That is it. I have had enough. 35 years of living in a big fat mess. Come on Miss Chardy…..lets do something about this. (Yes Mum, I can hear you laughing, rolling your eyes and thinking “What have I been trying to tell/teach you all of these years”).
Lets just say that I am not a naturally neat and organised person. I really struggle with this. Every. Single. Day!
After years of trying so hard to get some order in my life I have decided that enough is enough…..this time I am doing it and I am going to do it RIGHT! I know I know, you have all heard me say this a thousand times over, but I really mean it this time and you guys are going to help me!
Lets cut the clutter. I am on a mission to simplify my life. There is too much shit in this house and it is about to be evicted from the building. Yes, you heard right Mess – you have been voted off the island, it is time to put out your torch and leave immediately. Say your goodbyes because your last stop is a big black plastic bag and off to the dump.
I will show no mercy. It is all going. I have already started, first stop – Walk In Wardrobe, Bedroom & Ensuite! Holy cow, what a mammoth effort. The wardrobe alone took about 4 or 5 hours, with the rest of the bathroom/ensuite taking about another 2 hours.
And now what my house (well my WIW) actually looks like….. eeeek, I can’t believe I am exposing my dirty little secret…..Here are the “before” photos of the WIW…
Yes – that is a wheel barrow….. perhaps I should be using it to haul everything out. It is a birthday present for, my soon to be, 3 year old, he keeps walking in there and seeing it (oops) he thinks it is pretty cool, just doesn’t realize it is for him…
Mother of the Year here!!!!
4 big garbage bags for Vinnies (some clothes still have tags on them, but it is going, surely someone will get a thrill when they see it)
3 big garbage bags full of rubbish, bound for the dump
1 Sorted, de-cluttered and clean Wardrobe. Only the clothes we wear live there now.
Yes, ok – that is a Cabbage Patch Kid (circa 1986) sitting on the bed. I rescued her from Mum’s house earlier this year. Poor little Cassandra had been stashed under a bed, in the dark for years. She is still wearing the genuine Cabbage Patch Kid clothing, and gingham at that. Sir Chardy is a little freaked out by her to say the least, so she may have to go back to living a life of darkness. Pity I don’t have any little girls. She actually freaks me out a little too, it may be her messy hair, or perhaps it s the fact that she resembles me in the early 90’s – permed fringe and straight long hair, ha ha ha. Hang on, I am going to have to take a close up photo of her for you….
Yep, she is pretty freaky isn’t she. I think she is going to have to go back into hiding.
Look at that permed fringe and straight hair, maybe I wanted to be just like her???
I already feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and it is only the beginning. I am so in love with my new clean and de-cluttered bedroom and wardrobe. I keep going in there and just standing and looking. I have also be making a real effort to put things away as I go (I know Mum – you must be so proud after all of these years…..I am turning into a Virgo, ok that may be a little dramatic…but I am trying). I just feels SO GOOD! Now onto the rest of the house.
Are you on board? Or do you think I have gone loopy?
I have been reading about living simply. My inspiration has come from:
Practising Simplicity – A brilliant website which is sure to inspire you to de-clutter and simplify your life
Apartment Therapy – Dirty Little Secrets of Tidy Families – what a brilliant article and one that I really needed to read at this point (and I am completely hooked on this facebook page and website, very inspirational).
A Life Less Frantic – How to live intentionally and stop over committing, live a life less frantic (yes please)