Today we tackled the terrifying cupboard under the kitchen sink, which is meant to house cleaning products. We found, among other things, car maintenance stuff, slippers, compost, driftwood, a smoothie maker, more incense than we can feasibly use in our lifetimes, more than 20 lighters and heaps and heaps and heaps of plastic carrier bags sat waiting to be reused.
We emptied it all out onto the kitchen counter tops and it looked ridiculous.
About half the stuff went back in and the cupboard is at least functional now, although a lot of the carrier bags have lived to see another day. That’s because a mandatory 5p charge for plastic bags in shops is starting in England next month – a move I support – and it’s giving me an added incentive to actually reuse them rather than keep them in a pile of good intentions. Oh, look, another one of those times when minimalism and frugality clash.
Often, newbie minimalists are told to start easy, clear off a shelf and see how it goes. That’s great, and that’s certainly how I started. But I have to say, it’s far more satisfying to blitz a heap of shit and see it totally transformed.