Day 285: It’s a Good Idea to Get Rid of More Clutter When You Have a Successful Shopping Trip

Our shopping trip was partially successful today. Still no decision on the carpets, sofa or wardrobes; however; my daughter did find a bed she liked so I ordered that, and also a bedside table lamp which I will wrap for her birthday. I also picked up a couple of large really useful boxes to store shoes, bags etc., and some ‘scrub daddy’ and ‘scrub mummy’ sponges along with a holder, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

Some purchases today


I’m starting to learn the hard way that clutter is anything that hasn’t got a place in the house. As I was moving all my bags and shoes back into the spare room this afternoon and placing them into the really useful boxes, I took a good look at what I had.

Most of my shoes, sandals and boots

I saw this exercise as an opportunity to get rid of some. I really don’t know how I’ve accumulated so many and although I think I may use them one day, I’m not so sure that I will. There are always going to be one off bags for going out etc., but when it comes to work type bags, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to one that I’ve decided that I don’t want to use anymore. This made it easier to choose… here are my decluttering choices to either sell or donate…

Clutter going out the door

I think I could have been more ruthless, but at least I got rid of a few items.

Sunday roast

As we’d been out, I was late putting the roast lamb in the oven. It wasn’t our usual shoulder or leg of lamb, as Tescos had substituted it with rolled breast of lamb. I’d never heard of that cut of lamb before but thought I’d give it a go. This is what is looked like after I’d cooked it for 2.5 hours:

Rolled breast of lamb

It smelt good, but when I cut into it, it was quite fatty and not easy to get the meat off. We all ate it though, but I won’t be buying it again.

The evening

When dinner was over, I’m watched Friends with my eldest. She finds it quite calming whilst she is doing her art. She’s been working so hard on all of her GCSE subjects all weekend, and only stopped for our shopping trip out today.

It’s only a week until school holidays again! I’m hoping that they don’t give either of them too much work to do so that they can have a bit of a break. I might take some time off too.

I’ve just finished shifting stuff from the spare room to my room this evening. I’ve completely covered the bed and have thrown a sheet over it so that the plasterer can finishes his work in there tomorrow.

I heard from the electrician this evening as well, and he can install the spotlights in the spare room next weekend. This is perfect timing as the bathroom is being started a week tomorrow. I’ve updated my project plan and it’s all falling into place!

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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4 Responses to Day 285: It’s a Good Idea to Get Rid of More Clutter When You Have a Successful Shopping Trip

  1. murphysmomneedstomop says:

    Clutter is anything that hasn’t got a place in the house is a really good point. I sometimes forget it.

  2. I always say that weeds are whatever is growing where you don’t want it! Clutter are things that are not in the right place or do not have a home, you are right.

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