Have you ever met anyone, either in real life or online, who has told you that they decluttered their entire home in a weekend? I have read these kind of stories a few times but I have a really difficult time getting my head around the concept. Unfortunately, they usually involve a huge garbage skip and wholesale dumping of perfectly useable items. I find this strategy a disgusting waste and totally unnecessary.
My approach is the complete antithesis – a little bit at time and I often go back to the same area multiple times. Also, I never dump anything. I try to find new homes for them using a variety of strategies.
The bookshelves in the study/office is the perfect example of my method.
Once upon a time this is how it looked.
As the culling continued over several years we whittled it down to one bookcase and sold the other.
The small freezer was moved down to the workshop.
We upgraded from our folding table.
To this desk.
We added a blind to the bare window. I wanted to create a comfortable reading area/library so we sourced 2 armchairs.
Fast forward a bit more and we have culled the books even further. There were some non-fiction ones which have been relocated to the shelving in the living room.
This shelving unit was originally horizontal in the living room but was moved to the spare bedroom/sewing room to store some of my sewing materials and equipment. We decided to swap it with the light-coloured bookcase which will work better for the sewing stuff and is aesthetically better in the other room.
Here are 2 views of what I think is the final state of the office/reading room.
It has been thoughtfully curated over a period of time as our needs and ideals changed. I certainly could not have achieved this in a single weekend for one room, let alone a whole house.
There has been no waste as all of the items have been reused in our own home or found new homes.