Let the decluttering commence!

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Mrs Green's zen office space (on her vision board alas not in her reality)

Mrs Green's zen office space (on her vision board alas not in her reality)

What an amazing week. I feel like I’m coming down from a week-long party.

The third annual zero waste week was a huge success with people all over the world taking part to reduce their food waste.

My Zero Waste appeared in “At Home” magazine, the “Independent” newspaper, on national and international radio, “First News” newspaper and you’ll remember as part of the week we hosted a Q&A in Oxford after a screening of No Impact Man. We were limited to 20 minutes of question time but 45 minutes later had to ask people to leave because the staff wanted to go home!

There were some fantastic events going on around the country which tied in with zero waste week such as the Soil Association’s Organic Fortnight, Mrs A over in Suffolk was being fed some rubbish at Saints Cafe and North East Lincolnshire Council promoted zero waste week alongside their launch of the 10:10 campaign.

I’m thrilled with the way everything turned out and I can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm. Many of you blogged, tweeted, shared the love on Facebook, talked to friends, family and colleagues, wrote to me, took part in your own pledges and for every person doing this I know there were many more doing their own thing in each corner of the globe. A couple of times when I crashed, there were some amazing people there to pick me up, dust me off and set me back on track (you know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart).

As you might have gathered, zero waste week left me time for little else, so I’m big into decluttering for my personal mission this week! My house looks like a bomb site as I’ve had time for nothing but taking part in the week.

Lucky for me I’ve met with Clare from Clutter Clearing who is a professional de-clutterer! She has bags of knowledge and experience and helps you leave no stone unturned in your quest for an organised life. If you need some help and inspiration, Clare can provide you with ebooks, audio guides, kits, workshops, telephone consultations or she will even roll her sleeves up, come around to your house and help you get stuck in!

For now I’m starting with Clare’s free book download to get me motivated, focused and started. I’ve written a plan for tackling my office and I’ve given myself a week to achieve it. Nothing like a tight deadline to get me moving!

Now this is where I make myself accountable. I’m actually incredibly embarassed about the state of this room. If you could see the tiny space I have between all the crap for working you’d be amazed that I have room to type. But I can trust you, right? So here it is, in all its glory – my ‘office’. I use the term lightly you understand and unfortauntely for me this room also doubles up as our dressing room. It’s actually the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes. Our bedroom is tiny with no room for clothing space (but it has the best view in the house, so that’s more important to me)

Mr Green and I used to sit side by side to work. Now he can't get to his computer and the contents of the loft are on my side

Mr Green and I used to sit side by side to work. Now he can't get to his computer and the contents of the loft are on my side

pending pile and filing

pending pile and filing

My desk ....

My desk ....

under the curtains - curtains can no longer be drawn or opened easily

under the curtains - curtains can no longer be drawn or opened easily

my erm, 'desk' from the other side

my erm, 'desk' from the other side

I’ll let you know how I get on. If you’ve got the decluttering bug, why not join me?

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I loooooooove the pics of your real office!!
    You know you can only be good frineds with someone if you are honest about mess 😉
    I always find the key point in any new friendshhip is when you go to their house and they have washing all over the bathroom floor, a pile of clean washing on gthe sofa..spreding to the floor and a full sink of washing up 🙂
    Well done for sharing x
    Getting on with the de clutter, trying to pretend I will keep it tidy 😛

  2. LJayne says:

    An untidy desk (errmmmmm “space”) is the sign of a busy mind. I think you definitely qualify for that.

  3. Wow that’s a super mess Mrs G. Very impressed. i love the fact there are still flowers on your desk though….lol. We’re still decluttering too….it’s a sign that I have too many things for my own good. I just wish I’d said “no” more often,…. to myself, my kids and everyone else. Anyway, we’re getting there, even if our place still looks like a burglar’s dumping ground. Enjoy your declutter. :0)x

  4. Julie Day says:

    And I thought my desk could be untidy. Good luck with the declutter. I did most of mine in the new year.

  5. Thank you Mrs G for “staging a royal mess” to make the rest of us feel better when we acknowledge our own visual clutter!
    of course mine could rival this fancy display…but i just don’t have quite as much room, so i hide my scratch papers in drawers and suitcases until further notice. then re-discover old writings which surprise me–either very good–or very bad. as in ‘who wrote this?’

    again i find myself following your generous example; i have been taking advantage of fall weather to clean the fridge and now to clean the files. a full size blog should come out of that, complete with befores and afters..i have been too busy de-cluttering other people’s excesses. and acquiring too many rejects.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Kelly: Hi Kelly, I hear you on true friendship! The office is still untidy, alas, as it was a bigger task than I had anticipated. I should be sorted by the end of next week, however 😉
    @LJayne: that’s why I’m not sleeping at the moment, I’m quite sure of it. My life coach is convinced I will calmer once the external manifestation of my mind is tidied up!
    @[email protected]: Hope your declutter is going well, Mrs A. I have to have flowers no matter how untidy everything else it 😀
    @Julie Day: Well done Julie – I hope to begin 2011 with a tidier home!
    @nadine sellers: I have piles of writings hidden in boxes too I hope you find some satisfaction in your own decluttering mission.

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