What annoys you most about YOUR clutter?
I mean WHERE do you start?
I mean there’s the obvious: paper, boxes and boxes of forgotten stuff, endless toys.
They ALL drive me crazy.
BUT one of the things I find hardest is “associated paraphernalia”.
AKA all those random bits and bobs EVERYTHING you buy, comes packed with these days.
You know how it is – you buy a blender or a bike or a pair of shoes AND you get stuff with it.
Which seems kind of nice, doesn’t it?
EXCEPT I never have the foggiest what I’m meant to do with the extras.
Which makes me feel a bit of a lemon.
Because I’m sure EVERYONE else knows.
So what do I do? I keep them. Of course.
I mean they wouldn’t put them in the box if they weren’t important.
Would they? Hmmm … maybe. Maybe not.
But it doesn’t really matter.
If WE are not using them, they are not important to US.
And they can go.
Except. Except. Except …
It’s like we said yesterday.
IF we just whack the lights on full blast and try and spot all the “random extras” we’ll lose our marbles. We NEED to shine our spotlight on one area of “random extra” clutter.
And as we decluttered lights yesterday, we’re going to declutter lighting “accessories” today …
Just 10 Things – Lighting
As always we’ll stick to the just 10 things rules:
- Take 5 minutes or so, 15 minutes max
- Focus on lighting accesories
- Open our eyes to random light fittings we have no idea how to use
- And without yanking stuff out
- Spot any we’re ready to let go
Keeping our eyes peeled for …
- Shade spiders
- Night lights
- Emergency lighting
- Light roses
- Pendant cords
- Remote controls
Well done for EVERYTHING you let go.
Storing stuff for “an unknown purpose” is unsettling.
It feeds into that general anxiety that we SHOULD be worrying about something BUT don’t know what it is.
And I have found, clearing out this random stuff really helps with my anxiety.
Now the only issue with today’s declutter, is that it’s not always clear what to do with it.
My hard won advice is don’t over think it.
Take it it your tip or recycling centre – they’ll know what, if anything, can be done with it.
Or just offer it as a job lot on a local Facebook group.
Either way – get it out of your home by the end of the week.