20 Aug

The preparation for moving begin with the smallest step…

Moving to the coast seems like a huge step at the moment… It’s going to be one heck of a journey for sure, but as the old saying goes, every journey begins with a single step, so we’re taking baby steps towards making our move, to build momentum over the coming months.

De-cluttered: The result of 4 hours work! A job well done.

One thing we still seriously have to do is declutter… There’s little point in taking junk we’ll never use with us when we move. Why pay removal men to cart boxes of stuff we don’t need to the other side of the country? Totally pointless… So this weekend, Tina & I decided to tackle the garden shed! Getting that organized is something we’ve put off for almost 2 years now… But after just an afternoon, we’ve pretty much nailed the majority of it, reducing the sheds contents by at least half, only retaining essential garden tools, Elizabeth’s toys that she still wants to keep and stuff we need in order to decorate the house for sale. Anything else has now either been recycled or gifted.

It’s amazing how much “stuff” we amass over time without even realising. A ridiculous amount of junk just gets kept for a rainy day as we’re all too busy to pay attention to what we’re keeping hold of and why. We just dump it on a shelf, in a box or in a cupboard and think “I can use that for something” or “I’ll put it in its proper place later”. That applies to all areas of our lives, not just the garden shed.

The process we used to tackle the shed was simple. We emptied the entire contents of the shed onto the lawn. Once the shed had been swept and cleaned, we the asked ourselves a series of simple questions to identify what should happen to each and every item that was lying in front of us:

  • Do we use it?
  • Is it broken or damaged? If it was repaired, would we use it?
  • Can it be used to do-up the house/garden before we move?
  • Could anyone else make use of it?
  • Can it be sold?
  • Can it be recycled?
Using these simple questions we we able to quickly and easily eliminate at least a third of the stuff we were currently storing in the shed. The majority of which was just bits and bobs we’d kept because it might come in handy one day!

There’s still a few boxes of stuff to sort through. At least half of that will probably go too, but it’s a good start. A very good start indeed.

Next on our list is the box room in the house which needs a declutter & redecorating to make it much more inviting and usable to the new owners, whoever they may be!

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