I will begin today with what we have achieved with simplifying things or decluttering. To be honest the decluttering bug started off well but has slowed down as winter set in and work increased but we have achieved a lot.
I have been mulching the garden with old university notes and my old undergraduate herbarium (pressed plant collection) - that was three draws of a filing cabinet emptied (the final severing of my research past).
We went through the shopping bag cupboard and shorted out some excess bags - we washed these and donated them to one of the local opportunity shops - so I guess a range of customers now have some reusable shopping bags to add to their collection.
With the kids help we have started the process of shorting through the toys and books and have given many to the local opportunity shops. A selection of our favourite books and toys have found their way to our newest little cousin (nephew). We have another load of toys ready to be given away when the kids meet their new cousin over the school holidays.
The kids clothes and shoes were sorted and again donated to the local charity shops. Inspired by Tricia at Little Eco Footprints I have been reduced my wardrobe one section at a time. So far I have been through my underwear and sock draws, my shirts and jeans - and I haven't missed anything that I have found a new home for.
We even went through the kitchen cupboards and reduced what we had here - that has made a huge difference to our ability to fit things in the cupboard and of course our ability to find things in the cupboard.
We are hoping the next half of the year is less busy and maybe we can sort through the shed, the games cupboard or even Dad's shoe collection.
What are your secrets to decluttering and simplifying your life?