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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Not sure it was a good idea

Coming home to our home after living for a week or more in a house that is owned by a minimalist d-in-law made me wonder if we have too much 'stuff' in each room so the day I changed the sheets I also decided to empty our bedroom, give it a thorough cleaning and then start replacing things piece by piece.

Great idea - well you'd be suprised what I found lurking in the weirdest places. Under the bed was an eye opener (I now know where socks go when they are playing hide and seek) and the amount of books on the bedside lockers made me wonder if there were any in the bookshelves.

The nights have turned a little cooler so I stripped the bed and vacuumed the mattress - I do that every now and again to get rid of any built up dust and other nasties that might be there - and then replaced the mattress cover with a new quilted one. This one is fitted and hopefully will stop that movement to my side of the bed we seem to get with the one that has straps to keep it in place. Not only do I have to flatten sheets each day I have to return the protector to DH's side or he'd be sleeping with just the sheet there. I had bought new pillow covers and cose they are quilted began to have doubts the pillow cases would fit but they were fine. Finished off by changing one of the cotton cellular blankets for a woolen one.

Unlike a lot of people we like to sleep with the window open a fraction, prefer sheets and blankets to using a doona/duvet/continental quilt (we have tried them but find them too hot and 'solid'. Yes even feather ones.) also don't use an electric blanket and as theres one thing I hate and thats being cold in bed, bed covers are an important issue in my life. Test drive that evening was a success so Winter here we come.

Concentrating on clearing the room gave me a chance to clean the windows and wash the 'net curtains' that hang there which of course meant I had to give the fly screens a brush as well as give the paintwork a bit of a wash - can't hang clean curtains up next to dirty window frames can you ?? Looked good when I'd finished.

So when all that was done I was left with a big pile of 'stuff' I'd just pushed out the door and left in the hallway ready to be sorted, energy levels were a bit low so a big box came in from the garage and lots of this 'stuff' found its way there. Nightly trips to the loo mean we need a clear path - nothing worse than tripping over something in the dark! Memories of toy cars being left in the strangest places waiting to be found at 2am by my little tooties. lol

The room had a spacious feeling that night and we'll live with it like that for the time being to see if we enjoy it or want to bring some of the knick knacks back in again. I must say I did look for a magazine to read while waiting for DH to get into bed so maybe I'll just put one in the locker cupboard and not the big pile that was there before.

Feeling brave I did the same to another bedroom this week but thats proving more of a challenge as this is the room all my craft supplies are in. The bed and window were a breeze but sorting all the crafty bits and pieces is taking longer than I thought.

A few months away I cleared out my material stash and as well as metres of material I didn't like anymore there was the scrap bag with - you know - all those pieces we have over from quilts we made and kept with the thought we'd use in a scrap quilt sometime but never got round to it. Thankfully it found its way to a good home.
I hate to actually throw things away and don't always know if op-shops put that sort of stuff out for sale. I've never seen boxes of threads and bits and scraps of material out so assume they don't.
Recently I decided I wanted to do less work on some crafts but more work on others I really enjoy like knitting, cross stitch and wool embroidery so I am having another clear out and offering supplies to friends and via them to friends of friends - the - if they can't use do they know someone who could system

So all this is making me wonder whether to just put back into the cupboard the books and things I intend to use or return all the other supplies and know (because its really tidy) exactly how much I have and where things are if I find someone interested in them. Another thought is because I can see what I've got I might enjoy some of those crafts and not wonder if I've got enough to finish. Because that means a trip to Spotlight and once I get in there my visa card has a fabulous workout and I return home with more than I intended to.

Oh nearly forgot, with the good weather the past couple of days I have begun to walk again. 3kms/30mins and I didn't even feel puffed when I arrived home which tells me I am capable of more.


  1. Cathy, I wish I had your motivation! I've been trying to declutter forever, but I think I'm just going to admit defeat and accept it. It's not too bad, I think, but I'm biased and lazy!

  2. Good on you Cathy with cleaning out the rooms. I recently did our spare room and have it set up as a "organised" craft room now. It's heaven. lol
    I can't throw anything crafty out either, I always think that a time with come that I will need it.
    Weight is going "just okay" getting there slowly...still trying and never giving up. lol


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