So this was a bit of a strange one. I haven’t tackled any particular category, I just wanted to see the 700 number on my things gone list, so I pottered around the house picking out things that could go.
Today I also managed to get Boy1 to donate 10 toys to poorly children in exchange for a foam sword that he desperately wanted. So despite all the difficulties I described when I started my plan to reduce toys, it turns out there IS a way 😉
What I did notice while walking around looking for things that could go is how far I have come. Wowee – there really isn’t much in our house that we don’t use on a pretty regular basis!
Once I’ve got the toys a little more under control I’ll write up a house tour with some pictures, so you can see how we really live now. I’ve got some great photos over the years of all the clutter, so it’ll be nice to put up some “after” pics to balance them out.
So, where do I go from here?
Well, we still have a scary loft that we haven’t touched, and a pretty frightening garage. I also think that we can further reduce what is left in the house. I’m not sure yet what the next steps will be.
I feel a little like I am on the verge of a big precipice and I’m not sure what’s out there. I know that further reduction at this point is way beyond what anyone in our family or social circle would class as “normal”. But I’ve never considered myself to be particularly compliant to the given norm, so that’s not such a bad thing 😉
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the latest list of things out:
- 1 glass bottle I was saving (for what?)
- 3 pairs kids slippers
- 1 pair kids cut-down shorts
- 1 pair baby shoes
- 1 kids hat
- 1 kids jumper
- 2 kids smart suits (trouser, waistcoat, bow-tie)
- 1 kids shirt
- 2 kids PJ tops
- 2 shoeboxes
- 1 china mug
- 3 biros
- 1 bean lizard
- 2 small teddies
- 1 wind-up toy
- 1 plastic fire-engine
- 1 plastic police car
- 1 argos catalogue (!)
- 4 cars with trailers