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K.I.S.S: Love it or get rid of it (part 2)

My efforts to simplify and declutter are slowly paying off, as I’ve sold a few things on ebay already. It’s so nice to get a bit of cash for clutter, but it’s even nicer to see the back of the extra stuff we’ve accumulated over the years.

This week I need to get cracking though, and try and offload some more. Here’s what I have lined up to go:

  • ladies 160cm Salomon snowboard
  • ladies Salomon bindings
  • ladies Vans snowboard boots 
  • ladies Dakine ski mittens
  • 3 x snowboard pants
  • tonnes of jewellery-making bits and bobs

There’s a saying about only making space in your home for things that are either functional or beautiful, and while I think that level of extreme decluttering is a bit far-fetched for us right now, I like the idea behind it. I sometimes feel so tied down by our stuff (and we really don’t have a huge amount by today’s standards) and wonder how people think past generations got by without six of everything?

Personal storage facilities are a new invention – they’ve only been around for the past 20 years or so. Before that, we could just, you know, fit our stuff in our houses. Crazy, right?

I really hate packaging

Except when it is this pretty.

I bought a couple of Orla Kiely pillowcases (on sale! I would never pay $80 for pillowcases, but $10, why, sure, thank you, Mr Myer!) and while I love them, it was actually the packaging that first caught my eye. I need to come up with some way of reusing this sweet little box.

I had planned on doing something with it over the weekend, as I had planned to do many other things (go out for yum cha, clean out the bathroom cabinet, have a sleep on the grass) but, alas, none of those were to be. I did get to go out for a few hours on Saturday night and catch my brother-in-law’s gig in Newtown though. Super fun! And eating a meal out after 8:30pm while having a glass of wine was way novel.

Aside from that, I watched the Royal Wedding, we started the little man on rice cereal yesterday, I listed some stuff for sale on Ebay (more to come this week. I’m trying to keep up on my “Get rid of five things a week” challenge but it’s, well, challenging) and I’ve been brainstorming craft projects and homemade gift ideas for Mother’s Day and my nieces and nephews birthdays.

I hope you all had wonderful weekends?

Meat-free Monday coming up a little later. x

K.I.S.S: Love it or get rid of it

so we bid a slow goodbye to our clutter…

In the never-ending quest to simplify our lives, Sparky and I have a heap of stuff we’d like to get rid of. Most of it is in really good condition, but we just have no need for it anymore (if we ever really did have a need for it to begin with).

So I’ve decided to start getting rid of five extra, unnecessary things every week. It’ll be like an ongoing declutter. I’ll either be selling them on ebay, donating to charity, giving them to someone I know who needs it, recycling or, as a very last resort, throwing them away.

This week we hope to bid adieu to these, via ebay:

barely used snowboarding mitts

dakine wrist guards – worn about three times
brand new ski gloves
good condition electric ski/board goggles

lightweight snowboarding jacket – worn three times max

heavy duty helly hansen snow jacket

Sparky and I lived and worked in Canada for a year a while back and fell for the snow big-time. Unfortunately we’ve only been once since coming home and the chances of us hitting the hills any time soon are slim to none. So it’s all going. Our snowboards, bindings and boots are on next week’s hit list!

Anyone else have some extra stuff around that they can clear out? I bet you’ll feel better if you do!