|no more clutter newsletter for November 2005|
Progress rather than Perfection
may remember last month I committed to declutter 3 things a day for the
whole of October. I thought this would be pretty undemanding, so I was
surprised by mid month when I began to struggle. Mostly because I ran
out of obvious clutter like tired socks and CDs I never really enjoyed.
I then tackled some more sticky stuff and let go of an expensive watch
I don't like any more, and redistributed some ancestral jewellery to other
members of my family.
A recent survey by the Observer Food Magazine found that 1 in 4 of us own five or more gadgets like juicers, ice-cream makers and sandwich makers yet less than a third are used.
Deal with one gadget at a time and collect up all the scattered attachments. If you havent used it in the last year let it go. That doesnt mean putting it in the loft or garage thats a clutter shuffle. Give it to a friend or sell it instead.
Hoarders work on the principle you can never have enough pans and over the years amass huge collections. When they buy a new set, the old ones remain firmly in place. But whats the point? Even at Christmas we are still limited by the number of burners on the hob.
Be ruthless and just hold onto good quality pans you enjoy using. If your cast iron set feels too heavy or your pressure cooker is history, liberate yourself and let them go.
Where did all the ancient rusting muffin trays and baking stuff come from? Unless you love to bake you really dont need cake tins in every possible size. If most of your equipment is beyond redemption recycle the metal at the local council tip. Dont rush out and immediately replace things. Wait and see what you actually miss!
Glossy cookery books are so appealing its easy to end up with a bulging collection. But does this make you more adventurous or do you still cook chilli con carne and stir-fry most weeks. Streamline your collection by donating any duds (100 ways with cabbage anyone?)
If you regularly clip recipes from the paper gather them all together. Resolve to try a new one every week. Create a folder with recipes you love subdivided into categories like soups, puddings and vegetarian main courses.
Kitchens have become a gladiatorial arena with state of the art equipment and the pressure to produce restaurant quality food for our friends. Research has shown men too are becoming more involved in this highly competitive entertaining. Take a step back, relax and remember its about enjoying yourself rather than winning stars.
Great advice that will lead to a fantastic clutterfree winter wardrobe!
Find out more about Nicoletta and her great style ideas at www.pinkananas.com. A consultation would make a great gift this Christmas.
Thank you so much to everyone who sent in tips on decluttering their photos last month - I'm going to include a selection of them in next month's newsletter.
There's no clutter clinic this month but in December be happy to answer any festive questions you have about getting through the Christmas season without drowning in clutter. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or maybe you know a hoarder who would appreciate it as a useful Christmas gift?
Good luck with beating chaos and clutter this month
Sue Kay works with a wide range of clients to organise home offices, small businesses, declutter before a house move, prepare your spare room for a new baby and organise your wardrobe ready for the new season. If you're selling your home, she can help you present it clutter-free for the market to achieve a quick and profitable sale. For practical sympathetic help call Sue on 07974 076 675 or 020 8444 5149 or check out the website at www.nomoreclutter.co.uk
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