What did I miss?

marie kondo books

So despite my resolution to blog more in 2o17, this is only my second post for March… *sigh*. BUT, I have actually been so so busy doing creative stuff, and I have so much to share with you that it’s not even funny. Right now I am writing my blog in my lovely new home office/study (former junk room), and it is so pretty. It took a lot of work to get it looking exactly how I want it, but now it is perfect. I am going to do a separate post on the room transformation, so stay tuned (the before pictures will give you nightmares).

Mario and I have been on a bit of a minimalist kick in recent months, ever since I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and he started listening to the Minimalists podcast. Despite my extreme annoyance with the Minimalists’ sanctimonious attitude, I agree with a lot of what they have to say.

marie kondo

This is me Mario Kondo-ing my clothes. You have to collect them all together in a big pile first – I guess to make you feel ashamed and horrified by how much stuff you have? It worked. 

marie kondo folding

This is the fun folding and organising stage. 

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Then I did my books – I didn’t manage to get rid of many, but then again, I do love my books more than most things in life! 

Long story short, a couple of weeks ago we decided to do a HUGE cleanout of our house and hold a garage sale. We gave ourselves one week to purge all our stuff, and boy did we ever get in to it. It was actually incredibly cathartic, but also horrifying how much stuff we managed to compile to sell – things that had been hidden in closets for a really long time, and also things in plain view that we loved, but that no longer fit in our lives for one reason or another. We found a lot of things that we were holding on to for bad reasons – mainly guilt. It felt good to let those things go.

Garage sale 1

OMG so much stuff :(!

The garage sale was a big success, although we still have some stuff to get rid of. We are thinking of having another sale in a few weeks, and then donating what is left (in the meantime, our garage looks like the room of requirement).

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When you make too many things and have to sell them!

The feeling of freedom and organisation once we finished decluttering is amazing. I had felt the mental weight of all that clutter, and it feels lovely to be free of it.

garage sale

Our garage looks like a shop

I have felt so much more motivated and creative since we did this big cleanout, hence why I have been working on lots of stuff. It also allowed us to (finally) put our study to its proper use. For a very very long time it had been the ‘wedding’ room – first the room where we stored things in preparation for the wedding, and then the room where we kept all the leftover stuff from the wedding!

Anyway, that’s all for now – just wanted to reassure you that I am still alive and that I have a lot of projects to share with you, which I will start doing very soon. Ta ta for now! x

Needle case & notions bag

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So as you probably know, I’ve been sewing for a good number of years now. But this, this humble needle case, might be my favourite thing I’ve ever made. Is it the soothing colours? Is it the gold geometric pattern? Is it the calming sense of being organised? I don’t know. Actually I do, it’s all of those things, plus the fact that it turned out so well!  Continue reading

Tidy Tea Towels

On the whole, I love the way our kitchen is laid out. We have so many cupboards and drawers, there’s heaps of storage room.

However.

I have the tendency to let a well organised cupboard descend into madness if I don’t have a good storage solution in place. Case in point? Here is a photo of the handy cupboard that lives right next to our oven. Those are clean, washed tea towels in there, living like rats. The shame
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Storage Solution: Hanging Shoe Rack

Story time!!!

Once upon a time, there was a shoe rack. It was the worst shoe rack that had ever existed, because it’s stupid wire design meant that high heeled shoes couldn’t sit on it without falling through and becoming hopelessly entangled. And it looked bad. And it took up a lot of useful room.

Shoe rack

So one day, the shoe rack was taken apart, repurposed, and used to fulfil a valuable role in society as…. a shoe rack! Oh, wait…


I think perhaps I am not going to end up as a master story teller. Oh well. Continue reading

D.I.Y. Rustic Copper Kitchen Rod

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You guys, I love this project. It ticks so many of my boxes – cheap, easy, minimalist and copper.

Is copper really so important, I hear you wonder? Well, yes. It’s just so warm and inviting and glow-y.  It makes your kitchen look like delicious and healthy things are made there. Basically copper is just a celebration of life. (too far?)

Anyway, I’ve been looking for ways to bring more copper into my kitchen, and to declutter/minimalise (is that a word?) at the same time. As has been the constant mantra in our house for the past few weeks, less is more.

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Donating Demystified

So you’ve decluttered your entire house, and want to donate your old clothes, homewares and knick-knacks. Sounds easy, right? Turns out, it can be a little more complicated than you might expect.

There is a complex and troubling discussion that surrounds the ethics of donating used goods. Questions such as ‘Why do you think poor people/homeless people/people in developing countries would want your cast offs when you don’t want them yourself?‘ and ‘Wouldn’t it be better to buy less and save your money so that you can give financial aid – arguably a much more useful contribution – instead of your old crap?‘ can leave you wondering whether you are really intending to donate your old goods because you want to help others, or because you want a guilt-free way to offload your stuff without it going in the garbage bin. Continue reading

#icandeclutter: The Last Day

This post is soooo long overdue, I’m sorry!! I have been donating things left, right and centre, and it has taken a hell of a lot longer that I expected!

The pantry was the last area that I chose to declutter for my #icandeclutter challenge. The ‘before’ photos are actually from a long time before – maybe about a year after we moved in. The current state of the pantry has been much closer to the ‘after’ photos for a long time, but it definitely needed a refresh.

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#icandeclutter Days 7-11

Sorry I haven’t been back with an #icandeclutter update for a few days –  I have been too busy decluttering (which is good!). I’m still going strong, although the parts of our house where I’m collecting all my donation items are starting to resemble an actual rubbish tip. I am sooooo looking forward to Friday, which is when the sorting begins. That reminds me, I suppose I should find some boxes…

I worked on the walk-in wardrobe in our bedroom yesterday, which was a lot of fun. How could it possibly be fun? I hear you ask. The answer is that it wasn’t my own clothes that I was getting rid of, it was Mario’s, so it was fun. I did a huge declutter of my own sections of the closet last year, so they were in pretty good shape. I still managed to turf a couple of things though.

Closet 1

Mario sorted through all the things that I had pulled out of his closet last night, and he has a real knack for decluttering. The amount of clothing we now have to donate is insane. If I have learned one thing from this process, it is that hanging on to t-shirts you’ve had since high school Continue reading

#icandeclutter Days 4-6: Closet & Garage

Ermagawd, I had the most productive long weekend!

I tackled the spare bedroom closet, which – as you can see – was packed wall to wall with my clothes, shoes, handbags, etc.

Closet Before

I got rid of a whole load of things, and did some organising, and I am sooooo proud of the result. I can see where everything is! Plus – biggest bonus – there’s now spare room in the closet for when we tackle the closet in our room! Continue reading