This week I’ve been on a bit of a de-cluttering kick: even more so than usual, I mean.
As some of you probably know by now, I like things neat, which means I frequently go through phases of clearing out and organising things: it’s like my version of meditation. Or, you know, therapy. The urge to organise gets particularly strong when I’m very busy with other stuff: which is a bit of a pain, really, because it makes me feel like I can’t actually DO the other stuff until I’ve organised whatever it is that’s nagging at me. Yeah, you’re right, I should probably just GET therapy, shouldn’t I?
Instead, I de-cluttered. And damn, it felt good: because that’s the kind of rock n’roll lifestyle I lead. Here are 5 things I de-cluttered this week…
The bathroom cabinet
My bathroom cabinet is one of those under-the-sink ones, which means the stuff at the back isn’t particularly accessible, and it tends to turn into a bit of a product graveyard. I started by pulling everything out, and getting rid of all of the products I never use, then, having discovered that the Ikea storage box I’d been using to organise some of that stuff had split right down the middle (WOE!), I threw THAT out too, and used the drawers from my old Muji storage units instead – plus one random acrylic box which is origin unknown, but I’m going to take a wild guess and
The Muji drawer unit used to hold my makeup, until I got my dressing table last year: unfortunately the space under the sink is kinda awkward, so I could only fit one two-drawer unit into it, plus this single drawer. I actually might like this arrangement better, though: at least I can see everything I’ve got now! Speaking of my dressing table.
02.Dressing table / makeup storage
This was long-since due a clear-out: again, I took everything out, got rid of the products I don’t ever use, and re-organised the ones that were left. I should probably be more worried than I am about the fact that this is what passes for a fun afternoon activity for me…
03. Desk drawers
Next up was my desk drawers, which are where every item small enough to fit in them seems to end up at some point. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to use old Birchboxes to organise the contents of drawers, so everything has it’s own little compartment, rather than being thrown in together. (I keep on telling myself I’m going to upgrade to ones like this at some point, but nah, doesn’t seem to be happening…) This is also the case for…
04. The lingerie drawer(s)
Let’s just take a quick moment to reflect on the fact that I’m now posting photos of my underwear on the internet: my parents will be so proud! (Also, please insert your own “drawers” joke here…) Anyway, yeah, as you can see, this is how I like to organise my bras: inside a collection of smaller boxes, and “filed”, a bit like documents. Works for me…
05. Wallet / handbag
Because I like to carry different handbags depending on my outfit (and also because I work from home, so don’t need to carry a ton of stuff around with me every day), I normally empty each bag after using it, which means I don’t accumulate a bunch of stuff in them. My wallet, on the other hand, is another matter altogether, and ends up crammed full of receipts and long-expired cards, so I like to go through it every so often and declutter. I like to think this will help make room for all the money I’ll be keeping in it, but LOL, nope.