I had already sorted through my kitchen for out of date food Day 10. As part of my week’s spring clean I went through again, thoroughly cleaning all my kitchen cupboard space. I did find some packets of food that had been lurking at the back of my pantry, which were over a year past expiration date.
I thought I already had minimal bed linen and towels, but still managed to throw two bin bags of worn out or dated items. Now I need to buy some new duvet covers; making sure they fit with my theme style.
Again, this had been done previously. I did a thorough clean of my fridge freezer as part of my spring cleaning week. It’s just one of those chores I need to keep on top of. Is it just me that always has spilled peas rolling around the vegetable drawer?
I went through years of photo albums and wallets, full of photographs. I threw out any that were out of focus, or of pointless objects/ animals. Often trips to the zoo resulted in only a couple of photographs of family, the rest were of animals, which are in zoo guidebooks we have anyway.
I created digital copies of the best photographs, which I also shared with family online,a handful of which I plan to print off to hang in frames. The rest I will later sort into a box each for my children as their own memories. I don’t think it’s cheating to pass on the clutter to other people, if it kind of belongs to them too.
Along with culling old photographs, I also threw out all of my old photo frames. I am planning on grouping some children’s school portraits into larger frames. I also want to replace some old albums that are looking rather shabby and dated.
It felt freeing to get rid of the unwanted clutter, and heart-warming to find forgotten moments to treasure again. It was fun to look through old photographs and recall memories of my children growing up and special family events.
I have organised and backed-up the hard-drive of my current laptop. I am finding it much easier to find what I am looking for, and so far am managing to keep it uncluttered and save things in the correct place.
I still have a few archives of previous hard-drives to sort through, plus numerous DVDs of emergency back-up files. With files going back as far as Windows 98se, I am sure there are many duplicate files; it will take an age to sort out which is the most recent version. I also have an ancient IDE format drive. It only works intermittently, but I am hoping to get it working long enough to recover the files.
I did have some floppy disks, but am giving them up as a lost cause. I stopped using them so long ago I didn’t even notice when computers stopped having floppy disk drives. When was that?!
I had already done this not long before I stumbled across this challenge. I now have a box of items for each of my children; old school work, reports, and random art work and gifts they’ve made throughout the years; plus a bundle of things belonging to my granddaughter I may have to hold onto them for safe keeping for the moment.
^See Day 26 above ^
So far, Week 4 has been the most daunting for me. At the beginning of the week the prospect of having to trawl through decades of accumulated clutter; photos, sentimental items and digital files, filled me with dread. I imagined it was going to be heart-wrenching having to throw out items that held personal value, and perhaps depressing looking back and realising how quickly time has past and how old I’ve got.
However, the challenges gave me control over what and how much I got rid of. It wasn’t so bad. Looking through all of the items made me remember happy and funny times, which was uplifting. Getting free of the unwanted detritus was a weight lifted from my shoulders, not feeling tied down to boxes and boxes of ‘stuff’. The challenges allowed me to find treasured items a which had been hidden amidst years of clutter.
Is anyone else trying to become more minimalist, or just wanting to down-size or tidy up?
Having a slight panic that I didn’t find a large Freddy Krueger poster I am certain I had from my teenage years. He’s still the man of my dreams (!?), so hoping it’s in one of the cupboards I have yet to sort.