I'm starting 2015 off with decluttering.
I decluttered the kitchen several times last year. Today I spent about 3 minutes going through again and getting rid of things that still haven't been used and probably should have been discarded on the first round.
The thing is the first time I decluttered the kitchen it was hard to let go of the pretty bottles and the excess cutlery, the wooden utensils that will never get used because I don't trust them after they were exposed to poisons, (don't worry I'll throw those out and donate the rest).
This time it was easy to declutter all this stuff. I'm actually pleased to get rid of it all. That's the magic of decluttering, it gets easier as you start to experience what having less stuff is like and you can truly appreciate the positive impact upon your day to day life.
We used to use the excess cutlery a lot. I got tired of there being a zillion trillion bits of cutlery to clean when I did the dishes, which wasn't as often as it should be, so we always used all of the cutlery.
I've got the dishes mostly under control now and part of that was because I put the excess away to see if we would miss it. We didn't. We didn't miss it because doing the dishes became a focus of mine every day. I have Nony to thank for that.
But over the crazy Christmas period a few pieces started leaking back into use. So I knew I had to get rid of it. If it's not there to be used we can't use it even if every other thing is dirty.
There's a bottle opener there too, we don't need it, we have a few.
There's an odd Christmas decoration. It's cute. Maybe someone else will want it.
Those little white fish things are chopstick stands, maybe I could use them for paintbrushes or whatever, but really they're just clutter.
Half a dozen chopsticks didn't even make the photo, they went straight into the bin.
One of those cups is chipped (I guess that's rubbish too), the other neither of us use. Our cupboard could use the space they are taking up.
I'd already discarded a lot of containers and lids. These are all the bits I was hanging onto to see if they had a partner somewhere. The whole lot went straight into the recycling bin.
Of course I couldn't leave the Christmas decorations up any longer and they came down today. The bits that didn't get used or got damaged all went as well.
Tomorrow I hope to get some more decluttering done. Does the new year give you the urge to declutter?
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