Decluttering continues .....

I am aware I wrote on this blog of my decluttering endeavour, and really owe you an update.
Our target was to have had a thorough clearout of all our unnecessary clutter by the end of the Easter holidays, and although we made a lot of progress, perhaps inevitably we did not meet our deadline. However, our intention remains, and we have been steadily continuing to see bags and boxes of stuff leave our house destined for new homes or the charity shop.

I have had to work harder to rehome some things than others. Some items are snapped up on Freecycle in no time, others have required an online search for specialist book donations or recycling hubs. But progress continues. Our 12 year old and I cleared out his wardrobe this week … So much in there that he never wears; so much in there that he cannot even see. "Less is more," he said, when we had finished and he could actually find the clothes he wants to wear. We cleared bagloads of his and his younger brother's clothes. They have far more than they need.

To document our progress, here is our new, much clearer living room …


To show how far we still have to go, here is a picture of our front room with bags and clutter still waiting to be rehomed …


And to inspire us all to persevere in our decluttering efforts, here is a great article by Joshua Becker, "7 Common Problems Solved by Owning Less". “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” — Peace Pilgrim.