Sunday, 11 January 2015

Decluttering the study: part 1

21 Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

I've started decluttering of the study, and it's a much bigger job than I thought it'd be.

I can't believe how much STUFF we have: it's everywhere!   I've just got back from taking 3 bin bags and two boxes to the tip, and 5 carrier bags of books, CDs and DVDs to the charity shop. There's also a pile of books waiting to be donated to a local primary school's library, and a few things to be sold on eBay. So much clutter and unwanted items from one small room. One room. It's embarrassing and unbelievable in equal quantities - and I haven't even touched the desk yet.

Decluttering the study

The study has become one of the those places where everything that doesn't have a proper home comes to die. It's just a bigger version of the kitchen drawer filled with random bits and pieces (doesn't everyone have one of those?).

I've tried to have a system: separating things into piles to throw, sell, donate or relocate. The relocate pile is for items that need to be returned to their rightful place. somewhere else in the house (usually the girls' bedrooms).

I've also moved some of the furniture around to try and get a better use of space, and as much as I love my leather tub chair it's a bit too big for this room, but as I can't find anywhere else to put it so it's staying put for now, just moved to a new position.

Decluttering the study
I'm also resisting the urge to start decluttering in other rooms before finishing the study. It's so tempting when I spot easy-to-declutter areas that could benefit from 10 minutes with an empty bin bag and a ruthless hand, but I keep telling myself I want to do each room properly and thoroughly, so those hot-spots are going to have to wait for now.

There's still a lot to do, and I hope to do a final update on the study by the end of the week, but in the meantime here's some articles I've found useful.

10 creative ways to declutter your home.  I like number 10.

5 reasons we have clutter.  "We keep the paperwork from 10 years ago – just in case we’re audited and the internet is broken."  
21 benefits of owning less stuff. "The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you."

Have you started 2015 with a decision to declutter? How are you getting on with it?