8 Tasks I completed last week to DECLUTTER striving to reach my goad of living ORGANISED & FRUGALLY – Parsimonious Mom
I am still striving to declutter my life day-by-day. View my previous posts of what I have managed this far. Last week I was not motivated at all but still dragged myself to declutter:
I unnecessarily had a total of 5 TV sets in my house! Yes I know ridiculous! I put up one in each kids room replacing their PC screens and 1 is now on the wall in my living room.
The other 2 (on 32″ and 40″) I knew already that I really did not need anymore and they were literally collecting dust stacked on the floor in my bedroom for the last 6 months or so. I took them to a pawn shop and was shocked to be offered R2,000 for both – what a rip off!
I then advertised them on OLX for free and within 2 minutes of posting the ad my cell phone started ringing and just did not stop. Ok there were some weirdo’s who called and unfortunately that is part and parcel of classified advertising. But I was pleased that I sold 1 that very day and the other one the next morning. I got R5,000 for both. In hind sight I realised that I under-priced the TV’s and could have actually got R7,000 for both as both buyers were prepared to pay that for my mint condition TV’s.
You live and learn – don’t undervalue your possessions when selling.
In South Africa we call any plastic containers “tupperware” despite this being a brand. It’s like “checkers packets” for plastic shopping bags, Checkers being a retail grocery store. The name just sticks, funny how that works.
So this cupboard is always in a mess despite being straightened and cleaned out often. Who knows why? Oh yes I know, because my kids don’t pack the stuff away properly and just cram in any open spot or create a tower of containers that don’t make sense for stability so it will collapse as soon as the door is opened.
This cupboard is always jam packed and often there is never what I need to use?
I have a quite a large wall mounted cupboard for this tupperware which houses lunch tins, variety of food containers, jugs, water bottles, mixing bowls, plastic party cups, etc. I took out everything, packed back by how often I used it. I moved the shelves down in the cupboard already so for future I can have another shelf made to put in at the top to add more storage. I want the cupboard less cluttered at the end of the day with the same of everything on a shelf working of least used at the top to most used at the bottom.
I took out everything that we don’t use. Mismatched melamine plates and bowls as I no longer use them (they were for my kids when camping at scouts); 6 travel coffee mugs, really? I kept only 4; baby/toddler drinking cups and plates, allocated only 1 water bottle per person as really we don’t need so many. I collected the KFC coleslaw bakkies as these come in handy for smaller portions of leftovers and threw away all these lids that did not have bottoms. I kept the inherited 1970’s Tupperware pudding bowls as they hold the right portion of pudding and are portable for picnics as they have lids. Also kept my 1980’s Tupperware hamburger maker with storage type stacking rings with a lid (I know sounds weird). I kept lunch tins, purely because I use these for left overs, but don’t need them anymore. Will save a little money instead of buying more containers.
Everything is nicely stacked and in place in this cupboard now and heaven help those who don’t maintain it!
Ok seriously this was a dead spot, a dumping ground, not really used despite being a necessity in every woman’s life. I have a beautiful mirror dressing table and it was lost in my bedroom and not used for it’s intended purpose, well no longer.
I moved the dressing table to the opposite side of my bedroom nearer to the window for natural light and the plug points!
I put a variety of silver and black frames on top of the dresser to one side. I must mention that I have an enormous amount of picture frames with no pictures. This is also going to end. These don’t have photo’s in, yet, but at least they are now where they are supposed to be.
Out of the dressing table came hoards of make-up bags, how did I collect so many? Anyway I put these one side with all bags to still sort as I know there are going to be more coming out of the woodwork.
In the middle I put a silver serving tray to house my perfumes, small glass jewellery holder, and products I use often. I love the pretty feminine look so this is what I want to achieve.
Since working from home I don’t wear make-up at all only when I go out to a client and even then it is not plastered on, I prefer natural looking. So why do I still have so much make-up that is not in use? Keep in mind I already threw out so much last year so the problem was clearly that I held on to items that I thought I might need. I don’t wear lipstick or eye shadow unless it is a special occasion so I have no explanation why I had so many! Then who needs 3 pencil sharpeners? You get the drift? Any extra’s or colours I know I wont wear I put in a box to pass on.
In the last 2-3 years I have only regularly bought foundation and waterproof mascara and once a year I buy Avon’s bronzer pearls (when it is on special of course) as this generally last me a year. Shows you that is mostly what I use, the rest have been collected through phases of wearing make-up all the time and experiments.
I sorted the inside drawer with sturdy small boxes, that were upcycled from packaging boxes, to house each type of make-up which should keep it tidy. I kept only what I know I will use. I confess I did keep that red lipstick, still unopened, for reasons I cant fully explain.
I have kept 2 foundations that are a little too dark for me in winter, want to work out how to DIY them lighter? Need to do research.
Maybe I should start wearing natural looking make-up during the day? A habit that always makes a person feel good if you look good (or at least better)?
SKINCARE & PERFUME SAMPLES
All the samples for skincare and perfumes were stuffed in a drawer so I went through all of it and put the skin care samples in a small drawer in order of type. I will be using these first before buying more product. I will be saving at least 1 month of not having to purchase face cream, night cream and serum. That is quite a bit of money!
All perfume samples, you know those little ones you get, I took out of the cardboard packaging and put them in a cute little glass lidded jar on my silver tray (this saved so much storage space). I now actually can see them to use daily, perfume is always a little mood pick me up.
Between the samples, 2 body mists, 1 purse spray, 1 solid perfume, and 2 bottles of perfume displayed I have enough to last me hopefully a year of daily use.
This is not a saving as I don’t ever buy myself perfume, I get free product from being a consultant, I don’t pass on free samples, and as I am a hard person to buy for specific scents are always on my gift list. I am picky about perfume as most actually smell like cat pee on me. I stick to clear perfumes with light scent so I never collect perfumes that I know I wont wear.
The only gold jewellery I have is one necklace and pendant I got as a bridesmaids gift, one heirloom ring, and my gold sleepers. The rest is junk jewellery. I don’t have the budget to buy fancy stuff, and most of the times my junk jewellery is commented on as looking so expensive lol, this one pair of earrings (which is currently lost in my home) cost me R10 and everyone thinks it is really valuable. Shows you don’t need to spend a fortune.
I have a lot of jewellery despite tossing out a lot over the years! The worst is I don’t wear most of it. I have this beautiful glass pendant I bought in Mauritius, but have never worn it! I have 7 pairs of very similar diamond-looking studs, why I cant say.
I had a shoe box of junk jewellery and went through everything, put all unwanted and un-wearable in the give away box. Even though I kept very little, it still seems too much so I will fine tune it as I go through each item’s wear-ability. This is so I don’t give away items I may still use as I am not budgeting to buy this luxury anymore. I packed this nicely in a travel jewellery box case that was in storage and it fits nicely in my dresser drawer.
All the junk chains are in a box in the drawer awaiting suitable display storage, this is when I will go through these again to sort out if I still want them all.
I put all clips and ties that I know I will never use again into the give away box. I also put 3 round hair brushes that I have not used in years in the box. Shocking to find I have 3 cordless curling irons, 2 of which I have been unable to find gas for, so if the manufacturer cant help me then these must be tossed, and 1 electric blow drying curling brush. Really considering I wear my hear in a bun 90% of the time – do I really need all of this? No.
I have a tiny kitchen, so anything not in place looks messy even if I scrubbed it clean 5 minutes ago. I basically have 1 useable counter that serves as a coffee station and at the other end of this is my sink, so the very little 1/2 metre of space in between is used for food prep. My stove is on the opposite side with a little lip of a counter which is for spice storage and a little triangle counter as you walk in next to the fridge. Badly designed kitchen so it is a never ending battle to keep my counters looking tidy – so really they never do.
I cleared all junk from the counters that should not be there and either tossed stuff or put in the place where it should be. I cleared the clutter from on top of the washing machine. I scrubbed all cupboard doors at the same time as scrubbing the counters down.
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Will keep you updated next Monday on this weeks progress.
Striving for Organised Living,