Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Hawthorne Effect


I picked up and put down this little Midwinter cake stand umpteen times yesterday. I really wanted to buy it as it's just so cute! I can picture lovely sweeties and slices of cake (albeit small slices) decorating our dining table, and it was only £3.99.

But I didn't buy it.

Very recently we've started recording every non-food and essential household item we buy, and as a consequence the Hawthorne Effect has come into play and we've been talking ourselves out of potential purchases simply because we don't want to put them in the book!

It's the wrong colour for our house anyway. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Freebie And Bargain Of The Week

I'm not starting to bring a ton of stuff back into the house only days after the end of the declutter, I have just been able to cross a couple of things off our shopping list. 

We'd been thinking about buying a firepit for a little while and saw one on sale a week or two ago, but we didn't buy it. At the bbq yesterday I told my Mum this and she offered us one she had but never used. Although it wasn't the design we were looking at, it should be a great size for our garden so I'm made up. Wasn't quite so happy when Father dropped it on me when we were taking it to the car, but you can't win them all!



Just needs a bit of a wash and brush up. There are some hangy things so you can cook food over it too, after eating food cooked over the coals for the first time in years I have a real desire to get the fires burning again!

We also took home a nearly full carton of soya milk, leftover salads and an unopened tub of houmous, all of which will come in handy.

I was also given a bag of stuff to take to the charity shop, but I am always allowed to have a rummage first for anything that takes my fancy. I've been after a denim skirt for a little while but haven't been taken by any I've seen in the flesh. There were two skirts in the bag, and while they're way too big around the waist they will come in useful. When we go to watch football in the winter I wear many, many layers, generally thermal leggings with normal leggings or tights over the top, a thermal vest, t-shirt or other top and a jumper. Having a skirt with a bigger waist means I can layer up and tuck in with no problems! Happy times. They're also a bit longer than I'd normally wear which means my legs won't come into contact with the plastic seating, I'll have a nice bit of padding. 



Plus there was the usual magazine, newspaper cuttings and bag of plants, a very useful haul.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Level One Cosy



We went to a bbq yesterday to celebrate my niece's birthday Chris was in charge of the vegan cooking, Father was in charge of the meat, my Mum did the salads and yummy stuff, and my other brother brought the cake - which was amazing! I did come home with some freebies, but we were both so worn out when we got home we left them in the car, and its far too cosy inside and breezy outside to get a picture. 

We decided to go to level one cosy today (with plenty more levels to add as the weather gets colder), Dan made toasties *yay* with v-pud, red onion, mushrooms and chutney, very autumnal. I rescued my sofa quilt from the cupboard and we installed ourselves in the living room. An ideal way to unwind after a gig on Friday night and the party yesterday. 

I will get into the kitchen later to make some soup for tonight and to take in our flask tomorrow to our first evening game of the season - Burnley v Watford.  

Friday, 23 September 2016

Hunt The Pic - The Last Few

Firstly, thank you to everyone for your comments yesterday, much appreciated, for anyone struggling with their stuff there are loads of resources online, both for dealing with the stuff itself and for the mental side of things - don't be afraid to ask for help if it's really that bad - mine was keep the blinds shut and don't open the door bad at times, but there are formal and informal resources open to you. 

I can report that I didn't really have to do anything in the kitchen, I just wiped the shelves and put things back as they were. 

Back to the pictures - 

Smell/Aroma




Tune/Song


Ok, so that's a bit of a stretch!

Possession



A huge thank you to the wonderful Mum for setting this up, it was great fun and I really enjoyed looking through my old pictures and seeing what everyone else came up with. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The End Of The Tour

Or in my case, the end of this round of decluttering. 


Now it's all about the small things.

This morning I braved my craft bag, chucked some tiny scraps out, put lots of fabric away, and put non-craft things away, unsurprisingly bag is now virtually empty! I deconstructed some old decorations I made years and years ago ready for making into something else and added a bit of colour to a very gloomy morning. 

I also tackled the sideboard, a very neglected area.

A real mix of junk/treasured items.




The books are for my niece, so they'll be wrapped and gone by the weekend.

Then there's my old friend the junk drawer.



It doesn't change too much




As we've been peeling the layers of the onion we've turned up a lot of things we had forgotten about, stashed and dashed, or just ignored because we didn't want to deal with it or didn't know how to best get rid of it. No food has gone to waste, I'm really happy about this but as I'm generally on top of the pantry it's not really a surprise.  

So far we have taken seven bags of things to the charity shop, consisting of one bag of rags, one bag of shoes and accessories, two bags of clothes, one bag of bric-a-brac and two bags of Christmas decorations. After that I took a light, a lamp and some hair dye to the charity shop. We've made a couple of trips to the tip (our car isn't very big) and a small amount of stuff has gone into the recycling and general rubbish bins. The best thing I've dealt with so far is the bathroom, all non essentials have gone and I know where my spare razors are! 

Just the kitchen to go now, it's been a brilliant exercise. I am so thankful that I can just go through the house and see things for what they are, not have to put all my energy into understanding if something is rubbish or an actual item of some value. I still struggle with decision making sometimes but it seems like I have come a long way from being paralysed by those choices - if you've never been a hoarder it will be impossible to understand those feelings and I am very happy for you, it's a mindset that makes your world very small sometimes. 





Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Hunt The Pic - Day Two

I had such fun choosing pictures for yesterday's hunt I decided to do another one today. I can't imagine this will be as awe-inspiring or magical though. 

Glance


it was really cold!

A picture of me looking very serious at Tate Liverpool a few years ago. I think it must be just less than three years ago as my niece was a fairly recent arrival.

Visitors were encouraged to stitch onto a huge piece of gold fabric, so I did! I must have been thinking of her at the time as I added the words tiny thing.