April 6th 2017

Here I sit 46 years old, widowed two and a half years ago. I have two children, and a boyfriend (cringe) who I live with now. The cringe is for the word boyfriend. Because I am 46. I haven’t had a boyfriend since I was 22.

I feel like I need a change. I have worked in my current job for nearly 17 years. It is comfortable, and I like it. I like my work mates, I look forward to going to work. But I need a change.

So I have dabbled with writing a blog, starting my own business; whatever that may be (so many fantasy careers). I am going to commit to writing my blog. I don’t care if no one every reads it.

I have been reading a lot of organisation and productivity books over the last couple of years. That and true crime! I think the true crime part comes from my dealing with the death of my husband. I like dark stories. I binged on The Walking Dead in the months after his death. It was therapeutic.

My husband was a hoarder. I kept him somewhat under control. In the months after he died I had to work through his stuff. After about 4 months I had come to the decision that we couldn’t live there anymore, we had to move out. We moved in with my sister and her family.

CD’s

Sometimes I think I am doing a great job; stuff is leaving my house, my life is simpler. Then I uncover a new thing.

This week I decided to start on CD’s.

I gathered them all together Konmari style and put them on the dining room table. Them I sorted them into categories; artists, bands, genres etc. Its a little overwhelming. Many of these CD’s were my husbands and its really hard to know what to do with them. 😦

I have decided to iTunes pretty much all of them. My kids might want to know what kind of music their Dad loved.

I think uncovering the CD’s has left me a little emotional this week. I’ll post some photos tomorrow.

Pantry organisation

This week I made a “Pinterest Perfect Pantry” for myself. 😉

My pantry wasn’t too bad to start with, I generally clean it out every couple of months or so. Lately I have been trying to use up things in my pantry rather than buy stuff at the supermarket so it wasn’t too full either.

here are a few before shots..

My pantry was trying to be organised, but it with no well defined homes for things, it was a bit messy.

At the same time I emptied my “junk drawer” which really wasn’t full of junk, just random things that either didn’t have a home anywhere else or stuff I thought might be useful in the kitchen. I also sorted the little nook above the junk drawer which is a kind of extension of the drawer and all purpose dumping ground.

I cleaned it out and used the same drawer inserts (from Officeworks) to store spices, they fitted almost perfectly. Now I can see my spices better I also tossed some duplicates and expired ones.

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Then I completely emptied and cleaned my pantry and put similar stuff together. Then I started putting things back in.

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It looked OK, but not very pretty. I had seen people use lazy Susan’s and baskets so we went to the shopping centre. I wanted cheap but nice! We tried Big W, Target and K-Mart. I found the baskets and lazy Susan at K-mart, pretty cheap. Here is the finished product.

I was pretty happy with that, and I can’t stop opening it to admire my work 😉

 

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I finished off the junk drawer too with non slip drawer inserts. With the nook I just put back the sunglasses and phones. Keys will also live here.

Ready..Steady..

Jam and Plaster was what our Grandma used to say instead of swearing. She used to say it a lot; maybe that’s why we swear so much.

Between us we have four children aged between 9 and 10. We work full time day jobs, then put on our home hats and work some more.

We have plenty of experience with clutter, hoarding, disorganisation; mainly our own family. I have realised I like to be organised and tidy but was never given the opportunity until recently. I am still working things out and everyday I de-clutter, I can see my future minimalist home and its not that far away.