Is there a good time to organise?

We’ve been back in our old, new house for just over 5 months now.

Our house 12 months ago

Our house 12 months ago

The external painting is moving along but the landscaping has ground to a halt. It’s impossible to do everything at the one time so we just do what we can, when we can. (If my husband reads this he will be saying, “That’s the Royal WE!”)

Painting continues

Painting continues

Whilst he’s been busy outside, I’ve been trying to get everything organised inside. Being a Virgo, I can’t stand disorganisation and one thing that was playing heavily on my mind was the state of all the cupboards.

Untidy cupboards

Untidy cupboards

When we moved out of the house 14 months ago, we offloaded alot of things. I’ve fallen into that trap before, putting everything in storage and then wondered what I was thinking when I finally took it all out. Anyway, we culled as much as we could and put what we did want to keep into mobile storage containers. We opted for a self pack deal where the company left us three containers, we packed them, then they came and took them back to a storage facility. Then when we were ready, we had them re-delivered back to the house and we unpacked them again.

Packing the containers

Packing the containers

I must admit I was a nervous wreck as they were being packed. I had visions of everything inside tipping over when the forklift came to collect them. I packed everything to within an inch of it’s life.

Packing the good stuff

Packing the good stuff

My husband was totally frustrated with me wrapping the good crockery and crystal in newspaper, bubble wrap and then newspaper again before putting it in cardboard cartons and stuffing scrunched up paper and packing beads around the edges.

My OTT packing

My OTT packing

So you can imagine my delight when the containers were returned and the contents looked just like it did when they left. Nothing had fallen over and smashed anything!

The container returned

The container returned

During the building process, I had visions of my lovely new wardrobes and cupboards looking like Martha Stewart‘s.

Martha's Closet

Martha’s Closet

One thing I was determined to have in the renovated house was heaps of storage space. With 3.2m ceilings I had wardrobes almost to the ceiling.

Wardrobes

Wardrobes

However, when you have deadlines it’s a bit difficult to sort everything out before it goes into the cupboard.

We had 48 hours to unpack the containers. As the builders were still finishing off, we shoved everything into the two spare bedrooms. Then the builders left on Christmas Eve and our attention turned to celebrating Christmas. So you guessed it, the boxes were either put in cupboards as they were or quickly unpacked and put away for future tidying.

Storing the storage

Storing the storage

It has occurred to me that there is never really a good time to sort through your life’s collections. There is really no time to do it before you move out of your house and there’s not sufficient time to do it when you move in either. I guess it’s just one of those processes that has to mulled over and done when the time and energy permits. After all, it’s not really going to make a huge difference to the way you live your life from day to day, is it? Just chip away at it, one cupboard at a time.

Kitchen cupboards

My Kitchen cupboards

But I must say, there’s something very satisfying about tidy shelves and knowing you can put your hand on things straight away.

Love my spice drawer

Love my spice drawer

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Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer, when my parents moved house it was such a big deal sorting out all their stuff, knowing I’m also a bit of a hoarder, I vowed I would have regular clean-outs. My rule is if I buy new clothes or something new for our home I have to give away/throw out something old. Doing this trade off really makes you think twice about buying new things.

  2. Sounds like a good idea Linda. I think we all have to consider how much “stuff” we have and if we really need it all.

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