Decluttering My “Storage Area”

After organising my bedroom, wardrobe and bathroom,  the next area to tackle – my “storage area”.

I may have moved to a bigger apartment but there is no storage room. As I prefer open concept, the wall that separated the kitchen and living area were knocked down and the door at the yard area for the washer, dryer and laundry was removed. Now everything is in the open with little space to hide unsightly mess except in the cupboards. This encourages me to rid non-essentials.

Just last week, I managed to sell my Tumi large duffle that I bought at one of my trips to the US to bring back the stuff I bought from the outlets which eventually I gave most of them away.  Glad I managed to sell the Tumi large duffle, giving it a new lease of life.


Next are the free gifts that I received from Nespresso.  Out of the six boxes of gifts from Nespresso, I am only using two of them – Versilo Coffee Capsule Dispenser and 2x Glass Cappuccino Cups and sold the Clitz Travel Mug.

Besides the Nespressor glasses, I have many other items which are stored in one of my “sell or give away” cupboard in the kitchen.  Most of the items are put on sale at Carousell.  If I could not sell them by end September and no plans to use them, I will give them away.

Reminder to myself:

  • Buy only things I use regularly
  • 1-in-1-out especially for clothes, bags and shoes
  • No impulsive buying, do not buy for the moment
  • Do not buy to keep, use them
  • Sell or give away things that I have no use


Dear readers, are you also decluttering your possessions?


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15 thoughts on “Decluttering My “Storage Area”

      1. Very cool. Are you in Singapore? That’s the biggest buy and sell app there if I’m correct. Curbza is a buy and sell app from Canada, and we’re always looking for feedback and guest bloggers. 🙂

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      2. Yes, I am based in Singapore. I am actively selling my things on Carousell. I did a quick check on your site and app, looks great. Would be glad to provide feedback or be a guest blogger. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I guess I have reached the stage in life when I don’t feel excited about having more. Instead I find them as clutters in my life. No regrets though, at least now I have things to convert to cash. 😉

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  1. Hi Diane, thank you for sharing. Recycling the pods is definitely a boutique recycling matter and it takes extra effort to bring the pods to the boutique. And I would not drop them into the common recycle bin as it will contaminate the rest of the items that can be recycled. I drop my used pods at the boutique when I buy new supplies. If I am to order via internet, the delivery man is ready to collect the used pods that are properly pack in Nespresso bags for recycle. At least this is how it works in Singapore. And Nestle who owns Nespresso and Dolce Gusto is taking action to reduce waste. Reducing waste takes extra effort and cost and it is never going to be convenient. Everyday I am learning how I could help to reduce waste or how not to create unnecessary waste. It is not easy and takes a lot of conscious effort. Let’s play our part and continue to encourage people around us to help reduce waste by recycling what can be recycled in the right way and making conscious effort to not create unnecessary waste. Have a great day! 🙂


      1. Thank you for sharing the article that led me to the original article on the feedback from Jean-Paul Gaillard, the former Nespresso’s boss from 1988 to 1998. Mr Gaillard is now the CEO of Ethical Coffee Company (ECC) that produces coffee pods that can be used on Nespresso machines. (Refer to This old article may help to provide further context ––baby-/28403354

        I am glad to know that Nespresso has similar recycle program in Australia. (Refer to The onus is on the consumers to drop their use pods at the Nespresso boutique or collection centre rather than dropping the used pods into the trash bin out of convenience. Reducing waste takes extra effort and cost and it will never going to be convenient. If consumers choose convenience over waste reduction, the problem is not just with coffee pods, it would be anything thrown into the trash bin. It is also important to understand the right way to handle items that can be recycled. If you have time, you may like to read my post on Recycling at Each individual is responsible and accountable for their action on how they play their part to reduce waste and I am responsible and accountable for mine. I am not justifying as there is no need to, I do my part to reduce waste in the right way. At the same time, influence and encourage the people around me to reduce waste.

        I like the closing remark by Professor Giurco (refer to the article you shared–how-green-is-your-coffee/7785038 ) – “Trying to think we are saving the world by having the lowest-footprint coffee without looking at what else is on our plate might only be a narrow slice of the pie. I think we will be better placed to address the challenges if we are increasingly able to discern and aspire to high-quality products in smaller quantities.”

        I am not a spokesperson for Nespresso. I am just another ordinary coffee drinker that love the convenience and consistency of taste of Nespresso coffee. Have a good weekend!


    1. Thank you for your comment that gives me an opportunity to address the concern here. The pods by Nespresso is make of aluminium which can be recycled unlike the plastic pods. Next, in Singapore, the coffee grounds from the recycled Nespresso capsules are given to Quan Fa Organic Farm, a family business that grows local greens, which turns them into fertiliser and compost. I have been dropping bags of used pods at Nespresso boutique for years and just dropped a bag there yesterday. Responding to your comment while drinking a cup of Nespresso coffee. 🙂 – A believer in reducing waste


      1. Hi Audrey. Thanks for the prompt response. While I’m sure you have good intentions regarding recycling, millions of people don’t and I don’t believe those pods are sustainable at all. “In Australia, pods are considered a boutique recycling matter. As manufacturers seek ways to lessen the environmental footprint of their products and look to biodegradable options, the reality is it is currently more costly to recycle a single coffee pod than it is to dump it in landfill.” There’s also the issue that in many countries, the recycling system is just not set up to recycle certain things even if technically they are “recyclable”. “If you or I put a coffee pod in a recycling bin, it’s not going to be recycled [in Australia] because our systems are not set up to take them.”


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