If you’re a tidy sort of person, and you love YouTube, you’ve probably heard of Rachael from Sweet and Simple Home, and her One Box Challenge. As the name suggests, the idea is to take one box, and declutter until it’s full.
Needing some motivation to start the journey of decluttering our house, in particular what is supposed to be my Writing (and sewing) Room, but has fast become my Junk Room, I turned to YouTube. I find home maintenance, improvement, decorating and cleaning videos really motivating, and it wasn’t long until I stumbled upon the One Box Challenge.
I don’t have a YouTube channel to take part that way, but I will be posting my pics on my Instagram page @athomewithellen, and of course, going into detail here.
Now, I still haven’t finished sorting through the room, despite already filling two boxes of charity donations, a bag and a half of trash, and a giant cardboard box full of all the smaller cardboard boxes I’d been hoarding for… what reason? I want to wait until I’ve done the full room declutter (there’s lots I need to let go of) before I reveal my boxes, but in the meantime, I have a smaller box to share.
Over the years, the last fifteen probably, I’ve amassed a large amount of costume jewellery that at the time I’d loved, but had gradually became too young, too out of fashion, no longer my personal taste, and sometimes just broken. But for whatever reason it’s never made it’s way out of my house. Well, it will have soon!
I sorted through, and only kept my fine jewellery, and a couple of costume pieces I really adore, and the rest had to go. I mean, I already added to jewellery box to the donation pile, so I had no where to keep it now anyway. Great idea! I bundled it all together as a mixed lot auction for eBay, and can’t wait to pack it up and send it off to a new home.
The great bit is that when I weighed it to calculate the postage costs, it weighs OVER A KILO! There’s nearly two and a half pounds of “junk” cleared out just like that! Such good motivation, even if the size of the box is tiny compared to everything else I have ready to pass on.
If you need some inspiration to get decluttering, I definitely recommend checking out Rachael’s channel and playlists, as well as the countless other fantastic YouTuber’s out there. For cleaning inspiration and tips, I love Jen, at How Jen Does It, I’d definitely recommend checking her out too.
But, back to tidying and decluttering for me!
If you have any motivation tips, please share them down below in the comments!
For now, with love,