I am sure I have mentioned it before but I am not a fan of the ‘massive purge’ style of decluttering. I liken it to any radical lifestyle change. If it is too violent a disruption to the status quo it is almost certain to be unsustainable in the long-term.
A much better option is to work slowly and intentionally on reducing your possessions. This should always be a two-pronged approach – minimise things coming into your home and move along those things which are no longer required or loved.
This weekend I have found new homes for several items by listing them in a couple of local groups on Facebook.
The dolls’ house was sourced from Gumtree several years ago and has provided many hours of entertainment for our granddaughters. They are now a little old for this and so with the consent of the younger one, I listed it to giveaway and it was picked up yesterday by a very excited little girl and her parents.
Today I listed 3 more items. The first was this bag which I used for work as I carried a laptop as well as my lunch and general handbag item to and fro. It removed the weight from my neck and shoulders. I no longer have a need for the bag and it has sat in the corner of my bedroom for 6 months so it was time to go. The bag is showing some signs of wear and tear, however, it was quickly snapped up and will be collected tomorrow.
Finally, there were 2 pairs of footwear. The well-worn RM Williams boots will last for many more years with a bit of refurbishment are taken and will be collected tomorrow. The red shoes have not had a lot of wear but are probably marginally too small so it is time to fin a new owner. I am sure someone will find them suitable.
I find it worthwhile to take the time to find recipients for specific items if possible as this reduces the chance of them being deemed to be unsuitable for sale and ending up in landfill.