Why I drink cold coffee ☕

It seems that whatever I do. I seem to be chasing my tail.
Laundry is continuous, I’m constantly making food and then clearing up. I never seem to stop. Dishes to be done and then put the away. Tidying up the toys after the kids play. So when do I get a chance to sit down and drink a hot cup of coffee? I don’t!

I’ve become accustomed to drinking my coffee cold and tea and pretty much everything else including food you name it.

So when I go to a friend’s house and they make me coffee I tend to take some time to drink it because they serve it hot and expect me to drink it straight away. I can’t seem to do that any more. I have to wait for it to cool down or I have plenty of milk.

I thought when my youngest started school I would have more time to clean up.

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What I’ve come to realise

On the 22nd February 2016 will mark the two years that I have been on this downsize, declutter and new way of approach to things and stuff.

I look around my house and see so much still here and how I haven’t made any progress.

Then something happens like my eldest daughter gets ill. TMI – but she vomited all over her bed and floor at one in the morning. By 5am we were in the living room and while she tries to get some shut eye between each eruption. It dawned on me that, apart from her covers and pillow plus one loved toy, that is always in her bed. Nothing else got attacked by stomach contents.

This is the first time where one of the girls are ill and I didn’t have to get the black bag out. The floor was clear.  Her bed didn’t have a weeks worth of clothes hidden in between the layers sheets. Toys stuffed into every corner and some. Not to mention books under the pillows. Pillows and more pillows. Followed by Disney fleece throws.

Drives me crazy!

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Today marks the anniversary of the first year living in this house.

Made it to my target this week. I set myself a goal of listing seven items onto eBay this week. It is now Thursday evening and I am really tired but nine new items have been listed today.

I didn’t manage to make a start last week because my daughter broke her foot and so many other set backs just took over. That is why I put in the extra effort today and got more than my seven up.

I know I’m not going to be able to reach my target of seven newly listed items each week but as far as I’m concerned. This is a good number. One a day.Anything more is a bonus and not an excuse not to put the effort in next week.

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Room of doom got more shelves.

While I was busy, cleaning the kitchen. Tiding up after the children. Making countless meals for everyone. I heard drilling and other things moving up stairs. Such as heavy metal music, being played so loud I think the area could hear it.

I wasn’t about to investigate as I husband didn’t seem to be in the best of moods and he was using power tools.

So after grabbing the third lot of washing off the line, I went up asking if he wanted a coffee.

The landing was full of boxes, from the room of doom and he was behind the door. I popped my head around and “Wow! Shelves.”

I now have to organise them all as he has just dumped all the boxes onto them. So you can’t really say it is an improvement but never the less. I can now sort things off the floor.


I always seem so surprised that there is progress

It’s nearly a year since we have lived in this house. And I still feel like I’m losing the battle with the room of doom.  I do however now have a desk in there and have more access to many things that I am (too) slowly listing onto eBay.
DSC_0137Doesn’t look great does it. It is a box hell. Full of items and with that saying “If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid!”

It is starting to make it very clear that everything in this room needs to be got rid of. Well maybe not everything. At the beginning of this month I finally found my long lost hair straighteners. Been searching for them for ages. I knew I had seen them in this house and we definitely didn’t leave anything behind. So where the heck could they be?

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Finally! Listing on eBay again

Yes finally!

I’ve started listing on eBay again. Updated two items that weren’t selling and hopefully now they will go. I’ve set myself a target of listing five items a week. This depends on if enough items sell because I could end up with what appears to be a shop of items.

As much as I have in my house to sell. I still don’t think of it as a shop. Although maybe putting up a table at the front of mine and trying to get passer-bys to purchase  the unwanted items may be the next step.

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Pushing forward

This week has been a challenge to get through.

Monday – I turned into 1950’s mother. House spotless upstairs and down. Children and husband fed a good healthy dinner and all was well. Then after the girls had gone to bed I did a spot of decorating in the living room.

Tuesday – house was so clean I got to spend some time learning new skills and starting to update my CV. Yes I hope to go back to work soon but doing what will depend on what jobs are available when I can start. As far as I see it at the moment it will be after Easter 2016 or even as late as September. Basically when Bubbles (youngest daughter) goes to school.

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Cardboard city

Girl's bedroom floor after being cleared.

So I sell items on eBay right? I also get a lot of deliveries from various companies. Be it nappies or other household essentials that I buy in bulk to save money in the long run.

All come in good sized cardboard boxes. Which have been stored ready to send other items in. Problem is due to many set backs. The boxes have out grown the items.

My room of doom became a cardboard city. I couldn’t get in there to get the stuff out to sell.

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Oh Bobbycot

I had the serious case of disappointment yesterday when I went to post some parcels at the post office. My local post office is going to be close to the 18th May, which is nearly 2 weeks away.
And for once I was sticking to the plan. Sort, photograph, list. I got as far as sort and then I posted, or tried to post. Then realised that just messes with plans.

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Need to move on with planning and doing

Day 59 : I’ve listed more stuff up on eBay but I still haven’t managed to make a solid plan to get on with the massive task to ‘actually’ clearing out everything. There seems to be so many things happening at once and today all I have managed to do is two loads of clothes washing. Sort out what is ready to put away and deal with my two year old.

And help a friend come to terms with money matters. Which I was going to offer help her with selling her stuff but as I’m not getting very far with mine. I shut my face.

There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Really I should be in that ‘room’ and grabbing boxes out and putting into groups and getting it ready to sell. But I have one hours before collecting my older daughter from school and leaving all that opened stuff about the place is asking for it.

I need a plan. I need to sort that asap.

Right then (as my daughter says), I’m giving myself until Monday to make and finalise a working plan to get this done!

Wish me luck


Wall art sold plus few other stuff went

I’ll be honest I haven’t made any effort on clearing out in over a week. Mainly because of the hassle I received with the baby swing and didn’t expect to get anywhere because of it.
Someone must be watching over me because the items I had left on eBay, all but two sold.
I’ve been busy posting and making sure that everyone was happy that I have realised that one bad experience really shouldn’t put you off.
If this was my business then I would be in trouble.  I just have to dig my heals in and make a plan and stick to it.
Planning is easy. My intentions also work in my favour. It all goes wrong when I look around and see all the mess and daily chores that need doing. Then entertaining the girls and making sure that they do their chores, and not undoing mine. Once in bed (asleep) I can get on with sorting out the stuff to sell.
That is the problem, not only by then I just want to sit down and chill but any loud noise and they both get up. They I must sort them out and start again.
Need to make a realistic plan. And try to stick to it. Of course easier said than done.

Wow so it’s a big day for the room of doom

This week sold a dress and it was great to see it go. As it had been hanging around for nearly two years. The room of doom Well today and cupboard and chest of drawers are going over to a friend’s house. The problem: they are situated at the other end of the room. The solution: we (Husband and I) have to clear everything out to get at them and yeah great opportunity to sort out. Think taking the harsh method of bin/recycle, donate, sell and keep. Seems to be a hit out there on the Internet. So let’s see if today will be that day when I gain a useful usable room to my house.


Everything has slowed down (illness)

In so much pain today. Steadily getting worse too. Cold wet weather isn’t helping. On the plus side one cupboard and set of drawers I got a promise that they are going. A friend needs them for her new nursery. The trouble is that they’re buried under all the stuff in the “room of doom”

Guess I just need to get stuck in. Maybe not today. I’m going to nurse myself well first.