Chloé’s Ramblings

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lent My Way weeks #1, #2 and #3

(check this post to find out more about this project)

On the first week we focused on our office, more specifically on DBF's desk. He had a terrible mess and most of it is gone. It feels great.
Look! Empty shelves!!
I'm always amazed how a little neatness and decluttering can have such a great impact on how you feel when you look at that space: it's so fresh, so light now! Bliss!
To make things even better I would have liked to take care of my desk and bookcase too, but unfortunately I didn't find / make time for that, so I will try to tackle this during this month.

I then started a new room: the bathroom. It's very very tiny and I was able to declutter it all during the weekend.
The after pic. It looks like there are still many things, I know, but it was
worse before and  much more disorganized, trust me!
I got rid of old products that I kept for some reason (don't ask me what this reason was!), checked the expiration dates of all our meds and prepared a bag to bring back to the drugstore, I prepared my vanity for the few trips that I make, etc.

Finally, last week I worked in the bedroom, especially our closet. Look at all the clothes I got rid of:
There were at least 15 or 20 pieces that didn't fit me and that I
packed to bring to a charity. Look at all those hangers!
Ain't it great? Those were too small for me since I gained so much weight over the last years. Even if I lose 30 lbs one day and CAN get back in those, will I really WANT to?? I don't think so! It was time for me to pass on those clothes to a charity so that someone that fits in them can enjoy them.

So far, it's been great. I have to fight my natural tendency to perfectionism and remind myself constantly that doing something is great already, and that all this mess didn't appear overnight and can't hence disappear all of a sudden. It's hard sometimes but it's getting easier and I've taken the habit to celebrate those victories, no matter how small they are.

This week, I am working on the kitchen. I especially decluttered my recipe books that I never ever use. I will also work on practicing my routines, I'm tired to have a big huge mess to take care of before the cleaning lady comes on Thursday, when it's so easy to do a little every day. Maintenance is the key to housework happiness, I tell you!


Holly in Japan said...

You are doing so great on keeping up with your resolutions. Good for you! Decluttering.... yes, need to do that. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marcia Francois said...

You are doing a GREAT job!!!

And on your other post... today I joined Weigh-less again. I'm heavier than I was last year but like you, am determined to get it off and keep it off.