Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sling It and A Giveaway

I spoke recently about my mini meltdown last December, I think it arrived early this year. I was starting to think about the nice things about the festive period, then the other side of it started and I felt like pulling my hair our - literally, I had to sit on my hands. 

"Do it your way" people helpfully suggest. I can only assume these people don't have a family. I know that advice is meant with kindness, but for our family it just makes things worse so I have to try to make the best of a very bad forced jollity laden job. Yesterday I overheard part of a conversation between Dan and his Mum about gifts. It went along the lines of "I don't really want to buy any presents, but if I don't buy you anything then you won't buy me anything and I won't have anything to open". What can you do with that?

Everyone has their own coping strategy when stress arrives, some people hit the bottle, some go out jogging, some bake, I have a sort out. The house seemed stuffed to bursting and all I could think about was the stream of junk that's about to flow into the house. So I grabbed a bin bag and got to it. We started with the easy stuff, some bedding that we never use, most of our wool items and some other bits and bobs that I have been thinking of donating for a while. I have managed to fit everything into the porch cupboard so I don't have to risk the door falling off when I go in for the ironing board or Henry *phew*




The weird cupboard on the landing is no longer a stash and dash site. It was mostly stuff to be donated or things that needed to be returned to the garage. Now there's nothing. 



In the kitchen I have one empty drawer, I have no intention of finding something to go in it. It's nice to have a bit of space. 

Which brings me to the giveaway. When I was working through my wool items I came across this scarf. It's a Gap lambswool scarf that I bought for 50p many many years ago from the charity shop I volunteered at before this one.





I don't know if anyone would like it, but if you would then let me know. It's in good condition and that's all there is to say about it. 

14 comments:

  1. I do the same as you when I am stressed, sort and keep busy, it is good to have a de clutter, I could make good use of the scarf, I feel the could so please kindly enter me, thankyou x

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    1. It really helps to feel more in control doesn't it.

      Your name will be in the draw for the scarf.

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  2. It is therapeutic to have a good clear out, I like to have one every now and then. I also have the 1 in, 1 out rule for clothes and household linen and only move things out when they are either not used any more or completely worn out and have to be replaced. If only I could apply a similar principle to my excess weight, dream on.

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    1. Dream on indeed, I hear you!

      One in one out is a really good rule, I'm going to apply that, along with my charity shop cooling off period!

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  3. You can't beat a good clear out for stress busting. How luxurious to have an empty drawer. It would be a great challenge to empty a drawer, but I'd probably have to stuff another one to bursting point to do it. I live in hope.

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    1. It is nice to have an empty drawer, although with the new sideboard I do now have two extra drawers and two shelves, none of which are empty in the slightest.

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  4. I know how you feel..i have de junked til kingdom come..and still find more..
    Like you say one lot of junk out ready for more to flow in..but i have a cunning plan..this christmas its cut back on everything..we have far too much already and so do the girls..
    That scarf is gorgeous and i would love it if you don't mind..unless some already has said then thats no worries.

    sara

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    1. Good luck with your less stuff Christmas. I too have dejunked a lot but things just creep in, Every time I have a declutter the stuff that leaves tends to be things other people have given us though, not things we've bought for ourselves.

      Your name is in the hat for the scarf :-)

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  5. Perhaps you could just use it as a present for your Mother-in-law. I would suggest, though it's not easy, ignore them as much as you can and just smile. We live a 1,000 miles from our nearest relatives, my sister, and sometimes it's not far enough, so I know how families can drive you crazy.
    Can you just go away for the holidays?

    Good luck,

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    1. Ha! I know what you mean, sometimes all the distance in the world is not quite enough to avoid the drama. I think going away is one for the future when (if) there are no pets. Although knowing my family we'd then have to have a get together at a later date because we hadn't been there on the day!

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  6. My husband's family love nothing better than to go out and buy sh*t - useless cheap sh*t for Christmas and so after the first year I put a stop to it which meant that most of his siblings dislike me and have more or less cut ties - RESULT
    If you were a recovering alcoholic you would hope family and friends respect your wish not to be given a drink or pushed into joining in celebrating with alcohol - respecting your wish to celebrate simply and without presents should also be respected.
    You could go down the homemade route if you really can't get out of exchanging presents?

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    1. Oh Gigi, you always manage to hit the nail on the head :-)

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  7. If I hadn't bought myself a rainbow scarf in the sales last year, I would totally have said yes please!!! I'm sorry about the difficulty of Christmas. I know that with family it can be really hard. Luckily my sister and I said we wouldn't give presents to each other and my husband's siblings and other halves are doing Secret Santa so we only have one person to buy for but yes, it does get excessive!!x

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    1. I have told my brothers that I'm not buying them a gift, just gifts for the children and they are more than happy with that. That one thing has made a big difference. Now if we can just keep the drama down with everyone else it will be calmer waters.

      I love the idea of Secret Santa but all of the parents are traditional in that things must be the same way as they have been for the past however many years or it's not "proper". There are some things that it's not worth fighting, I just have to go elsewhere to whinge about it!

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