Mission - De-clutter

DISCLAIMER - This is un-quilt related. This is home related, but will make my space more inviting for quilting.  Just though you should know that there are no sewing surprises happening in this post. E

As a hope for the new year I am going to schedule myself in for some serious de-cluttering.  I want to have a home that is inviting and welcoming and all mine again instead of a junk yard.

I'll try and take before and afters so you can see how I'm going.

So let us proceed with

Mission De-Clutter

  • 1 - Master Bedroom & Closets
  • 2 - Lounge
  • 3 - Office (wholey moley this will be a serious mission in and of itself)
  • 4 - Kitchen & Pantry
  • 5 - Laundry
  • 6 - Bar
  • 7 - Man Land
  • 8 - Under Stairs
  • 9 - Hallway cupboard
  • 10 - Adrian's room
  • 11 - Downstairs room 2
  • 12 - Garden (yes the garden is in there, because I want to pull weeds and sort out all the detritus that accumulates in our yard... You'll see the photos)
Now the question is: Do I need a week or a month to tackle these problem areas? Or should I not put a time frame on it and just work through systematically so when I'm finished with 1, I go to 2 straightaway?

And I have Man Land in as number 7 - but Ashley just offered to turn this into my sewing space, so it may have to get prioritised up the list :-)

Oh, and so you don't think I'm completely crazy, I was going to wait until the New Year actually started, and have this as a mission for 2013, but I had a plasterer in this week and had to move all my furniture out of my lounge and I figure, seeing as I have to move it all back, I might as well start this mission early.

Ok! Let's get cleaning!!!!!!



  1. I was wondering about man land... I find I can;t just tackle one room at a time. I tend to give myself a certain amount of time and just move throughout the house depending on what I find and where it needs to go. Makes the house messy for a bit but I find I want to get it done more then. Good luck my dear! Exciting that it will result in good sewing space :-)

    1. Man land is our downstairs living area. It currently houses the big tv, playstation, xbox, blueray player, foosball table, bar... All the boring man things he can't live without.
      And he is voluntarily offering to get rid of the foosball and give me the space!! I didn't even have to ask! It's these moments that make me love him :-)

  2. Erin, it'll feel wonderful when you've done it.

    I started by getting rid of about two thirds of my clothes and personal belongings and then decluttering room by room.

    Even my sister, (the fancy one who just lives to buy very expensive shoes and clothes) decided to follow my example...the only problem being that she now has more wardrobe space which will need refilling.

    Her husband will never be able to afford to retire!

    Fiona x

    1. I've put the wardrobe on there, but you wait til you see the photos, Fi. It's a disaster area. There are clothes all over the place - even on the floors! I really do need to do a gather up and donate run through it. I find that really time consuming though, because I love my clothes, so I have evaluate the merits of each item individually.
      And I have bought alot less clothes over the last 12 months... Mostly becasue I've spent all my money on fabric instead :-D
      E xx

  3. Take it one room at a time, as it's easier to get discouraged when the whole house is a mess of things being moved from room to room.
    De-cluttering is something I am quite good at and do it regularly... - but somehow it never seems 'regular' enough! lol
    Good luck, and keep us updated. :)

    1. I think the big mess is one of the biggest problems. It just feels like there's no one clean lovely space in the whole house!
      I'm really good at the cleaning side - I have my Spray and Wipe at the ready, but I hate throwing things out/doanting. What if I discover I really did need those old Christmas cards?!?! lol

  4. One room at a time but such fun and you feel so fantastic afterwards. Thought you were on bed rest though, are you up and about again now? Hope all is well :) x

    1. Hi Chrissie,
      I'm back up and about. Back at work too, which is inhibiting the sewing time :-P But all is very well with me. Thanks.
      E xx


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