decluttering is on many people's agendas this year, including my own. I went through all the cupboards and drawers in my bedroom when we decorated it earlier this year and I feel so much better when I open a cupboard door now, I want to continue to simplify right through the house.

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    1. Hi Jo, thanks for stopping by. If you too are on a clearing-up project I can recommend the Marie Kondo book: http://tidyingup.com/ You may have seen it mentioned on lots of blogs this year.

      I was sceptical, I admit. Got a Kindle download, devoured it in one sitting and was hooked. Have only done my clothes drawers so far but her ideas really work.

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  4. My decluttering is going slowly, but must get into it more. I think everyone is doing better than me, but perhaps slowly is the name of the game (ugh). Although I get told my house is OK, it's because, I think, I'm a 'tidy' hoarder and wish I could be a lot harsher with myself and just chuck things instead of going through paperwork and keeping some and throwing the rest. Like you, I'll get there in the long run and life can't be just about tidying all the time. I'll have a look at that book etc. Take care and enjoy the long weekend.

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    1. Baby steps Susan. I find I cannot do any decluttering for ages and all of a sudden I am "in the mood" and I can achieve more in a couple of hours than would normally take a month if I'm forcing it.

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  5. What an excellent flow chart. It's tough figuring things like this out sometimes. Having a guideline really helps.

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    1. Cheers Leigh. I think this is stuff we all know deep down inside, but it's much easier to have it like this as a reminder.

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  6. I have been decluttering for several months. I started under our stairs, I felt liberated, I have done the dresser in the dining room, and now started in our grand daughters bedroom, (she is 17 and doesn't come to stay as often as she used to. (I downloaded Maria Kondo's book on to my kindle and read it some months ago, facinating). This weekend I spent Friday, Saturday and today emptying our GD's bedroom, painting it and our "office" (my husbands junk room office) which I have not been able to get into properly for "years and years" I have emptied it, painted it and hopefully tomorrow I will make it into a proper office. I do the accounts for my husband's business and have had to do them for the last 6 years on our dining room table, NO MORE, I will be able to sit in a proper office from next week. :)

    I find it so liberating to have a clear house. I have a cleaning business and I work for a client who is so absolutely clean and tidy that sometimes I feel you cannot tell I have been!! Nothing is out of place. I am also a list maker.!!

    I love following your blog Jayne, I find it so interesting, please keep posting. (this is the longest comment I have ever made on any blog I follow, I do apologise for rambling).

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    1. Catherine, what a lovely, lovely comment. Thank you so much, you made my day :-)

      Huge congratulations on all your own decluttering - as you say, it is hugely liberating! I know how much difference it made to me recently when I blitzed my study so best of luck creating an office for yourself. Hope today goes well and you get everything the way you want it.

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