Saturday, February 5, 2011

de-clutter efforts for January 2011

*winces* I must admit that this month has been pretty unproductive, mainly because of the summer school holidays. I'm lucky to keep my head above water housework wise in the holidays as my two cherubs leave a trail of mess as they play happily all day.

I did however make a little progress, out of necessity but it was still progress by my definition. In order to make room for the new toys that Christmas bring I had a weed through the toy boxes and a good chuck out. Any worthwhile toys that both kids had out grown went to our childcare centre where they're guaranteed to be used and the rest went to the bin.

We've found donating to the regular charities has become quite an embarrassing situation and not one I'm prepared to repeat... my husband took a whole range of things to the Salvos last year only to have a rude volunteer pick through our donation and take a few meagre things, criticizing the other items, even though we've seen similar in their store for sale. It was disappointing and disheartening.

But at home I discovered that changing things around for the kids has enabled them to rediscover toys they've had seemingly forever and simply forgotten about. So it's been a double win at home.

I've had a bit of a clothes cleanout for the kids too; just taking the outgrown clothes from circulation, storing the ones useful for Poss and those Poss is now out of will go somewhere... not sure where yet. I have a baby niece I would dearly love to give stuff to but her mum (SIL) doesn't seem to appreciate it and to be honest I worry the stuff would end up on eBay (and if I wanted that to happen I would do it myself).

The donation side of things has been soured for me and even though I would dearly love to send it all to the flood victims in QLD, authorities say it is better to donate $$$ and lets face it... sending stuff from the other side of the country only lines the pockets of Australia Post or some freight company.

I will work it out...

Oh and I have had a computer desk tidy and I can see desk top now! When I became such a slob I just don't know *hangs head in shame*

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