I’m giving myself a year to do this it’s not just this whole room it’s also the room behind the kitchen which is also in a state and will house the stuff from in here while I work on one room at a time, my deadline is July 23rd 2016 my 48th Birthday a gift to myself.. Two new beautiful, useful rooms, decluttered, & decorated after 8 years, which I’m no longer ashamed of. My excuses are .1).when we moved here 8 years ago we had no attic space, garage or shed so “stuff” got dumped behind that door..and 2) a huge bereavement in my life nearly 4 years ago.
Well that bereavement is nearly 5 years ago now and one of the big things I miss not having my mum around any more are her wonderful words of wisdom. She would tell Stu and I to concentrate of what we had achieved so far, not on what we still had to do, and this is what I have to keep telling myself with this years decluttering mission coming to an end
Wearing my rose coloured glasses I had visions of people holding their prosecco & clapping while I was cutting a red ribbon to my 2 perfectly decluttered rooms, with photos dotted around of the embarrassing before images, this of course would all be happening at my birthday party in 2 days time…now back to reality and the room behind the kitchen is well and truly decluttered but a little way to go before its finished, but to think this time last year it was full to the rafters of sheer clutter and now its empty and ready for its bifold doors to be fitted.
Sadly I still haven’t sold the lovely thing which is taking up room in my beautiful clutter free decorated room that’s lurking behind that door, but again to think this time last year that room was just my dumping ground and the lovely thing was in pieces waiting to be restored, so thank you mum your words of wisdom ring in my ears I have done so much in 12 months not just the sorting of my 2 rooms but helping/inspiring others and many other areas of the house like my daughter Mae her room is totally redecorated and decluttered, the pantry, the area by the side door, how many jam jars did i recycle? but mainly sorting through my mums items, her 2 personal belongings bags from the hospice had sat for 4 years undisturbed, I just couldn’t face it.
My mum loved the daffodils, and as we knew she probably wouldn’t make it to the spring to have them on her coffin we were lucky to be introduced to a fantastic local couple of ladies who paint on silk,( do click here for their website) so they made us a Pall (a cover for a coffin) just before mum went into the hospice the Pall was finished. Now I have a photo – you may find this morbid but I think its lovely so I’m not going to apologise, it shows my daughter Mae holding the Pall covered in daffodils and my mum seeing how beautiful it is. I’m so glad we had it made, mum died a few weeks later in the October.
So I feel this is the last blog post, my intention was to have a 12 month decluttering mission and blog it and thats whats what ive achieved, as much as it would be fantastic to be posting photos of completed rooms Im going to concentrate on what Ive achieved and looking around the house and rereading my 30 other blog posts Im rather proud of myself…If youve followed this journey and would like to see for yourself the progress and are ever in Shrewsbury, remember I run a B&B Ferndell do call in, I love showing off the B&B and now of course I dont have to break my neck to close that door. Happy birthday to me…Cheers