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DAY 26 – Failure?

Today I have not managed to clear out 26 items. My day has been completely full. luckily yesterday I did manage to get ahead of myself so I have 11 things on my list today.

I have cleared out the cake decorating drawer. I often feel guilty for not making birthday cakes for my lovely children. I never seem to be able to find the time. However, my Mum bakes delicious, creative cakes and loves to do so. Therefore I have cleared out the drawer and thrown away the cake candles(used), the tubes of icing (stale), the cake trimmings and decorations (tatty) and the squashed cup cake cases. I have set aside the unused candles to give to Mum. I have symbolically thrown away the guilt for not being a cake-baking diva and accepted I can still be a good mother. Plus my Mum can bake the cakes and get the pleasure from doing so. The children don’t care where the cake comes from so long as they get one!

Plus the fact my cakes are not exactly the most scrumptious.

I have sold a daylight therapy lamp on ebay for £31.

I have taken some welly liners, a pastry brush and some teeny sun hats to the charity shop and taken a bag of wool to a lady who knits blankets for the special care baby unit at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Kings Lynn.

Tomorrow I have to find 37 things to get rid of so I will probably spend most of the day in the loft. wish me luck!


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DAY 25 – the great garage clear out continues!

All this stuff has been lurking in our garage. I
have recycled what I could but a lot has had to be thrown away:

  1. Lots of offcuts of wood – firewood
  2. Perished bicycle inner tubes
  3. An almost bald broom head
  4. Loads of collapsing cardboard boxes – recycled
  5. A broken torch (bulb retrieved – still working)
  6. Bits and pieces of packaging
  7. A rusty hand drill
  8. Some old electrical fittings
  9. Short bits of plumbing pipe – recycled
  10. Some broken tools
  11. A broken tool box
  12. A broken base ball bat
  13. A broken bicycle pump
  14. A heap of rusty nails/screws
  15. 3 broken strip lights
  16. Some old electric light switches

My clever daughter has gone through all their pens and sorted out all the ones which have run out. – 1 item.

I have been through the hat, scarf and glove cupboard and have put in the recycling some odd gloves, old hats,caps and scarves. – 4 items.

3 things to the charity shop: a curtain pole, some bath taps and a candle dish.

A grown out of school fleece given to school to sell in the next secondhand uniform sale.

Grand total of 25 things GONE! (And a fairly tidy garage – still more to do though – yawn.)

My photo is another beautiful landscape in Dominica, this time the view which awaited us when we woke up on our first morning in our studio at Liberty Jungle in Belles – stunning.


Liberty Jungle Dominica


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DAYS 23 AND 24

This post is going to be a long list – sorry!

Day 23 I got rid of:

  1. Some coat hangers – given to friend.
  2. Some plastic wine glasses – charity shop
  3. Some more greetings cards – charity shop
  4. A suncatcher – charity shop
  5. A picture frame – charity shop
  6. Some gift bags – charity shop
  7. A DS Game – charity shop
  8. A set of masks to make – charity shop
  9. A curtain track – charity shop
  10. A couple of sew on patches/motifs – charity shop
  11. Some more cotahangers – charity shop
  12. A Nike waterproof never worn – charity shop
  13. 2 glasses which have been stuck together for months – recycled
  14. half a solid bag of cement – landfill
  15. A load of run out pens – landfill
  16. Some broken golf tees – landfill
  17. General usesless bits and bobs from drawer clear out – landfill
  18. A broken tape measure
  19. Some odd greetings cards without envelopes – recycled
  20. some wallpaper offcuts – recycled
  21. Some pictures/craft projects done by my kids (I know, I know… but they do so many and if I kept them all I’d fill my entire house with them. Anyway they are not their stuff!) – landfill
  22. A mess of tangled thread – burnt
  23. Half a dozen squirty bottles of children’s paint – used up by splashing/spreading over the walls of the potting shed. It does look nice and colourful now!

Day 24 – The big garage sort out begins.

This is all rubbish – I’ve recycled where I can, burned things which will not cause too much pollution and put the rest in the dustbin.

  1. Dried up glue
  2. Bits of Cable
  3. Flooring underlay with mouse nibblings
  4. A broken foot pump
  5. A broken decorators spatula/knife/spreader
  6. A mouse nibbled shower curtain
  7. A frayed and mouse nibbled rug
  8. Some broken hose fittings
  9. A broken tennis racquet
  10. Some mouse nibbled sponges
  11. An empty cable reel
  12. Several bits of strummer line too short to do anything with
  13. A broken chicken feeder
  14. A rusty filler gun
  15. Some plastic spoons so brittle that they snapped very easily
  16. Some plastic bowls
  17. Several hard paint brushes
  18. An almost empty tin of ancient paint stripper
  19. Some mouse nibbled polythene dust sheets
  20. A cracked cricket ball
  21. A mouse nibbled plastic table cloth
  22. Some solid filler
  23. A pair of crumbly rubber gloves
  24. A broken garden bird feeder

Mouse nibbling seems to be a recurring theme here. Note to self: I must make sure my bee frames and other equipment are in a vermin proof cupboard/trunk. I imagine beeswax is a bit of a delicacy for mice.


Completely randomly I have decided to put a photo of Batibou beach in dominica on today…enjoy!



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DAY 22

A busy day today – looking forward to tomorrow – nothing particular planned. Just hanging out with my family. – and sorting out more stuff. My house is definitely looking less cluttered and things are now beginning to find a home.

I will put today’s list of 22 items removed from my home in tomorrow’s post. Really, really tired.

Not sure if it is the correct way to blog but I’m going to add my list of things for day 22 now.

So good morning! I’m wide awake now and raring to go (well kind of!)

Yesterday (day 22) I liberated:

Sold on Ebay for £50*:

  • A dog guard for my previous car

Thrown away:

  • Some Storage tubs who’ve lost their lids and lids who’ve lost their tubs
  • An old, flood damaged carpet
  • Some broken picture frames

Returned to the pharmacy:

  • Some out of date medicines
  • Some out of date first aid stuff


  • Some greetings cards who’ve lost their envelopes
  • Some unusable wrapping paper
  • A bag of worn out clothes
  • 2 wrecked kids bikes

Rehomed on Freegle:

  • 20 puzzles split into 2 lots
  • 10 toys
  • A large train set
  • Some colouring Books
  • Some sticker books
  • Some children’s craft sets

Charity Shop:

  • A pair of jeggings
  • A pair of jeans
  • A knitting needle gauge

Given to my Mum:

  • An unopened bottle of over the counter medicine I know she will use and I won’t!

* I have now saved up £135 (so far) from selling my unwanted stuff and intend to donate it to a local homeless charity. I have on Ebay at the moment a daylight therapy lamp. The bids are up to £19 so far so it will be sold in a couple of day’s time. It feels right that other people can benefit in a small way from my unneeded stuff. And it slightly assuages my guilt for my past over-consumption.

Today I’ve posted a photo of some beautiful Bluebell Woods at Stow Bardolph in Norfolk, UK.

Bluebell Woods Stow Bardolph

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DAY 21

Quick list:

Bald Scrubbing brush, broken torch, empty perfume bottles, worn out handbag, bent hula hoop, broken Christmas lights, broken toys, coloured in colouring books, stuck together sticker books, dried up paint pots, non working pens – 11 things all thrown away.

2 Umbrellas, some books, some unused notebooks, a tiny children’s apron, a big roll of velcro and some unused party invites – 6 things to charity shop.

Some slightly out of date food – fed to dogs (does this count?) 1 thing

A pair of tiny riding chaps – sold to friend for tiny daughter – 1 thing

Some ribbons and bows – given to lady who does crafts – 1 thing

And a pile of old school books – recycled 1 thing

And that’s my 21 – phew!

No photo today – no time.

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Day 20 and BEES!

Today is very exciting for me. I have taken delivery of 2 hives, each containing 15-20,000 honey bees. They are now happily buzzing around in my garden collecting nectar and pollen and doing the things bees like to do. My 2 lovely queen bees are called Elizabeth and Victoria and are already busy laying loads of eggs. I will leave them to settle in for a week or so now and, when I next go into the hives I will take some photos of them to post on here.

Despite acquiring 35,000 new “pets”, I have managed to remove 20 things from my house which I don’t need:

  1. A pair of waterproof trousers (I have another pair which fit me better and how many pairs of waterproof trousers does one woman need?)
  2. A set of baby reins – youngest children (my twins) are now 6 1/2 so I don’t think they’d be prepared to be seen in them, even if I could squeeze them in to them.
  3. A pair of bath taps – been in the garage for about 5 years.
  4. Another shoe horn – where have they all come from?
  5. A decorative tin which is very nice but not fabulous.
  6. A too small jacket.
  7. Some too small hats.
  8. A body fat gauge. I can see it without making myself feel any worse by measuring it.
  9. A cleaning smock. Bought with good intentions but never worn and there’s no point keeping something which I ought to use but don’t.
  10. A too small rugby shirt.
  11. Some odd paper party plates
  12. A DVD which we have another one the same.
  13. An old baby blanket. (but no babies).

All of these things have gone to the charity shop.

I have thrown away:

  1. Some bent coat hangers.
  2. Some rusty nail scissors.
  3. A holey hoover pipe.

I have put in the recycling:

  1. 3 out of date calendars
  2. A pile of magazines which I will never have time to read.
  3. A tatty old coat – I know I could wear it in the garden but I have another, slightly less tatty old coat which will do that job.

I have chopped up for firewood:

  1. A broken wooden high chair – was it going to repair itself and become safe for all my babies?

So 13+3+3+1=20!

What on earth will I manage to find to clear out tomorrow?

I will spare you another photo of my overcrowded house today so here is one of my lovely dog, Ivy who has been dressed by my daughters, Esther and Martha. Ivy is scared of me in my beekeepers suit! Hopefully she’ll get used to it.

Princess Ivy

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Day 19 – this is getting more difficult!

I had to accept defeat today – an old sofa, 2 armchairs and 2 mattresses were collected by our local council. I had offered them to charity but they were too old to have the proper fire hazard warning labels as demanded by the EU so they couldn’t take them. I then tried Freegle 3 times but had no takers. Unfortunately in this throw away society when people can buy a new sofa and pay for it over 4 years for about £20 per month no-one wants to bother recovering an old but quality suite. It cost me £48 to have the things collected which I didn’t mind but I can see why now so many of these kind of things end up dumped in our country lanes. – 5 items.

One of our local charity shops has received some more things from me:

A box of books, a kettle, a gift box from menorca containing a cards/dice set, a key ring, an electric typewriter, a dressing gown, a coat, a child proof socket cover, some children’s wall stickers and a hat. – 10 items

I put my collection of milk bottles out for the milkman at work. – 1 item

I took a pack of whiteboard marker pens to work – we don’t have a whiteboard at home. – 1 item

I threw away some birthday card badges and a pair of broken sunglasses. – 2 items.

My photo today is of my old home office. It is a small, narrow room and it soon evolved into a junk room and I no longer use it as my office because I can’t get in it. Every one of the drawers is stuffed with stuff!