Woo hoo, I survived Day 1 of my #icandeclutter challenge! Thanks for the fantastic response to my post yesterday, it made me feel so motivated! Don’t forget to post your own decluttering pics on Instagram or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org :). Laura from Crafty not Shifty is also starting a series on decluttering/organising this week, so you should definitely check out her craft room transformation.
For Day 1, I decided to take it easy and start with an area that didn’t really matter to me emotionally: the linen press. As you can see from the ‘before’ photo, it was absolutely jam packed with crap – I had to shove things in and slam the door so they wouldn’t fall out. Definitely not ideal, and we hadn’t used half the things in there since we moved in. Hell, we didn’t even know what half the things in there were.
It didn’t take long at all to pull all the stuff out and sort through it. A couple of things – like the gym towels, I moved to other homes – but the majority of the room came from ruthlessly culling and organising. The weirdest thing I found in the linen press was two packets of glowsticks, which I am now wearing (of course). Also, an entire box full of perfumes that I have no idea where they came from. I moved those to the bathroom to deal with later!
Here is the pile of things I decided to donate or toss. It looks much smaller in the photo! As you can see, there is much more room in the linen press now, and I feel like everything has been allocated a space. I certainly don’t think I’ll miss four old sets of sheets for the spare bed, a bunch of table cloths or some old bags!