An Update on the Mice and the Clutter

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve written anything. I’ve started many posts but not finished them as I’m in the middle of a lot of things including starting a couple of new and exciting self-improvement projects (more on that in future posts). Work has been very busy too and I’m so glad that it’s the Easter weekend and I have four days off in a row.

More mice

The man from Rentokil came round last Thursday and the first thing he found was another mouse in the loft in one of the traps that I’d set. He disposed of it and then went about putting bait boxes up there, more traps, and some tracking gel. We asked him to check if there was a way they could get into the house or be coming from the garage.

I’d spent a bit of time the day before he arrived making some space for him to check the garage; however, I felt a bit disappointed when he said that he couldn’t get to the wall that is connected to the house. All the work I’d done making space had been a bit pointless. It hadn’t even occurred to me that he’d need to check the wall that connects to the house (makes sense when you think about it). I said that I’d clear space near the wall before his next visit.

He did find small gaps in a couple of air blocks outside where they could be coming in and possibly be climbing up through the walls into the loft. He’s going to fix these openings for us on his next visit. Another task he gave us (me) was to check the loft every couple of days and call him to dispose of any that we find. He had to swing by yesterday to take one away for us.

Clearing space in the garage today

I felt quite motivated this morning knowing that it was the start of a four day weekend. After having a lie in (sooo good) and a leisurely breakfast, I planned my day. I wanted to spend a big chunk of it in the garage moving things away from the wall nearest the house. It sounded easier than it actually was and I did get a bit disheartened after 30 minutes so I called my mum for a chat and to get some inspiration. It really helped talking through with her what I was trying to achieve. The sun came out at that point so I opened the main garage door and started taking the larger items out so that I had space to move boxes around.

I wanted to make the best use of my time today and not just move stuff about but also get rid of some clutter. I ended up throwing a few things in the hippo bag, and I got rid of three more boxes of stuff. All in all I achieved quite a lot this afternoon but still need to spend a bit more time in the garage over the weekend. I feel good knowing that I more or less know the contents of each box and I’d say that 50% of it will be gone eventually. Just need to detach myself from the stuff. Getting closer though!

How this ties in to the Year to Clear Project

I’m still working through Stephanie Bennett’s book A Year to Clear. This is the start of week 14 entitled Moving Things, Moving On. Today’s exercises (day 92) tied in nicely with what I was trying to achieve. The question she asked was…

“What is one thing you can move for one minute today? Use this simple task of moving one thing to anchor the sense that you can move on from whatever is holding you back”.

Stephanie Bennett Vogt, Extract from Day 92, A Year to Clear

Detaching from stuff

Some days are easier than others to get rid of things. Whenever I go into the garage now, everything looks old and worn out. I also feel so frustrated when I can’t move about. Today, I even questioned the boxes that I’ve taken out there as a temporary measure. Some of the really useful boxes are labelled as ‘keep’ and have a list of contents inside. I think that deep down I’m hoping that having them out of the house will slowly allow me to detach myself from them.

Wishing you all a great weekend

Until next time…



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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3 Responses to An Update on the Mice and the Clutter

  1. When you realize that there are items that have been there for a long time and you haven’t needed or wanted them you can detach from them. I have realized that once things are out of my sight I don’t “need” them. We moved to this current house almost 30 years ago and there are boxes in the attic and basement that have not been opened since we moved!

    • I suppose it’s a process that some of us naturally go through… putting stuff out of sight for later decisions. Even though it can be annoying, it allows us to bring back the memories and then choose what we want to do with the items.

  2. Pingback: Hours of Clearing Clutter and Practising Tai Chi | Sandra Madeira

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