Sunday, February 7, 2010
It's back into the kitchen today ...
Which appliances do you have but you don't use often enough to justify the space they take? Juicer? blender? bread maker? sandwich toaster? ice cream maker? deep fat fryer? steamer? food mixer? popcorn maker? food processor? coffee maker? slow cooker? microwave? toaster? spare kettle? TV?
Have a look and see what you can live without - unless your kitchen is huge, there's never enough room for all of these things, and having them out on the counter just makes them look cluttered and your kitchen even smaller.
A good place to get rid of electricals is Freegle (or Craig's List, if you are in the USA) - hopefully, it will go to someone who will use whatever you don't!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Today's challenge is to sort through your books - you don't have to do them all, just one shelf at a time. ..
Are there books you've read, liked, but haven't re-read?
Are there books you've started, got bored with, and don't feel motivated to finish?
Are there books you've bought, and wonder why?
Are there reference books that are out of date, or refer to interests you've had, or courses you've done but are no longer relevant?
Are there books you've "out grown" as your tastes have changed?
It's time to move them on.
Some of my favourite ways of doing this (links go to my homepage if I'm on the site)
ReadItSwapIt (although of course, you get one book back for every one you swap - but it does mean you don't buy any more books!)
GreenMetropolis (sell your books, and plant trees too!) (I'm lindenbooks there)
and of course, Bookcrossing
Other places to give your books away:
Your local hospital, school or playgroup (our library has a collection point for books to be donated to our hospitals)
Charity shop (although some are picky, and ditch many donations - anecdotally, Oxfam are prone to this)
(If you want to know, I've got over 400 books I'm going to be getting rid of ...)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Bags, bags, bags ... we've sorted out the plastic type, now I'm moving the attention to any others we have - handbags, back packs, overnight bags, suitcases ... I've got four rucksacks and yet I hardly ever go out walking these days ... I keep them around "just in case" but "just in case" of what?
It's the same with other travel stuff - but that's a mission for another day...
Get rid of the ones you don't use, the ones you don't like, the ones that might let you down as you go through the station/airport/down the street, the ones that hold too much/too little ...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Hopefully this is a challenge for everyone today :o)
I know I work better when I have clear space around me, and when the things I need are to hand, and easily found.
So, today's task is to clear the surface of your desk - whether that be at work, or home - and find a home for all those papers, pens, stray mugs etc.
If you're feeling very brave, you can declutter the drawers as well.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
For those of us with little furry friends - have you noticed how much stuff they can accumulate? Spare water bottles, packets of snack treats they don't like, old towels and blankets, toys, carriers, leads, shampoos ... the list goes on and on!
Today's challenge is to sort out the clutter - it would be better if you didn't give away your pets ;o)
If you don't have animals - spend a little time decluttering something related to a hobby of yours.
Monday, February 1, 2010
You might have done this one before, but it's something that needs doing regularly :o)
Go through the fridge and chuck out anything that's out of date, or you've tried and just don't like! And while you're in there, give the shelves a wipe :o)