Why moving house is great! Part 1: Decluttering

Posted on: 03/03/2011

Decluttering.  If you’re not sick of her by now, this is a buzz-word of the Flylady, who is, as you may be aware, queen of decluttering.

It’s something I aspire to but am really hopeless at.  I become cowed by the sheer volume of what needs to be done.

Until, that is, it becomes an absolute necessity.

bulldogza / freedigitalphotos.netI’ve done cheat’s decluttering before.  You know, when you have people round and have less time to tidy up than you thought.  You start decluttering with great intentions.  Then you realise they’ll be here in less than five minutes, stuff everything into a bag and hide it in one of the rooms out of sight.

Now, that’s all very well when it comes to having friends round.  They don’t nosey on round upstairs.  Well, the kids might, but they don’t care and won’t judge…  Whereas people viewing a house want to see every nook and cranny.   Hiding stuff out of sight isn’t an option, unless you have a very large cupboard with a lock on it.  And no, we don’t have one of those.

I have already admitted to being fairly hopeless on the decluttering front.  So I have called in the cavalry.  Well, not exactly cavalry as such, but a couple of friends of a friend who do cleaning jobs here and there.  We have had one intensive afternoon of decluttering (two of us) and cleaning (one of us), and are poised to do another, the day before we get all the estate agents in to value the house.

We are only halfway through, yet it feels like the house has taken a large breath of fresh air.

Somewhere around the place there’s a saying along the lines of, cluttered house, cluttered mind, uncluttered house, uncluttered mind.

Well, if there isn’t, there ought to be.   I feel my soul being cleansed.


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