Letting Go | New Mini Series


2020 for me is a year of evolution, of implementing change and letting go of those things which do not serve me in any way or don't bring joy to my life anymore. 


I am a hoarder. My gran is a hoarder. My child is a hoarder. 

Months ago you would never have heard me admit this, everything had a purpose and it could become useful later on. I was always brought up with the mindset of up-cycling and reusing, we would find used for so many different things like old bed frames were turned into shelves, pallets made into garden benches, old towels made into weird dolls and more. My gran would always find a use for something but then this started to spill out into other parts of our lives. 

We began keeping toys, clothes, ornaments and such, even if they were broke. When my Great Grandad passed away we got majority of his belongings and we kept them, when my mum passed I couldn't bare to throw anything away so it's all in storage in our house. 

Now we are getting to a point that our home looks cluttered and messy which we never really noticed until the Christmas decorations went up this year, it looked far too busy. Then when the decorations came down and we still didn't feel like the house was 'back to normal' we knew it was time to confront ourselves, why do we keep EVERYTHING?! 

We had a talk, discussed a few things and have set ourselves a mission for this year. Each moth we are tackling a different area in our home until we have had a proper clear out. Things will be donated to charity, anything broken will be gone and I will be ruthless about it. 

We need a clean space that doesn't feel over cluttered with junk that serves no purpose to us. Anything that can be donated or given away will be, I would much rather see it going to someone who could use it instead of it going to landfill. 

So, because we are going to be doing this I thought I would follow along with this on the blog and share with everyone what's being tackled and how it's being done. 

This is just the intro but the 1st de-cluttering post will be up in a week or two, I'm not sure what area we will be working on first but I know I'll be giving it my all. 


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23 comments

  1. Good luck with the decluttering! Don’t forget to try selling things on Facebook marketplace or EBay if their charges aren’t too high at the minute - might as well sell anything that might get you something!

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    1. Thank you! I am definitely making sure I stick to it this year, It's the year of letting go. I will be trying Facebook and ebay for sure, if anything is good enough to be sold it will be lol

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  2. I am a terrible hoarder too. I think a lot of it for me stems from growing up on the breadline - everything was patched and mended and handed down and kept just in case. De-cluttering is hard so I wish you all of the luck in the world, but it is also an experience and I felt so much lighter at the end of it, and I hope you do too.
    Last year I watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying and they really helped me put everything into perspective. I know a lot of people scoff at it, but it helped me find a way to deal with a lifetime of hoarding, to keep only what was truly important or needed. I donated twelve black bags of stuff and another three went to landfill, and that was just my bedroom. I didn't get rid of many books though, as for me they're sentimental and the things I value pretty much most. It made me realise how ridiculous I'd been, even if it came from a good place.
    Good luck!
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. I completely relate! We were always recycling and fixing things so it's hard to let go of anything now. Thank you, I hope I manage to stick to it. That's great they helped! I haven't actually watched the Marie Kondo series but seen lots of people raving about it.

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  3. I’m the same! I have things that I’ve hung onto for years and years, thinking I’ll need / use them and never have. I’m from a family of horders which Mike hates as he likes things to be stripped back to just what we need.

    Good luck with the clear outs! Great idea to do the house section by section, that should make it more manageable!

    Em xx

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    1. I always talk myself into keeping things, telling myself I will use it one day haha S is the same, he likes to have everything clean and simple, so my house stresses him out something awful lol Thanks hun, I thought section by section would just make it easier and not feel like I am getting rid of everything.

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  4. Good luck! You've got this :D

    Sophie
    www.thecoffeelawdiary.blogspot.com

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  5. I am a sentimental person and growing up, I saved EVERYTHING because it held some sort of memory. Even a Harry Potter trading card because I received it during opening night of one of the films that my friends and I caught. It was stressful living with clutter. It's a tough process at first, but after your cleansing, your mind would feel free and lifted, and this weight gone. I strive my best to never keep an overflowing closet and to never keep clutter around anymore. Sometimes the effort or my mental health isn't worth the risk of keeping an old t shirt that I would never wear again just "because" or just "in case".

    Kudos to you for starting your decluttering journey! I like that you are already starting small instead of tackling your whole place in one go :)

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    1. I am so with you on this! My anxiety is all over the place when I look in my wardrobe or in my spare room... it's meant to be a sort of walk in closet but it's filled with so much guff! This clear out is well overdue! Thank you!

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  6. Good luck with your de cluttering, I need to do some too. Then I can save for my next holiday, which I'm on a reserve list for :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you 😊 Aww that sounds great! Enjoy your next holiday 💖

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  7. Ooo I'm excited for this series! I love a good sort out and I'm not that brutal with clear outs all the time but I did one before christmas and I was certainly brutal and let go of so much stuff, mainly clothes. I'll be doing a car boot at first then the rest will go to charity! Cant wait to read the rest of your series babe.

    Isobel x

    www.fashionistachic.co.uk
    http://instagram.com/isobelceline

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    1. Having a good clear out feels so good doesn't it! Love a car boot! Great idea to get some extra cash and then the rest goes to charity.

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  8. Oh gosh I can relate to this so much. Both of my grandmothers, my father, and my mother are/were hoarders. When my dad passed away he had SO much stuff. Dealing with it all gave me such serious anxiety and I started getting rid of SO much of my own stuff because I never want to leave someone with that much stuff to have to deal with. Now I am constantly getting rid of things.

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    1. I completely get that, my grandad had lots of stuff and although it hurt to let things go, we had to because we were already inundated with my mums belongings. I'm definitely more conscious of what I keep because I don't what my son to feel anxiety of letting my things go when I'm gone.

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  9. I honestly relate to this soooo much! Me and my mum are the same, we keep everything, but we tried to declutter last year and now we wish we did it sooner. Good luck with everything, just take it section by section and don't rush into anything xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. It's really easy to fall into the rut of keeping everything isn't it?! I am very much looking forward to having a bit of a clearer house at the end of this!

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  10. Oooh I love stuff like this, however I'm the opposite I de-clutter way too often. My mam used to go mad at me if I wore something once and didn't like it I'd throw it away. Can't wait to read the rest of the mini series.

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    1. I really wish I could declutter easier 😂 Keeping everything really is starting to clog the house up lol thanks hun 😊

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  11. My family are hoarders. We have so much stuff stored at my parents house that it's hard to move and we have little space for anything new. That we really need. Wishing you luck with your decluttering!
    Kim x chimmyville.co.uk

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    1. Thank you hun! I'm really hoping that I stick to it, the house is just so over run at this point lol

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  12. Ooh yes! I love decluttering! And good for you! Getting rid of things can be hard, especially if there are so many memories attached to things, but it can really be helpful to simplify your life. I've been getting into minimalism lately, so I've been going through my closets and drawers, trying to figure out what I really NEED and what really means something to me. Keep us updated on your decluttering!! It sounds like it'll be a journey, but a good one :)

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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