Tuesday, 31 August 2010

five a day

At first glance you may be thinking I'm going to remind you you should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But I'm not - you're off the hook.

I set myself a little challenge for August: getting rid of five things a day - so that's one hundred and fifty five less things by the end of the month (today). I wanted to give myself a serious start to a serious clear out and this seemed a good way to go. I've kept a list of everything that has been discarded just so I can keep focus, and it's worked. The only downside is that this feels like the tip of the iceberg. But it's a positive start, and I feel better already - definitely less stifled by stuff. I just need to keep going. Thank goodness for Freecycle, and an abundance of local charity shops who are happy to have my stuff. I also have a little pile destined for Ebay. Very little has ended up in the bin, which pleases me greatly. Of course, the key to having a pared-down house means not bringing the stuff inside in the first place....


And these little beauties? They were allowed in from the garden, especially as they'll be eaten.

12 comments:

Frogdancer said...

That's a really good idea.

kristina said...

This is such a super idea. I think G and I should do the same next month. But should we do 5 things each or together...hmmm...?

K x

dottycookie said...

That's a brilliant idea.

Tilly said...

I have piles of stuff all over the house ready to have a home elsewhere if only I had a chance to get on with it (perhaps I should spend less time on blogger!) Certainly does feel good to divest oneself of unnecessary stuff. I wish my tomatoes would ripen - lots of tomatoes, just all green.

Lisa said...

Doing it bit by bit means you don't get so overwhelmed I suppose when you look aorund and see clutter mountain! I once read somewhere that you can have all the 'how to clean and maintain your home' books you like but if you have loads of stuff it'll take more time anyway!
Lisa x

Pipany said...

Hello you and thank you so much for such a fabulous pile of goodies. Please feel free to clear out my way Diana as I have so enjoyed the fruits of your labours! Much love honey x

Fiona said...

When I started TizDuster I started clearing out things and seemed to have eased off. I will try to start again.

Gina said...

What a fantastic idea.

silverpebble said...

Goodness, that is a brilliant plan. I think I need to take a leaf out of your clearing out book.

Those tomatoes look perfect and your photo is beautiful.

Dragonfly said...

Now this sounds like a plan...

Lucille said...

What a good scheme. I declutter erratically. Five a day sounds steady and achievable. I had a rule that said one thing in two things out but that got too complicated as I struck bargains with myself about relative volumes or owing something for 'next time'.

Monica said...

very good plan!