In honour of the post-Christmas sales which I am not partaking in, and thanks to the inspiration provided by ColdCloth, I am doing a monthly mini-challenge in addition to the Consumption Challenge - "50% off". (I love Eilleen's idea of signing up to Refashionista, but that will need to wait just a little while).
I am calling this mini-challenge "50% off" because it is about culling our "stuff" by 50%. I am needing to declutter and just get rid of lots of stuff, so as I go through boxes, cupboards and drawers my goal is to donate/throw out a minimum of 50% of their contents.
I have already started: when Andrew brought me a suitcase and huge bag full of fabric he found in the shed, at least 60% of that went either to the op-shop pile or to the fabric recyclers.* The bonus was re-discovering some fabulous vintage linen prints and lots of fabric for fun clothes for Elliot.
* We discovered a place to recycle clothing/fabric which is beyond any useful life. I think they turn them into rags and things for industry such as polishing wheels.
Then I started on the linen cupboard where I have already decluttered 2 of 5 shelves. The towel shelf only sacrificed one item, but that will be balanced out by the 70% of things permanently removed from the next shelf I did, and the same is predicted for the other three shelves. Before/after photos to follow in a day or two.
The thing I am really not looking forward to in this mini-challenge is the study. I detest cleaning the study. YUK! I'll put it off until January 31, shall I?
As a side-note, I am hopping back on the FLYwagon with a sensible evening routine:
Put nappies on to wash, rinse out nappy buckets and return them to their spots.
15 minutes of dishes/cleaning kitchen.
Put out clothes for tomorrow.
Check tomorrow's calendar.
Hang out nappies.
Quick tidy of living room.
Brush teeth, go to bed at a decent hour.
Truth be told, that last one's gonna be the killer. We've been going to bed at 11 and 12 and I have earned the nickname of "Dinosaur Grumpy" as a result.
And tonight I am signing up for the Australian timezone emails. About time.