My project based on Marie Kondo's 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying' was completed yesterday. Our home has been thoroughly decluttered and organised. And it stays tidy, seemingly all by itself. It's a minor miracle!
The principle of having a place for everything really works. There are no sneaky places where a chaotic tangle of possessions lurk. I told you before how I reduced the need for storage in my craft area to a lone IKEA unit and the desk drawers. The chest, wardrobe and underbed storage area in the spare room are now emptied too, amenable to use by guests. Towels and bedding are now housed easily in my own wardrobe. The cupboard under the stairs is minimalist in the extreme whereas before it was like a military operation to get anything out of it. I'm going in I used to think! Three vacuum cleaners have been reduced to one and that now lives with just the carpet and steam cleaners. Staying ordered eliminates minor annoyance throughout the day. It's bliss.
Louis' attic room was the last to be tackled. I couldn't really face it for a long time. It was our biggest source of conflict, a tangle of toys, books and clothes combined with general teenage detritus. He's been away at his dad's house since we returned from France and I decided to take the bull by the horns and tackle it alone. Before Lou went away I persuaded him to clear out some of his old toy. I've tackled the rest and it's done and dusted. You guys can't see it though. I'm cosied up with a cuppa writing in bed so can't be arsed to pop upstairs and take photos. It'll have to wait for another day.
I've snuck some more stuff out including a pile of soft toys including this camel. Years of parenting have taught me that clearance of children's possessions cannot be left to them alone. They overvalue things that they haven't used in yonks. Over the years a procession of stuff has been squirrelled out without Lou's knowledge. Very occasionally he asks where something has gone. I take the flack. A telling off every so often is a small price to pay for a bit of order. I'm waiting to see if the disappearance of the camel goes unnoticed. The odds are that I will get away with it!