Laundry Room and Kitchen
I've done a major declutter project in the laundry room to get ready for a new washer and dryer.
The old machines were well over 25 years old, maybe closer to 30 years. We moved them from our first house to this one in 1993. They were installed in the "laundry room" which is only the size of a walk-in closet and is in the basement. They have not been moved since 1993, so maybe you can imagine the amount of clutter that accumulated on and around them in so many years, even in such a small room.
Outside of the wall cabinet that we use as our linen cupboard, the only things left in that room are needed for doing laundry and general cleaning. It feels good to see so much empty space.
I'll declutter the linen cupboard after the new machines are here and I get caught up on the laundry.
DH did a bunch of decluttering in his bathroom and mancave, too, to clear the way for the new machines to be delivered and installed. I'm afraid that he did more consolidating and moving stuff to another room in the basement rather than permanently getting rid of things. Nevertheless, I'm giving him a lot of credit for the effort.
In the past month I've also been fighting my nemesis, PAPER! I've been sorting through mountains of mail, recipe clippings, books, magazines and newspapers, etc. in the kitchen. Once I picked up a piece of paper, it either went into the recycle bin or to my office for further processing.
My goal is to get in the habit of putting all paper in my office instead of letting it pile up in the kitchen.
A big issue is that the light is a lot brighter in the kitchen so that's where I do more reading. I've also used cooking time as reading time. Solutions I'm trying: Added another lamp into my office for task lighting where I need it. Took the advice of my eye doctor and bought reading glasses. I've started using cooking time as cleaning time rather than reading; for example, it has become easier to do mini 2- to 5-minute jobs in the kitchen while waiting for meat to brown or rice to cook.