Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 365: Grand Finale

There was one place I didn't dare to declutter this year. 
I didn't even dare to look too long. 
The two drawers underneath my desk.

I would open them, sigh hopelessly and close them quickly again. 
And again.

But the end of the year gave me decluttering courage.

There was a lot of rubbish in those drawers.
The rest fits nicely into one drawer.

And the other drawer?

Ready to greet the New Year
and be filled in 2015.

Let go of the old
and let in the new.

Thank you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Day 362-364: Declutter Countdown

I have been going through the house to find stuff that will be no longer needed in 2015. Even though this 365-day-decluttering-project ends online tomorrow, it will be an ongoing topic in our house from then on. It just never ends. We have parted from thousands of small and big things during the year, mostly thrown away and recycled, some sold, donated or given. And when one corner of the house seems to be clutter-free, the clutter amasses again at the other end. You always have to have an eye of the things that come into the house again (the plastic bags cupboard will probably always be a mess). I am very thankful for the decluttering techniques I have practiced this year and even the girls found some of them fun. Here are some last things to declutter this year:

yarn that I will never be able to unravel

a broken reading lamp, already fixed before

brushes become useless, when acrylic paint isn't washed out in time

Thank you and Goodbye!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day 361: Baby Seat

We sold Carolina's baby seat to parents who will have use for it soon.
Thank you and safe travels!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 360: Another Reindeer

... also the second reindeer didn't survive this Christmas season undamaged.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day 358-359: Merry Christmas!

... electric tealights with dead batteries,
will go their seperate recycling and waste ways now.

Thanks for your light
during these December days
and Goodbye!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 355-357: Decluttering before Christmas

Christmas decoration that broke:

 a reindeer that lifted its upper legs

a one-armed snowman

and historic lametta from the German Democratic Republic

Thank you
and Goodbye!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 349-353: Lozenges

Sore throats and running noses are a by-product of this season, 
but these lozenges look really expired.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 342-348: Diapers

As we practiced Elimaination Communication with Carolina and also used cloth diapers, we only used disposable diapers for travelling on planes. We never got through package number two in Carolina's first two years. So this week a nearly full pack of diapers was given to a toddler you can still use it.

Thanks for making travelling easy
and Goodbye!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 328-341: Decluttering in Bulks

Recently Clara's desk had risen to new heights.

And also the rest of her room was so uninviting,
that she prefered spending time outside of her room.
Yesterday was a cold and rainy Sunday and we decided to go for it. Favourite technique -
emptying all the surfaces and cupboards and putting it all on the floor.

Clara was convinced she was the kid in her class with the most things
and she doesn't need anything more.
Every item on the floor has to be picked up and then decided upon -
keep and then find a place for it or throw away.

Some decluttered items:

she knows that now

no more needed

she has a massive shell collection besides

a monster from the kid entertainment 
on the flight to Sri Lanka

dried out

The rest filled a paper recyling bag and a waste bag.

Inviting now.

She started making invitations 
to her birthday party right away.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 327

Clara was eagerly crocheting this week
and made herself a little pouch.

Doesn't matter that the hook broke.
Thank you and Goodbye!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Day 313-326: Shoes, again

These shoes of ours have walked to the end of the road:

Thank you and Goodbye!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 298: A Bag

A gift from Clara and Hubby from a Lanzarote vacation a couple of years ago:

Now quite worn off.

Thanks and Goodbye
(and hello Canaries soon)!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 297: Hair Dryer

... fell down from the washing machine the other day 
and smelled burned when switched on after that.

Thanks for giving Hubby great hair
and Goodbye!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 288-296

Something that needs to be decluttered every now and then:

My purse and all the receipts that are no longer needed.

Thanks for shopping with me
and Goodbye!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 281-287

I used up leftover paint this week
and started paintings with them.

Thanks for being the foundation
for some brave painting
and Goodbye!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day 271-280: 10 Little Plastic Things

These lids, straws and closures belong to a plastic cup set
that Carolina was all crazy about.

And now they make me crazy
and have to go.

No thanks and Goodbye!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 270: Play Thing

Looks better than it really is.
And not repairable.
And so not used for two years.

Thanks for the baby entertainment
and Goodbye!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 269: Travel Companion

A belt bag with a broken zipper.
Either mine or Hubby's,
don't remember.
Has been to some
exotic travel destinations.

It's the end of travelling with us now.
Thanks for keeping it safe
and Goodbye!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 268: Flashlight

Not repairable, Hubby says.
Thanks for shining a light
and Goodbye!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 267: Camera Clutter

With the broken camera goes the manual:

Never really used.
Thanks anyway and
Hello paper recycling!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 266: Camera

My much-loved and much-used digital camera broke this week.

It will be recycled at the photo store.
Thanks for all those thousands of pink moments and photos
documenting my life.
You will be replaced.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 260-265: Carolina's Clutter

Hubby went through Carolina's toys (which were formerly Clara's)
and decided that these have to go:

Thanks toys and books
and Goodbye!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day 259: Swimming Pool

Worn-out by sun, rain and a season outside.
And most importantly,
has a hole in the ground.
Thanks for the water fun
and Goodbye.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 253-258

I went through some of Carolina's and my clothes:

Jeans and T-Shirts.
According to their degree of wornness 
they will either go to the charity shop 
or the old clothes' container.

Thank you and Goodbye!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Day 217-252

Long, long holidays, five weeks far, far away. 
I didn't waste a single thought on home, house and decluttering,
while I carried 12kg of posessions on my back.
This got decluttered when I came back home:

a single disintigrated support stocking for long distance flights
(the other stocking looks perfectly fine)

cut-into plastic plate from our loved

worn-out smelly-tropical shoes
that walked across Thailand

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Day 210-216: Ahoi!

Before we leave:

Those bath toys are just collecting murky water.
Thank you for the splish-splash fun
and Ahoi!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day 208 - 209

This weekend's declutter: already upcycled felted slippers (blogged here), 
now totally worn out (no photo).

Thank you and Goodbye!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 203-207: A Week of Little Decluttering Here and There

Bike kid's seat cushioning, 6 years old, only used at the beginning
(had to go, because of soaking up rain and being hard to dry)


kids' bracelet, what for?

 the second pair of broken shades for me this summer,
got decluttered right where they fell down,
at the store:

card torn apart at Mama & Baby Yoga class:

and then the whole stack had to go
to paper recycling:

Thank you and Goodbye!