Meet my bookcase. It looks messy and cluttered – hardly the poster piece for 365 Less Things but this is the “before” photo.. There isn’t an “after” photo. Not yet anyway. It is pretty obvious that I have quite a bit of work ahead of me as my goal is to have it eliminated by December.
The next photo is a Balinese dresser that lives in our main lounge and it houses our DVD collection – all 150+ of them. My hubby would like the dresser out of the lounge so his beloved big screen can be centred along the wall. To do so means reducing and rehousing our DVDs before selling this dresser. Ideally this also needs to be done by December, in time for holiday guests.
But here’s the thing, both these projects are a little more tricky than they appear on the surface. The bookcase is the last of three identical ones we had in the house and has become a holding pen for not just the last of the books, but also cd’s, video cassettes, camcorder cassettes, photos all needing to be digitised, data disks to be sorted thru, reference books etc. So this isn’t a case of just donating books and selling a bookcase because sitting on these shelves are projects within projects that each must be done carefully. At this stage I don’t have a master plan and I’ve never not owned a bookcase so I’m not sure entirely how this is going to turn out.
The DVD’s are a whole different can of worms. Housed neatly within the dresser, my family have assumed that the DVD’s have escaped my notice. They have taken everything else in their stride – wardrobes rifled through, underneath their beds examined, sorted through boxes together, helped me cart loads off to goodwill, etc – but if they notice me looking through the DVD cupboard they go on high alert placing me under surveillance until I leave the room again. I suspect they would cheerfully commit mutiny if The Lion King ever disappears.
So why am I writing about this? Well, these are the last two major decluttering projects on my list that have yet to be started. Now I’m not saying my home is clutter free, definately not ~ there are other areas which are still works in progress but have reached an acceptable level and I’m happy to keep chipping away at them in the background. The difference is that this bookcase and this dvd cabinet are the last completely untouched territories in my home.
The bookcase stands out like a sore thumb in the small lounge off my kitchen as we have decluttered the rest of this room. We have cleared all the excess off my computer desk, streamlined the drawers contents, eliminated a filing cabinet plus the student desk the kids used as a dumping spot. The DVD cupboard isn’t such an eyesore but I’m sure we don’t need 150 DVDs and one less piece of furniture to dust sounds good to me.
So I have volunteered to 365 Less Things to undertake this mission right here for all of you to watch my progress each month, hold me to my deadline and to share the decisions and the dilemnas along the way.
So if you were me, where would you begin?
The Weekend’s Mini Missions
Saturday – Kitchen gadgets ~ Moni had an amusing story about possibly decluttering a couple of these last week. My advice is that if you have gadgets that aren’t being use just get rid of them. Nine times out of ten the same task can be performed with a more versatile item in your house should you find the need.
Sunday – Gift wrapping supplies ~ one reader mentioned that they are decluttering the last of their gift wrapping supplies while another was saying how ~ due to 365 example ~ she was now only giving non-cluttering gifts to her friends and family. I had saved a token supply of gift bags when I decluttered the bulk of them two years ago. I have discovered the ones I saved don’t seem to have diminished since then so it is time to declutter them also.