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Upside Down

This month has been all over the place and the house is upside down. 

I've spoken before about how I've struggled with hoarding and chronic disorganisation. Today is a prime example of how a mere two days out of my tidying routine can cause havoc, it's also a great example that I can be back to tidy well within half an hour. Also, if fabric didn't exist then I would be very tidy indeed!



This is the living room, dining table, spare bedroom, main bedroom. The one area of calm in the whole house? The room I rarely go into, Dan's dressing room.



After the time it took the board to revolve (which included hanging some laundry out and shoving another load in)



The spare room is still a little bit stash and dash, as you can see my birthday gift is resting there until we get some hanging hooks at the weekend. I did a mini kitchen rescue too, just the dishes and a wipe of the surfaces (just to show I didn't just stash everything on the worktops!)



Now I can start with the daily routine and get the place clean!

eta, I didn't turn the pill clock back when the clocks changed, it involves a screwdriver and I was too lazy. It'll be right soon though!

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  1. I'm on a quick tidy up at the minute interspersed with baking and clearing out the baking cupboard ( again )

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    1. There's always that one cupboard that ends up in disarray due to being used so frequently!

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  2. I am sure you felt calmer with each room being done. You have a lovely home. Mine is too when clean, but it is disorganized and messy to the nth degree right now.

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    1. Thank you. I do feel calmer when it's tidy, I don't think I ever realsied how stressful it was to have such a cluttered house before. Hope you find some calm soon.

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  3. You keep your house looking very tidy. I'm hoping that by getting into a routine this year I'll be able to do the same for ours.

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    1. I think some people might think it's a bit... what's the word? Clinical, like no-one lives there or something, but I think it's cosy, we have things we love all around us.

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  4. turning clocks back and forth is a blue job in our house- I barely know what day of the week it is let alone the time.
    I'm with you on the fabric front - and buttons.....and books.
    And cats....or rabbits in your case;-)

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    1. I think we are pretty similar on this subject :)

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  5. It looks super to me, very organised and clear.

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    1. Did you notice I didn't take any photos of the rabbit area? It's a bit like those pictures of "hairy panic" in Australia!

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  7. It's extremely easy for a house to look a mess and at our house, extremely hard to keep everything straight! All looks peaceful at yours.
    xx

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    1. It is easy for things to look a mess, as long as don't let one pile of mess have babies and create other piles elsewhere I can contain it quickly!

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  8. If it wasn't for fabric, yarn and embroidery patterns (and the floss) my sewing/craft room would be so neat. I am hoping to make it through many unfinished projects this winter and get it looking great this year. Perhaps even make more room for more fabric and yarn.

    God bless.

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    1. Now that sounds like great motivation to finish those projects. Who can resist the chance for new fabric and yarn? (and why would we want to?)

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  9. Kitchen looks perfectly clean haha - hope the rest goes well!

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, it's going pretty well.

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  10. Looks like you have a lovely home and not messy at all. If only L and I weren't into all kinds of crafts or had a crafting room we could have a home like yours too.
    Carolx

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    1. Thank you. I know what you mean about the crafts, when I'm cutting fabric for a new quilt there is stuff everywhere! I do have a large stash bag so I can shove things away when I want to be tidy, although I confess it doesn't happen all that often. The big sheet on the coffee table in the first picture is my current project.

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  11. I admire the 'only takes half an hour' sentence. Takes me MUCH longer.

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    1. Only to knock back into shape, cleaning takes much longer!

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  12. I have fabric, wool, needles and stationery all over the place at the moment. Makes the place look very untidy but I'm 'creating and enjoying' so I don't mind too much. At some point it will overwhelm me and I'll have to do something about it but for now it's OK.

    Houses can be too tidy sometimes, I like a house that looks lived in. As long as a quick tidy can sort it out you're onto a winner. I remember somebody in the office I worked once saying to somebody "untidy desk, untidy mind" and she replied quick as a flash "tidy desk, empty head". I suppose what I'm saying is that stuff hanging around means we're doing something or at least thinking about doing something! xx

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    1. If we're using the stuff then I don't mind mess at all, it when things are abandoned that things can spiral for me. I find it exceptionally hard to distinguish between rubbish and not-rubbish, so piles of things can be problematic.

      I think you would probably think my house was too tidy, but I'd just invite you into the garden where it's a bit (lot) more chaotic!

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    2. I couldn't agree more. I wish I had heard your little quote when I worked in an office. I would have printed it out and put it in a frame on my desk.... if I could have found a space. :-)

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  13. Wow, you are very tidy, I am now hanging my head in shame :( xxx

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    1. Oh no, never do that! If you had experienced the appearance of our old house before I sorted myself out then you'd know why there's so little out now!

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  14. We're decluttering at the moment. I'm fed up with trying to make room for things I have been carrying around for years which in the case of clothes, are things I no longer wear but can't seem to part with. I made a deal with myself that I have one container and I can keep what fits inside otherwise it goes. Then there's paper clutter .....

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    1. Good luck with your decluttering efforts. Paper clutter was a huge problem for me, we went through 4 shredders when I dealt with my stuff!

      I think giving yourself a space budget for your clothes is a really good idea, it's a tactic I use with myself and it's helped me so much - it's why I love my junk drawer so much! I can keep as much as I like as long as it fits into the appropriate area, as soon as it spills out then something has to go.

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  15. Oh I did smile, I can totally relate to the way craft stash seems to spread everyhwere. I have a good blitz now and then and put everything tidy.... then it sneaks back out again and spreads allover the place. I am due a big tidy up

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    1. It just has that habit doesn't it! I mainly stick to quilting and embroidery now, there are fewer bitty bits, when I did a lot of papercraft I managed to make a real mess - Dan has banned glitter!

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