January saw my first burst of decluttering, when I biked a donation of textiles over to the awesome non-profit Our Social Fabric.
|D for donated clothing!|
In June, there was our Disappointing Donation of household goods to the nearby Salvation Army Thrift Store.
In September, our old microfibre cloth diaper inserts started a second career in our kitchen. I didn't actually get rid of anything, but I took a pile of heretofore useless stuff & made it useful again... does that count as busting clutter? You decide--read Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... Repurpose for the details.
In November, I tamed the kids' closet in a big way, bringing a large quantity of clothing Bronte & Linnaeus have grown out of to a kids clothing swap. Visit that post for photographic evidence of just how much stuff our Yuba Mundo cargo bike can carry.
In & around these big bursts of decluttering energy that I blogged about, I also took a few more bags here & there to the nearest clothing donation bin, winnowing down my closet even further. The Moms 30 for 30 Closet Remix Challenge that I joined in November was helpful to show myself that I really don't need as many clothes as I have. I've also passed on or returned quite a few bulky baby items, like a swing, a bassinet, an exersaucer, an infant car seat, & a double breast pump.
Speaking of kids' stuff, I also started toy rotation, which doesn't mean that we have fewer toys overall, as I only edited out a handful, but it means there are only about a third of what the kids have out on the shelves at any given time. The rest are in storage bins & get rotated in every few weeks. Definitely less mess to pick up & what's there gets played with more.
I'm not going to say I am finished--I still have a few piles of things set aside, waiting for the right place to be recycled, or donated. A bag of unused shampoos & other toiletries ready to go to the Downtown Eastside Women's Shelter, a collection of broken small appliances, a number of defunct fluorescent tubes. I barely made a dent in my sewing room of doom, so there will be no after photo for you here. Sorry.
Overall, however, I'm pleased with my progress & I think I did get better at following through with downsizing things, especially my wardrobe. In future, I plan to follow a loose "one in, one out" rule when I buy new clothes so I don't end up with a massive collection of clothing again. I will also continue the struggle to get the unecessary junk out of our lives. I'm going to try to spend time at least once a week on decluttering. Project #EcoClutterBuster lives on!
You can follow along with #EcoClutterBuster in 2015 here on the blog, on Twitter or on Instagram too. If you're decluttering your closet, snap a pic & tag it #EcoClutterBuster to play along! Pics or it didn't happen, right? ;)
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