Sunday, 3 January 2016

Winter Cleaning

I'm going to work through the house this month cleaning and clearing one drawer, cupboard or wardrobe every day. January can be a long drawn out month so I might as well do something positive during it.

I've started in the kitchen. I don't know about anybody else but I have a 'just shove it in...' area in every room. So in the kitchen I have a 'just shove it in' cupboard, in the dining room there's a 'just shove it in' cabinet and in the games room, there's a 'just shove it in' box. These 'just shove it in' areas are supposed to be temporary holding bays, but often the stuff can stay there for months multiplying daily.

Anyway, this is what came out of the 'just shove it in' kitchen cupboard.
Plus this, which I bought this in Betws y Coed. I agree with this most days but trust me there are days when I feel the exact opposite. 
I'll continue in the kitchen tomorrow. This disaster area is next on the list. In my defence it's not always as untidy as this. What with school holidays and Christmas, things have just got rammed in as we've gone along.
I've spent an hour with Thomas making his lego police cab. There are two more parts to it so we'll do them over the coming week. The camera was playing up which is why the smile is a bit strained. 
And I thought Call the Midwife might have been on tonight, so I'm a little bit disappointed that it's not. I don't fancy War and Peace so I might just go to bed early with one of my new books instead. 

xxx

12 comments:

  1. oh, that strained smile has made me crack up! And still with the bare chest! Kids and their little quirks. :o)
    Thank you for your comment. Everyone has been very sweet about my chosen word, and I loved Rachel's! She's a clever clogs!

    You have your 'shove it in', I have my junk drawer, and in the dining room ... 'the drawers'. A big old dresser thing, three drawers groan with absolute rubbish. Most of it Violet's. But, my plan is to clear the middle one and use for tablecloths and napkins and do you know the sad thing? I am so excited about this plot! How tragic. It's because then I know I can gleefully buy new tablecloths and napkins, and have them all in the same place therefore, justifying new purchases as I know I'll use them! Oh yes, there is method in my madness.

    There wasn't too much that came out of your shove it in cupboard in the kitchen. January is your White Month! :O)

    xx

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    1. He'll be moaning tomorrow morning when he's got to put his school shirt on! The camera wouldn't click but bless him he stayed in his pose.

      I love your chosen word. I think it sums you up perfectly.

      Sadly, I can relate to the excitement of an empty drawer. Not because it can be filled again, but space and tidiness behind the scenes is one of my biggest loves.

      No, there wasn't too much in the cupboard but it was pretty random stuff, library cards, euros, phone cards, bulbs, batteries and an obligatory murray mint left over from an Indian take-away. Every other cupboard needs a good sort out too but I'm looking forward to getting on with it this week. xx

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  2. No, I don't have (or we don't) have a "just shove it in" cupboard. I do try to be organized but of course, like most people, fail much of the time. But what I do have is what I grandly call my Resources Cupboard upstairs. This started life as a cupboard in which I could keep the things I'd inherited from my late mother but didn't wish to part with, things too pretty to get rid of, or of sentimental value (a lot of things went to the tip, a lot went to charity shops and a lot went to the sale room. The things were stored in plastic boxes (labelled and listed so I know what's in each one of them) but since I stored them away more than 8 years ago I have added things to the cupboard so now there are far too many things simply shoved in between the boxes - Christmas wrapping paper, bags of old Christmas cards and birthday cards, old connection flexes for discarded electrical equipment, and old files I need to sort through. So I might make this my long-term project this year: to sort the Resources Cupboard.
    As for the larder, that gets cleared out once a month, and I clean the fridge out on a weekly basis and tidy the freezer each time I do a big shop, so that I know what's in it and what needs eating up first.
    But good luck with clearing our each drawer and cupboard during January! Let us know how you get on!
    PS I would add that I seldom buy anything new for the house except perhaps new bed linen occasionally. It's books that have a habit of finding their way in, but I do weed those each year and the charity shops certainly benefit.
    Margaret P

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    1. I can definitely relate to trying to be organised but not always succeeding, as can most people probably. The 'shove it in' phrase comes from when the kids or Mark say "what should I do with ....." and because I can't think exactly where it should go at that moment in time I just say "oh, shove it in the ....."

      Your Resources Cupboard sounds like my whole house at the moment. We've got some special things stored away neatly, but they're surrounded by a load of rubbish that I need to sort through. We've still got a fair bit of Tom's stuff we need to look through as well. We want to keep most of it but need to condense it and I never did get around to buying a nice box to keep it all in. Another thing to do this year.

      I don't spend too much on my ornaments and frilly bits as I like to change them every so often. The same with books. I buy far too many to spend more than what The Works charge for them. I pass lots on to the charity shop as well and I may even psyche myself up to do another car boot with Thomas. Trouble with that is keeping hold of the stuff until May. We'll see. xx

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  3. I've got five 'junk' drawers as we call them! They are in the coffee table - my junk.
    The book case - the HG junk
    The sideboard - family junk!
    The other 'shove it in' space is....MY BEDROOM!!!

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    1. Rachel, you are so posh having your own junk areas lol. Our c**p just all gets shoved in together. I love doing this sort of de-cluttering and I'm quite looking forward to working my way through the house this month. A lot of it isn't really mine rubbish to be honest. I'm very minimalistic, but the other 3 members can be hoarders, so I have my work cut out. xx

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  4. I should definitely take a leaf from your book and do some serious sorting and clearing. I shoved the boy up the ladder into the (crammed to the rafters) loft to put away bag after bag of Christmas decorations and haven't seen him since!

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    1. Haha, you'll have to call in the thermal imaging experts to find him. We can't really use the loft anymore. There's nowhere for a ladder to come down safely (confirmed by several experts). In his day Mark would stand on the banister and hoist himself in while I passed him what needed to go up there. Several years older and a 'little' heavier and he won't attempt it anymore. Which is probably as well because I dread to think how much I'd shove up there! xx

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  5. I have 'magic drawers' in the kitchen which have the same purpose as your 'shove it in' spaces, and my magic drawers need some serious attention!

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    1. Welcome MMC. Magic drawers sound good. I bet you're the only good witch who makes all the stuff disappear to the right places though aren't you. Wouldn't it be great if we could just put things in a drawer and they miraculously found their way to where they belonged. I'm taking my clearing project nice and easy. It's amazing how much of an achievement it feels clearing even just one cupboard a day. xx

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  6. My whole house is a shove it in space. And serious kudos to you for deciding to do something about it. If I were into guilt I might join in... but I think I'll lie down until the feeling passes instead!

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    1. Haha, yes indeed, do not let the guilt win and enjoy your lie down instead. One a day is actually more than enough for me to be honest on top of everything else that needs doing. A list with 'Clean one cupboard' is so much niceer than a list with 'clean all the kitchen cupboards'. And obviously once it's done I aim to keep on top of it. Yeah, like that will really happen. xx

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