Beach Cottage De-Clutter Mission & The Organised Housewife
Thu 16th, Feb, 2012
G’day lovely Beach Cottage girls, hope all is well….woohoo we have a few Beach Cottage De-Clutterers in the house from yesterday…so glad you are with me!Here’s how I got on yesterday morning…
I am smokin’ with this ladies…it’s been brewing for a while…
yesterday I got cracking on the open shelving and if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, you will know there was a whole lot of vintage china and dishes put through its paces…I came across some vintage treasure I had forgotten about…
I put on BBC Radio 2 and the Chris Evans Morning Show, turned it up loud baby loud, sucked in his pommie accent, listened to the traffic problems on the M1, grooved to Adele and de-cluttered with 99 Red Balloons going by…oh man that tune brings back memories of me a similar age to one of my kiddos, a million years ago when I was hanging in a carpark in Manchester via the M1 and bored out of my brain…..this came on the radio every other hour..
…anyone for a vintage mixing bowl…I came across FIFTEEN of them
or how about a vintage platter…any shade of cream I could do you…times by thirty three, cough
Man oh man, do I ever recommend you joining me in this if you have stuff and too much of it…it is amazing when you actually get stuck into it, firstly how it doesn’t actually take that long to start culling the crapola, and secondly JUST HOW CLEANSING this whole exercise is.
The thing is, I go in fits and bursts with clutter…I think if you are like me and you love ‘collecting’ things for your home and you find no better way of spending your time than rummaging around in charity / op shops / Goodwill I think that probably clutter is par for the course….if you collect vintage treasure, you, unless you are super super strict on the whole bring-one-thing-in-throw-one-thing-out, will need to regularly edit this collection, otherwise, you will be over-whelmed.
But I also think you need movtivation and inspiration…
So, I decided that in the Beach Cottage De-Clutter Mission for the next two weeks I would get a few little Guest Posters on this here blog to help me, and us…girls whose job it is to edit and de-clutter and organise and provide mere mortals who aren’t born organised with some help
And so, please, let me introduce you to the lovely Katrina, a beautiful Australian lady I met recently…oh my this girl knows how to organize it…boy, she has a whole very popular blog about it…it’s no surprise that it’s a very popular blog because as I always say, she is blogging what she loves in her unique voice…
With that, I will give you over, my Beach Cottage friends, to The Organised Housewife and her tips that will help you if you have ear-marked the next few weeks, like me, to do this mission and Love it or Beach Cottage Lose it ;-)
The Organised Housewife’s tips on getting rid of your clutter
G’day Beach Cottage readers, my name is Katrina and I blog over here at The Organised Housewife, I am so pleased to be over here today at Sarah’s place!
Clutter…we all have it, a junk drawer, a corner of the house or quite possibly a spare room that has become a continual dumping ground. Usually items found in these areas are little bits and pieces, unwanted gifts, clothes or projects that need finishing.
Now that your clutter pile is growing it’s time gain back control and declutter!
Put on some of your favourite music to keep you motivated and have fun during the process. Remembering the end result is going to be a beautifully organised space you will enjoy.
Tips on decluttering your home
The process: allocate time, sort, clean, organise and enjoy
1. Dedicate some time to clean your areas, for example, 30 minutes to clean your junk drawer, 60 minutes for the corner or 90 minutes to make a start on the spare room. Don’t feel you need to finish and create a perfectly organised space in this time. Split your time into 3, sorting, cleaning and organising.
2. Choose the area you are going to de-clutter, concentrate on finishing this area before moving onto the next. When cleaning a room I usually stand at the door and go left to right.
3. Label tubs to help sort your clutter:
CHARITY – Give this box to your local charity for somebody else to enjoy
SELL – If you no longer want this item, but it’s to valuable to donate consider selling it on Ebay or gumtree, offering to a friend or organise a garage sale
RUBBISH – Items that are broken, can’t be donated or expired. Throw the contents of this tub directly into your bin once full
KEEP – Place items you want to keep in this tub. When you have finished cleaning the room you can then create a home for these items either in this area/room or somewhere else in the house.
4. Don’t organise as you sort, eg the box of photo’s you want to keep but are a mess. Organising while sorting will distract you from the process. Place the box in your keep tub, and once you have sorted and cleaned the room, you can begin the process of organising. Take photo box from the keep tub and organise before placing into its new home.
5. If you haven’t used an item in the past 6-12 months more than likely you won’t use it again, place in your charity or sell box.
6. If you don’t enjoy looking at it, don’t keep it, you only want items in your home that make you feel positive and happy.
7. Keep sentimental items on display, not hidden away.
To maintain this tidy space
1. Don’t allow items into your home you don’t want or need
2. Use a to-do list to help you remember items that need fixing or purchasing for this room
3. Out with the old in with the new, eg. you buy a new platter = donate your old platter you haven’t used for 3 years to charity
4. Find snippets of time to keep it under control, tidy the junk drawer while on the phone or sort through a paper pile while watching TV
5. Keep a continual charity box. When your cleaning and tidying the home and come across something you no longer need place it in your box. Once the box is full place in your nearest charity bin.
Thanks for having me Beach Cottage Girls, I hope you enjoyed my tips
Katrina loves to be organised, bake and spend time with her 3 kids. She is the blogger behind The Organised Housewife, where she gives tips and ideas to create a clean and organised home. With inspiration on organising your kitchen, laundry and creating nooks to keep the school bags organised. A new feature to her blog is the popular ‘The Organised Housewife Daily Tasks‘, sign up to receive one cleaning or decluttering task emailed to you each day, these are tasks that can be easily forgotten such as dusting your ceiling fans.
So that’s it from me today ladies, I am still in the breakfast room de-cluttering though I am really on the home straight with this one now and moving on to the next thing…my bedroom and my wardrobe….lordy this one is not so easy but I do have a lady lined up to help me out…
Oh and guess what is hopefully going in today? Yep the new lady of the house, the bathtub…bring it on