Clutterbuck de-cluttering

Something about the dawn of a new decade and having my flatmate move out seemed to inspire an uncontrollable need in me to de-clutter the flat.

As this nostalgic post suggested, I’m somewhat sentimental and tend to hang on to things for far longer than they’re useful (if they were at all useful in the first place). A couple of weeks ago I spent a Saturday afternoon sorting through boxes of old correspondence (it went back to 1995 – the year we left London) and other similarly nostalgic items. The ones from university years appeared to contain the tickets from every film, play and gig I went to over three years, plus random post-it notes left by friends and motivational messages to myself (yes, I know…). I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this kind of thing. I got a decade of such things into a (large) shoebox and I reckon that’s perfectly acceptable.

At the same time, I made some important breaks with the past. An envelope full of paraphernalia relating to some idiot boy? Gone. Years’ worth of birthday/Christmas cards? Gone.

Tonight was more of the same, this time in my bedroom which I’ve studiously avoided tidying or cleaning, despite the to-do list on the fridge saying in captitals: TIDY & CLEAN BEDROOM. The pile of stuff to go to the charity shop has got bigger (including a number of handbags – be proud). My under bed storage system has been rationalised and craft supplies reorganised. Exciting stuff.

Then I made a discovery – a file of old e-mails. (I know, who prints out e-mails? Well, I had my reasons…) They were very old and should have been prime candidates for chucking out, but I couldn’t do it without reassurance. (Merci beaucoup to Katie for providing it!) They’ve gone, and with it the last of some ridiculous sentimentality.

There’s nothing like getting rid of stuff you don’t need. It actually makes me realise how much rubbish I keep for no particularly good reason. Remember the mix-tapes I mentioned last week? I found several, including one that had been eaten over 5 years ago and which I recreated on CD 4 years ago – why on earth had I bothered keeping it??

All I need to do now is to finish the mission properly, rather than just settling for what I’ve done so far. Procrastinating is evil, but so easy…


  1. I need some of that decluttering inspiration. The spare room has turned into a major dumping ground and needs a serious sort and declutter. I think I’ll save it for when Jack finally decides he likes sleeping at night again.
    Looking forward to seeing you next week xx

  2. I think an insomniac baby is enough of a reason not to have done it yet!

    Can’t wait to see you next week & getting plenty of cuddles with Jack. xx

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