Happy New Year! Yes, I know it is almost the end of January but January isn't over yet so I think I can still wish everyone a Happy New Year?! This is a different Weekly Roundup than usual. My health took a turn for the worse and my days are spent in constant, 24/7 pain management. Housekeeping, never a thrill in the first place, became an onerous, long drawn out process. Monsieur, bless him, has really stepped up to the plate and is like a man on fire. He has admitted in the past that he was oblivous to clutter and mess but now demonstrates a heretofore unknown discipline and rigour when it comes to keeping the home tidy and organized. I still wanted to contribute and help as much as I was able and realized that it was imperative that a bit of decluttering needed to happen just to keep the home manageable. Now I have tried various methods in the past but doing a 30 day decluttering challenge or even a 10 day challenge has always intimidated me. If you don't know what a 30 day challenge is, on the first day you declutter one item, the second day 2 items and so on and so forth. It tends to get more difficult around the 15 day mark (at least it does for me). So I thought I would start with just a teeny tiny challenge, a 5 day challenge. Here is what I decluttered.
A couple of t shirts as I have great difficulty these days in pulling tops over my head, an unused baking sheet and a decorative plate.
I was really shocked at the amount of expired vitamins and supplements lurking in the kitchen cabinets. What a waste of money!
Two pumpkin scented candles and a couple of pairs of holey socks.
This last one, an old unopened jar of Giorgio body cream made me do a double take. If you take a close look, you will see that the liquid has completely separated away from the semi-solids.
It is like the body care equivalent of not so freshly churned butter with a hard waxy lump floating in a sea of rancid oil. Ewww!! Imagine slathering this stuff over your body.
So, at the end of 5 days, I had decluttered 15 items. And when I say decluttered, I mean donated and recycled where possible. It wasn't hard or intimidating at all. And that is the point, to make it so easy that you can't help but gain a "win" and the confidence to keep going. I might try another 5 day mini challenge or even do a series of them. Please comment below if you would like to join in or have any tips on decluttering!
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