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Saturday, October 4, 2014

31 days of decluttering update...and a bit of wishful thinking.

I've continued to work on this project off and on, but not as focussed and determined as perhaps I should could have been, due to a few other things happening. Luckily I didn't say at the onset that it would be 31 consecutive days, lol! 
So...the medications storage box was checked but after a big clean out earlier this year, there wasn't much to declutter. I also keep the packet of Eduardo's flea treatment in that box and seeing it reminded me that he was due to have a drop or two on the back of his neck, much to his disgust! 
I removed 2 bags of rarely worn clothes from my wardrobe and sent them off to the charity bin at the local school. Lifeline gives the school a small commission cheque for every load they take from the bin, so that's a win win in my estimation. 
One morning I tackled my bedside table which had become piled up with half read magazines and finished novels?? The magazines and the novels all went to the Lifeline bin as well. Another morning I tackled the tea towel drawer, which means I 'jumped' a number of days...I just felt like doing that! lol. Well that drawer was an eye-opener! I actually iron my tea towels so that they fit nicely into the drawer...so they were neat...but some of them had seen much better days! There were a number which had holes in or were thin or frayed...I now have some nice 'new' rags in the laundry ready for those 'dirty' jobs. The next declutter area will be kitchen utensils...another scary area! (well perhaps admittedly not as scary as the yarn and fabric stashes' areas) 
Sometimes I hear people joke about having a place like Dr Who's Tardis to store craft stashes...just imagine how much you could fit in that thing! 
A little while ago, a knitting friend of mine did some 'jiggery pokery' to show how she stores her yarns! lol

Last month I wrote a couple of posts about the day that DH and I went to the Museum of London and the British Museum. Well after we left the British Museum we were just walking through the streets and we stumbled across another UK icon...the BBC building...
We just walked in the door...

In the foyer was this bust of Henry Wood, the first conductor of the Proms which was taken over by the BBC in 1927...

In the foyer we noticed a sign about tours of the building, so we enquired at the counter in the foyer...you had to have booked a tour, but once again the Aussie accent helped. The lady kindly suggested that we proceed down the hall to the room where the bookings office/booth was and enquire if there were any vacancies that afternoon.
 Now to go into the room where we could enquire if there were any vacancies ,you had to go through a security check...so jackets and vests off, bags and knapsacks ready to be scanned and wait in line for a check just like at the airport. When we were allowed to go to the bookings booth we found there were 2 vacancies for a tour in 3 hours...DH declined and we walked back to the entrance. Despite feeling that our every move was being observed, and that armed SAS officers could emerge at any time, I got DH to take my photo with some BBC props...one near the bookings booth and one in the hallway outside...


Goodness! Even a Dalek is taller than me! 
A little while ago I found Soma's blog and became an email follower. Soma is so generous with her free patterns including a section devoted to Dr Who. My DsD1 is a big fan of Dr Who and has in the last year become a quilter...so guess whose link I sent her! :-)
I think there is little chance of ever finding a Tardis so I had better plan to keep decluttering and to keep sewing and knitting to use my lovely stash items.

8 comments:

Jindi's Cottage said...

Ha ha, I've just spent the afternoon making a TARDIS mug rug and wishing it was bigger on the inside!

Exercising Septuagenarian said...

Hi Maria. I've been working at my de-cluttering too. My footpath has been very interesting on some days as I put 'stuff' out there only to be snaffled before I've reversed the car out. Win win. The visit to the RSPCA op shop (who have great parking so they get my vote) benefitted too. I now have swinging space as my SIL would call it, in my wardrobe. Not for me to swing of course, just room for the clothes to swing around! Should they wish to.
I thought that Dalek's were cute and only 3 ft tall. Now you are going to tell me there isn't a tooth fairy.

Susan said...

I feel guilty - my bedside table must be related to yours! a few magazines and books are there...My mission for today!

Teresa in Music City said...

I have a friend who did the 31-day de-clutter last month - I really need to do it too, but then of course probably all quilters do! Looks like such a fun trip - love the Police Box :*)

Anthea said...

Well Done Maria, that's a lot of good work!
If I were to do this challenge, I'd need an extra 10 hours in each day!

Marit Johanne said...

With inspiration from your de-clutter list I have de-cluttered shoes. And because some of the shoes were in the wardrobe, I also de-cluttered my wardrobe. It looks like I follow my own list, and the 30 days - you didn't say the 30 days had to be in one year? LOL
It sounds like you are doing well with your decluttering!

Vireya said...

The dalek is bigger than I expected!

Congratulations on your de-cluttering.

Soma Acharya said...

Fun post!! The Dalek would be taller than me too and I wish had a Tardis as well for storing things. I am so glad that we found each other. Thank you for sending the link your DsD1 :)

-Soma