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February 13, 2004

Reorganising my life ....

Well, the packing and moving guys arrived bang on time yesterday and packed everything I had managed to find of my wife's things. It filled a half container and I thought I had managed to be pretty thorough, but they had no sooner gone than I discovered at least another box full of stuff I had missed. Never mind, it will eventually join the rest, it will have to wait a little though as I have now to concentrate on reducing my junk piles.

One benefit of this is going to be the fact that I will at last have shed, dumped or otherwise disposed of a vast amount of stuff I have been carrying around for years for no purpose at all! I confess to being something of a packrat - I am always reluctant to throw anything away, so I have boxes of papers, clothes that are so far past their usable best ( and which no longer fit me anyway) that one wonders why I keep them. No more! There will be a severe pruning over the next couple of days, followed by some serious packing up so that, as soon as I have somewhere new, I can pack a van and go!

This is quite a small house, and storage has always been a problem, but now that all my wife's book collection is removed, I discover I can reduce the number of bookcases in the house by five. That still leaves me with eight, but it is a start. Its amazing what I am finding as well, now that I am at it. Things I thought I had disposed of have come back to haunt or to be resurrected.

One thing will definitely change. Junk mail will, from now on, go straight into the garbage! Ah well, at least I can make the effort. And now, back to the grindstone! There is another pile of junk to sort out! The Charity shops will be doing well out of all this!

Posted by The Gray Monk at February 13, 2004 11:11 PM


When doing this sort of job, I find it helps to take "before" and "after" pictures (just for yourself - not for the blog). Then when the load gets depressing you can say to yourself - look what I have achieved. Once a particular cupboard/shelf/room is clear you quickly forget what was in there and how much work it was to move it.

Posted by: Ozguru at February 14, 2004 12:20 AM

Pictures duly taken. I may publish them one day to remind myself of the task!

Posted by: The Gray Monk at February 20, 2004 11:29 AM