Today I…have been inspired by a blog I have been following called Simply Being Mum.
I was drawn in by her recent post- ‘declutter 20 things in 20 minutes’ and ended up reading for about an hour. I was inspired not only by the decluttering posts- god knows I could do with some of that- but also with her mantra of reducing food waste: “no waste tastes great”. I am a meal planner (see here 45/365) and have noticed that we are spending less, wasting less and eating more creatively since I put that into place.
SBMs blog has motivated me to look even more carefully at my fridge and challenged me to consider my clutter. I am guilty of hanging on to project clutter; one day I will get round to *insert project here*. I’m thinking right now of the box of sewing patterns under my bed- if I ever get time to make my own clothes, those patterns will be way out of date. A car boot sale is beckoning- consider them gone!
As for the pile of food magazines that I have collected, here’s my pledge. I am going to weed them out and only tear out a recipe if I am going to make it in the next 2 months.
I will stick them in my menu planner notebook and try a new one every week. No more cake recipes. Cake recipes always look great BUT I hardly ever make cakes. Don’t get me wrong, I like cake as much as the next person, possibly more, but I don’t need the temptation!
These words resonated with me. I’m going to print them off and leave them where I can see them:
“I could hang on to all similar items, justifying their space in the home because I will get around to doing it one day.
Or I can cut my potential opportunity losses and free up mental, emotional and physical space.”
I already have a list of projects as long as my arm. I don’t want to add this to the list but if I can try and tackle my clutter, 20 minutes at a time, I hope to free up some ‘mental, emotional and physical space’ to finish the projects that really matter.
Thank you Simply Being Mum. I will continue to enjoy your blog and would recommend it to anyone interested in ‘family life, simply done’.