Day 338: Thoughts from Today’s Clearing Efforts

Getting the thoughts of the day down in the evening allows me to reflect on the day’s events and log my progress. It also encourages me to give myself a pat on the back when no one else has noticed 😊. I’ve tried writing the blog earlier in the day but even though I get some notes down, the real detail only appears late in the evening. It’s like I need the day to be over before I can see it properly.

Anyway, back to the clearing. I’ve actually done so much today that it feels like two separate days, ha ha. It’s been non-stop. I’m yawning as I write this, so I’m going to try and be brief and get to bed a bit earlier (ha ha, not much chance of that).

Swapping the single beds around

When my eldest daughter moved into her new room just over a month ago and got a new double bed, I propped her old single bed on its side in her old room (now the new study). This bed is better quality than my youngest’s single bed so today was the day that I had planned to swap the beds around. Sounds quite easy doesn’t it?

The problem was, last week when I was emptying the bed drawers and taking items to my daughter’s new room, I broke the drawer and didn’t realise now much damage I had caused when I wedged it back in… oops.

So, in order to swap the single beds around I had to first fix it, so I called my husband in to help. We had to take the other drawer out as well as the covering that’s stapled to the underside of the bed; however, it wasn’t budging. We started off being careful but then had to resort to a hammer to break the round bit that sits on the rail. In the end the drawer came out but the runner was all bent. Oh well! We managed to get the drawer back in and it seems ok without that round bit that we smashed. At least it’s still usable.

Then came the swapping of the beds which seemed to be the quickest part even though I took the opportunity to clean under and around her bed in the process.

Swapping single beds around

The bed looked good afterwards (bottom picture above) as it has a much deeper mattress. I just ended up just storing some lighter pillows and cushions in the broken drawer. The spare bedding can go in the other one.

A quick bit of painting

Then I had around 45 minutes before I had to start work and calculated that it would be enough time to quickly give my eldest daughter’s cupboard door, and wood panelling next to it, another coat of paint. I achieved it with 10 minutes to spare and then quickly ate some lunch before dialling into my first meeting of the day.

Work and dinner

Work was busy until just after 5.30pm. I couldn’t face cooking so I went out to get fish and chips. It was so cold out there – apparently we are going to get some sleet tomorrow. I didn’t enjoy the fish and chips very much.

Helping my daughter

I was really pleased that my eldest asked me to help her with her personal learning statement for applying for 6th form. She’d written it really well and I didn’t really have to give her much constructive feedback. We just found a few additional phrases together that she could add in. It was lovely spending time with her working on it.

Preparing for the the electrician’s visit tomorrow

Tomorrow the electrician is coming so I had to clear the hallway, lounge and our bedroom as that’s where he’ll be installing the spotlights. I really don’t know where I found the energy. I just think that I just keep going.

I’ve completely overloaded the study with boxes from our room and the hallway. The old bed has made its way in there as well for now. The plan is to sell it if my youngest gets on okay with the one we’ve just moved in there. In the meantime, I’ve bought some large plastic storage bags to store it in.

So, we’re now at the end of the day, or the start of tomorrow, whichever way you look at it.

I really need to rest now as it’s going to be another busy day tomorrow. I’m hoping the electrician can just get on with things but as I type this, I’ve just realised that I was supposed to go into the loft and move anything out of the way that’s above the rooms he needs to do. It’s too late to do it now, and if you remember my post from two days ago, our loft hatch door is currently just a board screwed in so there’s no way I can do that by myself (and my husband is asleep).

The electrician will be here at 8am which is when I will be on the school run so I’ll have to work something out when I get back. He might have to start with the lounge.

Tomorrow is another day!

Until then…



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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2 Responses to Day 338: Thoughts from Today’s Clearing Efforts

  1. You sure that wasn’t 2 days? Funny in my son’s old room I have 2 single bed, well one is an extra long twin from his college days and it is too good to toss and no one is going to buy a used mattress so I put sheets and a nice comforter and use it as a comfy day bed of sorts, sometimes I just prop myself up with lots of pretty pillows and read or write. I use it as a study/guest room.

    • Ha ha, it felt like it. I did think about leaving a single bed in the new study but am undecided as it’s quite small. I think a sofabed works better, once I’ve got rid of the old broken sofa. That sounds lovely how you described your son’s old room, where you have a place to read or write 😊

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