I have just finished a complete revision of my home inventory (first done 2 years ago). I re-counted a lot of categories because I’d lost track of things coming and going!
The conclusion is: it’s a tie! Well, almost. If Rom hadn’t downloaded 214 e-books in the past two years, our items in and items out would have cancelled each other out. Since the majority of Rom’s e-books were free (he reads philosophy books in the public domain) and they don’t use physical storage space, I am going to call this a win.
As planned, I will focus on the things I’ve decluttered in the past two years:
- Electric grill – I was going to give this to Link, by request, but the plastic on it had actually started disintegrating! – tossed
- Electric air popcorn maker – I make oil-popped popcorn on the stove now and don’t anticipate going back – donated
- Slow cooker – 2-litre one replaced with a 5-litre one. If it’s on all day, why not make lots! – donated
- 7 cake, loaf and muffin pans – rarely used, and still have plenty for the little baking I do – donated
- Glass cutting board – prefer the wood one (and don’t prepare meat any more) – donated
- Mandoline – tried out an inexpensive one but didn’t see the benefit – donated
- Café au lait mug (cracked) – tossed
- Fabric lunch bag (chewed by cat) – tossed
- Cheese grater (rusted) – an old one that had been used in the laundry room for grating soap – tossed
- Abeego wraps (5) – reusable food wraps made of treated fabric. Stained easily and could only be washed a limited # of times – tossed
You may remember I had oodles of unused picture frames, candles and candle holders stored away. I have made some progress.
- 10 candle holders and about 30 candles – unused candles donated. I have about 12 candle holders and about 50 candles left. Be kind and don’t judge me too harshly…
- 36 picture frames – donated. I have 17 in use, and 15 more in storage…see above!
- 5 ornaments – donated. These were shelf ornaments, not seasonal. Sentimental knick-knacks have fallen out of favour. I think for most people they’ve been replaced by collectible toys like Frozen dolls, Minion cushions, etc.!
- 3 holiday decorations – brought to Link to celebrate a holiday, and stayed there (must do more of this!)
- 1 collectible tin – I am debating not keeping the whole collection
- Wicker shelf – donated
- Travel alarm clock (broken – dropped a few times) – tossed
- Cable box (cut cable TV service, returned box)
- Roller skates & gear – Link’s stuff, sent to them by request
- Computer chair – replaced
- 2 kitchen chairs – kept the old table to use for folding laundry but didn’t need the chairs
- Games and building toys (5) – no, not the LEGO!
- Lawn ornament (broken) – tossed
- Pruners (had 2, 1 broken) – tossed
- Books (55) – I moved out 55 books and added 21 over two years for a net loss of 34
- Books (12) – Rom actually agreed to discard some non-essential microbiology books (from his first career) and some Windows XP guides 🙂
I had a few categories with a lot of turnover. For example, I have a big stash of gift bags. In my immediate family, we re-gift them to each other over and over with no compunctions. I used 8 but brought 10 back in! I also sorted through my earrings, repaired some, and got rid of unfixable ones or stragglers. But I bought more, so I ended up with 4 more pairs over all. The number of things in the kitchen is way up because I bought 12 plates and received 8 placemats as gifts!
My to-do list includes doing serious work on decluttering more toys, games, collectibles, and (ahem) VHS tapes…
I was not up for re-counting Rom’s clothes and magazines (yet) but otherwise my whole home inventory spreadsheet has been updated.
Happily, my wardrobe has been reduced by about 50 items. I have no regrets. I’ll post about that in the coming weeks.
Have you been able to get any surplus stuff out of your place lately?
PS Did anyone read the Guardian article last week that was “against” decluttering? Obviously, I disagree!