What did I miss?

marie kondo books

So despite my resolution to blog more in 2o17, this is only my second post for March… *sigh*. BUT, I have actually been so so busy doing creative stuff, and I have so much to share with you that it’s not even funny. Right now I am writing my blog in my lovely new home office/study (former junk room), and it is so pretty. It took a lot of work to get it looking exactly how I want it, but now it is perfect. I am going to do a separate post on the room transformation, so stay tuned (the before pictures will give you nightmares).

Mario and I have been on a bit of a minimalist kick in recent months, ever since I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and he started listening to the Minimalists podcast. Despite my extreme annoyance with the Minimalists’ sanctimonious attitude, I agree with a lot of what they have to say.

marie kondo

This is me Mario Kondo-ing my clothes. You have to collect them all together in a big pile first – I guess to make you feel ashamed and horrified by how much stuff you have? It worked. 

marie kondo folding

This is the fun folding and organising stage. 

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Then I did my books – I didn’t manage to get rid of many, but then again, I do love my books more than most things in life! 

Long story short, a couple of weeks ago we decided to do a HUGE cleanout of our house and hold a garage sale. We gave ourselves one week to purge all our stuff, and boy did we ever get in to it. It was actually incredibly cathartic, but also horrifying how much stuff we managed to compile to sell – things that had been hidden in closets for a really long time, and also things in plain view that we loved, but that no longer fit in our lives for one reason or another. We found a lot of things that we were holding on to for bad reasons – mainly guilt. It felt good to let those things go.

Garage sale 1

OMG so much stuff :(!

The garage sale was a big success, although we still have some stuff to get rid of. We are thinking of having another sale in a few weeks, and then donating what is left (in the meantime, our garage looks like the room of requirement).

garage sale 2

When you make too many things and have to sell them!

The feeling of freedom and organisation once we finished decluttering is amazing. I had felt the mental weight of all that clutter, and it feels lovely to be free of it.

garage sale

Our garage looks like a shop

I have felt so much more motivated and creative since we did this big cleanout, hence why I have been working on lots of stuff. It also allowed us to (finally) put our study to its proper use. For a very very long time it had been the ‘wedding’ room – first the room where we stored things in preparation for the wedding, and then the room where we kept all the leftover stuff from the wedding!

Anyway, that’s all for now – just wanted to reassure you that I am still alive and that I have a lot of projects to share with you, which I will start doing very soon. Ta ta for now! x

Tidy Tea Towels

On the whole, I love the way our kitchen is laid out. We have so many cupboards and drawers, there’s heaps of storage room.

However.

I have the tendency to let a well organised cupboard descend into madness if I don’t have a good storage solution in place. Case in point? Here is a photo of the handy cupboard that lives right next to our oven. Those are clean, washed tea towels in there, living like rats. The shame
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Storage Solution: Hanging Shoe Rack

Story time!!!

Once upon a time, there was a shoe rack. It was the worst shoe rack that had ever existed, because it’s stupid wire design meant that high heeled shoes couldn’t sit on it without falling through and becoming hopelessly entangled. And it looked bad. And it took up a lot of useful room.

Shoe rack

So one day, the shoe rack was taken apart, repurposed, and used to fulfil a valuable role in society as…. a shoe rack! Oh, wait…


I think perhaps I am not going to end up as a master story teller. Oh well. Continue reading

D.I.Y. Rustic Copper Kitchen Rod

Kitchen Rod Front1

You guys, I love this project. It ticks so many of my boxes – cheap, easy, minimalist and copper.

Is copper really so important, I hear you wonder? Well, yes. It’s just so warm and inviting and glow-y.  It makes your kitchen look like delicious and healthy things are made there. Basically copper is just a celebration of life. (too far?)

Anyway, I’ve been looking for ways to bring more copper into my kitchen, and to declutter/minimalise (is that a word?) at the same time. As has been the constant mantra in our house for the past few weeks, less is more.

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Donating Demystified

So you’ve decluttered your entire house, and want to donate your old clothes, homewares and knick-knacks. Sounds easy, right? Turns out, it can be a little more complicated than you might expect.

There is a complex and troubling discussion that surrounds the ethics of donating used goods. Questions such as ‘Why do you think poor people/homeless people/people in developing countries would want your cast offs when you don’t want them yourself?‘ and ‘Wouldn’t it be better to buy less and save your money so that you can give financial aid – arguably a much more useful contribution – instead of your old crap?‘ can leave you wondering whether you are really intending to donate your old goods because you want to help others, or because you want a guilt-free way to offload your stuff without it going in the garbage bin. Continue reading

#icandeclutter Days 4-6: Closet & Garage

Ermagawd, I had the most productive long weekend!

I tackled the spare bedroom closet, which – as you can see – was packed wall to wall with my clothes, shoes, handbags, etc.

Closet Before

I got rid of a whole load of things, and did some organising, and I am sooooo proud of the result. I can see where everything is! Plus – biggest bonus – there’s now spare room in the closet for when we tackle the closet in our room! Continue reading

#icandeclutter Day 1: Linen Press

Woo hoo, I survived Day 1 of my #icandeclutter challenge! Thanks for the fantastic response to my post yesterday, it made me feel so motivated! Don’t forget to post your own decluttering pics on Instagram or email them to me at tamarakwilkinson@gmail.com :). Laura from Crafty not Shifty is also starting a series on decluttering/organising this week, so you should definitely check out her craft room transformation.

For Day 1, I decided to take it easy and start with an area that didn’t really matter to me emotionally: the linen press. As you can see from the ‘before’ photo, it was absolutely jam packed with crap – I had to shove things in and slam the door so they wouldn’t fall out. Definitely not ideal, and we hadn’t used half the things in there since we moved in. Hell, we didn’t even know what half the things in there were.

Linen Press

It didn’t take long at all to pull all the stuff out and sort through it. A couple of things – like the gym towels, I moved to other homes – but the majority of the room came from ruthlessly culling and organising. The weirdest thing I found in the linen press was two packets of glowsticks, which I am now wearing (of course). Also, an entire box full of perfumes that I have no idea where they came from. I moved those to the bathroom to deal with later! Continue reading