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Decluttering: Sell or Donate? Or, Why I Gave Away My Laptop, A Fridge And Some Furniture

Decluttering: sell or donate?

When I first started getting rid of stuff, I listed it all on eBay. When it came to the decision between sell or donate, my reasoning was: why give something away that could make me some cash?

Partly this was because I was unemployed and living with my Dad, but also it was because I still had a very strong attachment to my things and I needed to somehow feel that I was getting compensation for getting rid of them.

Selling things however – as anyone who’s ever done it will know – takes quite a lot of time. Whether it’s a card in the newsagent’s window, a listing on eBay or the rumour mill of family and friends, getting rid of things this way is far from instant. There are item descriptions to worry about, photos, decisions on pricing, and then packaging up the item to send, or even dropping it to someone else’s house… it all adds up.

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Simple Living Weekend #2: Coffee And TV – And A Workout!

Simple living weekend #2

It rained!

In the UK rain and wind is usually the norm. Instead we’ve had weeks and weeks of beautiful hot sun. It’s unlike anything seen for forty years (according to the weather man that is, as I am obviously nowhere near old enough to remember, haha). It was a novelty to see some grey skies over the weekend.

We’ve been outside so much in the last couple of months that we took the opportunity to have some quiet time.

I used to panic about my children having too much screen time. As the years have passed I find I am less worried about it if I know that on balance we’re away from it more than in front of it. I still fantasise about chucking the telly away, but for the moment it stays 🙂

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Your House Is Not Too Small

Simple living - your house is not too small

Do you ever find yourself muttering under your breath that this house is just too small, when faced with yet another pile of things that you can’t find a proper home for?

As Peter Walsh, the Australian anti-clutter man says:

You only have the space you have.

I have read two of his books and they are very good (see my recommended reads page for all my favourite books). The quote above has stayed with me because it is so simple, yet so fundamentally true.

In the past, I was guilty of keeping things that were earmarked for the vague and far off day when we would live in a bigger house. How crazy is that? First of all, I didn’t have any intention of moving in the near future. And secondly, if the day did come when I could suddenly buy a bigger house, presumably I would also be able to stretch to buying whatever it is was that was being stored, right?

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Simple Living Weekend: Pea Shoots And A New Bed

Simple living weekend 1

The school holidays are almost here! In fact, they will be by the time I post this. My middle son is going up to a new school and my oldest son is moving from year 3 to year 4. My daughter has been enquiring about getting a “big bed” for a while now, so with all the transition that’s going on it felt like the right time to move her out of her cot (and my room!), and into something more independent.

Getting her set up in her new room was my main goal this weekend. On Saturday morning I drove over to Ikea and found a simple pine bed I really liked for £45, along with a spring mattress for £100.

Both of the boys went straight from their cots to an adult single bed, so for the third time we have skipped the whole toddler bed market. This has saved a lot of money and time in beds, bedding and set-up/take-down.

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Give Yourself Room To Grow

Simple living - give yourself room to grow

Do you have enough room to grow? Or are you suffocating under a life that’s already stuffed to the max?

You know that feeling… when you can’t seem to breathe for all the demands on your time and the stuff that needs doing.

Whether you work full time, study full time, or you’re a stay at home parent, life is busy. It asks so much of you, not just in the form of family commitments, social events, and your career or life-calling, but also in the form of life admin. And by that I mean all the subsidiary tasks that you have to deal with in order to function like a (reasonably) normal human being.

Cleaning, washing, ironing, food shopping, cooking, tidying, paperwork, bills, letters, repairs, gardening, fixing, phone calls, errands, post, holidays… you get the idea.

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